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The hills are alive with the sound of Gondwana

by Tony Barrass in MUSIC

The Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir is travelling to Austria to perform with the famous Vienna Boys Choir. A special dinner is being held to raise funds for the 23 young choristers to make the trip from Cairns in May. The [...]

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NEWS

DANCE

  • Bangarra back on the road rekindling dance desire

    January 25, 2017
    Bangarra dance company’s youth program, Rekindling, will be back on the road this year. Delivered across five new communities, it will visit Warrnambool in Victoria, Grafton in New South Wales, Docker River in the Northern Territory, [...]
  • Jumpin’ for joy . . . here comes Djuki Mala

    January 25, 2017
    Dance sensation Djuki Mala will make their Perth debut at the Fringe World Festival from Friday. The troupe, from Elcho Island in North East Arnhem land, will perform at the Salon Perdu in the Pleasure [...]

BUSINESS

  • Kanparrka Store put under ORIC administration

    December 21, 2016
    The Registrar of Indigenous Corporations, Anthony Beven, has today placed the Kanparrka Store Aboriginal Corporation under special administration. Established in 2011, the corporation owns and operates the Kanparrka Store in the community of Haasts Bluff, [...]
  • KPMG swoops on Arrilla in ground-breaking deal

    December 1, 2016
    Accounting giant KPMG Australia has acquired specialist Indigenous consultancy, Arrilla, for an undisclosed price. It has also taken a 49 percent stake in Arrilla’s digital Indigenous cultural competency training venture, and committed to reinvesting some [...]
  • Larrakia leaders look for ways out of $500,000 debt hole

    December 1, 2016
    The acting CEO of the financially-troubled Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation in Darwin is confident it will be back on its feet when it emerges from special administration at the end of March. Allan McGill, who was [...]

HEALTH

  • Geraldton health centre is new benchmark

    March 22, 2017
    A new centre of excellence in the WA city of Geraldton is dedicated to shaping a workforce of healthcare workers attuned to Aboriginal culture and health issues. The primary health care and training centre is [...]
  • Ken Wyatt delivers $27m to Indigenous health services

    February 22, 2017
    Healthcare for mothers and babies will get a $27 million boost in a move announced by Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt on Tuesday and welcomed by Aboriginal community health organisations. Mr Wyatt said the new [...]
  • Indigenous health starts with parents: Wyatt

    February 14, 2017
    Childhood illnesses such as glue ear will be targeted by new Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt in a bid to improve the health of children through the education of their parents. In a wide-ranging interview [...]
  • Remote health program on the move

    February 8, 2017
    A mobile health and education clinic for small and remote communities will be trialled in Western Australia’s Pilbara region — and it will even offer a vet service. The Health in Motion program is a [...]

STAGE

  • Oz Day comedy gala sounds just about perfect

    December 21, 2016
    First Fremantle abandoned its Australia Day celebrations in favour of a more culturally-inclusive celebration two days later. Now some of Australia’s most prominent comedians will take to the stage in a Reconciliation Comedy Gala in [...]
  • Caitlin’s ‘overwhelming wow moment’

    November 9, 2016
    It’s a busy time for USQ Master of Science (Research) student and proud Bundjalung woman Caitlin Easton. Not only is she hard at work as a research assistant and student exploring community perceptions of Indigenous [...]

BOOKS

  • Mansell draws new boundaries for Aboriginal state

    December 21, 2016
    Central Australia could become a seventh, Aboriginal State taking in land from the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland under a plan put forward by Tasmanian lawyer and veteran activist Michael Mansell. In [...]

APPOINTMENTS

  • June Oscar new Social Justice Commissioner

    February 10, 2017
    June Oscar is the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner. The Bunuba woman from Fitzroy Crossing takes over from the popular Mick Gooda, who is now a Commissioner investigating the Northern Territory’s youth justice system. [...]

Muluwurri Magpies celebrate their Tiwi Island AFL grand final win

MUSIC

  • Dan Sultan connects with Kenyan community

    March 8, 2017
    Singer-songwriter Dan Sultan will precede his upcoming Australian tour with a week spent in an entirely different setting – the tribal homelands of Maasai community rangers in Kenya. Sultan will accompany a team of Indigenous [...]
  • The hills are alive with the sound of Gondwana

    March 8, 2017
    The Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir is travelling to Austria to perform with the famous Vienna Boys Choir. A special dinner is being held to raise funds for the 23 young choristers to make the trip [...]
  • The Indigenous rhythms linking the NT and Milwaukee

    March 8, 2017
    When Eleanor Dixon and her father Raymond played a gig to a high-powered audience at the US consulate in Perth last year, their backing band was none other than American alternative rock band Violent Femmes. [...]

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OPINION

ARTS

  • Nakkiah Lui to serve up new ABC ‘black’ comedy

    March 22, 2017
      Filming has begun in Sydney on a new comedy series, Kiki & Kitty, by Gamillaroi/Torres Strait Islander writer and actor Nakkiah Lui. Lui has written the series and will play the key role of [...]
  • Doomadgee doco charts father-son journey

    March 22, 2017
    When Alec Doomadgee first began filming special moments in his son Zach’s childhood, like chasing goannas and going to the footy, he couldn’t have imagined the labour of love would one day receive a standing [...]
  • Castlemaine’s sign of things to come

    March 8, 2017
    The Yolngu word ‘Balndnhurr’ means a mark – or lasting impression – made by a group of people as a sign for others to follow. It’s also been chosen as the title for an art [...]

ACHIEVEMENT

  • ‘Skinny-ankled Noongar kid’ takes charge of Health

    February 1, 2017
    Australia’s new Minister for Indigenous Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, hopes his legacy will be a health system where everyone is treated equally and Indigenous people are better represented in roles from doctors and [...]
  • Mel sees a new dimension through the looking glass

    January 25, 2017
    The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) has announced a new $300,000 grant to help Indigenous creative professionals undertake a Master of Fine Arts in cultural leadership. The grant, from the Luminis Foundation, will be [...]
  • Young Leah scoops A-G’s law awards

    January 25, 2017
    Cairns-based solicitor Leah Cameron has won the Attorney General’s National Indigenous Legal Professional of the Year Award for 2016. Ms Cameron, of Marrawah Law Pty Ltd, is one of the youngest to receive the award, [...]
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CULTURE

  • Barunga all set to light up the Territory

    March 22, 2017
    Aboriginal musicians Bunna Lawrie and Coloured Stone, singer-songwriter Missy Higgins and actress and singer Justine Clarke will be among the line-up at the Northern Territory’s Barunga Festival to be held in June. The annual three-day [...]
  • Star-studded line-up to wow Castlemaine

    February 15, 2017
    A night of story and song dedicated to the Dja Dja Wurrung people of central Victoria will be a special feature of the Castlemaine State Festival next month. ‘Ulumbarra’ will feature some of Australia’s best [...]
  • Research shines light on super-sized dangers 20,000 years ago

    January 25, 2017
     Giant killer marsupial lions that jumped on their prey from trees, wombats the size of small cars and six-metre-tall kangaroos, early Aboriginal Australians may have lived among a menagerie of super-sized — and sometimes deadly [...]
  • Airileke and Benny cry freedom over West Papuan rule

    December 1, 2016
    A freedom song co-written by exiled West Papuan Independence leader Benny Wenda and Melbourne music producer Airileke Ingram has been released to coincide with West Papua’s Independence Day. Ingram, who is of Melanesian descent, said [...]
  • Researcher can feel answers in her bones

    November 23, 2016
    The state-of-the-art bone technology used by early Indigenous communities may help reveal how they colonised Australia and carved out lives in a new world. From bone nose ornaments to ceremonial bones and work tools, the [...]

LANGUAGE

  • Past and present key to unlocking language mysteries

    April 12, 2016
    Sydney researchers are using century-old survey data to help unlock the locations and meaning of Indigenous Australian place names across the country. The State Library of NSW’s Weemala (“Big Lookout”) Project is an interactive experiment [...]
  • Sydney turns to Gadigal language names

    March 24, 2016
    Historic buildings in Green Square and a network of wetlands in Sydney Park will be renamed with Aboriginal words in a move the City of Sydney hopes will bring our first language back into everyday [...]

