Australia's first Indigenous Olympic wrestler, John Kinsela, is flanked by Shane Parker, left, and Stevie Kelly in Canberra.
Australia's first Indigenous Olympic wrestler, John Kinsela, is flanked by Shane Parker, left, and Stevie Kelly in Canberra.

Crowther, Harradine make team for Glasgow Commonwealth Games

QUEENSLAND long jumper Robbie Crowther has joined discus thrower Benn Harradine amongst the 45 first round Australian athletes to be nominated for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Other Indigenous athletes now awaiting confirmation of their selection are wrestlers Shane Parker and Stevie Kelly. They qualified for the Glasgow Games at the Australian wrestling championships in Canberra last weekend. Parker won the 75kg freestyle title, while Kelly won the female 63kg division. In Melbourne a week earlier, Crowther jumped 8.03m to win the Australian title. At the same event, Harradine virtually booked passage to his second Commonwealth games with a winning throw.

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Beetson carnival moves to Redcliffe

A file picture of Murri carnival founder Tony Currie.
A file picture of Murri carnival founder Tony Currie.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 3:27 pm

THE Arthur Beetson Murri Rugby League carnival is moving from Ipswich to the country of the late Arthur Beetson. It will be played at Redcliffe, on Brisbane’s northern peninsula, from September 25-28. Carnival founder Tony Currie said the move was in recognition of rugby league immortal Artie Beetson. Currie said the decision to relocate the carnival from Ipswich to the Moreton Bay region had come after much consideration and discussion with the Arthur Beetson Foundation and carnival stakeholders.

Nominations close soon for national NAIDOC Awards

2013 winners, Danny Bromot, Jimmy Edgar, Tony Briggs, Mark McMillan. Front, John Hayden, Gapirri Yunupingu (representing Galarrwuy Yunupingu), Rose Richards, Darryl Kickett, Kate Malpass.
2013 winners, Danny Bromot, Jimmy Edgar, Tony Briggs, Mark McMillan. Front, John Hayden, Gapirri Yunupingu (representing Galarrwuy Yunupingu), Rose Richards, Darryl Kickett, Kate Malpass.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 3:53 pm

There’s less than a week left to nominate a deadly Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person for a National NAIDOC Award. There are 10 categories to choose from: Lifetime Achievement Award, Person, Female Elder, Male Elder, Youth, Artist, Scholar, Apprentice and Sportsperson of the Year and Caring for Country Award. Nominations close April 23. For entry forms, visit www.naidoc.org.au or call the Indigenous Coordination Centre on 1800 079 098.

Boyd wins $80,000 Bulgari art prize for Untitled 2014

Artist Daniel Boyd.
Artist Daniel Boyd.
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 2:58 pm

KUDJLA/Gangalu man Daniel Boyd has won the $80,000 Bulgari Art Award for his work Untitled 2014. In Untitled 2014, Boyd, 31, presents an idyllic scene drawn from a found photograph of Pentecost Island in Vanuatu, home to Boyd’s great, great paternal grandfather before he was brought to the sugarcane fields in Queensland as a slave. The Bulgari Art Award consists of a $50,000 painting acquisition for the Art Gallery of New South Wales and a residency in Italy valued at $30,000.

Cybersafety program wins international award

Apr 14, deadly online
Monday, 14 April 2014 3:01 pm

AN online education program that encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teenagers to be cybersafe has won an international award. Cybersmart’s Be Deadly Online  won a gold medal at the World Media Festival, the premier media festival in Europe, in Hamburg, Germany. Be Deadly Online tackles cyberbullying, sexting and digital footprint management, responding to Indigenous community leaders’ concerns. To access Be Deadly Online, visit www.cybersmart.gov.au/BeDeadlyOnline

Mundine knocked down five times by Clottey

Anthony Mundine.
Anthony Mundine.
Wednesday, 9 April 2014 5:47 pm

ANTHONY Mundine was knocked to the canvas five times as he was outclassed by Ghanaian Joshua Clottey in their fight at Newcastle. The African won in a unanimous points decision 116-108, 115-109, 117-108. It was Mundine’s sixth loss in 52 fights. Mundine was floored in the third round, twice in the sixth, and again in the eighth and 10th. Reports say the Mundine camp considered throwing in the towel at the end of the 10th, but he fought on bravely to finish the 12-round contest.

Homeground draws huge crowd to Opera House

Homeground
Sunday, 6 April 2014 2:12 pm

A HUGE and enthusiastic crowd headed to the Sydney Opera House last weekend for Homeground, a free festival celebrating First Nations music, dance and culture. The festival featured a diverse range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, from traditional to contemporary and included Pirra, featuring Jess Beck (pictured), NAISDA dancers, Eric Avery playing violin and chanting, the Stiff Gins, Move it Mob Style, Shellie Morris and Casey Donovan.

Three NT Aboriginal MPs resign from CLP

NT Chief Minister Adam Giles.
NT Chief Minister Adam Giles.
Friday, 4 April 2014 3:53 pm

THE Northern Territory Government is in a state of disarray, following the resignation of three Aboriginal MPs from the Country Liberal Party (CLP). Namatjira MP Alison Anderson, Arnhem MP Larisa Lee and Arafura MP Francis Xavier Kurrupuwu ended weeks of speculation after slipping their resignation letters under the door of the CLP headquarters in Darwin on Friday.

Deadly Funny show at comedy festival

Ready to laugh: Sean Choolburra and Kevin Kropinyeri are doing a double act at the Melbourne Comedy Festival this weekend.
Ready to laugh: Sean Choolburra and Kevin Kropinyeri are doing a double act at the Melbourne Comedy Festival this weekend.
Thursday, 3 April 2014 4:16 pm

THE search for Australia’s funniest Blackfella comes to Melbourne Town Hall this weekend with the Deadly Funny national final and Showcase, as part of the Melbourne Comedy Festival. The night will be hosted by Kevin Kropinyeri, with performances from special feature acts Sean Choolburra, Shiralee Hood and Andrew Saunders. Deadly Funny begins at 3pm, Saturday, April 5, at Melbourne Town Hall. For tickets go to www.comedyfestival.com.au

Sanderson-Milera in running at nationals

Tjimarri Sanderson-Milera after the South Australian surf life saving titles. Picture by Peter Argent
Tjimarri Sanderson-Milera after the South Australian surf life saving titles. Picture by Peter Argent
Wednesday, 2 April 2014 2:31 pm

TJIMARRI Sanderson-Milera’s big summer will continue this week when he competes in the Australian surf life saving titles at Scarborough, Western Australia. The young South Australian came away from the recent SA titles with three gold medals in the beach sprint, flags and beach relay. After the Australian titles in Perth, Sanderson-Milera then will focus on Australia’s richest sprint race, the Stawell Gift, to be run during Easter.

Homeground festival at Sydney Opera House

Homeground’s Boomerang concert will present music and dance from Scotland, New Zealand and Australia at the Sydney Opera House this weekend, April 5-6.
Homeground’s Boomerang concert will present music and dance from Scotland, New Zealand and Australia at the Sydney Opera House this weekend, April 5-6.
Tuesday, 1 April 2014 12:06 pm

BUILDING on 13 years of the Message Sticks Festival, the Sydney Opera House will host Homeground, a celebration of First Peoples’ music, dance and culture, as a free outdoor event over the weekend of April 5-6. Indigenous acts including Archie Roach, Steve Pigram, Stiff Gins, Shellie Morris, Casey Donovan, Street Warriors, Dubmarine and Marcus Corowa will join a mix of international performers.