NIRS NEWS STORIES 6am-9am 12 DECEMBER 2013
Four corporations in Alice Springs have voluntarily placed themselves under special administration by approaching the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations for assistance.
The Lhere Artepe, Antulye, Mparntwe and Irlpme Aboriginal Corporations represent clans of the Central Arrente people.
The groups were all set up, after the Federal Court recognised the native title rights of the Central Arrente in the year two thousand.
Anthony Beven says the groups made the approach to ORIC, to try to get beyond the complexities of the corporate structures.
The federal and Queensland governments say the Great Barrier Reef will not suffer after a major coal plant expansion was given the go ahead.
Brad Ryan has more.
The Stronger Smarter Institute has appointed Lisa Siganto as the new CEO, while its founder, Dr Chris Sarra takes over the role as Chair.
Dr Sarra says it will be business as usual but hopes the financial background of Ms Siganto will see the education institute develop an approach to secure funding for future projects.
A man is seeking compensation from the South Australian government, claiming he was forcibly removed from his family 40 years ago.
James Hancock has more.
The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence has won the Australian Human Rights Award for a community organisation’s contribution to social justice.
The awards ceremony took place overnight, marking International Human Rights Day.
An Anthropology Professor has come to the defence of Reverend Dr Djiniyini Gondarra.
Mr Gondarra’s standing in the community had been questioned by the Northern Land Council, who claimed that he was not able to speak for traditional owners of the community of Yirrkala.
Academic Jon Altman says the Land Rights Act states that consent must be sought not just from traditional owners of an area, but also other effective people.
Two students from the community of Gunbalanya, east of Darwin, have created history, becoming the first girls to graduate from Year 12.
Kirsty Garnarradj says after initially not wanting to finish high school, she is proud she did and is hoping to work in her community.
The Green’s party is leading a challenge against the Federal and Queensland government’s approval for an expansion of a major coal port.
Under the plan, the Abbott port near Bowen, will become Australia’s largest coal port.
The Federal Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, says the developers must offset any water quality impacts.
Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters has labelled the decision ‘a joke’.
The Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion has announced the federal government is reviewing two major land and economic bodies.
Indigenous Business Australia and the Indigenous Land Corporation will come under review to determine whether a combined, statutory body would be a better alternative to develop land and economic opportunities.
A new report highlights the importance of the early years in preventing chronic disease.
The CEO of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association says infant mortality rate is twice that of non-Indigenous Australians.
Dr Romlie Mokak says health professionals need to act purposefully to move towards closing the health gap.
An annual report into youth detention incarceration rates shows that of the one thousand youth in detention each day, around half are Indigenous.
Tim Beard from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare says the data, to June this year, shows the rates are still very high.
Dreamworld on the Gold Coast is gearing up to open its newest attraction, ‘Corroboree World’.
The project was created with the help of local communities and celebrates our culture, with an interactive walk-through experience, featuring workshops, wildlife and traditional stories.
NIRS News reporter Cassandra Tim is at the opening, taking us through what visitors can expect once Corroboree World is opened to the public.
In a press conference this morning, General Manager, Al Mucci, spoke about the positive effect that the project will have. Cassandra Tim.
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About the National Indigenous Radio Service
The National Indigenous Radio Service Limited (NIRS) is a national program distribution service that delivers four radio channels of content produced by First Nations broadcasters via satellite distribution and via the internet.
Operating from a central hub in Brisbane, NIRS receives programs from a majority of the 180+ First Nations broadcasting services across Australia.
Arguably, the NIRS satellite footprint is the largest for a First Nations radio network in the southern hemisphere, if not the world. Given this, NIRS and its programs are unique within the Australian media environment. Over 120 Remote Indigenous Broadcasting Services (RIBS) units, 23 Indigenous radio stations and 120 Community Broadcastes receive NIRS. To learn more about our network simply explore our new Google Map interface which show where each and every radio station is located, its website details and even includes a streaming link in some cases.
The reason why NIRS is so important to the sector is because many First Nations broadcasters haven’t the funding support to produce programs for 24/7 broadcasting or possess the funding to employ the number announcers ad producers to make enough high quality programs to support their local community audiences with the style of program that closes the gap.
So for some 15 years, NIRS has delivered its ecletic mix of broadcast programs and a national news service delivered via satellite that all major metropolitan, regional and remote communities via their Remote Indigenous Media Organisations (RIMOs) can receive and add into their regional broadcast schedules.
In this way, NIRS is dedicated to facilitating First Nations voices through broadcasting and internet radio. We achieve this by a mix of programs that provides critical commentary of the strategies directed towards our communities that seek to preserve, promote and maintain First Nations arts, culture, languages and community values. Most particularly, NIRS discusses ‘Closing the Gap’ initiatives that are aimed at achieving quality of life improvements for First Nations communities across Australia.
NIRS also encourages aspirant First Nations broadcasters and RIBS to send their own programs that can be shared and thus opening a ”window” to local community issues to a national audience.
For broadcasters who meet the licensing and equipment requirements but lack the funds or resources to provide a full 24-hour service, NIRS will enable them to fill any holes in their schedule with our continuous programming. For community broadcasters who access air time through a CBAA affiliate station, NIRS will provide the opportunity for these areas to hear national Indigenous issues, as well as enabling them to boost local airtime.
The Australia Indigenous Communication Association is also a great way of making contact with First Nations Broadcasters: