NIRS NEWS STORIES 6am-9am 06 DECEMBER 2013
In breaking news, the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela has died.
The 95 year old was the country’s first black Prime Minister.
He had spent 27 years imprisoned before being released in 1990.
The current President of South Africa Jacob Zuma announced the news at a press conference a short time ago.
President described Mr Mandela as one of South Africa’s greatest sons and is referred to as Madiba.
All flags in South Africa are being lowered to half-mast tomorrow and will remain so until after a state funeral.
Up to six islands in the Torres Strait are a step closer to ending continued damage and disruption to their communities, following a $5million dollar funding commitment.
Torres Strait Mayor Fred Gela, says islands such as Sabai will be the first to benefit from the construction of sea walls.
Mayor Gela says a total of $24million dollars is required to ensure six islands are protected from the ravages of annual king tides.
Mr Gela spoke to TSIMA 4MW.
A leading economic academic says he’s concerned by the Federal Government’s sense of urgency in encouraging communities in the Northern Territory to sign up to 99 year leases.
Professor Jon Altman is urging communities to give thorough consideration to the idea of giving up their land for nearly a century.
The Federal Government’s expenditure review could affect the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.
It’s believed the government is reviewing whether to provide any extra money to keep the organisation running.
Michael Coggan reports.
Constitutional reform was at the centre of a forum hosted by the Brisbane Indigenous Media Association.
The panel featuring National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples Co-chair Les Malezer, Tracker Magazine Editor Amy McGuire, activist Michael Mansell and University of Melbourne Senior lecturer Mark McMillan.
Wiradjuri man, Dr McMillan, supports the notion of the recognition of Indigenous Australians in the constitution, but says wider awareness of the proposed changes to the constitution is needed.
But Tracker’s Amy McGuire disagrees and says Australia is not ready for constitutional reform.
The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott’s Indigenous Advisory Council has held its inaugural meeting in Canberra.
The panel, made up of Indigenous, public sector and business figures has been set up to find was to improve funding models to Indigenous communities.
The Chair of the council, Warren Mundine outlined the council’s priorities.
The Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion has praised the work of Ayers Rock Resort in its role to create training and employment opportunities for First Nations people.
The Chair of the Indigenous Land Dawn Casey recently questioned the council’s purchase of the resort, contributing to its debts of two hundred million dollars.
Minister is remaining positive about the resort and is calling on corporate Australia to visit it.
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.
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.
One of the co-chairs of the Congress for First Nations People, Les Malezer, has told NIRS News that the newly appointed Indigenous Advisory Council poses no threat to Congress.
Mr Malezer was speaking in Brisbane, following a forum on Constitutional Recognition held by 989FM.
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.
The city of Melbourne could soon be further developed as hub of Aboriginal tourism, under the Victorian Government’s Aboriginal Tourism Development Strategy 2013-2023.
The strategy is aimed at facilitating the growth of Victoria’s Aboriginal tourism industry and boosting Melbourne’s authentic, in-depth and accessible Aboriginal experiences.
Director and CEO at Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne Tim Entwisle says he welcomes the plan and existing programs such as the Aboriginal heritage walk have great potential for improvements.
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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 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: