The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker E-Newsletter No. 22

First posted on 1 December 2009 under Newsletters.
This article has been updated and archived.

1 December 2009

Welcome to the 22nd Paper Tracker e-newsletter and our final issue for 2009.

APY Lands: accessing dialysis in Central Australia
Earlier this year, the Northern Territory Government decided that it would not accept any more dialysis patients from the APY Lands. Read more…

APY Lands: monitoring the use of marijuana
Information on petrol sniffing in APY communities has been systematically collected for over twenty years. In comparison, very little statistical information has been gathered on the use of marijuana. Read more…

Nyapari: art centre renovations and expansion
The Federal Government recently provided over $600,000 for the renovation and expansion of the Tjungu Palya arts organisation based in Nyapari. Read more…

APY Lands: blue light discos
Since 2004, the State Government has repeatedly stated that SA Police regularly holds Blue Light Discos in the majority of APY communities. This statement, however, does not match the reality. Read more…

Unanswered Questions
Sometimes governments are very slow to answer our questions. For over two years we’ve been waiting for South Australia’s Attorney-General to respond to a request for information on the training and employment of court interpreters. We’re also waiting for information from other government departments on:

  • the State Government’s Aboriginal Strategic Plan,
  • employment outcomes for Anangu
  • the ongoing review of the Aboriginal Lands Trust Act 1966, and
  • the implementation of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.
    Read more…

Our Updates page for October and November features new information on 22 of the commitments and issues that we’ve tracked in previous newsletters, including:

  • Anangu students and Year 12 results,
  • the handback of Section 400 to Maralinga Tjarutja,
  • the construction of new police stations in Amata, Mimili and Pukatja,
  • the opening of Pukatja’s child care centre,
  • plans to build a transitional accommodation centre in Coober Pedy,
  • ongoing problems with TKP’s communication strategy, and
  • housing construction on the APY Lands.
    Read more…

Mullighan Inquiry: first annual progress report
Later this week, the State Government will release a report about the efforts it has made to implement the recommendations of the Mullighan Inquiry into child sexual abuse on the APY Lands. The Paper Tracker will – as
soon as the report becomes available – post a link to it on this page.

Good News and Positive Developments
As always our “Good News and Positive Developments” page continues to highlight Anangu achievements.
Read more…

Looking ahead
Our first e-newsletter for 2010 will be sent out in early February. Over summer, we’ll continue to post new information on our website. So don’t forget to check the Latest Updates page from time to time.

Finally, heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported the Paper Tracker project this year (especially Camilla).
We really couldn’t do it without you.

Best wishes

Jonathan Nicholls

UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide
10 Pitt Street, Adelaide, 5000
T: 8202 5867 F: 8202 5842

The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker is an online project of UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide that tracks government commitments to South Australia’s Anangu communities. On our website you can find accurate, up-to-date information on projects and services that are important to Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara people. Every couple of months we send out a free e-newsletter spotlighting some specific government commitments and actions. To receive our e-newsletter, please subscribe online. We strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information. We will remove any inaccurate information as soon as it is brought to our attention. Please contact us if you have additional information on any of the issues highlighted in this newsletter or can provide us with an update.


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.