The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker is an online project of Uniting Communities.
The project was launched in mid-2007 to monitor government commitments to Anangu (Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara peoples). It advocates for the timely delivery of key infrastructure, services and programs to improve the lives of people in South Australian remote Aboriginal communities.
The main goals of the Paper Tracker project are to make it easier for Anangu to:
- obtain information in their first languages (Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara),
- talk with governments as equal partners,
- make decisions from a position of knowledge and strength, and
- participate in broader debates about their future.
The Paper Tracker monitors government activities and issues of concern for the communities located:
- on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) and Maralinga Tjarutja (MT) Lands, and
- in Umoona and Yalata (two Anangu communities situated on lands held by South Australia’s Aboriginal Lands Trust).
Between 2007 and 2012, the Paper Tracker website tracked progress made against more than 140 government commitments and/or areas of identified need.
In August 2012, the project announced a new direction focused around five key topics: employment, food security, housing, kidney disease, and the recommendations of the 2008 Mullighan Inquiry. At that time, we also announced that two key overarching issues would be at the forefront of all of our work:
- the need for Anangu to lead a serious and sustained conversation about how to secure a positive future for their communities; and
- the need to ensure Anangu are meaningfully involved in decisions that affect their lives.
In February 2013, the project unveiled a new-look website structured around these issues and topics.
In June 2011, the Paper Tracker launched a weekly half-hour radio show. Parts of each show are broadcast in Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara. Other parts are broadcast in English. Hosted by Rose Lester and Sue Tilley, the Paper Tracker Radio Show is available online and can also be heard on metropolitan, regional and remote radio stations.
The Paper Tracker distributes a free e-newsletter. Each issue highlights government activities in Anangu communities, recent development and issues of ongoing concern. The e-newsletter also spotlights Anangu achievements.
Our staff visit a number of Anangu communities each year. These visits are opportunities for Anangu to highlight issues that are of particular concern to them and allow our staff to check the direction and impact of the work we do.
The Paper Tracker project is managed by Sue Tilley (Uniting Communities’ Manager for Aboriginal Policy and Advocacy), with strong support from the Rev Peter McDonald (Uniting Communities’ Minister).
Uniting Communities, an agency of the Uniting Church in Australia, is a community service organisation with over 110 years experience in providing service to low income and disadvantaged people in South Australia.
Prior to April 2012, Uniting Communities was called ‘UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide’.