Tag Archives: Aboriginal Affairs

Amplatawatja School Concert

It was a warm night at Amplatawatja and the community gathered at the school to help the students celebrate the end of year with a show case of songs and dances they have been working on for the last two weeks with the help of CAAMA music, E-town and the HILL BOYZ.

the night started with the year one’s ending with a whole school performance capping off a great night of entertainment and another school year.

Brothers Show – Domestic Violence



The Brothers Show was one Brother down this week and decided with the recent White Ribbon Day to take another look at domestic violence.

This week we caught up with Red Cross Senior Community Development Officer Stan Law who shares the great success the community of Katherine has had in coming together in solidarity against domestic violence for White Ribbon day.

We also chat with an old friend of CAAMAs Richard Farrell, the Social Services Manager for Tangentyere Council. Richard was one of the keynote speakers for the White Ribbon Day march in Alice Springs and is apart of Tangentyere’s Men’s Behavior change program.




Gomeroi people call for transparency over native title deal with coal company.


photo courtesy Front Line Action on Coal

In NSW traditional owners have expressed concern about  lack of transparency over a recent native title agreement with a coal company.

The native title deal  followed  four years of negotiations as 18 elected Aboriginal representatives from across North West NSW came to an agreement with Whitehaven Coal at a closed meeting in Tamworth on Monday.

A press release issued by  Whitehaven Coal says the agreement will see the Gomeroi  people  working with Whitehaven, on how  the groups will collaborate on improved communications  and  cultural heritage  matters .

But the deal has surprised and caused concern for many with Senior Gomeroi Elder Uncle Neville Sampson stating it is  invalid because it had not received approval from the wider community.

Gomeroi woman Dolly Talbott  told CAAMA Radio the lack of  transparency  has created  conflict between her people and says many of her people don’t even know what the deal entails.


New program looking to improve oral health in remote communities.

A new program will be trialled in three NSW Aboriginal communities in a bid to help close the oral health gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.

The Healthy Teeth project a new pilot program will be rolled out early next year, providing filtered chilled water fountains at schools in Boggabilla, Mungindi and Toomelah.

Kylie Gwynne director of the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health told CAAMA Radio there has been a negative turnaround in the oral health of Aboriginal children which she believes is associated with general health issues.

Mr Gwynne stressed the importance of having clean accessible drinking water and daily brushing of teeth as an important part of the oral health equation.

Best New Radio Talk Show

The community Broadcasters Association of Australia held their annual conference along with the CBAA awards and one of the winners for this year was 8CCC’s Pinarra aku Show based in Tennant Creek who won this year’s Best New Radio Program – Talks award.

Kathy Burns Co-hosts the show with Rosemary Plumber every Wednesday at 9am and they aim to teach the local kids of Tennant Creek the Warramunga language.

Kathy Burns

Machado- Josheph Disease Foundation holds on to $10m grant

A significant increase in numbers of Aboriginal people across the Northern Territory who are living with a rare genetic disease is believed to have been a major influence by the Federal Court to uphold a $10 million grant to the Machado-Joseph Disorder Foundation.

Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion had challenged the grant from the Aboriginals Benefit Account but the court ruled he did not have the power to revoke the grant which was implemented by former Labor Minister Jenny Macklin.

CEO of MJD Foundation Nardia Lindop told CAAMA Radio the outcome is positive and they will now be able to start working in the communities where people who are suffering with the disease to ensure they receive   medical treatment and are looked after.

The MJD Foundation was established in 2008 to improve quality of life for Aboriginal people and their families in Arnhem Land and beyond that are living with Machado Joseph Disease.

Australia’s Aboriginal history – why we need it in schools !

Dennis Mitchell Principal of Ranfurly Primary School in Muldura. photo - courtesy of the ABC

Dennis Mitchell Principal of Ranfurly Primary School in Muldura. photo – courtesy of the ABC

A Victorian based Aboriginal educator says it is important to acknowledge specific indigenous events and places that have had a significant role in the development of Australia’s history.

Dennis Mitchell  a Narranga-Kurarna man and Principal of Ranfurly Primary School in Mildura has recently been recognised for his leadership in the local Aboriginal community being named an Adjunct professor for La Trobe University.

Mr Mitchell says key parts of Australia’s Aboriginal history need to become a part of the school curriculum,as this will help the wider community better understand its heritage and break existing stigma and fear about teaching Aboriginal history in schools.

Mr Mitchell says greater community engagement with Aboriginal places and events of the past will ensure all children achieve an understanding of their history from both perspectives.

Nuclear Fuel Cycle Concerns: What will it mean for the people

Karina Lester

A South Australia a Native title group has voiced concern about the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission’s consultation process with its people saying that vital information may be misinterpreted.

Yankunytjatjara Native Title Aboriginal Corporation CEO Karin Lester has questioned how many aboriginal people really understand the consultations that are taking place in communities.

Ms Lester says vital information may not be passed on because many of the words have no translation in Aboriginal languages.

Karina Lester

Tension among Tasmanian Aboriginal community.

Claims from Tasmania that the inclusion of a new expanded representative body which will advise on the states World heritage listed area is a political move designed to weaken the voice of Aboriginal people.

The expanded aboriginal heritage group will now include a representative from the recently formed Tasmanian Regional Aboriginal Communities Alliance. Rodney Dillon chairman of the new group has welcomed the announcement of their inclusion despite the opposition of the TAC.

Rodney Dillon says the move by the State Government indicates a wiliness to work alongside all ab people and inclusion will allow different groups to have a say on will happen on their country.

But veteran Aboriginal rights campaigner and former CEO of Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC)  Michael Mansell told CAAMA is corned Aboriginal will lose their voice stating the advisory body will mean the State Government will not have to deal with the unified Aboriginal community.

Nurnakah Show – Gerontology


Gerontology is the study of aging and with the Australian Association of Gerontology hosting its 48th National Conference in Alice Springs the Nurnakah Show decided to take a look at the aging LGBTI community.

We had a range of guests on the show, listen below to hear the stories and journeys of those who went through a very different experience during very different time.


Professor shares thoughts on Aboriginal economic development moving forward.

Prof. Jon  Altman

A veteran economic researcher says Governments have repeatedly failed to take into account the uniqueness of community Aboriginal  people in the implementation of economic development initiatives.

Emeritus professor Jon Altman says while Government may go into dealings with Aboriginal people and with the best intentions, promises are often broken when  commercial distress is experienced and this often limits the engagement of community members.

Professor Altman told CAAMA Radio he believes Government needs to fully engage with Aboriginal communities when developing and rolling out economic initiatives which  directly impact on the community members.

Professor Altman foundation director of the centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at Australian National University spent two decades researching social justice, human rights and economic development and associated policy for first nations peoples.



NSW mob want a greater say in their future !

Sean Gordon

Sean Gordon CEO of Darkinjung Aboriginal Land Council and convener of the empowered communities leadership group – Photo courtesy of the ABC

The CEO of a NSW Aboriginal land council says Governments needs to step back and give his people an opportunity to manage their own lives.

The empowered community’s leadership group is an Aboriginal-led, locally driven imitative which looks at Aboriginal people taking greater responsibility in developing and leading their own plans for reform.

Sean Gordon, CEO of the Darkinjung Aboriginal Land Council and convener of the empowered communities leadership group told CAAMA Radio he believes Governments needs to stop telling Aboriginal people how to live their lives and instead allow first nations peoples a greater say in the decision making process.

Mr Gordon says Aboriginal people  have been  crippled into poverty because they have been restricted in being a part of economic development which  is preventing communities from delivering their own initiatives.