Aboriginal News Aboriginal Way – National Indigenous Radio Service (NIRS)


NIRS NEWS STORIES 6am-9am 24th February 2014 

Story 1

To the Torres Strait, a deficiency-plagued mobile dental health unit intended to provide services to the outer islands has now been relocated to the Cape York.

The Torres Strait-Northern Peninsula Hospital and Health Service says the relocation is temporary.

Aaron Smith is Editor of local newspaper Torres News and he told Bumma Bippera Media the service’s operators hope to have it back in the islands by mid-year.


Story 2

To Western Australia –

An Indigenous rights advocacy group says there are better alternatives to the state Government’s ‘three-strikes’ public housing policy.

The policy sees tenants evicted from their homes by authorities if they habitually breach public housing rules.

Daydawn Advocacy Centre spokesperson Mary McComish says they estimate about 500 families have been evicted since the policy was introduced.

Ms. McComish says a lot of impacted families are already extremely disadvantaged or in crisis and they need support, not to be evicted.


Story 3

To Queensland, the Chair of the Cape York Turtle and Dugong Task Force, Robbie Deemal, says he welcomes funding for protection of the region’s turtle population.

The Federal and Queensland Governments announced last week seven million dollars for programs to reduce the threat of feral pigs to marine turtle nests.

The Task Force’s Robbie Deemal says the money must be used to employ local Cape York people.

Mr. Deemal says his group has undertaken turtle protection works for years without funding and it would be a shame now for contracts to go to outsiders.


Story 4

A social justice advocate has criticised the Federal Coalition Government’s solution to stem the flow of asylum seekers at Papua New Guinea’s Mannus Island processing centre.

Ray Jackson says it is the right as legitimate asylum seekers under the United Nations declaration on the rights of refugees.

His comments come after the reported death of an Iranian man on the island last week and protest rallies around the country over the weekend.

Sandy Aloisi has more.


Story 5

The Federal Government says it’ll take on board the perspectives of community-run organisations in the parliamentary inquiry into alcohol in our communities.

The inquiry will pay close attention to supply and demand issues, social and economic determinants of alcohol abuse, trends, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and best practice strategies to deal with problem drinking.

Victorian Liberal MP Sharman Stone will chair the inquiry.

Dr. Stone says the experiences of organisations on the ground will be central and is calling for submissions.


Story 6

To Queensland –

A western Cape York traditional owner from the Wenlock River region says the Cape York Regional Plan favours mining and pastoral interests over TOs.

Thomas Pitt is a Tjungungji man who says the plan doesn’t currently take into account the knowledge and values of his clan and nearby groups.

The Government is in the process of developing the Cape York Regional Plan to improve the region’s economic prosperity.

But Mr. Pitt says his mob has been left in the dark throughout the development of the plan.


Story 7

A leading sociologist and commentator says the Productivity Commission’s Report on ‘Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage’ released last week, fails to acknowledge the strength and wisdom within our communities in finding solutions.

Eva Cox says much of the media reporting following the report’s release last week suggests that the blame for the failure to close social indicator gaps lies with Indigenous Australians.


Kind Regards,

Michelle Tuahine | News Director

Gangulu/Ngati Kahungunu
NIRS | National Indigenous Radio Service
Lvl 2 / 2 Ambleside Street, West End QLD 4101
Phone: 07 3226 4200 | Email: michelle@nirs.org.au

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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

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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