Family members of Cassius Turvey gathered outside Perth Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

Three more charged with teen’s murder

THE mother of slain Indigenous teenager Cassius Turvey said seeing three people accused of her son’s bashing murder in court took her back to the day he was attacked.

Mechelle Turvey said her son’s description of the assault with a metal pole before he died gave her strength on Friday, January 20, when two men and a woman appeared in Perth Magistrates Court. 

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Gooniyanidi Bunbuna woman Gail Brooking from Fitzroy Crossing hasn’t been able to get back to her home from Broome as the roads to her community are cut.

Stranded flood victims have ‘nowhere to go’

Wednesday, 25 January 2023 3:20 pm

GOONIYANIDI Bunbuna woman Gail Brooking from is sleeping rough on the streets of Broome while she waits on information about when she will be able to return to her community near Fitzroy Crossing. 

“We need the government, both state and federal, to help out more with the accommodation crisis that is happening here in Broome for all of us mob who are stranded, displaced, and can’t yet return to our communities,” Ms Brooking told the Koori Mail. 

“All the hotels and motels in Broome are booked out and the local Aboriginal Short Stay Hostel is completely full. 

“There’s nowhere else for us to go, so I have no other choice than to sleep on the streets…

Aboriginal artist Rhonda Sampson poses for a photograph in front of the Opera House in Sydney.

Opera House honour for Rhonda

Wednesday, 25 January 2023 3:19 pm

THE work of an Indigenous visual artist from Sydney’s west will form a massive projection on the city’s Opera House to honour Aboriginal women on January 26.

The iconic white sails of the Sydney Opera House will be transformed into a kaleidoscope of blue, purple, green and yellow to honour several Aboriginal women of historic significance. 

Kamilaroi woman and visual artist Rhonda Sampson, 40, created Diyan Warrane (Women of Sydney Cove) to memorialise the Barangararoo, Boorong, Patygerang and Daringa stories around the harbour using graphic design programs. 

“It is culture meeting modern day tools to tell our stories,” Ms Sampson said. 

“All this harbour was the women’s domain so they would fish, they would sing and keep time … 

“I wanted this artwork to reflect the culture and history of where we’re standing which is…

DENNI aka ‘Madame Pakana’ performing amoung the crowd at the putalina festival. This year’s putalina festival kicked off a big year for the palawa – it’s the 50th anniversary of the state’s oldest Aboriginal organisation – the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre and Treaty is being discussed with the Tasmanian Government. Picture: Jillian Mundy

Putting the passion into the putalina festival

Wednesday, 25 January 2023 3:17 pm

THIS year’s putalina festival kicks off a big year for the palawa – it’s the 50th anniversary of the state’s oldest Aboriginal organisation – the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) and Treaty is being discussed with the Tasmanian Government. 

Hundreds flocked to the festival, as it’s known to the mob in Lutruwita, to enjoy music, workshops, ceremony and a scorcher of a day. 

Held on the middle Saturday of each January…

An aerial view of the Central Coast Regional Sporting and Recreation Complex at Tuggerah on the NSW Central Coast, host venue for the 2023 Koori Knockout.

KO returns to Tuggerah

Wednesday, 25 January 2023 3:16 pm

THE site that hosted two of the biggest upsets in Aboriginal rugby league in recent times returns after the Newcastle All Blacks locked in a location for 2023. 

The 51st NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout Carnival will be held at Tuggerah on the state’s Central Coast. 

The site was confirmed last week by hosts of the 2023 tournament Newcastle All Blacks, and Central Coast Council. 

The All Blacks won the rights to the 2023 event after defeating Walgett Aboriginal Connection at the 2022 Knockout at Bomaderry on the NSW south coast. 

As in 2019, Tuggerah ticked all the boxes as host venue for 2023. 

The 2022 Koori KO title win at Bomaderry was NAB’s second from three tournaments. They defeated La Perouse at Dubbo in 2018 to win hosting rights in 2019. 

Christine Anu performed a medley of her hit songs.

Celebrating the ‘Heart of Our Nation’

Tuesday, 10 January 2023 3:10 am

NATIONAL Indigenous Television (NITV) has celebrated 10 years of being available to all Australians as a free-to-air channel, and part of the SBS network.

A stunning outdoor concert with Uluru as the backdrop brought together a range of talented artists for the Heart of Our Nation, A Celebration. The event was live on NITV and is still available to watch on SBS on demand. 

Performers included the ARIA award-winning King Stingray singing Land Down Under combining English and Yolŋu Matha. 

Father and daughter duo Troy and Jem Cassar-Daley delivered a moving rendition of Brisbane Blacks, Electric Fields sang From Little Things Big Things Grow, Casey Donovan Zipporah, and Dyagula joined forces for a musical medley, and all artists came together singing Solid Rock for the concert finale. 

Tanya Denning-Orman, a proud Birri and Guugu Yimidhirr woman and director of Indigenous Content at SBS said, “On Monday night, we celebrated an incredible decade of NITV – a vital place in our national media landscape dedicated to First Nations stories, cultures and perspectives – being available to every…

Widjabul Yaegl man Gilbert Laurie, inset, celebrates the handback with local elders.

Always was always will be Widjabul Wia-bal land

Tuesday, 10 January 2023 3:09 am

THE Federal Court has recognised the Widjabul Wia-bal people hold native title over more than 11,500 hectares around the Lismore area in northern NSW. 

After a lengthy legal battle the NSW Government settled the native title claim over public land and waters in the Northern Rivers area including flood- ravaged Lismore, in a historic court sitting in Goonellabah. 

The decision means native title holders have legally recognised rights to access the parks and practise their culture in parks, including camping and using resources. 

Ashley Moran, a Widjabul Wia-bal claimant, told hundreds of Indigenous residents at the sitting, that the arduous process had taken more than 20 years to be finalised. 

“Native title recognition is a long process that started from the efforts of a number of Elders way back in 2002,” Mr Moran said. 

The 1992 High Court success of Meriam man Eddie Mabo recognised native title in…