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Reclink 2015 Footy Grand Finals Alice Springs.

Reclink Australia is a non profit organisation whose mission is to provide and promote sport and art programs for people experiencing disadvantage. Established in Victoria in 1990, Reclink Australia operates nationally providing over 4500 activities and 80,000 participation opportunities for disadvantaged Australians annually.

The 2015 Reclink Footy Grand Finals took place at the TIO stadium Treager Park. It was a fun day of footy with the young kids of Clontarf kicking off in the morning and then the senior players taking to the field for the CAAMA Cup.

The Cottage All-stars where too strong this year taking out the CAAMA Cup with the final against Amoonguna Crows.

Brothers Show 28-08-15

This week the Brothers Show discussed leadership, what the word means the different ways people can be seen as leaders within the community. We had the opportunity to sit down with some Brothers to discuss being a strong leader.

Boe Spearim all the way from Brisbane, called into the CAAMA studio for the Brothers the show. Boe is a young Aboriginal man from a long line of strong vocal Aboriginal campaigners, and he shared the importance of youth standing up and leading the way into the future.

An old friend of CAAMA and the Brothers show graced us with his presence, Aboriginal Olympic athlete Patrick Johnson. Patrick has represented Australia at the highest level on multiple occasions and is the current Australian record holder for the 100m sprint. Patrick discusses what needs to be done off the track to empower the mob.

And last but definitely  not least Luke Carroll a well known Aboriginal actor who has starred in The Man From Snowy River, Water Rats and the hilarious Stone Bros. Luke was also in attendance at the AMSANT training course and he discusses what being a leader means to him.

Despite the goodwill of the PM – reality is a little different !

Bernard Charlie photo courtesy Gen One

The Cape York Aboriginal leader who told Prime Minister Tony Abbott that the disadvantage his people face is appalling and unacceptable …says the reality of Government and business really wanting to help still has a long way to go .

Despite years of effort by Governments to help close the health gap…. Northern area Peninsula Mayor Bernard Charlie says his people are still dying too young.

Mr Abbott told the mainstream media entourage traveling with him that he is determined to ensure Aboriginal people are first class citizens …but Mr Charlie says although it was great to have the Prime Minister on country to see first hand the range of issues impacting on his people … . there is still the problem of how Aboriginal and Islanders are really seen by the wider Australian public.

Listen to the full interview with Bernard here :


NT beach receives heritage and culture award.

The 2015 clean beaches program recently wrapped up earlier this month, recognising communities who strive for a cleaner more sustainable coastal environment.

Garig Gunak Barlu National Park in the Northern Territory was nominated for the Keep Australia Beautiful Northern Territory Clean Beaches territory title, and was a strong contended for the National Title for 2015.

But unfortunately for the Territory Guilderton beach in Western Australia was announced the overall Clean Beaches award winner, but Garig Gunak Barlu National Park was recognised for the strong connection to culture winning the Heritage and Culture award.

NSW community programs helping future generations.

Across to NSW where a trial diversionary program designed to address a range of community concerns is already having significant benefits for local youth.

Roger Penrith the Aboriginal liaison officer at the Griffith city council says while the community was in dire need of help the diversionary program’s success is largely due to the collaborative community response.

The initiative focusses on providing a range of afterhour’s programs such as midnight basketball, which aim to reduce boredom and give young Aboriginal people in the community the opportunity to engage in a positive and safe environment.

The research program which began last year was initiated by The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of NSW, the Griffith Aboriginal Medical Service and other local community service organisations and is expected to continue until late 2016.


NT paperless arrest laws could see more deaths in custody.

Jonothan Hunyor-NAAJA

The controversial paperless arrest law in the Northern Territory has come under fire from both the Territory coroner and the Top Ends peak Aboriginal legal Aid Service following claims that the law will contribute to more Aboriginal deaths in custody.

The paperless arrest law was introduced by the current CLP Government giving police the power to detain people for up to four hours without charge or legal representation, over suspected minor offences.

