This year the Arlparra Sports Weekend was held between the 19th and 22nd of July.
The event included a football and basketball tournament with ten communities participating from as far away as Lake Nash. The event drew approximately 1500 - 2000 people into Arlparra and the surrounding homelands (outstations).
Police from Arlparra, Santa Teresa, Yuendumu, Nyirripi and Community Engagement Officers assisted in the Event.
Police conducted proactive patrols, community engagement activities and worked closely with local service providers and other agencies to ensure that both the events ran smoothly and safely without any major issues.
Saturday night saw a disco run at the local basketball court with several hundred people in attendance. Sunday and Monday nights saw several live bands take the stage with Police conducting community engagement and pro-active patrols of the area. These concerts were enjoyed by local Police, whose sleeping quarters were next door to the bands, into the early hours of the morning.
Remote Sergeant HOPWOOD even had a chance to show his athletic prowess on the basketball court in and impromptu game with local youth. Sergeant HOPWOOD assured the Police members watching that he was allowing the local children to win. However, this is yet to be confirmed.
The final footy match was held on Tuesday the 22nd with the host team Arlparra playing Engawala. Arlparra ended up the victors in a closely fought game with both sides showing significant athletic prowess.
Both players and spectators showed great sportsmanship with no fighting on or off the field and by adhering to the no alcohol policy of the event, much to the credit of local elders and the community safety committee.
Overall, the weekend was a great success and a credit to those who helped facilitate the event.
Thanks to the cooperation of organisers, Night Patrol, Youth Patrols, Police and other service providers, and with the exception of Police making two un-related arrests and issuing several notices to appear in relation to traffic offences, the sports weekend was conducted without any major issues.
The success of the weekend can be directly attributed to the entire community coming together with local Police and working toward keeping people safe.
Author: Constable Nicholas Mitchell, CEPO, Southern Command