Aboriginal News Aboriginal Way – National Indigenous Radio Service



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A new report by the Salvation Army highlights the desperate situation facing thousands of homeless Australians as we head towards Christmas.

It reveals the growing housing affordability crisis is responsible for almost half of all people accessing the Salvo’s special homelessness services.

The ‘Homelessness’ report also identifies domestic violence as the main reason for more than half of women who use the service.

Doctor Bruce Redman from the Salvation Army is calling on Australians to remember those who will struggle over the holiday period.


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Visitors to Dreamworld on the Gold Coast are set to experience Australia’s First Nations customs and culture in a new feature opening later this month.

After successfully securing funding to work with local traditional owners to build an indigenous tourism experience, Western Yalanji and Ewamian (oora-min) man, David Hudson has been brought on as an advisor, choreographer and script writer.

Mr Hudson is an internationally renowned dancer and performer, and was one of the founders of ‘Tjapukai Cultural Park’ in Cairns.

He’s been working with the local Yugambeh (yukember) mob to create ‘Dreamworld Corroboree’.

Mr. Hudson says Dreamworld’s new edition is huge and positive news for the Gold Coast.


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A South Australian public health officer has questioned the effectiveness of the Northern Territory government’s ‘Alcohol Protection Order’.

The bill will see those convicted of committing a crime while intoxicated face limitations on buying and consuming alcohol as well as entering licensed premises.

Public Health Medical Officer at the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia Dr David Scrimgeour says community supported programs to battle substance abuse are often more effective than legal punishment.


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To rugby league,

Wayne Bennett and Laurie Daley will re-ignite their All Stars rivalry today when they launch the ‘2014 Festival of Indigenous Rugby League’.

The festival will run for a week, culminating in a trial match between a Daley coached non-elite Indigenous team.  They’ll be up against Wayne Bennett’s Newcastle Knights.

Other highlights include a Murri v Koori match, and curtain raisers between Under 16s Boys, and Qld v NSW Indigenous Women’s matches.

The festival will run, following the ‘resting’ of the annual ‘Rugby League All Stars’ in 2014.

The ‘All Stars’ will be rested in light of next year’s World Cup series.

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Yolngu statesman Galarrwuy Yunupingu says he’s sad and disappointed at the decision of mining giant Rio Tinto to close its alumina refinery on Gove Peninsula.

Around fifteen hundred jobs will be affected.

Mr Yunupingu, in an interview with ‘The Australian’, is urging Indigenous Australians to develop businesses such as mining on country and to manage it themselves.

The Gumatj Corporation, representing Mr Yunupingu’s clan, is in the process of developing its own bauxite mining company.

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A report into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health shows the need for governments to address mental health, a health professional has said.

CEO of Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Services Julie Tongs says, mental health and drug and alcohol abuse remain devastating issues in communities.

Ms Tongs says, while smoking rates have gone down over the last 10 years, synthetic drugs pose a big challenge.


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The Australian Greens has vowed to take the plea for the funding and construction of sea walls in the Torres Strait, to federal parliament this week.

In the final sitting weeks of 2013, Greens Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters says the effects of climate change and king tides require urgent attention.

Two years ago, king tides were responsible for washing away parts of the cemetery on Sabai Island.

Senator Waters says the situation is intolerable.


Story 8

The National Secretary of the Trade Workers Union has expressed shock at the decision by Rio Tinto to curtail its operations on the Gove Peninsula.

Paul Howes says the area has been at the centre of Indigenous land rights for decades.


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The CEO of the Dhimurru Corporation Steve Roegen says the community is still coming to terms with the ramifications of the decision by Rio Tinto to curtail its operations at its Gove alumina refinery.

Rio Tinto is the single largest employer in the region.


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A report by the Australian Bureau of Statistic is welcomed by health workers across the country, who says it finally delivers consistent data.

Julie Tongs, CEO of Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Services says the report highlight a positive development in reducing smoking rates, an issue she has worked on for over a decade.

Ms Tongs says, the success of a local Government funded project run by Wunnunga lies in engaging the community.


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A South Australian health officer has welcomed a recent report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics into Aboriginal health but says there are no surprises.

Public Health Medical Officer at the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia Dr David Scrimgeour says it is hard to say whether government investment in campaigns and programs has reduced the number of Indigenous smokers by 10%.

Dr Scrimgeour says, we already have a good understanding of what health problems Indigenous people suffer from but the report shows mental health and the success of community organizations are still being neglected.


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A new report into homelessness has found that women in our communities are dramatically over represented in the number of people seeking charity assistance.

The Salvation Army’s first national homelessness report collected data from 155 organisations.

It found a quarter of women accessing their services are Indigenous.

Dr Bruce Redman from the Salvation Army says there is a real need for specialist services.


Get more from your National Indigenous Radio Service here: http://www.nirs.org.au/


About the National Indigenous Radio Service

The National Indigenous Radio Service Limited (NIRS) is a national program distribution service that delivers four radio channels of content produced by First Nations broadcasters via satellite distribution and via the internet.

Operating from a central hub in Brisbane, NIRS receives programs from a majority of the 180+ First Nations broadcasting services across Australia.

Arguably, the NIRS satellite footprint is the largest for a First Nations radio network in the southern hemisphere, if not the world.  Given this, NIRS and its programs are unique within the Australian media environment.  Over 120 Remote Indigenous Broadcasting Services (RIBS) units, 23 Indigenous radio stations and 120 Community Broadcastes receive NIRS. To learn more about our network simply explore our new Google Map interface which show where each and every radio station is located, its website details and even includes a streaming link in some cases.

The reason why NIRS is so important to the sector is because many First Nations broadcasters haven’t the funding support to produce programs for 24/7 broadcasting or possess the funding to employ the number announcers ad producers to make enough high quality programs to support their local community audiences with the style of program that closes the gap.

So for some 15 years, NIRS has delivered its ecletic mix of broadcast programs and a national news service delivered via satellite that all major metropolitan, regional and remote communities via their Remote Indigenous Media Organisations (RIMOs) can receive and add into their regional broadcast schedules.

In this way, NIRS is dedicated to facilitating First Nations voices through broadcasting and internet radio.  We achieve this by a mix of  programs that provides critical commentary of the strategies directed towards our communities that seek to preserve, promote and maintain First Nations arts, culture, languages and community values.  Most particularly, NIRS discusses ‘Closing the Gap’ initiatives that are aimed at achieving quality of life improvements for First Nations communities across Australia.

NIRS also encourages aspirant First Nations broadcasters and RIBS to send their own programs that can be shared and thus opening a “window” to local community issues to a national audience.

For Broadcasters

For broadcasters who meet the licensing and equipment requirements but lack the funds or resources to provide a full 24-hour service, NIRS will enable them to fill any holes in their schedule with our continuous programming.  For community broadcasters who access air time through a CBAA affiliate station, NIRS will provide the opportunity for these areas to hear national Indigenous issues, as well as enabling them to boost local airtime.

The Australia Indigenous Communication Association is also a great way of making contact with First Nations Broadcasters:


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