CAAMA Online News Weekly Update 31st July

CAAMA RADIO NEWS 30TH JULY 2021

  • 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

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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 – 29 July 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.

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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