CAAMA News 18th August 2021

  • The Top End’s snap lockdown looks likely end on Thursday at noon after no new cases of Covid-19 were recorded overnight.
  • The man at the centre of the NT’s three day lockdown has been identified as Department of Defence contractor.
  • New South Wales has recorded 633 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and three deaths as Premier Gladys Berejiklian warrned the state still hasn’t seen the worst of it yet.
  • Victoria has recorded 24 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 after nearly forty thousand tests.
  • Football legend Eddie Betts, who is set to retire this weekend, says racism faced by Indigenous players was draining and tiring and that he  believes the AFL is not a safe environment for them.

CAAMA News 17th August 2021

  • With growing concern in NSW about the spread of covid into regional Aboriginal communities and the current three day lockdown in Darwin and Katherine. Central Australian Aboriginal health agencies have also voiced their concerns.
  • New South Wales has recorded another 452 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and one death, with authorities remaining very concerned about the spread of the virus through Aboriginal communities in the state’s west.
  • Victoria has reported 24 new local COVID-19 cases as Melbourne woke up under stricter lock down measures on Tuesday.
  • Canberra’s lockdown was also extended for another two weeks as the ACT records another 19 COVID-19 cases.
  • No new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the NT, with almost 2000 tests conducted overnight all returning negative.

CAAMA News 16th August 2021

  • Greater Darwin and the Katherine have gone into a snap three-day lockdown after a man in his 30’s spent time in the community while infectious with COVID.
  • The snap lockdown in Darwin and Katherine has led to renewed calls from health services for Alice Springs residents to get their COVID-19 vaccinations.
  • NSW recorded 478 cases and seven deaths. Premier Gladys Berejiklian saying the numbers are “disturbingly high”.
  • Growing concern about the spread of COVID-19 to western regions of NSW has local Aboriginal health services on high alert.
  • Victoria announced a two week lockdown extension and tougher restrictions as the state recorded 22 new cases of COVID-19.

CAAMA News 13th August 2021

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In today’s bulletin (6pm):

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says it is important for people right across Sydney to be complying with the lockdown, but has stopped short of supporting a “ring of steel” around the city.The PM also praised the “absolutely extraordinary” efforts of Aboriginal community-controlled health services for keeping COVID-19 from spreading out of control in remote areas during the pandemic.

NSW recorded 390 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases including 25 new cases in Dubbo, and two more deaths.

The ACT has recorded two new cases of COVID-19, bringing  the total number of positive cases to six.

QLD Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she hoped to get an update from New South Wales at the National Cabinet meeting today about how it planned to stop the spread of Delta into other states. 

A large crowd gathered  at the Uniting Chuch lawns in Mparntwe  Alice springs on Friday  to celebrate the local  NAIDOC  Awards Presentation Ceremony.

CAAMA Sports Show 13th August

CAAMA Sports Show hosts for 13th August

The CAAMA Radio Sports Show is back bringing you all the footy action across the NT. This Friday the 13th Fry Tuck is joined in the studio with Vanessa Stokes, Dylan Berry and Dan Dan. The crew also take a look at the discussions of racism in the AFL.

Bradshaw Primary School – Yeperenye Dreaming

A new design of the Yeperenye dreaming has been launched at a school in Mbantwe Alice Springs.

The Bradshaw Primary School revealed the design which was created over 18 months with collaboration with local Arrente people.

Members of the local community also raised funds for the project to be ready for NAIDOC celebrations that were undertaken at the school which focused on hearing the story of the Yeperenye.

Aboriginal Education Officer Shannan Clarke says she hopes the installation of the design strengthens local Aboriginal children’s identity and brings the local Mbantwe community together.

Strong Voices: NAIDOC Awards in Alice Springs

This week on Strong Voices:

Alice Springs saw the 2021 Mparntwe NAIDOC Awards on Friday the 13th of August.

The Uluru Statement from the Heart Youth Dialogue is calling for a referendum on a constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice.

Also an astrophysicist and Wiradjuri woman discusses her love of uncovering the discoveries of First Nations astronomers.

And an anthropologist chats about his journey and what he believes is the greatest contribution that Aboriginal people continue to deliver.

CAAMA News 12th August 2021

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In today’s bulletin (6pm):

The ACT will go into  a seven day  lockdown from 5:00pm today… the first time the ACT has entered lockdown since early in 2020.

NSW has recorded 345 new locally-acquired COVID-19 cases and two further deaths, both men aged in their 90s.

South Australia will begin offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination to anyone aged 16 and over from next week.

Veteran Aboriginal football star Eddie Betts has pleaded with the AFL and broader public to call out racism.

The  author  of  more than ninety reports and twenty-five published papers about Aboriginal cultural heritage, community life and relations to land  has shared  what he believes is  the most significant  legacy of Australia’s First  Nations  Peoples .

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day

Last week in Mparntwe, Alice Springs Child Friendly Alice held an event celebrating National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day!

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day is held on 4 August each year to honour and celebrate the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children within family and community

It was fantastic to see so many children and their families downtown – happy, healthy, thriving, proud. Thank you to all of the hard workers dedicated to children and families in this town!

Hands On People – New Accommodation Open

Branch Manager-Operations John Bateup says “We are excited to announce we have opened our Dedicated Disability Accommodation Facility SIL House in Alice Springs, in attendance were our CEO Sajesh with ASTC Alice Springs Town Council Mayor Damien Ryan who officiated the Opening followed by an address by CEO Sajesh and then a blessing throughout the House by Alice Springs Parish Priest Father Prakash. Also, in attendance Former Minister of the Northern Territory Government Bess Price who has a keen interest in assisting Indigenous People who have a disability.”

“We at Hands On people are providing a very high standard of care and our Dedicated Disability accommodation Facility SIL House in Alice Springs is a testament to our commitment to our valued Participants.”

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