The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker E-Newsletter No. 23

First posted on 2 February 2010 under Newsletters.
This article has been updated and archived.

 2 February 2010

Welcome to the 23rd Paper Tracker e-newsletter and our first issue for 2010.

Yalata: demolition of old roadhouse
The old roadhouse at Yalata closed four years ago due to safety concerns. It contains a substantial amount of asbestos and needs to be demolished. Read more…

Mullighan Inquiry: first annual progress report
Two months ago, the South Australian Government reported on its efforts to implement the recommendations of the Mullighan Inquiry into child sexual abuse on the APY Lands. While some of the Government’s responses are welcomed, a number of concerns remain. Read more…

APY Lands: youth workers and youth sheds
Across the APY Lands, the State Government has struggled to recruit and retain Anangu youth workers. In some communities, this has led to the closure of the local youth centre. Read more…

State Election 2010: who deserves your vote?
South Australians go to the polls next month. The Paper Tracker is working hard to make sure tough questions on key Aboriginal issues get asked and answered. Read more…

Our Updates page for December and January features new information on 20 of the commitments and issues that we’ve tracked in previous newsletters, including:

  • the Australian Army’s forthcoming visit to Pukatja
  • efforts to monitor the use of marijuana in Anangu communities
  • the handback of Maralinga Village to its Traditional Owners
  • the state of the APY Lands’ UHF network
  • the operation of a safe house in Ceduna
  • the completion of new police stations in Amata and Mimili, and
  • Yalata’s lack of access to Opal fuel
    Read more…

Unanswered Questions
Sometimes governments are very slow to answer our questions. For more than four months, we’ve been waiting for the State Government’s Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Division to answer a simple question about funding for key projects on the APY Lands. We’re also still waiting for information 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…

Good News and Positive Developments
As always our “Good News and Positive Developments” page highlights Anangu achievements including the launch of a new Anangu website and the restoration of the old church in Pukatja. Read more…

Finally, don’t forget to check out our Latest Updates page from time to time if you’re looking for information on recent developments. Read more…

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.