"When we're all alone 'cause our family's gone drinking, we get bored 'cause there's nothing to do.
"We're not excited about tomorrow, every day's the same, we got to find a new way, a new direction to break the cycle."
Their names are (from left) Danielle Breaden, Katrina Drover and Shania Austin, aged 14, 13 and 11 years; they live at Amoonguna, some 20 kms south of Alice and part of MacDonnell Shire; and these are the lyrics of a song they wrote and performed as part of the "Stay Strong, Live Long" project conducted by the shire council's youth development team.
So, how do the girls think the cycle will be broken? Not by "going into town and roaming around, looking for some trouble". They say they've got to "think about the future, got to work and stay at school, got to make a change". – Kieran Finnane.
UPDATE July 30, 2012: See the fruits of this project for yourself.