CAAMA Radio News, August 30 2021

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In today’s bulletin (6pm):

  • A man in his 50s who died from Covid-19 at Dubbo Hospital is the first Aboriginal person to die from the virus since the pandemic began.
  • A death in custody has been recorded at the Holtze Prison in the rural area of Darwin, with police saying further details to preparing a report for the coroner
  • Vote counting will continue today to determine who will become the next mayor for both the Alice Springs and Barkly Regional councils with the result too close to call.

Plus more

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

“Instead of saying I’m talking crazy – maybe think about what I’m saying!”

A former Northern Territory politician has raised important questions about why many First Nations Australians fail to vote in local, state and Federal elections.

Matthew Bonson is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian who represented the Top End seat of Millner from 2001 to 2008. He worked as a lawyer before entering politics where he went on to become the Minister Assisting the Chief Minister on Multicultural Affairs.

Mr Bonson also served as the CEO of the Council for Aboriginal Alcohol Programs, the largest alcohol residential service in the Northern Territory and has contributed to the Commonwealth Government’s policy on the Northern Territory Intervention.

“The real question we should be asking is: have they made a choice not to vote?”

Speaking about the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the Voice to Parliament on CAAMA Radio Mr Bonson spoke of “the need to decolonize our minds” on the issue of voting. Drawing on the knowledge and wisdom of Top End Aboriginal Elders, Mr Bonson challenged preconceived ideas about voting in a system which many of his people believe do not truly represent them.

Matthew Bonson. Photo by Paul Wiles
CAAMA’s Paul Wiles speaking to Michael Monson

CAAMA Sports Show 27th August

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CAAMA Sports Show announcers August 27

The CAAMA Sports show is back for another action packed show.

2021 mayoral candidates for Mparntwe Alice Springs

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Alice Springs Town Council ahead of 2021 local government elections.

Ahead of the local council elections in Mparntwe Alice Springs we heard from every mayoral candidate. Listen below to hear what each candidate had to say. CAAMA also spoke with all the candidates for council.

CAAMA Radio News, August 27 2021

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CAAMA Radio News, August 27 2021

In today’s bulletin (6pm):

  • The Northern Territory council of government school organisations NT COSGO has welcomed the decision by the Territory Government to provide the COVID-19 vaccine in schools.
  • The CEO of the Orange Aboriginal Medical Service says the amount of vaccines per fortnight is not enough to vaccinate the whole population of his region reduce the spread of the virus.
  • Council elections across the territory have seen a good early turnout in urban areas, with lockdowns in Katherine and Darwin not making too much difference to voting numbers.

Plus more

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

Alice Springs Town Council Elections 2021 – candidates share their thoughts

Alice springs Town Council elections 2021
Alice springs Town Council elections 2021

Q: What are the top issues council should look at to improve (Mparntwe) Alice Springs’ liveability?

CANDIDATES

James Dash

The development of the mall, the pool, all the other things in this town that make the town what it is. I reckon this is the best place in the world to live

Marli Banks

We need to make sure that the role of advocacy on the council really focuses around community safety

Jimmy Cocking

We’ve got to work better with the community to improve community safety

Allison Bitar

None of our playgrounds have shade on them. We need to make sure that our kids are able to have fun and safely play

Aaron Blacker

Repairing the relationship between the council and the rate payers is the first priority

Catherine Satour

There’s going to be alot of work that’s going to need focus on budget recovery and also management of COVID recovery

Angus McIvor

We have to get everyone vaccinated otherwise tourism is going to fail

Kim Hopper

We spend a lot of time inside over summer and that can’t be helped, but we can design and prepare for a future where it is going to be warmer

Steve Brown

The number one priority on my list is the twenty four hour youth center, because dealing with the youth issues and getting these kids into a place where they can be looked after and eventually helped into education and mentored into jobs…will make an enormous difference to every aspect of Alice Springs

