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Tribute to Tracker… David Ross, Nigel Scullion and Owen Cole Remember

Alice Springs legend ‘Tracker’ Tilmouth, former Director of Central Land Council and member of the Stolen Generation, passed away this weekend after a long battle with cancer. He helped establish the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service, as well as the region’s Aboriginal health service.

CAAMA produced a short package for an NITV News tribute to ‘Tracker’, where current CLC Director David Ross, Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion, and Tilmouth’s mate Owen Cole remember his legacy.

$28,000 for Breaking Down Legal Language


A new program regarding language and the legal system has found that often legal jargon is being lost in translation.

Miscommunication in the law is a major issues within the justice system. Linguist Samantha Disbray from CDU’s Northern Institude has started the Language and the law project in a bid to close the gap between Aboriginal Australian and the justice system.

Ms. Disbray says that jargon for anyone who isn’t involved with the legal system is overwhelming. While she gives the example of the phrase “to kill” which can mean anything from to literally kill someone to , ‘hit’ or ‘beat.’

The project has been funded $28,000 in a grant from the Law Society Public Purposes Trust and aims to reduce the high level of incarceration due to miscommunication within the legal system.

CAAMA News 02-03-15

CAAMA News Team: Justin Fenwick, Lorena Walker

The Tasmanian Aboriginal land Council are calling on the State Government to speed up its responses to land claims.

A new program spruiking lagauge and the law is aiming to bridge the divide between Aboriginal people and the the crimial justice system.

Closer to home where Northern Territory Indigenous activist Tilmouth sadly passed away at the weekend

Mr. Tillmouth was a long-time member of the Labor Party, and in the late 1990s was the frontrunner to be pre-selected as the party’s senator for the NT…

And Finally to Canberra where The National Museum of Australia says that a controversial exhibition of Aboriginal Artefacts collected by Captain James Cook will be returned to Australia for the first time 245 years…


Nurnakah Show 27-03-15

Our Show 2015 039 (Medium)

This Week was CRAZY! We loved brining you Nurnakah show! We had a chat to local doctor Hilary Taylor about her involvement in the Alice Springs Pride Carnivale!

And we caught up with our Producer! Justin Fenwick about his experience of coming out and how he deals with culture. A very interesting conversation! Nurnakah show is broadcast EVERY Friday at 9AM CST 10:30AEDT tune in 100.5 in Alice Springs OR through www.caama.com.au


The Week That Was: Feb 28

Here’s the latest in Aboriginal news for this week. Redfern Tent Embassy refuses eviction, relief for Arnhem Land communities after Cyclone Lam, and Victoria defeats Queensland in the Sheffield Shield in Alice Springs.

AHC Don’t Want A Publicity Stunt


Residents of The Block received a move on order last week. Evictions are nothing new to the block these recent evictions could be the final chapter in the ongoing feud.

Jenny Munro has told CAAMA Radio that she is committed to standing her ground to the protect the block from commercial development, rather she says, it should be used for what it was set aside for and that is Aboriginal housing.

The company behind the multi million dollar project set for the Block say they too are committed to ensuring Aboriginal Housing is also built on the site.

The Aboriginal Housing Company were set to meet with Redfern residents at the inner Sydney site on Tuesday afternoon. However, due to an overwhelming presence of media at the site the AHC declined the meeting instead they say they would like the mediation to be “more constructive” rather than “a publicity opportunity.”

The AHC say they will continue to strive to to make sure the Block remains Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned and controlled into the future.



CAAMA NEWS 26-02-15

CAAMA News Team: Justin Fenwick, Kyle Dowling, Donna Campbell, Mikaela Simpson, Damien Williams

New child protection legislation has been introduced in the Northern Territory to provide a more stable upbringing for children in foster care

A new report into Heart Health is being labelled as the most comprehensive report ever published in Western Australia

Over to New South Wales where residents from Redfern’s The Block were due to meet with the Aboriginal Housing Company on Tuesday afternoon, however due to an overwhelming media presence at the site, AHC say they wish to reschedule, so that the mediation could take place in a constructive way, rather than as a publicity stunt

