photo courtesy Front Line Action on Coal
In NSW traditional owners have expressed concern about lack of transparency over a recent native title agreement with a coal company.
The native title deal followed four years of negotiations as 18 elected Aboriginal representatives from across North West NSW came to an agreement with Whitehaven Coal at a closed meeting in Tamworth on Monday.
A press release issued by Whitehaven Coal says the agreement will see the Gomeroi people working with Whitehaven, on how the groups will collaborate on improved communications and cultural heritage matters .
But the deal has surprised and caused concern for many with Senior Gomeroi Elder Uncle Neville Sampson stating it is invalid because it had not received approval from the wider community..
Gomeroi woman Dolly Talbott told CAAMA Radio the lack of transparency has created conflict between her people and says many of her people don’t even know what the deal entails.
Traditional owners may have won the battle to save Watarrka National Park from fracking – but the war of war of words between the Central Land Council and the Northern Territory Giles CLP Government is set to continue.
Northern Territory Minister for Mines and Energy Dave Tollner announced on Tuesday that an oil and gas exploration permit will not be issued to Palatine Energy because the application did not satisfy new land use measures which “ensure activities can proceed alongside other land usages in a safe and sustainable manner.”
N.T. Government Minister for Parks and Wildlife Bess Price and Central Land Council Director David Ross share their thoughts about the future of mining on Aboriginal land across the Territory.
David Ross Watarrka
Day one of the coronial inquest into the death of a 22-year-old Aboriginal woman in a Western Australian police lockup last year has revealed a disturbing culture of apathy and neglect.
Ruth Barson, Senior Legal Officer with the Melbourne based Human Rights Law Centre says Western Australia’s incarceration rates are an injustice which reflect poorly on the entire State and called on the Barnett Government to implement reforms already in place in other jurisdictions across the country
.Ruth Barson – day two coronial inquest
photo’s of Ms Dhu’s family at coronial inquest courtesy of Gerry Georgatos
A coronial inquest into the death of a 22 year old Aborignal woman in Western Australia has heard police thought she was faking when she told them that her hands were going blue and she could not feel her leg.
Ms Dhu, who who was taken into custody for fine defaults had been taken to the Hedland Health Campus three times during her detention.. but was diagnosed by doctors during the first two visits as having “behavioural issues” and discharged.
CCTV footage presented at the inquest shows Ms Dhu later vomiting in the jail cell and failing backwards before hitting her head on concrete floor .
A new program will be trialled in three NSW Aboriginal communities in a bid to help close the oral health gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.
The Healthy Teeth project a new pilot program will be rolled out early next year, providing filtered chilled water fountains at schools in Boggabilla, Mungindi and Toomelah.
Kylie Gwynne director of the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health told CAAMA Radio there has been a negative turnaround in the oral health of Aboriginal children which she believes is associated with general health issues.
Mr Gwynne stressed the importance of having clean accessible drinking water and daily brushing of teeth as an important part of the oral health equation.
The Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten says justice targets to reduce the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Australia’s prisons .need to be included under the “closing the gap” framework’.
Mr Shorten has delivered a speech promising to work with state and territory governments to reinstate the justice targets, which were dumped by the coalition.
Qld MP Shayne Neumann says if elected a Shorten Government would put the issue of justice targets on the agenda,
Shayne Neumann Labors justice re investment commitment
Glen Yearwood is a former successful London based communication consultancy expert whose life changed dramatically when he developed diabetes. Searching for his own truths, he became a travelling storyteller with a passion for good coffee.
Storyteller Glen Yearwood
Waringarri Radio have taken out the Excellence in Indigenous Broadcasting at the CBAA Awards night in Terrigal NSW. Waringarri Radio are the Aboriginal voice of the North East Kimberley.
Waringarri Radio 6WR is part of the Waringarri Media Aboriginal Corporation, a successfully locally owned not-for-profit organisation operating for over 25 years.
On top of providing quality radio service, the key objectives of the organisation are to reinforce indigenous cultural identity, promote trust and friendship among Aboriginal people and the wider Australian community, and provide training and employment to Aboriginal people.
Lorena Walker has a chat with CEO of Waringarri Radio Bokola Esin about winning the award the importance of community radio, networking and working with the youth.
Peter Garrett is a well-known activist, musician and former federal politician. A founding member of Midnight Oil, he was twice president of the Australian Conservation Foundation before entering parliament as the member for Kingsford Smith in 2004. He subsequently served as a minister in the Rudd/Gillard governments. Married with three children, he lives in Sydney.
photo courtesy Anthony Browell
An internationally recognized award-winning Australian architect who has had a long connection with Aboriginal people says Governments shouldn’t be telling them where they should live… or how they manage their lives.
Professor Peter Stutchbury who designed shelters for Aboriginal people at Wilcannia in the 1970’s as a part of his final year thesis says he felt he could learn a lot from the people who had occupied a country for fifty thousand plus years…. compared to Europeans who had ” in a funny way unoccupied it in two hundred years.”
Representatives from the NSW Wilcannia Aboriginal Radio Station travelled to Terrigal in NSW hoping for success in the Excellence in Indigenous broadcasting.
Brendan Adams… Wilcannia River Radio Presenter told CAAMA Radio… although their station was unsuccessful in taking out the top prize… it is more about being recognised for their work and community support.
Lorene Walker chats with Brendon Adams at Wilcannia River Radio
Wilcania Radio CBAA
The community Broadcasters Association of Australia held their annual conference along with the CBAA awards and one of the winners for this year was 8CCC’s Pinarra aku Show based in Tennant Creek who won this year’s Best New Radio Program – Talks award.
Kathy Burns Co-hosts the show with Rosemary Plumber every Wednesday at 9am and they aim to teach the local kids of Tennant Creek the Warramunga language.