Arnhem Land

Australia finally forms its own space agency

The Australian federal government has announced an investment of $50 million to help seed the formation of a national space agency. The move, expected to generate thousands of jobs, is as much a strategic one as it is fiscal.

“We are dependent on other countries who can choose their own national interest over and above ours,” Kim Carr, who serves as the Labor Party’s science and research spokesperson, told Australia’s ABC News. “We certainly need to be able to protect our domestic interests, we need to build our industry capability and we need to secure the jobs of the future for Australia.”

NEW FUNDING TO BOOST SERVICES IN THE NT

The Turnbull Government will provide new funding to boost services in the Northern Territory, having reached agreement with the Northern Territory Government on future funding for remote indigenous housing, public hospitals, and housing and homelessness. To help the Northern Territory Government deliver essential services, including to remote communities, the Turnbull Government will provide financial assistance of $259.6 million.

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Action thriller ‘HIGH GROUND’ Casting Call

We’re looking for ABORIGINAL actors keen to play a variety of roles. New stars to be found!!! No experience necessary. This is a nationwide search for ABORIGINAL MEN AND WOMEN aged 16-65yrs.

Reuniting director Stephen Johnson and writer Chris Anastassiades, creatives behind award-winning film YOLNGU BOY.

Witiyana Marika, Jack Thompson and the team are working with local communities, the Kakadu Board of Management and Traditional Owners including Jonathan Nadji, Alfred Nayingul, Adrian Gumurdal and Jeffrey Lee.

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Maningrida residents charter own flights after Airnorth pilot shortage threatens holidays

Frustrated residents in a remote Arnhem Land community have chartered their own flights after the town’s only airline cancelled a service at late notice.

In January, regional airline Airnorth apologised for schedule changes and cancellations due to what its chief operating officer said was a global pilot shortage.

But Maningrida residents say the issue has persisted and recently left more than 30 people stranded on the eve of school holidays.

Prince of Wales Inn Yirrkala

During a two-day stay, Prince Charles will fly to Nhulunbuy on the Gove Peninsula in north-east Arnhem Land, where he will receive a traditional welcome to country.

The Prince is also expected to meet traditional owners of the region.

He will then visit artists and see artworks at the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre in the small Indigenous community of Yirrkala, before flying to Darwin.

Nhulunbuy space project naysayers will deter investors to Arnhem land, Indigenous group warns

Negative commentary about plans for Australia’s first commercial space centre could dissuade other prospective investors to the East Arnhem land region, a local Indigenous group has warned.

Independent Member for Nhulunbuy Yingiya Mark Guyula criticised the NT Government for pushing the project, claiming “people out there [around Nhulunbuy] are not interested”.

“There’s enough trouble in the homelands out there already without this industry coming in that’s providing big dollar signs to the rest of the world … to Australia.”

Now Gumatj Aboriginal Corporation’s Klaus Helms has warned other investors from various industries are likely to be watching.

Media silence: NT Govt caught stealing $2 billion from Indigenous budget

The scathing report from The Australian came at a time when all eyes were on the NT after a shocking case of child sexual abuse hit Tennant Creek. The NT is facing a mountain of problems right now. From Indigenous health to housing, unemployment to education. Indigenous communities really need all the help they can get. The situation is nothing short of a national disgrace.

While many people have their fingers pointed directly at Aboriginal communities, no one seems to be questioning the $2 billion of Indigenous funding that was taken out of Indigenous aid budgets by the NT Govt. Can you honestly say that problems would be so bad in these communities if the $2 billion was invested like it was supposed to be?

$1 million deal with Anindilyakwa Land Council to connect island communities

Regional Australian Telstra partner Calibre One has inked a $1 million deal in partnership with AirBridge Networks to link a number of sites across three islands in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

The rollout will deliver internet speeds of up to 1Gbps to the communities of the Anindilyakwa Land Council (ALC), with the body representing the Indigenous Anindilyakwa people, who own and protect the islands in the Groote Archipelago.

The rollout will extend to 20 sites across the region, transforming many areas that previously had no connectivity whatsoever.

Baby formula to be sold in remote Indigenous communities for same price as rest of Australia

Remote northern Indigenous communities will no longer have to pay more than the rest of the country for baby formula, thanks to a new deal with an Australian food supplier.

The Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation (ALPA) reached an agreement with Wattle Health Australia to supply formula for $30 to 28 remote communities across the Northern Territory and far north Queensland, the same price as in urban supermarkets.