Some good news for Dubbo. An Aboriginal football academy proposed for western NSW could create a whole generation of Aboriginal rugby league stars with a top notch education, Community Services Minister John Cobb says. Mr Cobb, the Member for Parkes, has modelled his proposal on Western Australia's Clontarf Football Academy, based in Perth. "Aboriginal kids from all around Western Australia come to Perth to play football there, to do school, it is just such a huge success," Mr Cobb said. The under-utilised Warrina Youth Hostel at Dubbo, recently shut down and then re-opened, has been touted as a possible site for the academy. Aboriginal Hostels Ltd, owner of Warrina, believes the football academy could save the hostel. "We're talking to minister Cobb about getting it up and running. He's pretty enthusiastic to get something going," Aboriginal Hostels general manager Keith Clarke said. Clontarf hosts about 160 Aboriginal boys who are given Australian rules training from former AFL stars, including Dale Kickett, while studying at the attached college. It has produced Hawthorn's Mark Williams, Richmond's Andrew Krakouer, and the Fremantle Dockers' Michael Johnson. "I think it's something we've got to look at, is to how something like that could work over in the eastern states," Mr Cobb said. "Obviously in our case it would be rugby league, but a thing like this can work. It's just a magnet to the kids." Warrina opened about 10 years ago to accommodate Aboriginal students from western NSW while they attended Dubbo's Delroy High. The 36-bed hostel has operated well-below the minimum 70 per cent occupancy rate since then. "It was set up as a place in Dubbo which is close to their homes, the kids can visit their parents on the weekends or their parents can visit them," Mr Clarke said. "We've only ever had up to about 15 students, it's unsustainable at present. We'd listen to any ideas."