Josh Lalor and Jonte Patterson in Adelaide last year when they were members of a Cricket Australia XI that took on India at the Adelaide Oval before the opening Test between Australia and India.  Picture: Peter Argent
Josh Lalor and Jonte Patterson in Adelaide last year when they were members of a Cricket Australia XI that took on India at the Adelaide Oval before the opening Test between Australia and India. Picture: Peter Argent

Cricket NSW renews contracts with Lalor and Pattison

LEFT-arm fast bowler Josh Lalor has had his Cricket NSW contract renewed while leg-spinner Jonte Pattison has had his rookie contract renewed with the Blues. Pattison and Lalor were in the Cricket Australia XI that played against India in a warm-up match in Adelaide last year. Pattison has played under-19 cricket for Australia and was a development rookie with the Sydney Thunder Big Bash League team. He has played Imparja Cup cricket (now National Indigenous Cricket Championsip) for NSW at the annual Alice Springs carnival.

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Koori Knockout will be in Leichhardt

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The Newcastle Yowies’ Caitlin Moran on the attack against Kempsey in a women’s semi-final at last year’s NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout carnival at Dubbo.  Picture: Naomi Moran
Caption The Newcastle Yowies’ Caitlin Moran on the attack against Kempsey in a women’s semi-final at last year’s NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout carnival at Dubbo. Picture: Naomi Moran
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 8:40 am

THIS year’s NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout carnival will be hosted by the Redfern All Blacks in Leichhardt. Last night Leichhardt Council voted unanimously to accept the Knockout, which will be staged over five ovals, and Councillors said they were “privileged to host the event” in their shire.

Koorie Youth Summit discusses big ideas

Douglas Briggs and Adam Goodes at the Koorie Youth Summit.
Douglas Briggs and Adam Goodes at the Koorie Youth Summit.
Friday, 22 April 2016 2:42 pm

NEARLY 200 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians gathered at the Koorie Youth Summit for two days this week to connect, discuss health and wellbeing and help shape state policy on Aboriginal affairs. The summit was a chance for young Koories to connect with each other, celebrate their culture, and generate ideas to create change. AFL champion Adam Goodes headlined the summit with a question and answer session, covering his playing career and how his pride in his Aboriginality has equipped him with the strength take on challenges.

Giles supports tourists climbing Uluru

April 21, Uluru
Thursday, 21 April 2016 4:41 pm

NT Chief Minister Adam Giles, a Kamilaroi man, has sparked controversy by supporting tourists climbing Uluru, which is against the wishes of Anangu traditional owners. Anangu people have consistently asked tourists not to climb Uluru, even writing to Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt requesting a ban. Mr Giles told the NT Parliament it was worth exploring a climb with “stringent safety conditions and rules enforcing spiritual respect that will be endorsed, supported and even managed by the local Aboriginal community”.

Dodson wants reduction in Indigenous incarceration

Yawuru man Patrick Dodson.
Yawuru man Patrick Dodson.
Thursday, 14 April 2016 2:54 pm

Incoming Labor senator Pat Dodson has taken a swing at Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to recall parliament to debate already-blocked legislation to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). Speaking on the 25th anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, Professor Dodson said there were more important issues. “It should be being recalled … to deal with these appalling custody rates of the first peoples of this country and to set their minds to how best to find better ways to reduce them,” he said.

NSW Knockout Health Challenge launched

The launch of the NSW Health Knockout Challenge.
The launch of the NSW Health Knockout Challenge.
Monday, 11 April 2016 4:47 pm

NSW State of Origin coach Laurie Daley, Anthony Mundine, George Rose, Julie Young and Ronnie Gibbs helped launch the fifth annual NSW Knockout Health Challenge today, in the fight against obesity among Aboriginal communities.

 Today marked the start of the George Rose Challenge, with representatives from the 32 teams gathering at Rugby League Central in Sydney for an official introduction, before they were put through a light training session.
 
In 2015, more than 1200 NSW Aboriginal people across 38 teams took part in the Challenge, for a combined weight loss of 2700kg.

UniSA awards Goolagong honorary doctorate

Evonne Goolagong Cawley.
Evonne Goolagong Cawley.
Friday, 8 April 2016 4:52 pm

Evonne Goolagong Cawley has been awarded an honorary doctorate by UniSA for her enormous contribution to Australian tennis on the international stage and her promotion of better education and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Ms Goolagong Cawley, a Wiradjuri woman, was ranked world number one from 1971-1976, won 92 tournaments, won the French and Italian Opens, won the Australian Open four times and Wimbledon. In 2012 she established the Evonne Goolagong Foundation dedicated to improving the lives of Indigenous children.

Webb wins NT trainee of the year award

Debbon Webb has won the 2016 Group Training NT school-based Trainee of the Year award.
Debbon Webb has won the 2016 Group Training NT school-based Trainee of the Year award.
Wednesday, 6 April 2016 4:20 pm

ABORIGINAL educator Debbon Webb has taken out the 2016 Group Training NT school-based Trainee of the Year award, which was presented at a recent ceremony held in Alice Springs. Mr Webb, from the remote Hart’s Range community, has been recognised for his outstanding achievements and commitment to his study in Certificate III in Education Support at Batchelor Institute and the knowledge and skills that he has been sharing with the Aboriginal children to support their learning at Bradshaw School.

Doggett named cricketer of the year

Brendan Doggett with his Lord’s Taverners Indigenous Cricketer of the Year award.
Brendan Doggett with his Lord’s Taverners Indigenous Cricketer of the Year award.
Thursday, 31 March 2016 2:04 pm

QUEENSLANDER Brendan Doggett has been named the Lord’s Taverners Indigenous Cricketer of the Year as Cricket Australia’s State Cricket Awards were announced last week. The right-arm fast bowler from Toowoomba was the Brisbane Heat’s community rookie last season and became a consistent member of Queensland’s Futures League team, claiming eight wickets at an average of 23.13. He also took 42 wickets at average of 13 in stellar season of Queensland grade cricket for Western Suburbs.

Knight leads the way in academic program

Two of the 2016 Wingara Mura Fellows, Mariko Smith and Percy Knight.
Two of the 2016 Wingara Mura Fellows, Mariko Smith and Percy Knight.
Tuesday, 29 March 2016 4:59 pm

Former NRL star Percy Knight is among the first recruits to Sydney University’s Wingara Mura Leadership Program, a five-year scheme that supports early career Indigenous academics. From growing up on an Aboriginal mission in Condobolin to playing rugby league for Balmain and the Canberra Raiders, Mr Knight has now become the first Indigenous PhD candidate in Sydney Uni’s Business School. He is investigating successful Indigenous businesses, using case studies in the hope of developing a model to guide other Indigenous enterprises.

Boomerang at Bluesfest staged over Easter

Dhinawan, one of the performers at Boomerang at Bluesfest.
Dhinawan, one of the performers at Boomerang at Bluesfest.
Thursday, 24 March 2016 4:21 pm

Boomerang at Bluesfest was held on Bundjalung country at Tyagarah on the NSW far north coast over Easter. Festival director Rhoda Roberts said Boomerang featured dance, weaving, carving, talks and ideas, workshops, music, drumming and authentic cultural exchanges. Performers and speakers include Archie Roach, East Journey, Getano Bann, Shari Sebbens, Richard Frankland, Dhinawan and Nancy Bates. Boomerang was a smaller ‘festival within a festival’ at Bluesfest. For more information go to www.boomerangfestival.com.au