The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker E-Newsletter No. 24

First posted on 1 April 2010 under Newsletters.
This article has been updated and archived.

1 April 2010

Welcome to the 24th Paper Tracker e-newsletter. The main focus of this issue is dialysis.

Access to dialysis

  • APY Lands: investigation of dialysis options
    The South Australian Government has agreed to examine how dialysis services might be established on the
    APY Lands. The terms of reference for this investigation are currently being drafted. Read more…
  • Anangu speak out
    In recent months, a growing number of Anangu have sent letters to Members of Parliament highlighting their difficulties in accessing dialysis. Read more…
  • Senate Investigation
    Last week, in a written submission to a Senate Committee, the Paper Tracker highlighted how recent changes to government policies are undermining the well-being of people on dialysis. Read more…

Housing in Anangu communities: new tenancy arrangements
The State and Federal Governments are changing the way community housing is managed and tenanted in remote Aboriginal communities. A program designed to strengthen tenants’ home living skills is part of this change. Read more…

Our Updates page for February and March features new information on commitments and issues that we’ve tracked in previous newsletters, including:

  • the disruption of marijuana trafficking on the APY Lands
  • the official opening of the restored church in Pukatja
  • the Federal Government’s refusal to release key reports on Yalata
  • the sustainability of swimming pools in three APY communities, and
  • the results of police investigations into the prevalence of pornography in Anangu communities.
    Read more…

Unanswered Questions
Sometimes governments are very slow to answer our questions. For more than six months, we’ve been waiting for the State Government to answer a simple question about funding for some projects on the APY Lands. We’re also still waiting for updates on:

  • the completion of community profiles for seven APY communities
  • plans to establish a safe house for children at risk of abuse
  • government efforts to provide Yalata community with some sort of public transport
  • employment outcomes for Anangu, and
  • the review of the Aboriginal Lands Trust Act 1966.
    Read more…

Good News and Positive Developments
As always our “Good News and Positive Developments” page highlights Anangu achievements. 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.