Aboriginal News Aboriginal Way – National Indigenous Radio Service



Story 1

The Climate Council has today released a report warning of the increased risk and intensity of bushfires as a result of climate change.

It points to the growing impact of bushfires on communities, infrastructure and our health, as well as threatening the safety of emergency service workers.

Our ability to protect against bushfires is also set to be limited with climate change delivering less favourable conditions and opportunities to carry-out fuel reduction burns.

Amanda McKenzie from the Climate Council says bushfires have always been part of Australian life however extreme weather is set to make them worse.



Story 2

The head of mining giant FMG, Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest is urging communities to say no to drugs.

He says Central Queensland and Central Australia will be the targets of organised crime if we are not extremely careful.



Story 3

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.



Story 4

Birri/South Sea Island academic, Professor Gracelyn Smallwood has described Nelson Mandela as a father, brother, son and Uncle who will be mourned as if he was one of her own family.

Professor Smallwood met Nelson Mandela in his homeland.



Story 5

The Secretary of the Aboriginal Provisional Government dismissed Nelson Mandela’s visit to Australia in 1992.

Michael Mansell is of Palawa descent from two nations on both his mother and father’s side of north-eastern Tasmania.

At the time of Nelson Mandela’s visit to Australia, Michael Mansell said he should have first consulted our First Nations People.

Mansell is a social, political and legal reformist of Tasmanian Aborigines.

He told a forum into Constitutional Recognition that …



Story 6

The Federal Indigenous Affairs minister, Nigel Scullion says his department’s consultation process with Northern Territory communities on possible 99 year leases is consultative and transparent.

He’s responded to criticism by Arnhem Land statesman, Dr Djiniyi Gondarra that the leases will prevent traditional owners from accessing their land.

Dr Gondarra has also been critical of the consultation process by the government, a critique strongly defended by Minister Scullion.




Story 7

Global food giant, McDonalds has reportedly quietly introduced a home delivery service in Western Sydney.

Professor John Dixon is the head of clinical obesity research at Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute.

He says while the area has a low socio-economic population, society as a whole must address the epidemics of obesity and diabetes.



Story 8

A state funeral will be held on Sunday for the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.

Sandy Aloisi reports.



Story 9

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.



Story 10

The land of the Quandamooka people in South East Queensland has received international attention, as a Chinese installation artist built an art piece based on his visit to the land.

Cai Guo-Qiang visited South Stradbroke Island in 2011and after meeting local elders built a major art exhibition inspired by a fresh water lake, which is now on display in the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane.

Avril Quaill, Trustee of the Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane, curator and Quandamooka woman says it was an amazing journey and is grateful for the artist’s work and dedication.



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:


One thought on “Aboriginal News Aboriginal Way – National Indigenous Radio Service

  1. I want to to thank you for this wonderful read!! I absolutely loved every little bit of it.
    I’ve got you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post…

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