Aboriginal News Aboriginal Way – National Indigenous Radio Service



Story 1

Australians are being urged to prepare for what is traditionally the most dangerous time of the year for natural disasters.

A recent survey reveals nearly half the population is under-prepared for sudden weather events.

Andrew Coghlan from the Red Cross says it highlights the importance of having an emergency plan.



Story 2

The Victorian Government has launched the state’s first Aboriginal Economic Strategy to review employment and economic programs.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Jeanette Powell says the strategy is aimed at creating employment opportunities instead of increasing training programs.

Minister Powell says tourism is likely to be a key employment sector in the state’s economic future.



Story 3

The Prime Minister Tony Abbott has released the terms of reference for his 12 member Indigenous Advisory Council, with a focus on improving school attendance educational qualifications and creating employment opportunities.

In a statement, Mr Abbott says the terms also stipulate the council look at reviewing land ownership and other drivers of economic development.

The terms say the Government may request the Council to provide advice on the effectiveness of specific policies and programs in Indigenous communities.

Story 4

Preparations are well underway for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in a football stadium in Johannesburg tonight.

The former President’s eldest daughter Makaziwe Mandela says the world should learn from her father, the benefits of forgiveness.

More from Sandy Aloisi



Story 5

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 6

A member of the Public Health Association of Australia [PHAA] is calling for the temporary closure of the Ranger Uranium Mine after a spill of up to a million litres of radioactive fluid on the mine over the weekend.

The mine is located close to the Kakadu National Park and has repeatedly sparked public concern after a number of incidents, including the appearance of two barrels from the mine on public property.

Secretary of the Northern Territory Branch of PHAA Dr Michael Fonda says, there is concern over the worker’s health and the equipment and infrastructure on site.


The mine’s operator ERA said in a statement Kakadu National Park is unaffected by the spill.


Story 7

There have been mixed reactions to Victoria’s Aboriginal Tourism Development Strategy.

Rachel Donovan from Insight Communication recently received the Victorian Tourism Industry Council’s Small Business Development Award and says Aboriginal tourism offers a great diversity of experiences.

Ms Donovan says she welcomes the paper but questions its effectiveness if it is not supported with necessary investment.



Story 8

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 Quail, 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.



Story 9

A Uranium mine inside the world heritage listed Kakadu National Park has been shut down indefinitely by the Federal government, following a toxic spill over the weekend.

Traditional owners of the area say they’ve lost confidence in the company to run the mine safely.

Energy Resources Australia had been negotiating with the Mirrar T.O’s, to convert the open plan into an underground mine.

The Federal government has yet to determine whether to hold an independent inquiry into the spill.

More from Michael Coggan



Story 10

The Public Health Association wants the response to a toxic spill in Kakadu National Park scrutinized to ensure the health and safety of workers employed at Energy Resources Australia.

Dr Michael Fonda says that given that up to a million litres of radioactive slurry was spilt on the site.



Story 11

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, known as a Section 19, will prevent traditional owners from accessing their land.

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



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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