Nhulunbuy's Fiona Marika and Grace Wunungmurra at Currumbin Beach , Queensland. Picture: Matt Roberts/mattrimages.com.au
Nhulunbuy's Fiona Marika and Grace Wunungmurra at Currumbin Beach , Queensland. Picture: Matt Roberts/mattrimages.com.au

Nhulunbuy named Australia’s cleanest beach, thanks to Dhimurru Rangers

THE Northern Territory beach of Nhulunbuy has been named the overall winner in the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Clean Beaches Awards 2014 at Currumbin, Queensland. Nhulunbuy is located on the traditional lands of the Yolngu people and has around 4000 residents. Its residents, including the Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation and the Dhimurru Rangers, have taken on responsibility for managing the huge amount of beach litter, including lost fishing nets and marine debris that washes up on the beaches of Cape Arnhem. Nhulunbuy also won the Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention Award.

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Program for Garma Festival released

Yolngu children at last year's Garma Festival. Picture courtesy of the Yothu Yindi Foundation
Yolngu children at last year's Garma Festival. Picture courtesy of the Yothu Yindi Foundation
Thursday, 17 July 2014 4:18 pm

THE Yothu Yindi Foundation (YYF) has released its program of speakers and music for the Garma Festival, held in northeast Arnhem Land on August 1-4. YYF chief executive Denise Bowden said this year’s key forum is based on the concepts of responsibility, reform and recognition. “Everyone has a voice at Garma and, just like a Yolngu ceremony, everyone has a role to play,” she said. For more information on the festival go to www.yyf.com.au

Recognise relay sets off again, from Cairns to Cape

Fiona Jose, Jackie Huggins and Ben Gertz.
Fiona Jose, Jackie Huggins and Ben Gertz.
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 4:10 pm

THE Recognise relay set off again on its journey across Australia, relaunching in Cairns today before making its way north across the Atherton Tablelands and up the Cape York Peninsula. The relay gives communities across the nation a chance to be part of the movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia’s Constitution – and to ensure there is no place for racial discrimination in it. Recognise spokesperson Jackie Huggins urged Queenslanders to campaign actively for the recognition referendum.

Constitutional recognition interim report tabled

Federal MP Ken Wyatt.
Federal MP Ken Wyatt.
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 3:40 pm

THE Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples today tabled its interim report in the House of Representatives. The committee, chaired by Senator Nova Peris and Hasluck MP Ken Wyatt, drew on the work of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians, the appointed group of Indigenous and community leaders who conducted a national public consultation and engagement program in 2011. The report is available at http://www.aph.gov.au/jscatsi

Winners announced at National NAIDOC Awards

Linda Burney was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the National NAIDOC Awards at the Gold Coast.
Linda Burney was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the National NAIDOC Awards at the Gold Coast.
Saturday, 12 July 2014 9:12 am

JULY 12: Wiradjuri woman, activist, teacher and NSW parliamentarian Linda Burney was honoured last night with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the National NAIDOC Awards night and ball at the Gold Coast Exhibition Centre. Activist and academic Gracelyn Smallwood was named Person of the Year. Patricia O’Connor is the Female Elder of the Year and Richard Archibald the Male Elder of the Year. The Uunguu Healthy Country Project, from Western Australia, won the Caring for Country Award.

Cadd’s portrait of Archie makes Archibald finalists

Proud, a portrait of Archie Roach by Yorta Yorta artist Jandamarra Cadd.
Proud, a portrait of Archie Roach by Yorta Yorta artist Jandamarra Cadd.
Friday, 11 July 2014 3:41 pm

YORTA Yorta artist Jandamarra Cadd’s portrait of singer Archie Roach has been named as a finalist in the 2014 Archibald Prize. Also in the 54 finalists, announced yesterday by the Art Gallery of NSW were pictures of Aboriginal artist Richard Bell (painted as an astronaut), AFL player Adam Goodes and musician Dan Sultan. The winner will be announced later this month.

12 IMP runners finish Gold Coast Half-Marathon

Brendan Peeters, from Cairns, the first IMP runner over the line in the Gold Coast Half-Marathon.
Brendan Peeters, from Cairns, the first IMP runner over the line in the Gold Coast Half-Marathon.
Wednesday, 9 July 2014 2:39 pm

IN a ground-breaking first, all 12 members of the 2014 Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) squad crossed the finish line of the Gold Coast Half-Marathon last Sunday. Team members exceeded their own expectations by not only finishing, but crossing the line well ahead of their goal times. Members of the squad have returned home to their communities to continue training ahead of the third camp in Sydney for the City to Surf in August.

Barty moves up singles rankings 10 spots

A file picture of Ashleigh Barty, right, with Evonne Goolagong.
A file picture of Ashleigh Barty, right, with Evonne Goolagong.
Tuesday, 8 July 2014 3:16 pm

ASHLEIGH Barty is ranked 193 in women’s singles in world tennis, up from 203. Her highest WTA women’s singles ranking is 129 in September 2013. Barty failed to qualify for the main women’s draw in the Wimbledon singles this year, but she and fellow Australian Casey Dellacqua reached the quarter-finals of the women’s doubles before losing to tournament winners Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci 6-4 2-6 6-0 in the quarter-finals.

It’s NAIDOC Week, with events around the country

Those Who Stand To Defend Our Land by Harry Alfred Pitt. This year's NAIDOC poster.
Those Who Stand To Defend Our Land by Harry Alfred Pitt. This year's NAIDOC poster.
Thursday, 3 July 2014 5:52 pm

NAIDOC Week started on Sunday, July 6, and will continue until this Sunday, July 13. There are events across Australia, honouring this year’s theme of ‘Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond’. The National NAIDOC Ball and Awards night will be held at the Gold Coast Convention Centre this Friday, July 11. To check out events in your neck of the woods, go to the NAIDOC website www.naidoc.org.au

Northern Land Council presents view on fracking

Northern Land Council chief executive Joe Morrison.
Northern Land Council chief executive Joe Morrison.
Wednesday, 2 July 2014 4:14 pm

THE Northern Land Council (NLC) has made a detailed submission to the Northern Territory Government’s Inquiry into the controversial gas mining practice of hydraulic fracturing (fracking).  NLC chief executive Joe Morrison said the document provided a thorough look at how traditional owners can be supported to make informed decisions on their land about fracking proposals. The submission also highlights a number of issues that do not appear to have been considered in the Inquiry’s terms of reference.

More needs to be done to Close the Gap

COAG Reform Council chair John Brumby.
COAG Reform Council chair John Brumby.
Thursday, 26 June 2014 8:46 am

The COAG (Council of Australian Governments) Reform Council’s final report card shows that governments need to strengthen efforts to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. COAG Reform Council chair John Brumby said that the findings show a need for governments to commit to long-term reform of Indigenous health. “Indigenous Australians should enjoy the same health, education and employment outcomes as non-Indigenous Australians, but persistent gaps remain,” he said.