NIRS NEWS STORIES 6am-9am 14 FEBRUARY 2014
The Victoria Aboriginal Community Services Association says impending job losses in the state will have wide-ranging impacts for Koori families and communities.
Chief Executive Alf Bamblett says the upcoming closure of Ford and Toyota manufacturing plants and possible further losses at SPC Ardmona in Shepparton are concerning.
But Dr. Bamblett says he’s confident the state’s Aboriginal community organisations are equipped to deal with more people needing to use their services in coming years.
The New South Wales Government says they’ll plan for thousands of ancient artefacts to be handed back to the Newcastle First Nations community.
An eight year study of a 40 kilometre stretch of road along the Hunter Expressway has uncovered tens of thousands of artefacts, some potentially dating back 5,000 years.
Archaeologist say 122 Aboriginal sites were found and many of the artefacts are stone tools used for cutting and slicing.
Wonnarua Nation Aboriginal Corporation Chief Executive Laurie Perry says the discoveries shows occupation of First Nations people in the area and how they used and controlled the land.
A north Queensland Murri politician says his expectations remain high that the nation can close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said in his first annual closing the gap report this week the important goals of life expectancy and employment were not on track to be closed.
He also introduced a new goal of 95% school attendance for Indigenous kids in five years.
Labor candidate for the state seat of Cook Billy Gordon told Bumma Bippera Media he says he now wants actions to do the talking.
A First Nations trade union figure says he’s not surprised by the Federal Government’s announcement of a Royal Commission into union corruption.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the Commission this week, saying it’ll investigate “unlawful activity, corruption, organised crime involvement, standover tactics [and] kickbacks.”
Long-time Queensland union leader, Ngugi man Uncle Bob Anderson of Moreton Island, says it’s another example of the conservative side of politics taking aim at the working class.
The Mayor of Cherbourg, Kenneth Bone, has encouraged the Prime Minister to visit more than one Indigenous community a year.
During last year’s election campaign, Tony Abbott promised to spend a week of every year in a remote community.
But Mr. Bone says every Aboriginal community is different and Mr. Abbott should visit bush communities on a regular basis.
He says he’d welcome a visit by the Prime Minister to Cherbourg, to sit down and yarn about the town’s issues, which include unemployment and domestic violence.
The Federal Education Minister, Christopher Pyne, says the Government has moved quickly to improve school attendance rates in remote communities since coming to power.
This week, the Prime Minister announced it wants to introduce a new closing the gap target aiming for 90 per cent attendance by First Nations students.
Christopher Pyne says the Government’s truancy officer policy is already showing positive signs.
The head of Kimberley-based development organisation, the Wunan Foundation, says the Federal Government’s review of Indigenous employment programs must come up with innovative solutions to boost jobs.
The Prime Minister Tony Abbott recently announced the gap in employment between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians isn’t closing.
Wunan’s Ian Trust says our people must take advantage of new employment opportunities and there is a large amount of goodwill to raise the jobs rate.
But he says there are major barriers to getting our people into a job, especially in remote communities.
The incoming CEO of the Northern Land Council says he’ll be looking to focus on how First Nations people can economically benefit from their land.
Joe Morrison has left his post as Chief Executive of the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance after 10 years.
Mr. Morrison says there’ll be a lot of work to be done at the NLC.
A rally and march will be held in Sydney today to mark 10 years since the death of TJ Hickey in Redfern.
As Merinda Ninyette reports, TJ Hickey passed away in an incident after being pursued by police in February 2004.
The New South Wales Minister for Family and Community Services, Pru Goward, says around six thousand of the state’s Koori children are in out-of-home care and the number is too high.
It comes as a rally at state Parliament was held yesterday, led by a group of grandmothers from Gunnedah, calling out government agencies on the issue.
The grandmothers say in many cases, children removed from their immediate family could be placed with extended family, but this isn’t happening enough.
But Ms. Goward has defended her department, saying it’s not always possible to place at-risk children with another family member.
The Chair of the Indigenous Advisory Council, Warren Mundine, has reinforced his call to get young offenders into education and employment diversionary programs, rather than putting them in jail.
Mr. Mundine says Western Australia has agreed to run a pilot program based on the concept.
He says he wants a national rollout if it proves successful.
A member of the Empowered Communities Committee says the initiative is about putting control back in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander hands.
The Committee, set up by the Cape York Indigenous rights campaigner Noel Pearson, includes 16 members selected from First Nations communities, the corporate world and the public service.
Sean Gordon, from the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council in New South Wales, will sit on the committee.
He says members are devoted to bring about change in how policy is made for Indigenous communities.
A person who claims to have witnessed the Tasering of Logan Murri woman Sheila Oakley last week says they’re now the target of unwanted attention from police.
The person says they witnessed the entire incident and spoke to the media after.
The witness told the ABC police have been unjustifiably passing by the house in patrol cars at least seven times a day, blaring their sirens at the front of the premise.
The witness says they’re intimated by the police and are moving away from the location.
Police Acting Chief Superintendent Noel Powers denies police are targeting the witness.
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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.
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