Evonne Goolagong.

Goolagong honoured with highest award in tennis

EVONNE Goolagong Cawley’s extraordinary career and advocacy has been honoured by the International Tennis Federation. The ITF has announced it will bestow its greatest accolade, the Philippe Chatrier Award, on the Australian champion at a gala event next month. Goolagong, a Wiradjuri woman, won the French Open and Wimbledon in 1971 while still a teenager, going on to become the world No.1 and total seven grand slam crowns. The award – which counts Billie Jean King, John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova among past winners – also honours the post-career work of the individual. Since moving back from the United States in 1991, Goolagong has worked with Tennis Australia to increase female and Indigenous participation in the sport.

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Dja Dja Wurrung stories brought to life on mill

Dja Dja Wurrung traditional owners and artists Rebecca Phillips and Aunty Marilyne Nicholls.
Wednesday, 9 May 2018 4:22 pm

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday night the historic Anderson’s Mill at Smeaton, about an hour south of Bendigo, will come to life with stories of Dja Dja Wurrung clans, from central Victoria. It is history under represented and often misinterpreted. The new 20 minute projection work Now You See It, created by Djaara cultural advisors and artists, Aunty Marilyne Nicholls and Rebecca Phillips with lead artist Jim Coad from Video Architecture, also features a soundscape created by musician and composer James Henry, and stories of the mill.

Barty named Indigenous tennis ambassador

Tarlina Tipunwuti and world No 18 tennis player Ash Barty in the Arts Centre in Nguiu on Bathurst Island. Picture: Glenn Campbell
Thursday, 26 April 2018 10:06 am

WORLD tennis No 18 Ashleigh Barty has been named Tennis Australia’s national Indigenous tennis ambassador in a move to attract more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth to tennis. Barty was welcomed to the Northern Territory and given a tour of the new Darwin International Tennis Centre at Marrara, which will host the National Indigenous Tennis Carnival in September. As part of her trip to the Top End, Barty flew to the remote Wurrumiyanga community on Bathurst Island and conducted a tennis clinic at the local Murrupurtiyanuwu Catholic School.

Western Desert mob develop own Da Vinci code

Art teacher Suzi Lyon with Utju (Areyonga) artists Lorraine Donald and Joy Kunia.
Friday, 20 April 2018 10:18 am

THE Mona Lisa has served as a point of reference for a series of self-portraits to be exhibited during the Desert Mob Aboriginal art festival in Alice Springs this year. Ten women from Utju (Areyonga), 220km west of Alice Springs, spent a week at Charles Darwin University recently, learning and practising portrait painting as part of the Certificate II in Visual Arts. Lecturer Suzi Lyon said they were all highly accomplished artists, but keen to expand their skill set. Ms Lyon said the artists looked at several portraits, but particularly liked the pose of Leonardo Da Vinci’s 16th Century masterpiece.

Alexis Wright adds major prize to stellar career

Alexis Wright has won the Stella Prize for her book Tracker. Picture: Vincent L Long
Friday, 13 April 2018 9:54 am

WAANYI writer Alexis Wright has won the Stella Prize for Tracker, her book about Eastern Arrernte man Tracker Tilmouth. “I want to express my gratitude to my friend Tracker Tilmouth, a visionary leader in the Aboriginal world,” she said. “I thought very deeply about how to develop this book by using our own storytelling principle of consensus, to give everyone the opportunity to tell their part in the story. I worked on this book because I felt that Australia needed to hear what Tracker had to say. It is important. It involves the future of Aboriginal people and our culture.”

Mauboy got a lotta love for Eurovision

Jess Mauoby is sharing the love for Eurovision.
Friday, 9 March 2018 9:43 am

Jessica Mauboy has released the song she will sing at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in Lisbon, Portugal in May. “I love the Eurovision Song Contest. I have since I was a little girl watching it with the family in Darwin,” Mauboy told SBS. “Eurovision, to me, is people brought together through a real love of music and all the joy that music can bring. I can’t wait to perform this song live in Portugal and see it connect with a global audience at such a special time.” You can listen to #We Got Love and the official Eurovision video clip here: goo.gl/QQis2z

Darling Harbour features portraits of Sweet Country

Natassia Gorey-Furber in Sweet Country.
Thursday, 1 March 2018 11:36 am

Darling Harbour in Sydney has been transformed by 16 large-scale photographic portraits taken on the set of Warwick Thornton’s film Sweet Country. The Sweet Country stills exhibition, featuring photographs by Tamara Dean, Michael Corridore, Mark Rogers and Warwick Baker, is run by Bunya Productions and Photoplay Films and supported by Screen Australia and aMBUSH Gallery. The exhibition is in Darling Harbour until March 10.

Mundine knocks out Browne, now wants Horn

Anthony Mundine, 42, defeated Tommy Browne in Sydney last night.
Thursday, 18 January 2018 9:25 am

AN ageless and dangerous Anthony Mundine wants any bout against Jeff Horn to be above the super welterweight limit. Mundine last night kept alive the possibility of a fight against World Boxing Organisation (WBO) welterweight champion Horn with a vicious second-round knockout of former featherweight world title contender Tommy Browne in Sydney. Horn’s trainer and manager Glenn Rushton didn’t rule out fighting Mundine but stressed his charge’s focus was on a mooted April mandatory defence against unbeaten American superstar Terence Crawford.

Mundine wants crack at champion Horn

Anthony Mundine is fighting Tommy Browne in Sydney tonight.
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 4:48 pm

JANUARY 17: Anthony Mundine wants one more year in boxing and a crack at World Boxing Organisation (WBO) welterweight champion Horn before calling it quits. Mundine, who has won major titles in three weight divisions since switching from rugby league in 2000, tonight will be looking for his first win since November 2014, after losing successive fights for the first time in his career. Speaking ahead of his clash with Tommy Browne at the Star in Sydney, the 42-year-old says he is in the best shape since his first fight with arch-rival Danny Green in 2006.

Gardner and Short top scorers in Big Bash League

Sydney Sixers star Ashleigh Gardner.
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 3:50 pm

Two Aboriginal cricketers – D’Arcy Short and Ashleigh Gardner – hold the records for the highest individual scores in the history of cricket’s Big Bash League (BBL). Northern Territorian Short blasted 122 not out off 69 balls – including eight sixes and eight fours – as he steered the Hobart Hurricanes to a last-ball BBL win over Brisbane at the Gabba on January 10. Sydneysider Gardner opened the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) competition with 114 off just 52 balls for the Sydney Sixers against the Melbourne Stars at Wollongong on December 9.

Bundjalung mural unveiled by artists in Nimbin

Artists Oral Roberts and Gilbert Laurie in front of the mural they painted along with Lewis Walker.
Friday, 12 January 2018 3:12 pm

Bundjalung artists Oral Roberts, Gilbert Laurie and Lewis Walker have unveiled their new mural in Nimbin, northern NSW. The artwork, in Peace Park, tells Bundjalung creation stories and displays important symbols and totems. Laurie said they started painting the mural in October. “It tells the story of our country,” he said. “How we connect with country and how it was made.”