Hidden Valley town camp in Alice Springs.
Hidden Valley town camp in Alice Springs.

Legal action threat to force housing repairs at Alice Springs town camps

FEBRUARY 11: Legal action may soon be taken to force repairs to houses in Alice Springs town camps. The move, by Tangentyere Council, which controls the camps, follows legal proceedings against the Northern Territory Government by residents in the central Australian community of Santa Teresa angry at the condition of their housing. Tangentyere Council members travelled to Darwin this week to highlight their anger and concern at what they say are failures in public housing. Chief executive Walter Shaw says people are living in conditions of overcrowding and despair.

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Prime Minister delivers Closing the Gap report

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other officials at the Close the Gap 10th Anniversary Parliamentary Breakfast at Parliament House.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other officials at the Close the Gap 10th Anniversary Parliamentary Breakfast at Parliament House.
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 10:53 am

FEBRUARY 10: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has delivered the eighth annual Closing the Gap report card, which shows limited limited progress in most of the six target areas covering health, education and employment. The delivery comes as the Close the Gap Steering Committee calls on the Government to “stay the course” on the campaign. But others, including ‘Father of Reconciliation’ Patrick Dodson, have questioned whether the policy, aimed at overcoming Indigenous disadvantage, should continue.

State of Reconciliation report launched

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Tuesday, 9 February 2016 8:20 am

February 9: The latest State of Reconciliation in Australia report reveals that while the nation has developed a strong foundation for reconciliation, significant challenges remain. Launched by Reconciliation Australia, the report measures progress towards reconciliation in five areas: race relations, equality and equity, institutional integrity, unity, and historical acceptance. It reports support for reconciliation growing across all sectors of the community, and cites significant milestones over the past 25 years.

All Stars rugby league players in camp

Indigenous All Stars captain Greg Inglis with youngsters at the camp.
Indigenous All Stars captain Greg Inglis with youngsters at the camp.
Monday, 8 February 2016 9:08 am

February 8: The Indigenous All Stars and World All Stars men’s rugby league teams are in camp in Brisbane ahead of their clash in the Queensland capital this Saturday night. The women’s teams, touch football teams and under-16 sides go into camps this week. Meanwhile, more than 30 past and present Indigenous rugby league players had a two-day All Stars leadership camp over the weekend.

WA men confident of cricket success

The Western Australian team after their second successive Imparja Cup win last year. Picture: Getty
The Western Australian team after their second successive Imparja Cup win last year. Picture: Getty
Thursday, 4 February 2016 4:18 pm

Western Australia will shoot for its third consecutive men’s National Indigenous Cricket Championship (NICC) this week, a feat not achieved since Queensland from 2004-06. WA is fielding a young, but experienced team, with nine of its squad of 13 having tasted success at this level previously, and Michael Bailey again captain. The championships start this week in Alice Springs.

Runners wanted for IMP trials

IMP runner Elsie Seriat and Paralympic Gold Medallist Kurt Fearnley on Thursday Island.
IMP runner Elsie Seriat and Paralympic Gold Medallist Kurt Fearnley on Thursday Island.
Wednesday, 3 February 2016 3:41 pm

THE Indigenous Marathon Project’s (IMP’s) annual national tour will hit the road tomorrow (Thursday) to identify the next crop of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island marathon runners. The first stop is at Nowra, followed by Bodalla, Melbourne and Echuca. IMP founder and director Robert de Castella said interested Indigenous Australians aged 18-30 should turn up at the trials. The Koori Mail’s next edition will list all try-out locations.

Yovich wins prestigious performance award

Ursula Yovich.
Ursula Yovich.
Friday, 29 January 2016 4:24 pm

BURARRA and Serbian actress and singer Ursula Yovich has won this year’s individual Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award. Ms Yovich has performed all over the world, and has been nominated for five Heplmann Awards, receiving one in 2007 for her role in Capricornia. She is well-known for her one-woman show Magpie Blues, which premiered in Adelaide in 2009, and for playing the lead in Waltzing the Wilara which was presented by Yirra Yaarkin Theatre Company in 2010.

Vicky to represent our mob at UN

Vicky Welgraven. Picture: Vintage Brat Photography
Vicky Welgraven. Picture: Vintage Brat Photography
Thursday, 28 January 2016 3:50 pm

VICKY Welgraven, an Adnyamathanha woman from South Australia, has been selected to represent the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance at the United Nations Commission for the Status of Women in New York in March. Ms Welgraven said this means she will have the opportunity to discuss and provide input on issues that are important to Indigenous women. “To be chosen, I feel blessed and privileged to go and talk about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights and take some of the issues other countries have on board,” she told the Koori Mail.

Redfern All Blacks begin planning Koori Knockout

The four women who are organising this year’s NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout, from left,  Christine Robinson, Shaquille Robinson, Heidi Norman and Jo Bostock.
The four women who are organising this year’s NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout, from left, Christine Robinson, Shaquille Robinson, Heidi Norman and Jo Bostock.
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 10:40 am

An all-women committee is organising the 2016 45th NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout. The Redfern All Blacks won the 2015 Knockout last October at Dubbo and have appointed the all-female sub-committee to oversee arrangements for next year’s event at a venue yet to be determined. Committee members are Jo Bostock, Christine Robinson, Heidi Norman and Shaquille Robinson.

Tas Premier wants to change eligibility rules

Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania chair Clyde Mansell.
Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania chair Clyde Mansell.
Friday, 22 January 2016 4:02 pm

TASMANIAN Premier Will Hodgman has come under fire from Aboriginal groups for a controversial proposal to scrap the state’s Aboriginal eligibility policy. Both the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre and the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania (ALCT) came out strongly against the idea. ALCT chair Clyde Mansell said he was gobsmacked by the proposal. However, Rodney Dillon from the Regional Aboriginal Communities Alliance said he is not concerned by the Premier’s idea.

Gardner stars in Big Bash League

Ashleigh Gardner, batting for NSW in last year's Imparja Cup.
Ashleigh Gardner, batting for NSW in last year's Imparja Cup.
Thursday, 21 January 2016 3:07 pm

ASHLEIGH Gardner has been named in the Sydney Sixers’ squad of 13 preparing for tomorrow’s Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) cricket semi-final against the Hobart Hurricanes. The T20 match will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The WBBL is in its inaugural season and has been a runaway success. Gardner has been a key member of the Sixers, who made an astonishing late run for a semi-final berth, climbing from near the bottom of the table and winning their last eight games.