A $13.5m food storage and warehouse facility will be built in Alice Springs to services more than 100 local community stores.
Agriculture and Northern Australia Minister David Littleproud said the project will improve food security for remote and regional Indigenous communities across Central Australia.
Mr. Littleproud said a thirteen and a half million dollar loan to the Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation will help them build a state-of-the-art refrigeration facility and improve the existing warehouse to meet future demands around food distribution.”
Former Deputy Mayor and CLP Senate Candidate Jacinta Price stated that the location of this new facility in Alice Springs will mean fresh food and essential goods will be closer to the communities that need them, at an affordable price. This comes as some refreshing news as historically prices out in remote communities have been as much as double that of town.
Minister Littleproud says the project which will take 12 months to complete, will support 60 new jobs during construction and 20 roles during operations.
“This investment is part of the government’s $5bn loan facility for infrastructure projects across Northern Australia and takes the total amount committed by THE Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility to $3.1bn.”
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The peak Aboriginal health body in NSW has accused the state government of mismanaging its COVID response to First Nations communities as the lopsided spread of the pandemic continues.
Despite consistently high numbers of new infections being reported daily, COVID-19 restrictions for fully vaccinated people in Sydney will ease from today.
. Queensland has recorded two new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and two overseas cases.
The murder trial of NT Police officer Zach Rolfe has been delayed again after the High Court agreed to hear a prosecution challenge about whether he can claim immunity from criminal liability under Territory law.
a $13.5m food storage and warehouse facility will be built in in Alice Springs.to services more than 100 local community stores .
Desert Mobcelebrates a milestone in 2021; 30 years of bringing together the art and culture of Aboriginal artists from millions of square kilometres of desert country and kinship.
Initiated by the Araluen Arts Centre, the first exhibition in 1991 presented the contemporary art and craft work of thirteen art centres and art groups, with the hope that it would become an annual event. In 2021 artists from art centres in Arrernte country, the Western Desert, Martu country, Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, Ngaanyatjarra Lands, Spinifex country, the Barkly and Utopia, will come together for Desert Mob’s 30th anniversary year.
Across three decades, Desert Mobhas presented thousands of new works by thousands of artists, shared their many stories and cultural projects, and has become a nationally renowned and anticipated event. Desert Mob has created a legacy as a unique coming together in Mparntwe, as a place for artists’ familial, intergenerational gathering and exchange, and for audiences to listen to and share in one of the most significant art movements and the strongest expressions of First Nations culture in the world.
Desert Mob 30will be celebratory and reflective. The official opening and performances, exhibition, marketplace and associated events at venues across Mparntwe are an unmissable opportunity to experience and share artist’s voices, stories, resilience and strength, and witness this exhilarating statement of Aboriginal art and its dynamism over 30 years.
Desert Mob 30 Exhibition
Spanning three galleries and hundreds of new works by established, mid-career and emerging artists, selected and curated for inclusion by art centres, The Desert Mob exhibition is a testament to tradition and a testing ground for experimentation and innovation in contemporary Aboriginal art from the desert.
Desert Mob Marketplace
The Desert Mob Marketplace is a large affordable art market, bringing together paintings, punu, ceramics, Tjanpi weaving, sculpture, clothing, jewellery, textiles, and homewares from Aboriginal-owned art centres across Central Australia. Purchasing from the Desert Mob Marketplace ensures the ethical purchasing of art with all income going to art centres.
Purple House has opened a community focused social enterprise hub on the east side of Alice Springs in a welcoming and tranquil space which is easily accessible from anywhere in town.
Just a 1-2 minute drive or short walk from the CBD the beautifully renovated buildingsr and shaded outdoor spaces surrounded by trees and grass is the perfect location for meetings and events.
Purple House, a non profit Indigenous organisation has provided two decades of successful health service delivery in town and remote communities across Central Australia and the Top End.
People, community, country and culture is the ethos embedded at the social enterprise hub. The main event space is filled with the stunning work of Western Desert artists and the soothing scents of bush medicine wafting across the lawn from the Bush Balm house.
It’s an events space designed to help people connect with each other and to share culture. There’s nothing quite like it in Alice Springs!
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In today’s bulletin (6pm):
Council Results for the Barkly Regional Council have been declared by the Northern Territory Electoral Commission, with several Aboriginal candidates taking up councillor spots
The Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT (AMSANT) chief executive says the Northern Territory should be aiming for 90 to 95 per cent of Indigenous Territorians being vaccinated before any reopening of borders.
The High Court will begin to determine the future of the murder trial of Northern Territory policeman Constable Zachary Rolfe.
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R U OK? Day is held annually on the second Thursday of September, which encourages Australians to connect with people who have emotional insecurity, addressing social isolation and promote community cohesiveness. R U OK? is an Australian non-profit suicide prevention organisation, founded by advertiser Gavin Larkin in 2009. It revolves around the slogan “R U OK?” (are you okay?), and advocates for people to have conversations with others.
R U OK? works collaboratively with experts in suicide prevention and mental illness as well as government departments, corporate leaders, teachers, universities, students, and community groups. Its activities also align with the Australian Government’s LIFE Framework.
This year RU OK? are asking all Australians to consider how the people in their world are really going. Life’s ups and downs happen to all of us. So, chances are someone you know might be struggling. Your genuine support can make a difference whatever they are facing, big or small. So, don’t wait until someone’s visibly distressed or in crisis. Make a moment meaningful and ask them how they’re really going. ‘Are they really OK? Ask them today. Your conversation could change a life.
R U OK? has developed FREE resources to help you encourage everyone in your school, workplace, and community to think about who in their world might need to be asked how they’re really going and how to make a moment meaningful by asking “are you OK?”
The Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC) say they are disappointed over the inconsistent and secretive process surrounding the Singleton Station water licence decision in April, which could see a licence extract 40,000 megalitres of groundwater a year.
A panel of groundwater experts heard from stakeholders, including the Central Land Council and Centrefarm Aboriginal Horticulture.
ALEC was planning to have a native title owner Maureen O’Keefe speak at the formal review about the effect the license would have on sacred sites, but the panel did not allow her to speak.
In their submission, ALEC argued the handling and decision to grant the license to the owners of Singleton Station, Fortune Agribusiness was unlawful.
The panel will report to the Territory’s environment minister by the end of the month, with the government saying that the panel can determine their own procedure.
ALEC Policy Officer Alex Vaughan says it shows a lack of transparency from the Territory Government, and he spoke more to CAAMA’s Philippe Perez in the audio above.
Feature image: protestors in Ali Curung objecting to the granting of a water licence to Fortune Agribusiness, owners of Singleton Station. Picture: Vin Lang.