We have to be aware that the seabed is actually a cultural landscape.

The discovery of  significant submerged Aboriginal heritage sites during a land and sea survey of the Pilbara coastline  has raised  concerns that there are major blind spots in Australia’s  environmental policies  that  place these  sites and others  at risk.

More than 2 million square kilometres of Australia’s continental landmass — an area larger than Queensland  and once home to thousands of generations of First Nations Australians was drowned by sea-level rise over the last 20,000 years.

Technologically speaking forty  five thousand years ago there was really no difference technologically in terms of anyone around the world.The issues are more in the longstanding  broader cultural misunderstandings about the people who have been here for tens of thousands of years and whether or not those societies were complex or not !

Associate Professor in Maritime Archaeology at Flinders University Jonothan Benjamin.

Associate Professor in Maritime Archaeology at  Flinders University Jonothan Benjamin says the The Deep History of Sea Country project …   a  partnership   between Australian, British scientists and Aboriginal people..  challenges many  existing views.

Speaking to CAAMA RADIO  Associate Professor Benjamin says  there needs to be a national; policy which ensures  resource companies  operate  with care  for Aboriginal  heritage.

Listen to the full interview here:

All images courtesy of The Deep History of Sea Country project.

CAAMA Radio News, September 21 2021

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CAAMA Radio News, September 21, 2021

In today’s bulletin (6pm):

  • The case of a First Nations child who did not get properly assessed for a number of disabilities has been heard today at the The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.
  • Recent crime figures in Mparntwe Alice Springs have shown that a number of house break-ins has risen 47 per cent, with 767 unlawful entries recorded for the town.
  • The CEO of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress says the Northern Territory cannot wait to for an outbreak to raise rates of vaccination in Central Australia.

Plus more

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

US-Australia defence alliances – where do First Nations people stand?

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The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) is currently facilitating a People’s Inquiry which will explore the costs and consequences of the US alliance and US-led wars and exploring what are the alternatives.

Awakabal man Terry Mason is the panel leader for Impact on First Nations’ Peoples as part of the inquiry.

CAAMA’s Philippe Perez spoke to Mr Mason more about the role of First Nations people in terms of defence alliances.

You can learn more about IPAN’s enquiry at independentpeacefulaustralia.com.au

CAAMA Radio News, September 20, 2021

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CAAMA Radio News, September 20, 2021

In today’s bulletin (6pm):

  • An Aboriginal man living in a Dubbo aged care facility has become the fourth First Nations person to die from COVID-19.
  • A panellist who will be talking at a people’s enquiry regarding the impact of foreign policy and the US and Australian alliance on First Nations people says there are concerns over the latest defence alliance between the UK, USA and Australia.
  • A Royal Commission has heard about the urgent need for all Aboriginal children with developmental delay under the age of seven need to be led onto an early intervention plan as soon as possible.

Plus more

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

CAAMA Sports Show 17th September 2021

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The CAAMA Sports is back for another week! On today’s show the crew looks at the grand final action in the local footy competition and all the other footy action in the NT.

Strong Voices: Could more have been done to assist far west NSW from COVID-19?

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With nearly a thousand cases of covid 19 in the far west of NSW, First Nations health leaders and Elders say that the state government has failed to adequately consult with local Aboriginal medical services across those regions.

Also Jason Lord, from the Arrernte Community Boxing Academy joins us to talk about their 2021 NT Regional Sports Volunteer Award.

And the Central Australian not for profit Children’s Ground has been nominated as a finalist in the NT Early Learning Awards.

CAAMA Radio News, September 17 2021

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In today’s bulletin (6pm):

CAAMA Radio News, September 17, 2021
  • There are concerns a growing COVID outbreak in the Sydney suburb of Redfern will impact Aboriginal residents in unit buildings, with 18 people in the suburb infected
  • The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with a Disability will be hearing from a range of First Nations people who have struggled with accessing services and the impact of late diagnosis of disability in their communities.
  • The runner up in the mayoral race for the Alice Springs Town Council has confirmed he will make an appeal of the results to the Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal, where he lost the race to current mayor Matt Paterson by two votes.

Plus more

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

CAAMA Radio News, September 16, 2021

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In today’s bulletin (6pm):

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  • A number of bushfires have been burning throughout Central Australia, with authorities providing warnings to travellers in the region.
  • New regulations to curb the practice of sly grogging in the Kimberley region of WA will come into effect this week.
  • The trial of Constable Zachary Rolfe will possibly take place next year while the High Court considers whether to grant leave to appeal a ruling on a police immunity defence.

Plus more

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

Early education strategies crucial in Central Australia

Children’s Ground has been nominated as a finalist of the NT Early Learning Awards for outstanding achievement in innovation.

The Aboriginal led organisation says a strong foundation and devotion to embedding culture in early education will lead to empowering First Nations communities in the Central Australia.

Research evaluator from Children’s Ground Perena Anderson says the work she does gives agency, with children not being left behind because of early engaged learning.

Ms Anderson and Children’s Ground chair Will Tilmouth spoke to CAAMA’s Philippe Perez (audio above).

Matt Paterson is the new Mayor of (Mparntwe) Alice Springs

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Alice Springs Town Council ahead of 2021 local government elections.
CAAMA’s Philippe Perez speaking with newly appointed Mayor of (Mparntwe) Alice Springs Matt Paterson (Source) Josef Jakamarra Egger

Matt Paterson was announced as the new Mayor of (Mparntwe) Alice Springs on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.

Mr. Paterson was sworn in at a ceremony of the 14th council after being declared mayor by the Northern Territory Electoral Commission after a recount saw him win the race by two votes ahead of councilor Jimmy Cocking.

Working with Aboriginal organisations will be a priority for the new Alice Springs Town Council, according to the new mayor, Matt Paterson, who told CAAMA that he intends to maintain relationships with First Nations organisations in the town.

Ceremony of the 14th (Mparntwe) Alice Springs council – Council Chambers (Source) Josef Jakamarra Egger

Councilor Cocking says that despite his close miss in the mayoral race, he will look ahead to the next council. He says implementing initiatives that will benefit first nations and multicultural communities are important.

Ceremony of the 14th (Mparntwe) Alice Springs council – Council Chambers (Source) Josef Jakamarra Egger

Ceremony of the 14th (Mparntwe) Alice Springs council – Council Chambers (Source) Josef Jakamarra Egger

[EDIT] The runner up to Matt Paterson in the Alice Springs town council elections for Mayor, Jimmy Cocking says he will appeal the election result with the Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Jimmy Cocking speaking on the 15th of September following the official election results after the recount.

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