Newsletter date: 15 April 2015
* Audio Interview: Uncle Stephen Goldsmith, Nunga Wangga - Radio Adelaide: Haydyn Bromley on funding for the 60 SA Aboriginal Communities
[Featuring Haydyn Bromley, Stephen Goldsmith, Minungka McInerney]
* Audio Interview: CAAMA Radio's Strong Voices: South Australia's Remote Communities Safe for Now!
[Featuring Haydyn Bromley, Aboriginal Lands Trust South Australia]
* Audio: Natalie Whiting, The World Today: SA Indigenous communities safe: state and federal governments strike a deal
[Featuring Nigel Scullion, Haydyn Bromley & Kyam Maher]
* Media Release: Senator Rachel Siewert: Greens: Federal funding for SA remote aboriginal communities secured, WA must receive funding rethink
* Analysis / Opinion: Michele Madigan, Eureka Street: Funding cut signals the destruction of Aboriginal life in Australia
* Breaking News: Natalie Whiting, Nicola Gage & staff, ABC News: Future of remote Aboriginal communities secured by deal between SA and federal governments
* Breaking News: Lauren Novak, The Advertiser: State and Federal Governments sign $15 million funding agreement for services for Aboriginal communities.
* Breaking News: Stephanie Anderson, SBS News: Deal secures future of SA remote Indigenous communities
* Breaking News: Bridie Jabour, The Guardian: SA remote Indigenous communities thrown lifeline by funding deal
* Background: WGAR News: SA Indigenous leaders seek urgent meeting over community closure concerns: Natalie Whiting, ABC PM
[Featuring Haydyn Bromley & Tammy Franks]
* WGAR Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA
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- Audio Interview
Nunga Wangga - Radio Adelaide: Haydyn Bromley on funding for the 60 SA Aboriginal Communities
14 Apr 15: "On recent talks within the community about funding being cut from municipal and essential services from 150 Western Australian Aboriginal remote communities facing forced closures, unknown to most, was the 60 South Australian Aboriginal remote communities that were facing these closures as well. Haydyn Bromley, residing member of the Aboriginal Lands Trust of South Australia, has been one of the key people in the role of securing the municipal and essential services funds for these 60 South Australian Aboriginal communities for the next 5 years. ... "
Featured in this story: Haydyn Bromley, Stephen Goldsmith, Minungka McInerney.
Podcast by Michael Collard
Nunga Wangga - Radio Adelaide
"Nunga Wangga means black fellas talking. But it’s much more than just talking about local, national and international issues. We keep you up to date with cultural and community events and showcase the enormous talent out there. ... "
- Audio Interview
CAAMA - Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio's Strong Voices
South Australia's Remote Communities Safe for Now!
13 Apr 15: "Mr Haydyn Bromley the presiding member for the Aboriginal Lands Trust South Australia meets with Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion and the South Australia Indigenous Affairs Minister Kyam Maher. Haydyn speaks on CAAMA Radio’s Strong Voices program."
The World Today: SA Indigenous communities safe: state and federal governments strike a deal
13 Apr 15: "Brendan Trembath: Aboriginal leaders in South Australia are relieved to learn that a deal's been done to prevent communities from closing. The South Australian Government and the Commonwealth have agreed on funding for essential services. The Federal Government will continue to pay for the remote APY Lands, while the State Government takes over responsibility for other communities. South Australia is the last state to sort out funding with the Federal Government, which was set to run out in June. In Adelaide, Natalie Whiting reports."
"Natalie Whiting is a radio, online and television reporter. She has been a finalist in the Young Walkley Awards and was an Andrew Olle Scholar. Natalie has worked as a journalist in Broken Hill, Orange and Sydney. She is currently the South Australian reporter for AM, The World Today and PM."
- Media Release
Senator Rachel Siewert: Greens: Federal funding for SA remote aboriginal communities secured, WA must receive funding rethink
13 Apr 15: "Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, Senator Rachel Siewert, has welcomed news of Federal funding that will allow remote aboriginal communities in South Australia to remain, but says the news must be quickly followed up with a rethink of funding for remote communities in Western Australia.
"Nigel Scullion has proven today that continuing Federal funding for remote communities is not impossible.
"That $15 million will provide necessary services for those people to remain in communities on their land.
"Those communities in South Australia will breathe a huge sigh of relief, meanwhile communities elsewhere are still in limbo.
