CAAMA Radio News, September 15 2021

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In today’s bulletin (6pm):

CAAMA Radio News, September 14 2021

  • Matt Paterson has been declared the mayor of Alice Springs after a recount of preferential voting today saw him elected by a margin of only two votes ahead of fellow mayoral candidate Jimmy Cocking.
  • The NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner has outlined the Territory’s roadmap out of lockdown, hoping the Territory will reach 80 per cent by mid-November and that new measures will come into effect.
  • An Aboriginal Controlled Health Service that provides care and COVID vaccines to remote Yamatji Noongar woman Dorinda Cox will be the first Aboriginal Senator from Western Australia after she was confirmed to fill the vacant seat of fellow Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

Plus more

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

Was government’s failure to respond to the threat of COVID in the far west of NSW “an act of genocide?”

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 in those regions.

The Mayor of Broken Hill, Councillor Darriea Turley has told a NSW parliamentary inquiry into the government’s management of the covid pandemic that the spread of the virus in overcrowded housing in the far west should have been planned for – given how well known the problem was.

Campervans rolling into Wilcannia – photo courtesy BB Adams

Speaking to CAAMA Radio Cr. Turley also said  that there  had been too much emphasis by government to provide relevant  covid information through the web and  Facebook- but this option was not always available for  people living in regional parts of the state.

The government would have known for years that there was a housing crisis in communities like Wilcannia, like Broken Hill – yet we still see no action!

Listen to the full interview with the Mayor of Broken Hill Cr. Darriea Turley here:

Bush Bands Bash 2021!

Bush Bands Bash 2021 - Photo

The Bush Bands Bash concert was held at the Telegraph Station again this year featuring bands from all over the Northern Territory, Western Australia, and South Australia.

Presented by MusicNT, the bands were lucky to perform to a packed house, playing to a lively audience of more than a thousand. CAAMA Radio was down at the Bush Bands Bash again this year covering the concert, it was great to catch up with artists and see so many smiles from the community.

Thanks to MusicNT for hosting what was an amazing event!

Bush Bands Bash 2021 Photo: Philippe Perez
(L)Nancy Bates and (R)Donna Velia Woods
Bush Bands Bash 2021 Photo: Philippe Perez
(L)Derek Roderick and (R)Dennis Nelson
Bush Bands Bash 2021 Photo: Philippe Perez
Ray Ray (Raychelle) McKenzie
Bush Bands Bash 2021 Photo: Philippe Perez
Harry James Angus
Bush Bands Bash 2021 Source – Philippe Perez
Victor Rostron
Bush Bands Bash 2021 Photo: Philippe Perez
Uncle Mack from PAW Media speaking with Philippe Perez

All photos: Philippe Perez/CAAMA

CAAMA Radio News, September 14 2021

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Get in contact with the CAAMA Newsroom: news@caama.com.au

In today’s bulletin (6pm):

CAAMA Radio News, September 14 2021
  • There is growing criticism of the NSW government with submissions at a parliamentary inquiry saying it has failed to adequately respond to the imminent threat of COVID in regional communities with large Aboriginal populations
  • An Aboriginal Controlled Health Service that provides care and COVID vaccines to remote communities in the west of the Northern Territory says staff shortages are slowing the vaccination rate in remote communities.
  • Matt Paterson has been declared the mayor of Alice Springs after a recount of preferential voting today saw him elected by a margin of only two votes ahead of fellow mayoral candidate Jimmy Cocking.

Plus more

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

Cold storage facility to benefit more than 100 Aboriginal community stores across the Centre.

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.

Press conference help at the National Road Transport Hall of Fame Museum

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.

Yuendumu Community Store

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.”

CAAMA RADIO NEWS September 13th 2021

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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 Mob 30

Desert Mob 30

Exhibitions

Presented by Araluen Arts Centre

Desert Mob celebrates 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.

Desert Mob 2021 – Exhibition (Araluen Arts Centre)

Across three decades, Desert Mob has 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 2021 – Exhibition (Araluen Arts Centre)

Desert Mob 30 will 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 2021 – Exhibition (Araluen Arts Centre)

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 2021 – Exhibition (Araluen Arts Centre)

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.

Desert Mob 2021 – Exhibition (Araluen Arts Centre)

Official Opening 5pm Friday 10 September

MarketPlace 10am – 2pm Saturday 11 September

Exhibition dates 10 September – 24 October

Online Gallery launches at 9am (ACST) on 11 September

Text courtesy Araluen Arts Centre:Art Galleries and Theatre

Strong Voices: Wilcannia Aboriginal community leader discusses state of community.

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Murri and Numma man Brendan Adams provides insight into the COVID-19 crisis in Wilcannia.

And a First Nations Christian Pastor has been critical of rogue religious groups that are accused of spreading anti-vaccination propaganda in remote Aboriginal communities.

Also there have been calls for community members to get involved in discussions over peoples mental health.

Purple Shed offers unique community opportunities.

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!

Text courtesy of Purple House Alice Springs.

CAAMA Sports Show 10th September

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This week the CAAMA Sports show wraps up the Grand Final action in the Community footy. The crew also looks at the upcoming grandfinals for the town competition.

Also the CAAMA Sports Show’s top players of the town and community competitions were announced.

CAAMA Sport Show's Town Player of the Year receives medal

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