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Scullion vs the angry mob… IAS funding cuts get ugly!

Federal Minister Nigel Scullion was called “gammon” by angry protestors this morning after saying Aboriginal organisations only received the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) funding he thought they deserved…. The Institute for Aboriginal Development was not impressed after only receiving 7% of their application!!

Local Aboriginal organisations challenge Scullion on IAS funding cuts

Local Aboriginal organisations stormed the Alice Springs Convention Centre today, where Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion was giving a speech welcoming the first Virgin Airlines flight from Darwin to Alice. Protestors challenged the Minister over his controversial Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) funding – or lack thereof – which is forcing severe job losses and the closure of many Aboriginal organisations around the country.

55% of organisations that received IAS funding were non-aboriginal, and they received two thirds of the total IAS funds. Local Aboriginal organisation, the Institute for Aboriginal Development, only received 7% of its funding application, resulting in a 63% cut from last year’s budget. Scullion called the protestors from local organisations “disingenuous” for claiming there had not been any communication during the funding process, and said of the protest “this is all theatre”.

CEO of IAD has a message for Senator Scullion


CEO of Institute of Aboriginal Development Jenny Bedford has spoken out at Nigel Scullion questioning him and urging him to restore all funding to IAD.

Protesters demonstrated outside of the Alice Springs Convention Centre calling on the Senator for the Northern Territory and Federal Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Nigel Scullion to come and ‘face the music.’

Those who protested were local residents and organisations which received little to no funding. IAD, one of those businesses which received 7% of funding asked for. The leading Aboriginal educator in Central Australia could be forced to close its doors under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy funding results.

Ms. Bedford told CAAMA Radio that if cuts go ahead as planned Aboriginal people in the sector will be worse off than they are today.

Day of Action, March on March Alice Springs!!!

Locals gathered at the Alice Springs Convention Centre to protest against the loss of jobs, and the outcomes of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy funding including the Aboriginal organisation the Institute for Aboriginal Development known as IAD.

People from various local Aboriginal Organisation showed their outrage over funding cuts to essential services. At the forefront of the protest was one of central Australia’s leading organisations IAD which, has provided education and training to Aboriginal people over the past 46 years. IAD are now at risk of closing their doors after only receiving 7% of funding initially asked for.

Among those voicing their concerns was CEO of IAD Jenny Bedford, Owen Cole, Chancey Paech, Barb Shaw, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary and Secretary for Indigenous Affairs and Federal Member for Lingiari Warren Snowden, Rachel Perkins and others.

Ending with protesters walking to the door of the Convention Centre meeting with Senator Nigel Scullion to raise their concerns about the loss of funding.




Traditional Owners in Queensland reject coal mine proposal!

The Wangan and Jagalingou people are the Traditional Owners of the land in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. The mining company Adani wants to use their ancestral lands for the Carmichael coal mine. T.O.s are opposed to this mine because it will forever damage our land and our culture. Stand with us to fight against Adani.

Alice Springs Basketball Finals

Saturday night the culmination of an entire season coming down to just one match,in the Women’s LW division the Rockets were set to face WallabiesStorm. In the Men’s division the undefeated Nyewente were looking to wrap up a perfect season against the Rockets.

The Night saw the grandstands almost filled to capacity with Alice Springs coming together to support their community teams. The Rockets looked impressive early on but the WallabiesStorm were hot on their heels pulling off a late game upset the final score WallabiesStrom 38 def rockets 25

With the women’s final concluded the men took to the court to decide the camps for 2015. Nyewente looked to gain early momentum but the Rockets displayed their tenacity, a back and forth match with the scoring leader changing constantly. But in the final quarter Nyewente showed just why they had remained undefeated for an entire year maintaining the pressure. The final score Nyewente 91 def Rockets 76.



Love Thy Neighbour




It’s that time of year again when Neighbours get to know each other. We’re not talking the season première of the new season of the TV show, which is now in its 30th year by the way! We’re talking about connecting with the person over the fence.

Neighbour day was established after a string of elderly people were found in their flats, apartments and homes thought to have been left dead for over 2 years!

We lead such busy lives and Sunday March 29 allows people to slow down and stop and think, get to know their neighbours and make sure they’re okay.

Neighbour day is a great way to connect with and learn more about your neighbours. Now in its twelfth year there is set to biggest yet with over 40,000 participants this year nation wide! Even here in the territory! To find out more information or where you can join in the neighbourly fun! Head to www.


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Men’s Sheds

‘Men don’t talk face to face, they talk shoulder to shoulder’.The Men’s Shed association was established to provide support and representation for men’s sheds across the country at a service and Government level. The Men’s Sheds provide a supportive and comfortable environment generally through construction or restoration, helping men to discuss their wellbeing.

On Today’s show we had the opportunity to chat with Gary Green the community engagement manager for the Australians Men’s Shed Association and Mal Crowley from the Ltyenties men’s shed in Alice Springs. The guests discussed Men’s Sheds at a community and  national level.

Men’s Shed show


Aboriginal Children Feel The Wrath Of Australia’s Hard Justice System

Tammy solonec

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Nearly 200 children have been locked in police station cells in Western Australia’s Kimberley in the past three years, according to freedom of information documents… The children who were remanded in custody after being sentenced to detention in Perth, were held in police lockups in Broome and Kununurra while waiting to be flown to the city… But is locking up young children a pragmatic solution or does it violate the child’s right?

Joining Mikaela Simpson on the program to discuss this further is Tammy Solonec, Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Manager at Amnesty International

Traditional Owners Showcase their Knowledge of Watarrka Country


Traditional owners of Watarrka (Kings Canyon) happily shared their cultural knowledge with the visiting ranger groups and workers who attended the 4day long ranger camp. On show were traditional bush medicines from the region, spear throwing, bead jewellery making, clap sticks and a traditional shelter demo.

CLC Ranger Camp Group Photo’s – Watarrka National Park – Kings Canyon NT

After the welcome to country the 13 ranger groups gathered on the lookout for a group photo opportunity.


Traditional Owners welcome rangers to country

Traditional Owners and Luritja Elders welcomed all those in attendance to the 2015 CLC ranger camp to country at Watarrka Kings Canyon. A very significant and important courtesy from some the traditional owners launching the annual rangers camp.