Traditional owners on the steps of WA Parliament House yesterday.
Traditional owners on the steps of WA Parliament House yesterday.

WA traditional owners voice concerns about changes to heritage protection act

NOVEMBER 21: More than 70 traditional owners  – representing each region of Western Australia – converged on Parliament yesterday in a show of solidarity against the State Government’s proposed amendments to the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972. The delegation met with Aboriginal Affairs Minister Peter Collier, Nationals MP Brendon Grylls and Labor MP Ben Wyatt to voice their concerns and presented a petition signed by more than 1600 people. Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation co-chair Njamal Elder Doris Eaton said it was the first time TOs had met with Mr Collier about the proposed changes. “The Heritage Act should be protecting Aboriginal culture and heritage,” she said. “Our heritage must be treated with the same respect as built heritage, not weakened for industry to destroy it. This delegation of traditional owners is here to show the government we are united, and speak with one voice. We will not remain silent as our land, Country and sacred sites are ruined.”

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Funding announcements delayed

Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion.
Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion.
Monday, 24 November 2014 6:30 pm

FEDERAL Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion announced today that grants under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy would take more time to assess. Senator Scullion said there had been an overwhelming response to the first grant funding round, with more than 500 applications received. He said outcomes from the round would be known by early March 2015.

Corroboree Sydney launched today

The Gurung parade for Corroboree Sydney. Picture: James Morgan.
The Gurung parade for Corroboree Sydney. Picture: James Morgan.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 5:20 pm

NEARLY 3000 children walked through Sydney’s CBD today in the Gurung Parade to launch Corroboree Sydney, a festival showcasing contemporary and traditional Indigenous arts and culture. Gurung means ‘child’ in the languages of the Eora nation. Also as part of the Festival launch, tomorrow evening will see a Firelight Ceremony take place at Circular Quay on the forecourt of the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Report shows improved economic outlook

National Congress of Australia's First People's CEO Geoff Scott.
National Congress of Australia's First People's CEO Geoff Scott.
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 9:35 am

THE 2014 Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report released today by the Productivity Commission shows some positive trends in the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, with improvements in health, education and economic outcomes. However, results in areas such as justice and mental health continue to cause concern. The steering committee working group was headed by Productivity Commissioner Patricia Scott and included National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples CEO Geoff Scott.

NSW Koori Knockout to be held in Dubbo

Walgett AC, winners of the 2014 NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout at Raymond Terrace. Picture: Naomi Moran
Walgett AC, winners of the 2014 NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout at Raymond Terrace. Picture: Naomi Moran
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 9:09 am
DUBBO is to host the 2015 NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout carnival. It will be held at Caltex Oval from Friday, October 2 to Monday, October 5. The 2015 Knockout will be hosted by Walgett Aboriginal Connection (AC) following their 28-16 win over the Newcastle All Blacks in the final of the 2014 Knockout at Raymond Terrace. Dubbo was one of four cities vying for the right to host the 2015 Knockout – the others being Bathurst, Wagga and Albury.

Mundine back on track for world title tilt

Anthony Mundine celebrates his split points win over Sergey Rabchenko in Melbourne last night.
Anthony Mundine celebrates his split points win over Sergey Rabchenko in Melbourne last night.
Thursday, 13 November 2014 9:57 am

ANTHONY Mundine wound back the clock last night to outclass Belarusian boxer Sergey Rabchenko and keep alive his dream of another world title. The Australian veteran used his experience and ring smarts at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena to nullify his younger opponent’s power and win on a split points decision. The victory gave the 39-year-old the WBC silver light middleweight title and moved him closer to a fight with American pound-for-pound king and WBC light middleweight title holder Floyd Mayweather.

Central Land Council rejects nuclear waste dump

Central Land Council director David Ross.
Central Land Council director David Ross.
Friday, 7 November 2014 3:32 pm

A MEETING of the Northern Territory Central Land Council (CLC) this week did not nominate a site for a nuclear waste management facility. Earlier this week 85 CLC delegates considered the outcomes of consultations with the traditional owners of an area in the Tanami region about a proposed site for such a facility. At the meeting traditional owners expressed their dissatisfaction with the federal government’s nomination process for a proposed nuclear waste management facility and with the lack of detailed information.

Aboriginal Elders take out NT Awards

Warlpiri Elder Eddie Jampijinpa Robertson.
Warlpiri Elder Eddie Jampijinpa Robertson.
Thursday, 6 November 2014 4:22 pm

ARRERNTE Alyawarre woman Rosalie Kunoth-Monks has been named 2015 Northern Territory Australian of the Year for her work as a humanitarian. And Warlpiri Elder Eddie Jampijinpa Robertson, from Yuendumu, has been named the NT Senior Australian of the Year. Ms Kunoth‐Monks has been a government adviser, an interpreter, an environmental campaigner and has chaired or contributed to many boards and councils devoted to Indigenous issues.

NSW Government drops Bill after protest

NSW Deputy Opposition Leader Linda Burney addresses a land rights rally outside parliament house on Monday.
NSW Deputy Opposition Leader Linda Burney addresses a land rights rally outside parliament house on Monday.
Wednesday, 5 November 2014 9:00 am

NOVEMBER 5: The NSW Government has withdrawn its controversial Crown Lands Amendment Bill that would have retrospectively extinguished almost 2000 Aboriginal land claims, some dating back as far as two decades. On Monday the NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) organised a protest of more than 500 people against the Bill, with a rally marching from Sydney’s Hyde Park to Parliament House. NSWALC chairman Craig Cromelin said there will still concerns about land rights in the state.

Rally in Sydney for land rights protest

NSWALC chair Craig Cromelin addresses the land rights rally outside NSW Parliament House.
NSWALC chair Craig Cromelin addresses the land rights rally outside NSW Parliament House.
Tuesday, 4 November 2014 10:33 am

HUNDREDS of Aboriginal people and supporters gathered in Hyde Park, Sydney, in support of land rights yesterday. The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) organised the rally in protest at the Crown Lands Amendment (Public Ownership of Beaches and Coastal Lands) Bill, introduced by Natural Resources Minister Kevin Humphries last week. NSWALC chair Craig Cromelin said, if passed, the Bill would mean hundreds of Aboriginal land claims could be retrospectively extinguished.

Indigenous Governance Awards winners announced

Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation. (L-R) Rachel Tilmouth, Kate Lawrence, Mick Dodson, April Martin and Wendy Brown. Picture: Wayne Quilliam
Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation. (L-R) Rachel Tilmouth, Kate Lawrence, Mick Dodson, April Martin and Wendy Brown. Picture: Wayne Quilliam
Friday, 31 October 2014 10:58 am

OCTOBER 31: A leading Central Australian women’s group and an up-and-coming theatre troupe from country Victoria have received top honours at the 2014 Indigenous Governance Awards. At a gala dinner at BHP Billiton’s headquarters in Melbourne last night, Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation from Alice Springs and Swan Hill’s The Marruk Project were awarded the best run Aboriginal organisation and project in the country.