Aboriginal News Aboriginal Way – National Indigenous Radio Service



Story 1

The Bandjalang People of the northern NSW coast have been awarded native title over their land by the Federal Court.

The special hearing took place in Evans Head earlier this week, after a 17 year long claim, the ABC reports.

The traditional owners were recognized by consent the right to hunt, fish, camp, protect cultural sites and gather natural resources in accordance to their traditional laws and customs.

The 2,750 square kilometer area spans from Casino to Evans Head and Grafton.

Story 2

Indigenous education professionals have met in Perth to discuss the Western Australian Government’s planned cuts to the education sector.

The cuts will see 20% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support positions scrapped.

The Secretary of the United Voices Union says the education support workers provide an important bridge between teachers and students and culturally appropriate help in classrooms.

Carolyne Smith says the cuts will hit hard in remote communities.


Story 3

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 man David Hudson has been brought in 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 mob to create ‘Dreamworld Corroboree’.

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


Story 4

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 limits on buying and consuming alcohol as well as entering licensed premises.

Dr David Scrimgeour from the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia says community supported programs are often more effective than legal punishment, in tackling substance abuse.


Story 5

The National Secretary of the Trade Workers Union has met with both the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Adam Giles, and the management of Rio Tinto, to try to salvage jobs at its alumina refinery.

Paul Howes says the TWU is concerned about the timing of the announcement.


Story 6

The World Diabetes Congress is currently underway in Melbourne with one expert warning we could be facing “the greatest epidemic in human history”.

The Congress is discussing the rise of Type-2 diabetes in developing countries and Indigenous populations, as well as the influence of diet and lifestyle during pregnancy.

It comes as a review by Australian and US researchers highlights the next likely hotspots for Type-2 diabetes around the globe.

Professor Paul Zimmet says we now have a better understanding of what leads to diabetes and how we can help tackle the disease.


Story 7

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.


Story 8

Indigenous broadcasters from across the globe have gathered in Seoul, South Korea for a four day conference to discuss community broadcasting.

Chair of the Australian Indigenous Communications Association Trevor Tim says the conference is about learning, educating and steering into the future

Mr Tim says another issue is getting more women into lead roles.


Story 9

To Rugby League,

The NRL has announced the team to take on the Newcastle Knights next year at the ‘Indigenous Festival’.

16 players have been named in coach Laurie Daley’s ‘First Nations Goanna’ team.

Taking the place of the traditional All Stars match in 2014, the trial game will mark the culmination of a week-long celebration that will also feature the NRL Indigenous Players Cultural Camp, community and school visits, a community festival; matches between the NSW and QLD Indigenous women’s teams and NSW and QLD U16 boys teams; and the annual Murri v Koori Interstate Challenge.

The Goanna players were selected from the Murri and Koori competitions this year.

Laurie Daley says he hopes the festival will open the door for some of the players to career in the sport.


Story 10

To rugby league,

Newcastle Knights coach Wayne Bennett has thrown his support behind next year’s Indigenous Festival.

He says he’ll approach the trial match between his first grade team and Laurie Daley’s ‘First Nations Goannas’ with a great deal of respect.

Bennett says he wanted to ensure a game went ahead while the ‘All Stars’ match is rested for 2014 due to the Rugby League World Cup.


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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