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.
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. neighbourday.org.au
‘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
Former ALP party member Gary Johns must now face up to the hard questions being asked by Aboriginal Australia after his article in The Australian.The article titled Aborigines must face up to the hard questions points out his view that Aboriginal people have no ‘need’ to live on country.
In his article he is critical of Aboriginal people needing a connection to country any more. Saying that those who live on remote communities are not creating a viable economic future for their people. Rather he says they’re “sitting idle, playing cards and taking benefits for pretend work.”
Mr. Johns that Aboriginal people should move off the homelands and into respected jobs and industries. Although he says there is no one stick approach when it comes to helping those on communities move off he says it comes down to how willing the government is to help Aboriginal people build an “economically viable future.”
Social Commentator Celeste Liddle has spoken out about former Politician Gary Johns. Labelling his comments as ridiculous.
Johns made comments in an opinion piece in The Australian where he claims Aboriginal people have no need to live on country any more and are just wasting taxpayers money for what he calls a ‘lifestyle.’
His comments add fuel to the Government’s fire and come only weeks after Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that Aboriginal people who live on remote communities are only living there because of a “lifestyle choice”.
Ms. Liddle says that she agrees with one comment. Aboriginal people are worse off now than they were 40 years ago. Ms. Liddle says that sadly Australian’s at large have a negative view of Aboriginal people and that needs to change and it starts with mainstream media helping to change that image by promoting the good work that Aboriginal people…
CAAMA NEWS: Justin Fenwick, Mikalea Simpson, Lorena Walker, Allan Neilson
The spokesperson for a leading environmental Alliance has called on the CLP Government to stop subsidising mining companies… and invest funds directly back into Aboriginal communities in a bid to improve infrastructure…
A recent report into an innovative money management program has found siginificant progress in building the financial skills of Aboriginal people in the APY lands, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.
Meanwhile in Western Australia aboriginal people at the noongar tent embassy are still concerned about their future.
CAAMA NEWS TEAM: Justin Fenwick, Lorena Walker, Allan Neilsen
Tributes continue to flow for Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser who died at the weekend. Parliament remembering Fraser as a man who was ahead of his time.
Turning to other news and Thousands protested across the country against the closure of Remote Aboriginal Communities in Western Australia last week.
Relay for Life provides the chance for communities to celebrate and remember those who have been affected by cancer in any way and this year OLSH Sadadeen played host to the Alice Springs 2015 Relay for Life.
The participants walk or run the relay from 5pm all the way up until 12am. This year had another great turn out with many of the community in participation coming together as one standing strong for those affected by cancer. The event saw live musical performances with bands such as the Fog. It was a great night a very vivid community from start to finish, once again a great night for a great cause.
News wrap up! Nation-wide protests against remote Aboriginal community closures in Western Australia, Nyoongar Tent Embassy in Perth evicted yet again, former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser passes away at age 84, and Alice Springs Sheffield Shield results.
The Town Council lawns played host to the Alice Springs rally against community closures in WA, gathering just across the road from Nigel Scullions office. This was one of many protests across the country since the call to action was put foward.
Photos Supplied: Tashara Roberts
As Western Australia faces a possible 150 Aboriginal community closures the nation is speaking out in the hope the communities will be spared.
Friday saw the launch of #blackfriday right across the country as thousands turned out in support of WA Aboriginal people. People in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin and Melbourne gathered to protest against the closure of Aboriginal communities.
Aboriginal Rights Campaigner Kai Clancy told CAAMA Radio that the “government has a lot to answer for.” And That’s the consensus right across the board.
Rallies across the country will be held on Thursday March 19 including Alice Springs.
Aboriginal people living in Western Australia’s remote Kimberley region have made a global call for action to stop the forced closure of 150 of their communities.
Weekend rallies in major cities across the country indicated the forced closure of communities and recent comments by Prime Minister Tony Abbott that people choose to live remotely because of “lifestyle choice” have not gone down well in the wider community.
Broome-based film maker and Aboriginal rights campaigner Mitch Torres says people in the Kimberly weren’t really clear about the closure of the communities until the comments made by the Prime Minister
Ms Torres…. organiser of grass-roots fight back group ” Stop the forced closure of Communities” told CAAMA that people are waiting anxiously to hear which ones will be closed down.