The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker E-Newsletter No. 49

Posted on 17 October 2016 under Newsletters.

Welcome to our 49th Newsletter!


In this newsletter, we focus on what the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker Project of Uniting Communities has been up to since early July this year. It includes 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 links to all the recent Paper Tracker radio shows that have been broadcast since our last newsletter went out.

Key developments in advocacy and lobbying

The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker has been advocating and lobbying about a number of issues and government services that affect Anangu communities.

  • Community-based dialysis in Ernabella – At last, a green light from SA Health!
    A remote dialysis treatment. (Photo courtesy: Natalie Whiting, ABC News)

    A remote dialysis treatment.
    (Photo courtesy: Natalie Whiting, ABC News)

    After many years of collaborating with a range of organisations and communities to advocate for a permanent community-based dialysis facility on the APY Lands, the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker is very excited about the announcement by the SA Minister for Health that he and his Department support the establishment of a permanent dialysis facility in Ernabella/Pukatja community on the APY Lands. You can read the transcript of the Minister’s announcement here.

    Even though SA Health has agreed to support the establishment of the facility, it is not able to provide financial support during the first year of operation and Western Desert Dialysis has undertaken to fundraise the running costs for the first 12 months of running the facility ($250,000).

    For additional background information about the campaign for community-based dialysis you can visit our website here.

  • Changes to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act 1981
    The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2016 was introduced into the Legislative Council of the South Australia Parliament on 22nd June 2016. A number of the proposed amendments from various parties were incorporated into the revised Bill during the debates in Parliament. Following the debates and amendments, the Bill was passed by the Legislative Council on 4 August 2016. It was then passed by the House of Assembly on 20 September 2016. The Governor assented to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2016 on 29 September 2016.

    Click here for background information about the Review of the APY Land Rights Act 1981 and here for more information about the draft legislation that was initially introduced to Parliament.

Paper Tracker Radio Shows

Since our last e-newsletter, the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker has broadcast ten new radio shows. If you’d like to listen to any of these programs, you can click on the links below.

Program 233: NPY Women’s Council on NDIS
This program is about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and its roll-out across the APY Lands. The interview is with Kim McCrae from the NPY Women’s Council.

Program 234: Odette Gibson (Wardliparingga) on Diabetes
This program focuses on diabetes and we chat with Dr Odette Gibson from the Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit.

[Note: During the time that Radio Adelaide was moving to its new premises in Cinema Place, no new radio shows were recorded or broadcast and repeats of previous Paper Tracker shows were played on air. Programs 235 to 238 were repeated programs.]

Program 239: SA Health on dialysis in Ernabella Pukatja
This show’s radio guest is Dr Stephen McDonald, the Clnal Services for the Country Health region of SA Health. We talk with Stephen about recent developments towards establishing a dialysis facility in Ernabella/Pukatja community.

Program 240: Update from Purple House on Pukatja Dialysis
This show’s radio guest is Sarah Brown from Western Desert Dialysis – the Purple House. Sarah talks about the Purple House’s response to the SA Minister for Health’s announcement in Parliament that SA Health now supports having a permanent dialysis facility in Ernabella Pukatja.

Program 241: Jason Downs on Nuclear Engagement Process
In this program, we talk about the South Australia Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission and the community engagement process that’s been taking place since the Commission gave its report to the SA Government in May 2016. We talk with Mr Jason Downs, Leader of Engagement for the Nuclear State-wide Engagement Process.

Program 242: North West Indigenous Pastoral Project
In this program, we find out about the North West Indigenous Pastoral Project. We hear from Mr Phillip Gee, a consultant working with Rural Solutions and the South Australia Government’s Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA).

Program 243: George Masri – Office of Commonwealth Ombudsman
In this program we find out about the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman and about how people can make a complaint if they have concerns about a government department or the way they’ve been treated by a government official. We chat with Mr George Masri, Senior Assistant Ombudsman in the Social Services, Indigenous and Disability Branch of the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

Program 244: Red Cross and Ceduna Youth Hubceduna-youth-hub
In this program, we find out about the Ceduna Youth Hub that is run through a partnership with the Red Cross. We talk with Brenton Niemz, Red Cross Regional Co-ordinator, and Peter Jericho, Ceduna Youth Hub Co-ordinator.

Program 245: Skillhire and Community Development Program
In this program we find out about SkillHire and its involvement in two Federal Government contracts – the Community Development Program (CDP) and the Remote Schools Attendance Strategy.

Program 246: Conservation SA about Nuclear Dump
In this Paper Tracker radio show, we find out about the Conservation Council of SA and its response to the findings of the South Australian Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel Cycle.

If you’d like to listen to previous radio shows, you can visit the Paper Tracker website at, and then click on the program or interview you’d like to listen to.


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The Paper Tracker works hard to provide accurate and up-to-date information. We will correct any inaccurate information as soon as it is brought to our attention. Please contact us if you have additional information or can provide us with an update.