Wayne Wright

Everyone should be educated. Education, that leads to jobs…. also a basic understanding of the modern society, how to make decisions and how you choose things

Emily Webster

I would like to focus on our young people as being really essential members of our community, the future is theirs. We need to provide them with what they need to live healthy and productive lives on their terms

Blair McFarland

I would like to see free electricity to households that are dependent on Centrelink. I just don’t think it’s fair that people should run out of power in the middle of winter or the middle of summer when you need the aircon, just because your too poor to be able to afford it

Michael Liddle

I look at bringing service providers’ conversations to assist the Alice Springs Town Council in making clearer and more understanding policy around behaviours

Matt Paterson

I want to create a space in Alice Springs where everyone can interract together, from all backgrounds and all abilities to make sure we’re not segregating people with a dissability

Patrick Bedford

I think we should have at least a kids playground in the middle of the mall, a bit of a splash park. We live in one of the hottest climates in Australia so we should be able to go in there and have the kids play around while your at the cafe or shopping. That should be standard

Eli Melky

It all starts with safety, if you’re not a safe community you can’t attract consumer confidence and you lose consumer confidence and with that you lose invester confidence. Without invester confidence you won’t have people putting their money into this town and nothing will be built

For more information about the Alice Springs Town Council Elections – Click here

CAAMA Radio News, August 26 2021

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CAAMA Radio News, August 26 2021

In today’s bulletin (6pm):

  • The Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal or NT CAT will be taking evidence today over the compulsory acquisition of ANZAC Oval for the proposed National Aboriginal Art Gallery.
  • Regional New South Wales have extended their lockdown until September 10, with Deputy Premier John Barilaro saying regional areas are on a knife edge with 35 cases in the west and far west of New South Wales in the last 24 hours.
  • Labor Northern Territory Senator Malarndirri McCarthy says she is concerned over the process of awarding public grants to gas companies in the Beetaloo Basin and has urged her Labor colleagues to rethink their stance on the federal government grants program.

Plus more

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

Changing the narrative about jobs in remote Aboriginal communities

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A new discussion paper published by The Australia Institute looks at how  major reforms could better impact on work and livelihood programs in remote Australia.

The paper, developed by eight leading researchers with decades of research experience on remote Indigenous unemployment, examines critical issues which need to be addressed before any  significant and lasting change can occur.

Lead author of the discussion paper, Dr Zoe Staines from the University of Queensland, says unemployment issue in remote communities are not a product of people not wanting to work.Dr Staines told CAAMA Radio that while the issue of remote unemployment  had been a bugbear for governments  over the past decade – solutions are available.

The paper was developed by eight leading researchers with decades of research experience on remote Indigenous unemployment.

Listen to the full interview with Dr Zoe Staines here :

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Save our oval protest rally Mparntwe Alice Springs

The Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal or NT CAT will be taking evidence today over the compulsory acquisition of ANZAC Oval for the proposed National Aboriginal Art Gallery.

Community owners and members of the Arrernte community gathered before the hearing today voicing their opposition to the acquisition, with Doris Stuart saying that the gallery should be located south of the gap.

The Alice Springs Town Council has formally objected to the acquisition, while NT CAT will provide a report on its review later this year with Infrastructure Minister Eva Lawler to decide on the acquisition after that.

Protest organiser Owen Cole :

photo credits Philippe Perez CAAMA

CAAMA Radio News, August 25 2021

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In today’s bulletin (6pm):

  • An interim report into an inquiry into oil and gas exploration in the Beetaloo Basin has recommended an investigation be set up into what it describes as several conflicts of interest and a lack of proper consultation with traditional owners.
  • Several fundraising campaigns have been set up to assist remote communities in NSW whose community members say they are frustrated at the inability to secure food and essential items during the current COVID 19 lockdown.
  • One of the most prominent workers who walked off Wave Hill Station in 1966 and helped spark the land rights movement with Vincent Lingiari has died.

Plus more

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

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