Welcome to our 41st newsletter.
New government’s dialysis commitment
In the run-up to the recent election, the Coalition promised to resolve the ongoing renal crisis facing remote Anangu communities. This could include reaching an agreement with the SA Government for community-based dialysis in Pukatja. Read more…
Coober Pedy: new rules for take-away grog
A new set of rules to better manage the sale of take-away alcohol in Coober Pedy came into effect earlier this week. Among other things, the rules ban the sale of take-away alcohol to anyone from Umoona community or the APY Lands. Read more…
While the number of Aboriginal students obtaining a South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) is climbing, the results for Anangu students are less promising. Read more…
APY governance: review confirmed, more details to follow
Five weeks ago, SA Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation (Hon Ian Hunter MLC) confirmed that a narrow review of APY’s governance would be going ahead. So far, our efforts to obtain more information about the review have not been successful. Read more…
Recent radio shows
Since our last newsletter, we’ve produced 10 interviews for our weekly radio show that gets information out to Anangu in Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara.
These interviews have covered a broad range of issues including:
- mental health services for APY children and young people,
- a 12-month trial to improve interpreter services on Anangu land,
- new support for Anangu job seekers,
- proposed changes to Anangu schooling, and
- how strong governance underpins the work of the NPY Women’s Council.
In July we reported on the SA Government’s efforts to help people return to Watarru. Six weeks ago, we asked the Government for a short update on what services and arrangements have been put in place to help people re-establish their homes and lives. Despite a number of follow-up requests, no information has been provided.
Our Facebook page is continuing to be a great way to get word out quickly to Anangu and to share information more broadly. Close to 500 people have liked our page to date with strong responses for the many good news stories we regularly post.
In the next month, the SA Government will release its fifth and final report explaining its efforts to implement the recommendations of the 2008 Mullighan Inquiry into child sexual abuse on the APY Lands. Fingers crossed that this final report will be a significant improvement on previous ones.