Deadly Lions

What is Deadly Lions

Deadly Lions is an exciting group of programs offered through a partnership between Whitelion and Melbourne Aboriginal Youth Sport and Recreation, including;

  • Bundji Bundji Young Men’s Service
  • Tiddas Young Women’s Service
  • Indigenous Employment Program

Deadly Lions objectives

The Deadly Lions mission is to empower young people who identify Aborignal and/or Torres Strait Islander by providing culturally appropriate support and advocacy and facilitating a sense of identity through spiritual, cultural and community reconnection.

Deadly Lions aims to:

Limit the contact of at-risk young Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander youth with the Criminal Justice System

Increase the level of school retention

Provide a positive role model for young people through a responsivel & reliable outreach worker

Work with families & other networks of young people to support the development of positive goals & community engagement

Assist families to develop the skills to support young people in times of crisis

Support young people to develop appropriate parenting/family skills

Work with the local community to help young people understand their connection to their culture

Link young people into appropriate supports for drug & alcohol, mental health, housing & other needs

Work in partnership to create the best outcomes for young people and their families

Program eligibility

To be eligble for Bundji Bundji, Tiddas, or the Indigenous Employment Programs young people must be

  • Residing in the North-West region of Melbourne
  • Aged 10-25 years of age,
  • Who are serving community-based orders in the North-West metropolitan Melbourne or 'at risk’ of entering the Youth Justice System.

Program locations

MAYSAR, 184 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy  Vic  3065
Tel: 03 9416 4255

Minajalku, 13 Rossmoyne Street 
Thornbury VIC 3071
Tel: 03 9445 0770 
Fax: 03 9480 1186

Contact us

Aboriginal Services Manager
General enquiries
03 8354 0800


Tiddas Coordinator
Nikita Rotumah
0458 599 191

Bundji Bundji Coordinator 
Ben Clark
0402 186 925

Deadly Lions Partners

Whitelion acknowledges the generous support of the following organisations

Melbourne Aboriginal Youth Sport & Recreation

For over 30 years MAYSAR has offered a community gym, youth services, health promotion, housed physical education and sporting groups, provided community support and a public meeting place.In 2014 MAYSAR and Whitelion entered into a shared services arrangement. It also joins together the expertise and passion both organisations have for assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) young people to live meaningful lives for the
benefit of themselves, their family and community.

Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Narana Creations is an Australian Aboriginal cultural tourism & educational Enterprise that is committed to providing a welcome entree to today’s Indigenous culture. Narana Creations is a division of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress that is the Aboriginal arm of theUniting Church in Australia. The emphasis is on building healthy relationships and developing a shared understanding. The Congress is wholly controlled by Aboriginal people and works with Aboriginal people building self-reliance and a new future.

Having a safe community to live in is critical to closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage. It makes other important things possible, like getting kids to school, helping them achieve good results, and getting adults into jobs. The Australian Government supports Whitelion to achieve these goals through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy Safety and Wellbeing funding initiative.

Gandel Philanthropy

Gandel Philanthropy have supported the Tiddas Young Women’s Support Program since 2014. Gandel Philanthropy is one of Australia’s largest independent family philanthropic funds. It has been the vehicle for charitable giving by the extended Gandel family since its formation as the Gandel Charitable Trust in 1978.John Gandel AO and Pauline Gandel are actively engaged in the philanthropic work and are universally recognised for their generosity and commitment to both Jewish and general causes. Through Gandel Philanthropy, over the years they have channeled tens of millions of dollars towards supporting various charitable causes in the community.