Staying in NSW where an Aboriginal Researcher who has been awarded the Prestigious Fullbright Scholarship says he will further his research on Indigenous entrepreneurship and social enterprise


Federal Funding For Essential Dementia Programs Forgotten


Dementia is five times more common among Aboriginal people. Currently across the nation there are 25,000 Australians who are affected by young onset dementia. If there is no medical breakthrough or advancement the number of people with young onset dementia is set to rise by 48% by 2050.
Now vital funding for essential support programs could be on the chopping block. Which will force the young people living with dementia into residential aged care earlier than they should.
CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia Carol Bennett told CAAMA Radio that residential aged care for people under 65 people suffering dementia isn’t a solution the problem which seems to be getting worse.


The Sheffield Shield in Alice Springs


With Australia Co-Hosting the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup with New Zealand unfortunately the Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers won’t be able to host any teams at their home ground The MCG, Fortunately for Alice Springs that means two home away from home games to be played at TIO Traeger Park.

The first of the two scheduled games to be played in The Alice is underway, seeing the Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers taking on the myFootDr Queensland Bulls on day one of the four day test match.

CAAMA news 25-02-15

CAAMA news team: Damien Williams, Donna Campbell, Kyle Dowling, Justin Fenwick

The stand-off between Redfern locals at the Block and Aboriginal Housing Company is continuing with social commentator’s weighing in on the debate, the Co-Founder of an online new source has expressed his thoughts and concerns surrounding the current Redfern evictions.

Keeping in Redfern and long-time Aboriginal Rights Campaigner Ray Jackson has spoken out about his concerns surrounding the meeting with Aboriginal Housing Company.

Young onset Dementia is on the rise across Australia and is set to affect more than 37,000 people by 2050. However, vital funding for essential support programs is now under threat.

A group of Central Australian Northern Territory Emergency Services Volunteers are jetting off to a Top End community to help with disaster relief in the wake of Cyclone Lam.


We’re Not Going Anywhere!

WikiLeaks spokesperson Gerry Georgatos - AAP-1

courtesy of: sbs.com.au


The Residents of the Tent Embassy of the Redfern site known as The Block, say they are not going anywhere as an eviction notice was issued by Aboriginal Housing Company to the Embassy members.

The ongoing feud between AHC and the residents of the inner city site has finally come to, what looks like it’s final chapter in the ongoing saga. Jenny Munro told CAAMA News she would remain on the historical site and ‘wouldn’t be going anywhere.’

The Aboriginal Housing Company erected signs on Friday notifying residents of the Tent Embassy they are trespassing on AHC land and need to vacate the premises.

We’re Still On The Block! Jenny Munro Speaks Out 

Gerry Georgatos spoke to CAAMA News about the situation at The Block and says that Jenny Munro will always ‘defend’ the block! Mr. Georgatos says that the ongoing feud has been brewing for a long time and has been evident through disagreements witnessed by himself and other members of the public, between AHC and residents of the historical site.

He says that the block is still an opportunity “and that’s what Jenny and other residents see.” An opportunity for Aboriginal people which seems to be being overlooked by AHC.

CAAMA has tired to contact AHC a number of times for comment however, calls went unanswered.

We’re Still On The Block!


They were given 48 hours and signs were erected that allegedly told them to get off the land otherwise they would be ‘forcibly removed’ if they were caught trespassing! But worst of all they were told they had to leave the site known as The Block! We’re not talking about Scotty Cam from the Channel Nine reality show. We’re talking Jenny Munro and the mob from Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy!

On Friday tensions between residents of The Block and Aboriginal Housing Company came to ahead. The company issued residents with an ‘eviction’ notice at the weekend giving them only 48 hours to vacate the site.

The historic inner city site, which was set aside for Aboriginal housing, is now in fear of being demolished to make way for a $73 Million Dollar development by Aboriginal Housing Company!

Jenny Munro says that the historic site was put aside for Aboriginal Housing and is standing firm on her beliefs for what the site was set aside for.

Mickey Mundine was unavailable for comment today and CAAMA Made a number of attempts to make contact with AHC. All attempts  were unsuccessful. However Ms Munro says that she isn’t leaving the historic site. She says that the company will ‘hopefully’ meet with the residents of The Block.