Jonathan Hunyor the principal legal officer with the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency says its no surprise that the law is having a disproportionate impact on Aboriginal people and stated although the law was not intended to be racially selective it was always going to impact heavily on Aboriginal people .

Jonathon NAAJA – paperless arrests

BROTHERS 21-08-2015


Once again another great show, This week we are focusing on law enforcement: taking a look at programs and initiatives that are in place to engage the community, also looking at how to bring the Police Force and the community closer together in a way that is beneficial to everyone.

Our special guestst today

  • Craig Waters an Alice Springs police officer in the community engagement team.
  • Lachlan Boal: local BROTHER who is an Aboriginal community police officer.

Remember if you have any topics or issues that you like us to cover send us an email to brothers@caama.com.au or drop in to our office at 101 Todd street Alice Springs and we will be happy to cover them.

The Bark Petition – Nurnakah Show


The Bark petition has been causing outrage across the community. So who is the person behind it and what affect does this have in terms of Marriage Equality. We sit down with Adam Sharah and Celeste Liddle and got their views on the controversial document and it seems that no one knows anyone who has signed the petition from the Arrente people!


Aboriginal health director confident in closing the health gap within a generation.

Tony Martin

Tony Martin Aboriginal health director of Hunter New England Health – image ABC

A NSW based health organisation is confident their newly launched initiative can improve health statistics over the next generation, according to the organisations director of Aboriginal health.

The Healthy Black and Deadly strategy aims to reduce the impact of chronic diseases and is comprised of five programs focussing on healthy lifestyles, early intervention, knowledge and behavioural change.

Tony Martin Aboriginal health director of Hunter New England Health says he is confident the initiative can deliver real results stating the program is run by Aboriginal for Aboriginal people and is looking to the future generations.

Hunter New England Health provides a wide range of public health services to the Hunter, New England and Lower Mid Northern Coast regions, servicing more than 30 thousand Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Wulli Wulli people finally receive native title recognition.


The central Queensland town of Theodore is celebrating the recent Federal Court decision officially recognising the Wulli Wulli people as the traditional custodians of 108 thousand hectares of land and waters, marking the end to a struggle more then a decade long.

The Wulli Wulli claim was filed on the 17th of July 2000 and is the first self-funded native title claim in the region. Artefacts found within the recognised location indicates Aboriginal people have occupied the area for more than 10,000 years.

Desmond Dodd a traditional owner and one of the few remaining elders who lodged the native title claim says he is very proud because those elders who passed on had given him the strength to continue.

Despite the long journey Mr Dodd says there is more to come, stating his people are seeking native title recognition over other parts of their traditional country and shaping the future of the next generation.

Wulli Wulli Native Title – Desmond Dodd

Shouldn’t all heritage sites have the same protection?

Clayton Lewis

Changes to Western Australia’s Heritage laws will see a significant difference in protection protocols between Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal heritage sites.

Clayton Lewis Is a member of the Aboriginal Heritage Action Alliance a community action group opposed to the Western Australia’s Aboriginal Heritage Act.

Mr Lewis says changes need to be made to the Heritage ACT.

Clayton Lewis

The future of the peak Western Sydney Aboriginal medical service appears secure

W 3 Aboriginal Medical Service West Sydney Mt Druitt

The Western Sydney Aboriginal Medical centre – courtesy of A History of Aboriginal Sydney

The Aboriginal Medical Service Western Sydney has provided thousands of Aboriginal clients with comprehensive culturally appropriate health care for over thirty years, but in recent months  the service has fallen  into  significant debt  leading to  administration.

Despite the threat of closure Michael Jones from Jones Partners chartered accountants has reassured Aboriginal residents in Western Sydney that the immediate future of the health service is secure.

Mr Jones says the Commonwealth Government is also  keen to continue the service and he expects the Aboriginal Medical Service Western Sydney will eventually receive its  former funding.

Michael Jones – Sydney Ab medical service