The Darwin-based musician, who was raised in Milingimbi and Maningrida in northeast Arnhem Land, is the first Indigenous artist to have achieved mainstream success rapping in the Yolngu Matha language.
the small community of Maningrida is remarkable for many reasons. It is one of the most linguistically diverse communities in the world, with 15 languages spoken or signed every day among only a couple of thousand people.
Police have arrested 12 people outside the Aboriginal community of Maningrida in the latest operation targeting illegal drugs and alcohol offences.
Six car were detained and charges included driving while disqualified and unlicensed, possessing cannabis, kava and alcohol as well as offences relating to firearms.
In a remote Indigenous community of 3,000 people, researchers have discovered the highest known rates of rheumatic heart disease in the world, where children as young as four have died from the entirely preventable condition.
A study by the Menzies School of Health Research screened about 450 school age children in Maningrida, and the preliminary results reveal one in 20 suffered from rheumatic heart disease.
The artist, John Mawurndjul, is an aboriginal man with a white beard, a furrowed brow and a springy halo of white hair. Born in 1952, he currently lives in Maningrida, an indigenous community of about 2,000 people in Arnhem Land, on the continent’s north coast, facing Indonesia.
Ripple Effect is a group of seven Maningrida women led by manager Jodie Kell, who is based in Sydney but has lived in the West Arnhem community.
Its songs switch between a handful of Indigenous languages and members swap instruments between songs.
And while an eight-person Indigenous girl group is something of a rarity, the formula seems to be working; it’s grabbing the attention of tastemakers, getting some airtime on triple j, and will release an EP in coming months.
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.
In a small pocket of Arnhem Land called Maningrida, Deborah Wurrikidj has been working long days.
But the artist of more than 20 years said the hours go fast, as she pulls the ancient stories of her homeland into a contemporary exhibition set to be showcased at The Cross Arts Project in Sydney from April 20 until May 26.
Deborah, along with her sister Jennifer Wurrkidj and aunt Susan Marawarr, will also travel to the exhibition, which they sent art to last year but were unable to attend.
A Top End Indigenous fisherman hopes to expand his business with the purchase of a boat, establishing a processing facility and catching crayfish.
Don Wilton and his crew of 13 fishermen use a large shore-based net to work the waters near the Arnhem Land community of Maningrida.
He is one of only a handful of people in the Northern Territory with an Aboriginal Coastal Fishing Licence.
I noticed that Air North have announced some new route they will be flying from Darwin to Alice Springs. This is very good. I also noticed that this has been supported and subsidised by the government. Last year I appealed to the Chief Minister to support remote communities in accessing cheaper travel. Can you tell me what the government are doing to support and subsidise the existing air routes to remote communities Galiwinku, Maningrida, Milingimbi, Ramingining, Gapuwiyak and other communities.
It is important that people from communities have access to air services out there. We do know that particularly in the north of the Northern Territory it does present some real challenges when the wet season and the monsoon kick in, and with access to certain communities. Because we still have the issue with roads and trying to get as much sealed as possible to communities more accessible year round.
There is going to be a body of work happening at a federal level looking at the subject of regional air services, which of course will look at places like remote communities and level of services that do go out there.
That is going to be a very important body of work and I would urge you to make a submission—but I am sure you have already done that—with regards to how airline services can service Territorians better going out there across the Northern Territory.
We did invest in extending the centre run, which is the run that goes from Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs and back, because that is something we need as well. It is an important service and that is one thing that I will thank the previous government for where they got that trial up and running. And we have continued that as well, to see if we can see some commercial operation happening there. Because it is an important service.
But what is so fantastic about this dry season is that that is going to extend from three days a week to five. That is going to test some of those commercial opportunities there, about making it a more viable and sustainable route for Territorians to travel on in getting up and down the track.
Looking at regional transport, it is an important area to look at those accessibility issues. Getting out to community. I know it is a tough cost of living pressure if people have only air transport to use. It is something I would be keen to discuss with you further Member for Nhulunbuy and happy to have a bit of a conversation so I can understand the needs of your constituents a bit better.
In the meantime we have managed to make sure that we invest in airstrips as well because that is very important infrastructure. I know Milingimbi, that has been an issue there and we have put significant funds into it through the budge to look at the widening and the issues there with the airstrip.
We would be more than happy to sit down with you, Member for Nhulunbuy, to understand some of those transport and accessibility issues. But again, I think it is going to be a really important body of work that we see through those questions that the senate committee look at with regards to remote and regional air services. And looking forward to seeing what comes out of that and where there are more gaps that need to be filled in ways in which we can ensure that there is more sustainable and cost-effective airfares for people who live out bush.