IRCA Newsletter - May 2016

Broadband for the Bush Indigenous Focus Day
Tuesday 7 June, 2016 in Brisbane QLD 

The program for this event is shaping up nicely. IRCA and ACCAN are pleased to announce that the Hon Leeanne Enoch,  Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Science and Innovation, Queensland Parliament, will deliver an opening keynote address. Another Keynote address will be delivered by Helen Milner of Tinder Foundation. The day will then consist of a series of short presentations and facilitated breakout sessions with MC Heron Loban of Griffith University.

Presenters include:
  • Natalie Ahmat, NITV and GiDigi Ambassador
  • Leigh Harris, Igneous Studios
  • Lauren Ganley, Telstra Indigenous Directorate     
  • Andrew Crouch, Centre for Appropriate Technology
  • Eleanor Hogan and Ellie Rennie, Swinburne University
  • Iona Matthews and Susan Locke, IRCA
  • Helen Travers and Julie Gibson, HitNet
  • Jennifer McFarland, Central Australian Youth Link Up Service
  • Paul Sutton and Michelle Williams, Digital Learning Futures
and other TBC representatives of:
  • Indigenous Knowledge Centres, State Library of Queensland
  • Central Land Council
  • Yulngu
Can you help? We are in urgent need for assistance to support delegates from remote parts of Australia with their travel and accommodation costs to attend this prominent event. To discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact Maor via 0430 228 555.
Congratulations to Neil Turner on 20th Anniversary at PAKAM

IRCA Board and staff extends their congratulations to Neil Turner on reaching an incredible milestone of 20 years as Manager at PAKAM.  Neil has made a huge contribution to the remote indigenous media sector since its earliest years. 
Neil was invited to move to Broome in 1996 where he facilitated and coordinated the establishment of PAKAM in 1998. He was commissioned by National Indigenous Media Association Australia to do the National Report on BRACS in 1997, where he traveled the country meeting with RIMOs and BRACS operators all over Australia.  The final report, known as ‘The Turner Report’ was completed in 1998 and contributed to the Digital Dreaming report.
Neil’s achievements at PAKAM include the launch of PAKAM satellite radio network in 2000, connecting RIBS stations and major town stations, and producer of several large documentary Productions: ‘Nyawa, Kulila, Wangka’ (Look, listen, Speak) about community broadcasting in the Pilbara Kimberley region (1997); Peeping through the Louvres’ (1998); and the recent Songlines projects ‘Tjawa Tjawa’ (2015). PAKAM were also a founding contributor to the establishment of Indigenous Community Television (ICTV) and Neil has played an active role in its ongoing development.  He was also a part of the NITV working group to establish NITV in 2005-6. Neil was awarded the Mr McKenzie Award at the 16th NRIMF in 2014 in recognition of his contribution to community television.
This followed 12 years in the APY lands of SA at Ernabella Video and television (EVTV) and PY Media from 1984 to 1996.  Neil started out coordinated the development of EVTV’s cultural recording program and local TV broadcasting service.  He then oversaw the establishment of the regional media organisation PY Media from 1986.  Being a fluent Pitjantjatjara speaker, Neil has been invited back to do translations on documentary projects, including ‘Ngangkari’ (2001) and to coordinate cultural projects such as Ngaanyatjarra Media’s ‘Minyma Kutjarra Tjukurpa’ (Two Sister Story, 2009).

inDigiMOB Launch

On Friday 15 April we celebrated the launch of inDigiMOB at the ‪Batchelor Institute Arlparra Learning Centre. There was a fantastic attendance and many
community members showed
their interest in the inDigiMOB project and look forward to being a part of it.   
Minister Hon Bess Nungarrayi Price MLA expressed her enthusiasm for the inDigiMOB program referring to it as being “such an innovative way to utilise the roll out of Telstra services assisted by the Northern Territory Government in remote communities” and highlighted the importance of “connecting the bush to the world.”
Batchelor CEO Robert Somerville AM described inDigiMOB as “really important for Batchelor Institute, as we begin to relook at our focus for the future.” He added that “digital literacy and ensuring that Aboriginal people are able to move into this area is absolutely essential.” 
Take a look at this video from the launch event produced by David Nixon from TransmediaNT for more information about inDigiMOB: 

