CAAMA News 8-4-2021

8th Apr 2021

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In today's bulletin:

* The acting director of Australia's National Parks, Jody Swirepik, has written an open letter to the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority CEO Dr Ben Scambary, saying that she would like to work closely with Traditional Owners and acknowledging a pathway constructed in Kakadu caused distress.

* Preparations for a national day of action to highlight the 30th anniversary of the royal commission's findings into Aboriginal Deaths In Custody are underway, with gatherings set to be held around the country.

* Aboriginal leaders in the West Australian Fitzroy Valley are partnering with the University of Sydney to research ways to improve the mental and physical health wellbeing of teenagers living in remote communities.

* A Ltyentye Apurte Santa Teresa artist has seen her design displayed on the world renowned Ghan train as part of the Parrtjima Festival, which begins in Mbantwe Alice Springs tomorrow.

* 87 new homes will be constructed in the remote East Arnhem community of Galiwin’ku, care of a newly awarded $51 million contract to a Aboriginal-owned and operated construction business.

* The ABC has apologised to Alice Springs Deputy Mayor and Walpiri Celtic woman Jacinta Nampanjinpa Price after she launched defamation proceedings for its coverage of her 2019 speaking tour.

* The NT Government's Aboriginal Business Development Program has so far spent over $765,000 this financial year, with a range of projects and businesses varying in scope and industry receiving grants.

* The NT Government was also critical the Community Development Programme in their submission to the commitee saying that it reduced the incentive for providers to place clients into real jobs.