Jenny Munro.
Jenny Munro.

Federal Government provides $5m for community housing at The Block

MEMBERS of the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy (RATE) are claiming victory, after the Federal Government committed $5 million to building homes for Aboriginal families at The Block. The grant will allow the Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) to organise a bank loan to fund the community housing. Protesters, led by Wiradjuri Elder Jenny Munro were concerned about the $70 million Pemulwuy project planned for The Block by AHC. It has planning approval for student housing, a commercial and retail space, and 62 units and townhouses for Aboriginal families. But when the AHC said they would not be able to finance the community housing until the commercial building had been completed, protesters were worried it might never. On Monday they lost their court case against AHC, involving a possession order for the land. “That was always our battle cry from day one that affordable housing be built first for our people. I think we can rightfully today claim that victory,” Ms Munro said.

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PM spends week in the Torres Strait

Mer Islanders welcome Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Mer Islanders welcome Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 8:45 am

TONY Abbott has received a traditional welcome on Mer Island, the home of native title father the late Eddie Mabo. The Prime Minister is visiting the Torres Strait and North Peninsula Area as part of his annual week in Indigenous communities. He has been joined by members of his Ministry and senior officials.

PM changes tune on recognition meetings

Patrick Dodson speaking about constitutional recognition at the recent Garma Festival. Picture: Peter Eve/Yothu Yindi Foundation
Patrick Dodson speaking about constitutional recognition at the recent Garma Festival. Picture: Peter Eve/Yothu Yindi Foundation
Thursday, 20 August 2015 9:18 am

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has backed down from his opposition to Indigenous-only conventions about constitutional recognition. Mr Abbott made the concession during a meeting with prominent Aboriginal people Patrick Dodson, Megan Davis, Kirstie Parker and Noel Pearson in Canberra. Earlier this month Mr Abbott rejected a proposal for publicly-funded conventions by the four, saying it could create a perception of “them and us”.

Gooda to head Qld Stolen Wages Taskforce

Mick Gooda.
Mick Gooda.
Tuesday, 18 August 2015 9:05 am

INDIGENOUS Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda, a Gangulu man, will oversee the Queensland Government’s Stolen Wages Taskforce. The Government has created a $21 million reparation fund to return wages to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers who were unpaid or underpaid for 70 years from 1904. Communities from around Queensland have been asked to nominate a representative for the taskforce. The scheme is expected to start early next year.

Senator Lindgren makes maiden speech

Senator Joanna Lindgren delivers her maiden speech.
Senator Joanna Lindgren delivers her maiden speech.
Thursday, 13 August 2015 9:17 am

QUEENSLAND Liberal National Party Senator Joanna Lindgren referenced her great Uncle Neville Bonner in her maiden speech to the Upper House on Tuesday. Mr Bonner was the first Aboriginal person to sit in Federal Parliament when he became a Queensland Liberal Senator in 1971. “Uncle Neville sat in the old parliament house and I now sit in the new parliament house, which, to me, signifies that he was a man for his time and now I am for mine,” Senator Lindgren said.

Jukuja Dolly Snell wins national art award

Jukuja Dolly Snell has taken out this year’s prestigious Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award for her work Kurtal.
Jukuja Dolly Snell has taken out this year’s prestigious Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award for her work Kurtal.
Saturday, 8 August 2015 10:12 am

WHEN Jukuja Dolly Snell, 82, travelled to Darwin from Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia, she thought she was seeing her artwork Kurtal for the last time. She had no idea it was the overall winner of the $50,000 prize for the 2015 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. “She thought the museum bought it, she didn’t know she won first prize,” her great-granddaughter Lynley Nargoodah said.

All Stars in Brisbane next year

Josh Morris, NRL Indigenous ambassador Jessica Mauboy and Sam Thaiday at Suncorp Stadium for the launch of the 2016 All Stars match in Brisbane.
Josh Morris, NRL Indigenous ambassador Jessica Mauboy and Sam Thaiday at Suncorp Stadium for the launch of the 2016 All Stars match in Brisbane.
Thursday, 6 August 2015 4:42 pm

SUNCORP Stadium, Brisbane, will be the venue for the 2016 Rugby League All Stars match on Saturday, February 13. Tickets have already gone on sale and can be bought for as little as $10. National Rugby League (NRL) players Sam Thaiday and Josh Morris joined NRL Indigenous ambassador Jessica Mauboy, coach Wayne Bennett, NRL head of football Todd Greenberg and Australian Rugby League Indigenous Council chair Linda Burney to make the announcement. Tickets to the 2016 All Stars match are on sale at www.tickets.nrl.com/tickets

 

Rugby league celebrates Indigenous Round

Jessica Mauboy and Johnathan Thurston with the NRL premiership trophy.
Jessica Mauboy and Johnathan Thurston with the NRL premiership trophy.
Wednesday, 5 August 2015 3:26 pm

THE National Rugby League (NRL) this weekend will celebrate its Indigenous Round, with activities highlighting the contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have made to rugby league on and off the field. At all venues, the RECOGNISE symbol was emblazoned on 40-metre lines. Referees will wear jerseys designed by contemporary Indigenous artist Chern’ee Sutton. Fans at the Broncos-Bulldogs match at Lang Park, Brisbane, will see NRL ambassador Jessica Mauboy perform before the kick-off.

Events nationwide for Children’s Day

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Monday, 3 August 2015 11:11 am

AUGUST 4: More than 150 events will be held around Australia today to mark National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day. The celebration, held every August 4, recognises the importance of Indigenous children. This year’s theme is Little People, Big Futures, with officials from the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) saying they want all Indigenous kids to stand tall, so that they can feel connected and proud of their cultures.

Support for Goodes from around the country

Gumatj Yothu Yindi Boys in support of Adam Goodes at the Garma Festival 2015. Photo: Melanie Faith Dove
Gumatj Yothu Yindi Boys in support of Adam Goodes at the Garma Festival 2015. Photo: Melanie Faith Dove
Friday, 31 July 2015 3:58 pm

PEOPLE from all walks of life have been sending messages of support to embattled AFL player Adam Goodes. Goodes has been repeatedly booed while playing for the Sydney Swans since standing up against racism in 2013. At the Garma Festival, staged by the Yothu Yindi Foundation at Gulkula, a Yolngu ceremonial site in northeast Arnhem Land, members of the Gumatj clan added a red ‘V’ and the number 37 to their traditional paint in a show of solidarity.

Koori Knockout shaping up for Dubbo

Jaye Forrester, Samantha Ahsee, Darren Ahsee, Mick Dunn, Geoff Simpson and Chris Ahsee.
Jaye Forrester, Samantha Ahsee, Darren Ahsee, Mick Dunn, Geoff Simpson and Chris Ahsee.
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 4:08 pm

WHEN an estimated 15,000 people flock to Dubbo for the annual NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout in October, they will not only be treated to some top football. Organisers will be providing health assessments for fans and players. Members of the Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service got together with Geoff Simpson from Knockout organisers the Walgett Aboriginal Connection at Caltex Park, Dubbo, on Monday, July 20, to launch the initiative. This year’s Knockout will be held in Dubbo, from October 2-5.