The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker E-Newsletter No. 54

Posted on 11 December 2017 under Newsletters.

Welcome to our 54th Quarterly Newsletter and our final one for 2017!


This newsletter focuses on what the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker Project of Uniting Communities has been up to since 1st October 2017. We give an update on the key areas that we have been advocating and lobbying about, and provide links to our recent radio shows.

Best wishes

The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker would like to wish all our listeners and readers a happy and safe holiday season. Thank you for engaging with us over the past year. We hope you’ve enjoyed our web-posts, Facebook page and radio shows. We look forward to connecting with you next year.


Ernabella/Pukatja Dialysis Facility

artists_fundraiserPermanent on-country renal dialysis is one step closer for people on the APY Lands, thanks to the APY artists’ fundraiser with the Purple House and the APY Art Centre Collective!

Artists from across the Lands donated their works for an art auction which was held at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute on 15th October. Almost $170,000 was raised for the Ernabella Pukatja dialysis facility, which will welcome its first patients in June/July next year. Well done to everyone involved!

Key developments in advocacy and lobbying

The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker has been advocating and lobbying about a number of issues and government policies, programs and services that affect Anangu communities. In particular, we have focused on:

  • the high level of hearing loss amongst Anangu children
  • eye health and reducing Trachoma
  • the trial of the Cashless Debit Card
  • the Community Development Program (CDP)
  • high levels of Aboriginal and youth incarceration
  • kidney disease and community-based renal dialysis
  • funding for an interpreting service in SA, and
  • the amendments to the APY Land Rights Act.

Paper Tracker Radio Shows – we’ve produced 300 shows!

We’ve reached a significant milestone – 300 radio shows have been produced since we first started broadcasting on radio!

Over the holidays, we’ll be broadcasting our “Summer Season”, which will include repeats of our favourite shows from throughout the past year.

In early 2018, we’ll be broadcasting a series of radio interviews with political parties in the run-up to the State Election to be held in March. We’ll be inviting all the party representatives to respond to a set of questions about issues that affect Anangu voters living in remote communities.

If you’d like to listen to any of the programs that we’ve broadcast since our last e-newsletter, click on the links below.

APY Art Collective smallProgram 292: Art auction for APY dialysis centre
In this program, we talk with Sarah Brown, the Chief Executive Officer of Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku. We find out how the plans are going for the dialysis centre in Ernabella Pukatja, and for an art auction to raise funds for the Dialysis Centre.

dark_emu_coverProgram 293: Bruce Pascoe and ‘Dark Emu’
We talk with Bruce Pascoe, author of ‘Convincing Ground’ and ‘Dark Emu – Black Seeds: Agriculture or accident?’ These books focus on the significance of Aboriginal agriculture, the caring and knowledge of country, and the level of social organisation that existed long before colonisation.

Program 294: Ear health and hearing loss
In this show we talk about middle ear disease (Otitis media) and the dangers of hearing loss and what we can do to improve ear health. We talk with Associate Professor Nicola Spurrier from SA Health.

No_sugarProgram 295: Mai Wiru Sugar Challenge Foundation – No to sugar!
We find out about the Mai Wiru Sugar Challenge Foundation and about workshops that are being run with Anangu communities to share ideas about staying strong and healthy.

Program 296: Looking after our ears
In this program, we talk about our ears and how healthy or unhealthy they might be and what we can do to improve our ear health. We talk with Dr Trish MacFarlane who is an ear nose and throat surgeon.

Photo courtesy of Jo-Anna Robinson

Photo courtesy of Jo-Anna Robinson

Program 297: Life at Wiltja Secondary College
In this show, we find out about the Wiltja Secondary College in Adelaide. We talk with Dan Bleby, Deputy Principal at Wiltja Secondary College; Nami Kulyuru, an Anangu Education Worker; and two students – Melissa Dodd and Leshaye Swan.

Steven Marshall MP

Steven Marshall MP

Program 298: Update from Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
We talk with the leader of the South Australian Liberal Party and Leader of the Opposition, Mr Steven Marshall, who is also the Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation.

Robyn Layton and Jennifer Duncan

Robyn Layton and Jennifer Duncan

Program 299: Justice reinvestment and imprisonment
In this week’s program, we find out about justice reinvestment. We talk with the Chairperson of Justice Reinvestment SA, the Honourable Doctor Robyn Layton AO QC and Jennifer Duncan, Deputy Chairperson of Justice Reinvestment SA and CEO of ‘Time for Kids’.

Michelle and Tanya small

Tanya Weiler and Michelle Anderson

Program 300: UniSA Aboriginal Pathway Program
In this interview, we find out about the Aboriginal Pathway Program, which is run by the University of South Australia. To find out about it, we talk with Tanya Weiler, the Program Director at the UniSA College, and Michelle Anderson, a Program tutor based in Ceduna.

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

Facebook and website

Our Facebook page is gaining more support and people’s interest every week! The Anangu Lands Paper TrackerWe currently have 1,697 ‘friends’ and our reach per week since our last newsletter has averaged 9,000! Please ask your friends to ‘like’ our page and keep posting your comments – we love hearing from you!

Since our last e-newsletter at the end of September, the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker website has been visited by 2,200 individual users who engaged in more than 2,800 sessions.

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.