"I urge him to quickly follow this news with reinstated Municipal and Essential Funding for remote communities in Western Australia. ...
"It is time for Senator Scullion to do the right thing""
- Analysis / Opinion
Eureka Street: Funding cut signals the destruction of Aboriginal life in Australia
6 Apr 15: " ... But in reality - as one of the Aboriginal administrators of a well established regional Aboriginal community in SA explained to me the day after the shock of receiving the IAS [Indigenous Advancement Strategy] funding news, the policy and practice can only be assumed to be about making both regional and remote communities unsustainable. ‘If they don’t fund the communities, it is a given that they will become unsustainable.’ ... will we believe the words of the First Nations peoples lived experience and go the next step to stand in solidarity and protest with them, working, as Pope Francis says in Evangelii Gaudium #188, ‘to eliminate the structural causes of poverty’?" Michele Madigan, a Sister of St Joseph who has spent the past 38 years working with Aboriginal people in regional and remote areas of South Australia and in Adelaide. Her work has included advocacy and support for senior Aboriginal women of Coober Pedy in their campaign against the proposed national radioactive dump.
- Breaking News
ABC News: Future of remote Aboriginal communities secured by deal between SA and federal governments
13 Apr 15: " ... There were concerns communities could close because of Federal funding cuts to essential services, including rubbish collection, sewerage, power and water. However, a compromise announced this morning will see the Federal Government continue to pay for services in the APY Lands, for the time being. The State Government has agreed to accept $15 million to look after all other remote Aboriginal communities, which have a combined population of about 1,500. ... " By Natalie Whiting, Nicola Gage & staff
- Breaking News
The Advertiser: State and Federal Governments sign $15 million funding agreement for services for Aboriginal communities.
13 Apr 15: " ... Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion visited Adelaide today to sign a new funding deal with SA’s new Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Minister, Kyam Maher. ... Opposition Leader Steven Marshall welcomed the agreement but said it was "only out of necessity" that the Commonwealth had to continue funding APY Lands services because the State Government "hasn’t performed well". "It’s embarrassing for our state - they haven’t got any runs on the board in terms of outcomes in the APY Lands," Mr Marshall said. ... " Lauren Novak, political reporter
- Breaking News
SBS News: Deal secures future of SA remote Indigenous communities
13 Apr 15: "A multi-million dollar deal between the Federal and South Australian governments has secured the future of remote Indigenous communities, but the fate of their Western Australian counterparts remains in limbo. ... Under the deal, the South Australian Government will deliver municipal and essential services - including power, water, and sewage and rubbish collection - to the state’s remote Indigenous communities from July 1. ... " By Stephanie Anderson
- Breaking News
The Guardian: SA remote Indigenous communities thrown lifeline by funding deal
13 Apr 15: " ... "During my discussions with Aboriginal communities, municipal service delivery was one of the key topics raised and I thank our Aboriginal leaders for their patience during the period of uncertainty," Maher [SA’s Aboriginal affairs minister, Kyam Maher] said. Haydn Bromley, from the Aboriginal Lands Trust, said closure of Indigenous communities had been imminent until the agreement was reached. "I can tell you that there are quite a number of people who are breathing a huge sigh of relief," he told ABC Radio National." Bridie Jabour, a reporter for Guardian Australia
WGAR News: SA Indigenous leaders seek urgent meeting over community closure concerns: Natalie Whiting, ABC PM [Featuring Haydyn Bromley & Tammy Franks]
1 Apr 15: "Contents:
* Audio: Natalie Whiting, ABC PM: SA Indigenous leaders seek urgent meeting over community closure concerns
[Featuring Haydyn Bromley, SA Aboriginal Lands Trust & Tammy Franks, SA Greens MLC]
* Audio Interview: Karen Ashford, SBS News: Emergency summit held over SA Aboriginal community closures
[Featuring Haydyn Bromley]
* News: ABC News: Indigenous elders meet at Port Augusta as federal funding cuts threaten to close remote communities
[Featuring Elder Mima Smart]
* Video: NITV News - 30 March 2015: Threats to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in SA
* Video: NITV News: Remote Closures - SA Communities Call Emergency Summit to Fight 'Cultural Genocide'
* Poster: Stop the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities in Australia, facebook: "We would like to confirm that that 2nd National Call of Action will be held Friday 1st May 2015."
* Facebook: Stop the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities in Australia
* WGAR Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA"
WGAR Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA
(last updated: 12 April 2015)
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