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Nurnakah Show – Health and Support



Today on the Nurnakah Show we’ll be discussing transgender health care pathways in the Northern Territory. Members of the transgender and gender diverse community have recently claimed that they may be forced to leave the NT to be able to access appropriate health care needs. One NT Brotherboy wanting to medically transition was turned away from the Royal Darwin Hospital and told to seek help interstate.


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.

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!


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

Painting a different picture of Aboriginal communities.

mutitjulu art

A central Australian based Aboriginal community has started an innovative mural project to engage community members while beautifying local buildings.

The project aims to highlight the positives of communities through the universal language of art, the highly acclaimed Chinese artist Xiaoping is working alongside members of the community of Mutitjulu to create several murals.

Xiaoping is embarking on the new journey alongside award winning Melbourne cafe businesswoman Diamond Rozakeas and former journalist and broadcaster Brian James.

Xiaoping has worked extensively with Aboriginal artists in Arnherm land and the Kimberley region for more than twenty years and will work alongside Aboriginal artists for the Painting a different Picture project.

Diamond Rozakeas and Brian James discuss their ‘amazing’ journey working along side the community of Mutitjulu and what the project can do for the community and for wider Australia.

Blekbala Mujik Rock Big Rivers Festival!

Formed in 1986 by lead singer, Appak Jupurrula Miller, Blekbala Mujik have become one of Australia’s Aboriginal rock bands who have brought their message of reconciliation to an Australian audience. The band has toured internationally, taking Aboriginal culture and language to another audience where “world” music was still a new concept. The latest album Blekbala Mujik-Greatest Hits live has been said to capture the passion and energy that made Blekbala Mujik famous.

The band, who is CAAMA Music’s oldest band, joined the Katherine Big Rivers Festival, and played hit after hit too a crowd whom sang back too them lyric for lyric, proving they are one of the best Australia has to offer!

Photos courtesy: CAAMA Radio Technical Manager Rob Mitchell


Big Rivers Festival pt.2

The second half of the Big Rivers Festival kicked off with a bang! With a change in hosts, from Kamahi to Constintina Bush and the introduction of bands Mambali, Bininj, and Tom E. Lewis, Katherine rocked out into the night with some of the greatest in Aboriginal bands!


Katherine Prepares For The Big Rivers Festival!

The 2015 Big Rivers Community Festival will soon be underway! CAAMA Music have pulled together some of the best Aboriginal bands from the Katherine Region. Bands include Wakal Bengkuhn, Lazy Late Boys, Mambali, Binij and Blekbala Mujik, as well as solo acts Tom E. Lewis and Grant Thompson. Listen live on CAAMA Radio through your local frequency, or via our website www.caama.com.au


CAAMA Music is Australia’s first Aboriginal record label, recording, supporting and promoting Aboriginal musicians for 35 years. To celebrate their birthday they are hosting a music festival in Katherine which will showcase emerging Aboriginal artists.

The Big Rivers Community Festival will be headlined by Blekbala Mujik, Mambali, Bininj, Wakal Bengkunh, NT Express, Grant Thompson and the Lazy Late Boys.

The bands have received two days of training in the lead up to the concert. Representatives of CAAMA Radio, CAAMA Music, APRA, MusicNT and ArtbackNT have coached the bands in matters of music business, rights and royalties, stage craft and media interviews.

CAAMA Radio will do a live broadcast of the concert on Saturday, August 15th, from 3.30pm until late. Tune in via your local frequency to hear some of the best upcoming Aboriginal musicians!!!

Nurnakah Show Supporting Marriage Equality

It looked like Australia could join the rest of the world on Tuesday afternoon in terms of Marriage Equality.

The Coalition took to a six hour party meeting to discuss the issue of same sex marriage and whether the liberal party should be able to vote.

Six hours later and the answer was no. Marriage Equality would NOT be on the government agenda and the party would stick with the traditional statement of marriage; which is between a man and a woman.

So Nurnakah show took it upon ourselves to show our support for Same Sex marriage. The PM’s sister used the show as a platform for expressing her disappointment. Christine Forster Councillor for the City of Sydney urged the PM to go to a plebiscite at the next election!

While, Green Senator Janet Rice spoke out about her disappointment saying it was the Government’s chance to prove itself for the people.

While it wasn’t all rainbow arch ways for weddings the National LGBTIQ Health Conference is under-way in the Nation’s Capital and we caught up with our own Starlady who is attending and speaking at the national conference.

BROTHERS 07-08-2015

Another great show for our BROTHERS out there with the topic of this weeks show focusing on Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking) and shedding light on how fracking works. we discus the possible implications, the pros and cons also sharing the stories of those who are directly involved and have been affected by fracking.

Our guest line up includes:

Steve Gerhardy the Northern Territory director of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, the peak national body representing Australia’s oil and gas exploration and production industry.

Northern Territory Chief minister Adam Giles dropped in to give us his stance on the process of Hydraulic Fracturing and what that will mean for the NT.

We were also able to talk to Micklo Corpus a Yawuru Traditional Owner who has been making a strong stance against the opening of the Buru Energy’s oilfield in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.

For those BROTHERS that want to know more about Frackman here is Dayne Plazky’s talk With Brother Kyle Dowling.

Dayne Palzky – Frackman




2015 NIMAS: A Celebration Of Music And Culture

The National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) are recognised as one of Australia’s most prominent Indigenous music awards and they have been celebrating Australian music for 11 years!

Held annually under the stars at Darwin’s historic Amphitheatre, The NIMAS bring audiences from all over Australia together to applaud the winners, enjoy the performances and soak up the ambiance of a night for music lovers of all ages and all cultures. This years line up was an epic show stopper, with performances from Frank Yamma, Gurrumul Yunupingu, B2M, Blekbala Mujik, East Journey, Yothu Yindi and many more.