Welcome to our 47th Newsletter!
This Newsletter focuses on what the Paper Tracker Project of Uniting Communities has been up to since the beginning of this year. There’s information about the key issues that affect Anangu communities that have been raised in Parliament, and we give an update on key areas that we have been advocating and lobbying about. We also provide an overview of the recent Paper Tracker radio shows that have been broadcast.
Key developments in advocacy and lobbying
A number of questions have been asked in Parliament about issues and government services that affect Anangu communities. The Paper Tracker thought you might like easy access to these discussions and the Hansard transcripts have been provided below.
- Changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988:
If you’d like to listen to the Paper Tracker radio interview with Minister Kyam Maher and others about the changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Act, click here. If you’d like to read the Hansard transcript of the discussion in Parliament, click here.
- The proposal for community-based dialysis in Ernabella
In July 2015, the Federal Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, committed funding to Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (The Purple House) to establish a permanent community-based dialysis facility in Pukatja/Ernabella. The Purple House submitted a business plan to SA Health in October 2015 but the Department has yet to indicate whether it will support the initiative. You can read the transcript of the SA Parliament discussion here.
- APY Community Street lights.
At least 30% of streetlights in APY communities have not been working for more than a year. Here is the Hansard transcript of a question that was asked by the Hon Tammy Franks MLC of the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Minister Kyam Maher.
- The APY Addressing and Street Naming Project
The Government set up the APY Lands Addressing Project so that Anangu would be able to provide an address when they have to fill out forms – for things like registering a vehicle or for Centrelink or for getting a drivers’ license.
The aim of this Project was to allocate house block numbers and identify road names for 143 roads across 13 APY communities. A map of each community was compiled, indicating house numbers and road names. The Project took 12 months to complete and was funded by DPTI, Housing SA, SA Water and the Department of State Development. The Project cost approximately $272,000.
The putting up of actual road signs was not part of this Project and at this stage it’s not clear whether signs will be put up or where the funding for doing this will come from. If you’d like to read the discussion in Parliament about the APY Addressing Program, click here, and you can listen to the Paper Tracker radio show about the APY Addressing Project here.
- Closure of Amata Community Swimming Pool:
The Amata swimming pool has been closed for the whole of the summer. You can read the Hansard transcript of the discussions about this in Parliament.
In addition to writing to the Minister for Education and Child Development about the closed Amata pool, the Paper Tracker also interviewed the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, and you can listen to this interview here.
Paper Tracker Radio Shows
Since our last e-newsletter, Paper Tracker has broadcast ten radio shows. If you’d like to listen to any of these programs, you can click on the links below.
Program 213: APY General Manager – An update
This show includes an interview with Mr Richard King, General Manager of APY. He talks about the APY AGM to be held in March; the APY Lands Steering Committee meeting; the Special General Meeting; and the APY Cattle Project.
Program 214: Minister Maher – Update Part 1
This show includes the first part of an interview with the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Minister Kyam Maher. He talks about the South Australia Government’s Country Cabinet that will be held on the APY Lands from 1 – 4 May (this has since been cancelled); the Reviews of the APY Land Rights Act and the Aboriginal Heritage Act; and the APY Annual General Meeting.
Program 215: Minister Kyam Maher – Update Part 2
This includes the second part of an interview with the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Minister Kyam Maher. He talks about the Closing the Gap Report, and shares his thoughts on community-based dialysis, the closed swimming pool in Amata, and the high levels of hearing loss among Anangu children.
Program 216: DPTI – APY Lands Addressing Project
This program includes an interview with Mr Sean Frost from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI). He lets us know about the APY Lands Addressing Project which was set up to allocate house block numbers and identify road names for 143 roads across 13 APY communities.
Program 217: Experiencing Wiltja!
This program includes an interview with the research team who are working with the Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Education Committee (PYEC) to explore stories and experiences about the Wiltja Residential Program.
Program 218: APY Lands TAFE Learning Centres
This program includes an interview with Janet Skewes and Lesley Harvey from the APY Lands TAFE SA Team. They tell us about the TAFE SA Learning Centres and the various courses on offer.
Program 219: The Aboriginal Heritage (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2016
The focus of this radio program is on the South Australian Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 and the amendments to it that were introduced into Parliament. The program includes interviews with Minister Kyam Maher and representatives of Aboriginal Heritage and Native Title groups.
Program 220: News from the Community Patrol Program
We chat with Bob Smith, Tommy Dharma Summerfield and Shannon Tapayi, and hear first-hand from community members who are involved in the Patrolling Program.
Program 221: News from RASAC
The focus is on the Regional Anangu Services Aboriginal Corporation (RASAC). We talk with the General Manager, Mark Jackman, and Workforce Development Coordinator, Madonna Tomes.
Program 222: ‘Mai Wiru’ talks about healthy food
This program is about healthy and affordable food. We talk with the General Manager of the Mai Wiru Regional Stores Council Aboriginal Corporation, David Schomburgk. He explains the progress that’s being made and highlights the new Mai Wiru Sugar Challenge which focuses on cutting down the amount of sugar that we eat and drink – so that we can reduce the number of people suffering from diabetes and needing dialysis.
If you’d like to listen to previous radio shows, you can visit the Paper Tracker website at http://www.papertracker.com.au/category/radio-programs/, and then click on the program or interview you’d like to listen to.
The Paper Tracker Project continues to appreciate the support from Radio Adelaide which hosts our weekly radio show and we value their commitment to producing shows in Aboriginal languages.
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