• Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has outlined a plan of “living with coronavirus” which  will include cutting some  restrictions on vaccinated people once 70 per cent of the eligible population has had two vaccine doses.
  • NSW has recorded 199 new locally-acquired COVID-19 infections,  with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian saying  workplaces and households were still the main places where the virus was transmitting.
  • Queensland  recorded 16 new locally-acquired cases of COVID-19 with all linked to existing cases but some infectious in the community for up to six days.
  • All Australians will now be able to make  free  telephone calls  from more than 15,000  Telestra  payphones across the country

Speaking up about mental health, in your way

Chair of the R U OK? Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group Dr Vanessa Lee Ah-Mat Photo: supplied

If you are living with a mental illness, speaking to someone is an important step to getting stronger support.

But for First Nations people who want to speak to someone in language or find culturally appropriate information, this can be a challenge.

A new campaign from R U OK? is looking to include such resources created by First Nations people.

Torres Strait Islander Dr Vanessa Lee-Ah Mat is the chair of the RU OK Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group who provide voices of lived experience to the campaign. 

Dr Lee Ah-Mat spoke to CAAMA’s Philippe Perez in the audio below.

If you need urgent assistance, please also contact Lifeline – 13 11 14.

Yeperenye stories – teaching Mparntwe’s youth about their country

A design of the Yeperenye dreaming – which has been more than a year in the making – has been launched at Bradshaw Primary School in Mbantwe Alice Springs, aiming to teach young ones about the importance of the country where they learn and live on.

Bradshaw Primary School revealed the design on which was created with collaboration with local Arrente people. 

The local community also raised funds for the project to be ready for NAIDOC week celebrations at the school, which has one of the highest attendance rates in the Northern Territory.

The ceremony launching the design on the concourse heard from past, present and future leaders at the school, with the school all coming together to walk the concourse.

Aboriginal Education Officer Shannan Clarke says she hopes the installation of the design strengthens local Aboriginal children’s identity and brings the local Mbantwe community together.

“We have the smartest, most cleverest kids here in this school, but we need them to fit in their way. That is where this story is. This story is to every day remind those kids [that] they are a part of history,” Ms Clarke said.

“We want our kids to not divide, we want them to be together.”

Arrente student Mikili Kerren says the design made her proud and encouraged her to speak more about culture with non Indigenous students. 

“This design makes me happy inside and makes me feel better to be an Arrente person,” she said.

She told CAAMA that her school has actively encouraged her to explore her culture through bush camps.

“I think it’s a pretty good idea to go out onto country, to go out onto bush camps to learn about our country, and learn about Arrente people’s dreamings.”

Hear more in the audio interviews below (with the ABC’s Samantha Jonscher):

Jenny Ward – Assistant Principal at Bradshaw Primary School
Shannon Clarke – Aboriginal Education Officer at Bradshaw Primary School

Mikili Kerren – student at Bradshaw Primary School
A quick look at the new Yeperenye design at Bradshaw Primary School

Where You Mob: Steven Bailey chats with the CAAMA Sports Show

Photo Steven Bailey

CAAMA’s Sports Show sits down with footy great Steven Bailey

CAAMA Online News Weekly Update 31st July


  • The murder trial of  a Northern Territory Police officer  charged with the alleged  murder of Kumanjayi Walker has been rescheduled to begin on August 18.
  • Northern Territory CLP Senator Dr Sam McMahon has criticised traditional owners in the Borroloola area over what she claims is false evidence given on the first day of a committee hearing into oil and gas exploration in the Beetaloo Basin.
  • Lawyers representing a class action of detainees who have received a 35 million dollar payment of abuse and mistreatment say that victims of crime have the right to be angry about the payment.
  • A new design of the Yeperenye dreaming has been launched at a school in Mbantwe Alice Springs.

Strong Voices: Aboriginal workers build new trail aiming to raise awareness of the cultural significance of the area


Celebrations took place at the Yeperenye/Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park near Alice Springs for the official opening of their new public walking and cycling trail between Anthwerrke (Emily Gap) and Atherrke (Jessie Gap). 30 Aboriginal workers built the trail by hand and received on the job training, while employment opportunities where passed on for locals in trail design, construction and tourism.

Across to NSW where the Lake Macquarie City Council has voted to rename two local sites following a divisive community debate about the use of racist place names.

And for First Nations people dealing with mental health concerns it can difficult for those who want to speak to someone in language or find information that is culturally appropriate, this can be a challenge. But a new campaign from R U OK is looking to include such resources created by First Nations people.

CAAMA Radio News July 29, 2021

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In today’s bulletin (6 pm):

  • The NT CLP opposition leader says a $35 million compensation payment to youth detainees is an affront to victims of crime, but the Labor Minister for Territory Families says that the payment should be seen in a broader context.
  • The peak body for local government in the Northern Territory is urging Territorians to nominate for their local council elections.
  • The NT Independent MLA for Molka, Yingiya Mark Gulya, says consultations over land usage for fracking in the Beetaloo Basin are not sufficient.

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

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.

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Peter “Coco” Wallace interview part 1

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

Peter “Coco” Wallace interview part 2
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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.

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