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2015 Alice Springs Show

The crowds gathered early on another cool Friday morning to see what was in store for the 56th annual Alice Springs show. As the stalls opened people didn’t waste any time looking at what they can snap up.  Side show ally once again drawing large crowds with each ride hosting lines and lines of people. Once again people were spoiled for choice when it came to deciding what to eat.

Minister says culture cannot be ignored….even in job program !

NIgel Scullion caama pwphoto

The Federal MInister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders says it is impossible to ignore cultural issues and how they  impact on  delivery of the new Community Development Program in remote Aboriginal communities.

Under the new CDP… Aboriginal people will be expected to work a maximum  25 hours per week to receive welfare payments, with six weeks of holidays over summer and 10 days of cultural leave.

Northern Territory Senator Nigel Scullion says cultural leave for funerals is an important element that Government has now taken into consideration.

Nigel Scullion onCDP and IAS funding

$1.3 Billion dollar WA land use agreement – ‘self determination in action’

Braden Hill Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre

A Western Australian based  Aboriginal academic has questioned the viability of native title in urban based areas.

Braden Hill manager of the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre at the Murdoch University says there are a number of misconceptions surrounding native title especially in urban based areas which makes self determination difficult to achieve.

Mr Hill says while land use agreement deals offers traditional owners the opportunity to develop and establish programs for the betterment of their people it can sometimes  be difficult to actually implement programs which are acceptable to urban based non Aboriginal communities.

Keeping Language Alive…Canberra mob show how it’s done


The Ngunawal people of Canberra have taken a big step towards reclaiming and revitalizing their own language with a number of preschools in Canberra teaching the local language.

Ngunawal elder and custodian Glen Freeman tells us more About the program.

Glen Freeman

Aboriginal Eye health a ‘national priority’ says Dr Mark Loane

A leading Aboriginal and Islander health service which has been delivering   a frontline eye health program for more than four years is calling on the Federal Government to renew its funding.

IRIS, The Indigenous and Remote Eye Health Service has performed over two thousand eye procedures and distributed two million dollars’ worth of equipment to remote communities  across Australia.

Dr. Mark Loane chairman of the Rural indigenous Eye Health program has expressed  the importance of maintaining  good eye health  and  says a collective response at a national level is the key to solving eye health issues in communities.

Dr. Loane  says everyone involved in the IRIS  program is  hoping to continue their work which is a joint initiative of the Australian Society of Ophthalmologists and  Government.


Juru land struggle comes to an end ……

Juru Native Title Working Group

The Juru people of north Queensland have been awarded native title rights over more of their land between Bowen and Ayr.

Last year the group was awarded native title over one hundred and seventy six thousand square hectares of land but the latest recognition settles their original 2010 claim.

Angelina Arkee Chair of the Kyburra Munda Yalga Prescribed Body corporate  says the win will provide some certainty for their future generations.


Aboriginal Surgeon discusses health in communities

Image 2-Photographer Shayne Teece Johnson

A leading Aboriginal ear health surgeon has called for a bureaucratic review of the service delivery of health programs in remote Aboriginal communities.

Dr Kelvin Kong an ambassador for the Care for Kids’ Ears campaign says that to address the ongoing issues of ear health in communities it is the communities themselves that need to be empowered. He told CAAMA Radio that if this is to be achieved a major bureaucratic shift is needed.

The Care for Kids’ Ears campaign is a part of the Government’s commitment to improving eye and ear health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health programs in remote Aboriginal communities.

Dr Kelvin Kong Care for Kids Ears campaign


BROTHERS 26-06-15

red nose brothers

This weeks Brothers show covered an important topic, as Friday the 26th marks a significant day where Australians nation wide come together in solidarity for Red Nose Day. Red Nose Day is the major fundraiser for SIDS and Kids which provides safe sleeping education to families and bereavement support to those affected by the death of a baby or child.

During the program we had the opportunity to speak with the Northern Territory Shadow Minister for Indigenous policy and regional development Ken Vowles. Who has been actively involved with SIDS and Kids.

We greeted an old friend of CAAMA’s as the Mayor of Alice Springs Damien Ryan joined us on the Brothers Show. Mr Ryan discussed the need for community involvement expressing the importance of Red Nose Day.

And finally we were lucky enough to have Ducan Griffithf an advocate for SIDS and Kids to share his story. Mr Griffithf was directly affected by SIDS three years ago, and he provides a powerful story and message to families.

If you have any topics or issues you would like to discuss on Brothers then send an email to brothers@caama.com.au or if you around Alice Springs come in and see us 101 Todd Street.


Adelaide River Community says ‘no’ to fracking

sandy may ARC frack free

A grassroots community survey has highlighted an overwhelming level of disapproval to the expansion of the unconventional gas industry within a prominent Northern Territory community.

The Adelaide River Community has broken new ground becoming the first Northern Territory community to vote yes to being Gasfield free and joins more than 350 towns across Australia.

Sandy May an Adelaide River Community resident and one of the surveyors in the town told CAAMA Radio, fracking has been on the agenda for a long time and that the yes vote has reflected the community’s perspective.

Ms May says she is hopeful that the Adelaide River Community will inspire more areas across the Northern Territory to also become Gasfield free.

Sandy May ARC Gasfield Free

The Ongoing Fight Against Scabies: One Child Affected, Is One Too Many.


The goal of closing the life-expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is now one-step closer thanks to a $1.2 million donation to the cause today. MSD in Australia have donated $600,000 to not-for-profit organisation One Disease, which is also being matched dollar-for-dollar by an unnamed benefactor, in a bid to combat the high number of people affected by scabies. One Disease, aims to eliminate preventable disease, one at a time from remote Indigenous communities.

General Manager of One Disease Dr Sam Prince joins Mikaela Simpson on the program.

Gathering International Support


Photo courtesy of: The Guardian

The 20th Melanesian Spearhead Group Summit that is being held in Honiara in the Solomon Islands, the chair of the Aboriginal Provisional Government Callum Clayton-Dixon will be attending the summit to talk about gaining the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s right to self-determination.

Callum Clayton-Dixon

Finals elimination round 1: Finke Vs Imanpa


The first match of the Finals elimination match ups and the decider of the top team was on, with the current 2014 champion, Imanpa Fillies taking on Finke.

The match played out as most would expect, as the top two teams went back and forth. Finke standouts began taking control rallying their entire squad and ultimately taking the match, the final score Finke 6 and Imanpa 3.