FASHION

  • Indigenous fashion turns heads in Melbourne

    March 22, 2017
    Indigenous fashion took to the runway at the Virgin Melbourne Fashion Festival on the weekend. Garments by Australian Aboriginal designers, New Zealand Maori designers and First Nations designers from Canada were showcased at the Global [...]

SPORT

  • Demons have eye on the prize with new Indigenous talent

    March 22, 2017
    A football team that hasn’t won a premiership since 1977 is hoping to break its 40-year losing streak with a fresh crop of talented Indigenous players. The Perth ‘Demons’ Football Club, a West Australian Football [...]
  • Deeks gives Harold Matthew a London Marathon berth

    March 22, 2017
    Marathoner Harold Matthew has been running laps of his homeland, tiny Thursday Island in the Torres Strait, as he prepares to become the first Indigenous runner to compete in the prestigious London Marathon. “Thursday Island [...]
  • Are you the next Western Warrior?

    March 8, 2017
    Sydney’s Blacktown Western Warriors rugby league team is looking for its next crop of young stars. Under-12 and under-15 players interested in playing in this year’s Koori Cup are invited to attend a special skills [...]
  • Nova Peris a star attraction at Healesville sports event

    February 22, 2017
    Aboriginal sports hero Nova Peris will be a special guest at a Closing the Gap family sports day in Healesville, north-east of Victoria. Ms Peris, the first Aboriginal Australian to win an Olympic gold medal, [...]
  • Cricket contests fire Indigenous spirit

    February 8, 2017
    The biggest Indigenous cricket event on the Australian calendar is being held in Alice Springs this week. The annual Imparja Cup will run until Saturday (February 11) and involve major community and school teams from [...]

PEOPLE

  • What’s on around Australia on what-ever-you-call-it Day

    January 25, 2017
    Whether you call it Survival Day, Invasion Day or Australia Day, thousands of people will attend Indigenous concerts around Australia on January 26, while in some cities the controversial date will be marked with protest [...]
  • Santa and his Minions come to Katherine – and win $250

    December 21, 2016
    Santa swapped his elves for Minions when Christmas came to Katherine in the Northern Territory. Members of the Barunga community, east of the town, won best decorated float at the annual Katherine Christmas street party [...]
  • Madalah ‘ups the ante’ in latest support program

    December 7, 2016
    The not-for-profit Madalah organisation in Western Australia has been granted a new five-year contract to run its Broome accommodation facility, Nyirrwa Murrgurlayi, which provides a home-away-from-home for people studying and training in the Kimberley town. [...]
  • Songwriter targeted over Oz Day comments

    December 1, 2016
    The rest of Australia should follow the lead of the West Australian port city of Fremantle and scrap Australia Day celebrations, say supporters. The City of Fremantle announced last Friday that it was replacing its [...]
  • Bring back Hoges says Ernie as he launches latest TV project

    December 1, 2016
    Ernie Dingo is hoping to put the ‘Australia’ back in Australian television. The television presenter and actor says Australian networks are losing their national identity as shows capturing the Aussie spirit disappear from the small [...]

EDUCATION

  • Kim Hames heads up Madalah, calls for more money

    March 22, 2017
    Former WA Deputy Premier Kim Hames is calling on Canberra to increase funding for a not-for-profit Aboriginal education organisation, saying schooling may hold the key to ‘closing the gap’. Dr Hames, who retired from WA [...]
  • Indigenous stories get ready for school

    February 8, 2017
    Indigenous stories are being brought to life in primary school classrooms by one of the world’s most remote publishing houses – Magabala Books in Broome, WA. Magabala is developing teaching resources for 15 Indigenous titles [...]
  • Revered Cape York educator bows out

    November 23, 2016
    Reverend Mary Eseli is taking a well-learned retirement after making an enormous contribution to the Cape York community. Mary spent three decades educating and caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the Northern [...]
  • University honours midwife who delivers

    November 17, 2016
    Indigenous midwife and Central Arrernte woman Cherisse Buzzacott has been named Australian Catholic University’s (ACU’s) 2016 Alumni of the Year. Ms Buzzacott was the first student to graduate from ACU’s Away from Base Bachelor of [...]

MEDIA

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