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From The Desert To The Big SmokeFriday, November 9, 2018 - 10:33 AM

The Western Desert is a region in remote central Australia where the Great Sandy, Little Sandy and Gibson deserts converge and its inhabitants have a deep connection with country.

Stretching 600,000 square kilometres from the Nullarbor in the South to the Kimberley in the North, and from Percival Lakes in the West to the Pintupi lands in the Northern Territory, it’s an area rich in culture and biodiversity where bilbies, rock wallabies and quolls actually exist outside of urban myth. So why would three Western Desert youths want to leave the world’s most iconic desert landscape?

The opportunity to participate in Swan Districts’ Development Program was a huge motivator for Punmu resident, Isaac Biljabu, and brothers, Aazarius and Zacharia West from Kiwirrkurra to temporarily swap their desert home for the urban jungle. Scouted by Swans’ representative, Trevor Screaigh, the three boys were excited to be selected to showcase their skills in the 2018 Simply Energy West Australian Football League Talent Carnival.

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