My name is Peter”Coco” Wallace- and this is my story !

Peter “Coco” Wallace  is a  74 year old Senior Northern Arrernte lore-man of the central desert.

Uncle Coco, a storyteller and song keeper, holds Central Desert lore including important dreaming stories and totems such as the caterpillar, the uninitiated man, ‘Pine Gap’, yam, water dreaming and others, as well as the intercultural history of Central Australia.

His mother’s country is Antulye (Undoolya), Eagle Dreaming. His father’s country is Alatyeye, Yam Country, Gem Tree.

Paul Wiles photo
Paul Wiles photo

CAAMA Radio News – July 28, 2021

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In today’s bulletin (6pm):

  • A number of Youth justice advocates have met in Alice Springs today to discuss the overrepresentation of First Nations people in the justice systems.
  • Traditional owners have celebrated the official opening of a new public walking and cycling trail between Emily Gap and Jessie Gap on Wednesday.
  • The ABC has reported that the Northern Territory Government has agreed to pay $35 million dollars to young detainees who claimed they were mistreated while in youth detention. 

Plus more.

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Anthwerrke (Emily Gap) and Atherrke (Jessie Gap) walking trail officially opened

Traditional owners of the Yeperenye/Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park near Alice Springs have celebrated the official opening of their new public walking and cycling trail between Anthwerrke (Emily Gap) and Atherrke (Jessie Gap)

The $364,000 trail is the biggest investment in public infrastructure by any Aboriginal group in Central Australia. The traditional owners used the rent income they get for the jointly managed park to pay for the trail because they want to raise awareness of the cultural significance of the area and create employment in trail design, construction and tourism.

 More than 30 Aboriginal workers built the 7.2 kilometre trail by hand, receiving one-the-job training by local company Tricky Tracks. Cultural supervisors were on site during the construction to ensure important sites were respected and protected.

Traditional owners also helped to design the trail which follows the contours of the East MacDonnell Ranges and will feature interpretive signage at the trail heads.

CAAMA visits the Literacy For Life Foundation campaign launch

On Thursday July 22, CAAMA headed to Tennant Creek to celebrate the launch of the Literacy For Life campaign. The Aboriginal-led charity has launched a new hub in the town which will see classes and workshops aimed to improve the literacy rates in the Barkly.

The foundation – which is predominantly based in remote NSW, but also has a campaign location in Ltyentye Apurte – is also currently looking to grow the campaign nationally, with a local steering committee in each location.

The Foundation also looks to hire local Aboriginal staff in each location. Below are photos we took at our live broadcast. Audio from the event is coming soon.

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CAAMA Radio News – July 27, 2021

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In today’s bulletin (6pm):

  • COVID-19 Vaccine hubs have started to open up in town camps throughout Mbantwe Alice Springs.
  • The NT’s Chief Health Officer Dr Hugh Heggie will allow people from all hotspots in Victoria and South Australia to travel to the Territory from tomorrow, while the whole of NSW has now been declared a COVID hotspot.
  • A class action settlement between the Northern Territory Government and former youth  detainees will be made public after an appeal to suppress it was thrown out in the Federal Court.

Plus more.

CAAMA Radio produces four local news bulletins airing at 10am, 12pm, 4pm and 6pm every weekday.

CAAMA Radio News – July 26, 2021

  • An anti-lockdown protest in Sydney over the weekend contains a “real risk” of becoming a super-spreader event according  to Deakin University epidemiologist Professor Catherine Bennett.
  • At least 3,500 protesters  who  marched through Sydney’s CBD on Saturday failed to observe physical distancing or  wear masks
  • Three influential Aboriginal organisations  in the Northern Territory have written to the Chief Minister and the Chief Health Officer calling on them to declare the whole state of New South Wales a COVID-19 hotspot. 
  • In other Territory  covid news  seventeen people were moved from the Alice Springs quarantine facility into their own homes yesterday afternoon… the first time self-quarantine has been allowed for hotspot travellers since mandatory, supervised quarantine was introduced in the NT in July last year.
  • Australia has moved up into fourth place on the Olympic medal count after Ariarne Titmus stunned  American superstar Kate Ledecky to win gold in the 400m freestyle.
    Ledecky, a five-time Olympic champion, has never ever lost an individual event at a Games but Titmus now sits on the throne as the undisputed queen of middle distance swimming.
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CAAMA Radio News – July 23, 2021

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In today’s bulletin (6pm):

  • Lawyers will argue whether a NT police officer charged with the alleged murder of 19-year-old Kumanjayi Walker in Yuendumu in 2019, might be immune from prosecution under laws designed to protect police from criminal charges for any actions while doing their job.
  • NSW has recorded 136 new local cases of COVID-19, a new record in this current outbreak.Victoria recorded 14 new, locally acquired cases of COVID-19. Queensland health authorities have confirmed a flight attendant has tested positive for the Delta variant of COVID-19 overnight after flying between Brisbane and a number of regional centres. The woman crewed six flights between Brisbane and Longreach, Gladstone and Hervey Bay. South Australia has recorded just one new case of COVID-19.
  • A survey of more than 8000 NSW Aboriginal hospital patients between 2014 and 2019 reveals they received better quality care in hospitals when they’re being supported by Indigenous healthcare workers,
  • The CLP Territory Member for Barkly says recent crime statistics show government and local organisations can do more through the Barkly Regional Deal to reduce offences in Tennant Creek.

Where You Mob: Gary Owen chats with the CAAMA Sports crew

The CAAMA Sports team catches up with Gary Owen, another CAFL legend on this weeks Where You Mob.

CAAMA News Weekly Update 23rd July

CAAMA Radio News – July 22, 2021

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In today’s bulletin (6pm):

  • Australia will become only the second country after the United States to host the Summer Olympic Games in three different cities…. after Brisbane was officially named the host of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games by the International Olympic Committee in Tokyo.
  • With a record 184,000 covid vaccinations administered across Australia in the 24 hours Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said he is sorry for delays in the COVID-19 vaccine program and announced more pharmacies will be brought into rollout sooner.
  • The murder trial of a NT police officer charged over the death of 19-year-old Kumanjayi Walker in Yuendumu in November 2019.has been formally adjourned indefinitely.
  • In sports news the Matildas have taken a pre-game photo with the Aboriginal flag to open their Olympic campaign gaining global acknowledgement along with their kiwi counterparts who took a knee.