The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker E-Newsletter No. 25

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

2 June 2010

Welcome to the 25th Paper Tracker e-newsletter.

APY Lands: mental health support program
More than two years ago, the Federal Government announced plans to provide additional support for people on the APY Lands severely affected by mental illness. Read more…

APY Lands: voting in State elections
In March, South Australians went to the polls to elect a new State Government. On the APY Lands, voter turnout was very low. In part, this may be explained by the way the election was conducted. Read more…

Mullighan Inquiry: restorative justice
In April 2008, the Mullighan Inquiry recommended that a process of restorative justice should be used to resolve disputes in Anangu communities. Read more…

Parliamentary committee: new members appointed
Six Members of State Parliament were recently appointed to the Aboriginal Lands Parliamentary Standing Committee. The role of this committee includes examining how Anangu lands are being “managed, used and controlled.” Read more…

Our Updates page for April and May features new information on a number of the commitments and issues that we’ve tracked in previous newsletters, including:

  • further delays in the roll-out of Opal fuel to Yalata
  • the Premier’s Mullighan Inquiry Task Force
  • the training of Anangu interpreters
  • the opening of a new police station in Pukatja
  • a decision to not build a safe house on the APY Lands
  • a “joint study” into the delivery of dialysis across Central Australia
  • the recruitment of school-based social workers, and
  • our ongoing efforts to access key reports about Yalata.
    Read more…

Unanswered Questions
Sometimes governments are very slow to answer our questions. For more than four months, we’ve been waiting for the Federal Government to send us some information on the development of community profiles for seven APY communities. We’re also still waiting for updates on:

  • government efforts to provide Yalata community with some sort of public transport
  • voice and data communication systems on the APY Lands
  • employment outcomes for Anangu, and
  • funding for key projects on the APY Lands.
    Read more…

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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.