Farewell to Indigenous broadcaster and land rights leader Tyga Bayles 

The Board, staff and membership of Indigenous Remote Communications Association send their sympathy to the family and friends of long-time broadcaster, activist and land rights
leader Tiga Bayles.  

Tiga played an active role over four decades in the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media in Australia. He helped set up Radio Redfern in Sydney in the early 1980s. He moved to Brisbane to set up the Brisbane Indigenous Media Association (BIMA) and the National Indigenous Radio Service. In recent years, he served as Chairperson and Vice Chair of Australian Indigenous Communications Association.  

As well as his contribution to broadcasting, Tiga was a powerful advocate and leader in land rights, health, justice and education. He will be greatly missed.


CAAMA - Mutitjulu RIBS Radio Training

Mutitjulu RIBS now has a voice beyond the “ROCK” training was a great success with 7 trainees participating over 4 days. Families had the Radio’s blasting throughout Mutitjulu, children and locals joining in for the “Live” broadcasts, as the studio became the main attraction.

Mutitjulu RIBS will be the 10th community sharing culture and song through CAAMA radio.


TEABBA – Pirlangimpi RIBS Training

For many years the community of Pirlangimpi located on Melville Island which is apart of the Tiwi Islands has had a RIBS studio which hasn’t been used because of weather damage and other difficulties. Last year TEABBA Radio travelled to ALL of our 30 Top End Communities to install new radio equipment or relocated RIBS studios for a safe workplace to broadcast in. Pirlangimpi was one of these lucky communities to be relocated to the Housing office buildings not in use near their local council office, as their old RIBS office had water damage and the ceiling didn’t look very stable.

After that HUGE milestone TEABBA has reached another by sending TEABBA broadcasters to Pirlangimpi for Radio Training in their brand new RIBS. On Monday 11th April 2016 TEABBA crew Thecla Brogan and Bernard Namok Jnr (aka Bala B) gave Pirlangimpi local mob the opportunity to come have a look at their new radio station and also have a go at some Radio training.

For more information please visit:

 PAW Media - Animation Training for the WETT Program 

PAW animation crew have been doing training for Warlpiri Education and Training Trust (WETT) in Nyirripi for the last two weeks with Nyirripi local Robin Brown (here with old boomerang found in the bush). Neil White, Jason Woods, Simon Fisher Jr and Jonathan Daw helped Robin record his own story and a jukurrpa with Alice Nampajinpa Henwood. Stay tuned for Robin's first animated film 'Kids come first'. Great work Robin and team!

NG Media – Warburton School Begins Radio Training

NG Media has received funding from the Indigenous Advancement Strategy of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to conduct a training project in the local Ngaanyatjarra schools.  The project aims to deliver training in both radio and film and has a number of outcomes - keeping kids engaged with school activities and wanting to come, giving them opportuniites to have a go at producing media that tells their stories and hopefully uncovering and nurturing the next generation of radio announcers and film producers - some of whom could work for NG Media in the future.

 Last week, the NG Media radio trainer visited Warburton School and
ran workshops that exposed students to some of the skills needed when working as a radio announcer - making announcemnts, interviewing and using recording equipment. As you can see, it was a lot of fun.

NG Media – Students Show Off Their Radio Skills 

Community constable Carl Roberts Mimili SA stopped into Radio NGM yesterday to do an interview with the kids from Wingellina school. The students wrote their questions themselves and had a lot of fun interviewing Carl.

Carl also talked about the importance of young indigenous men and women getting involved in the community constable program.

NG Media – Everyday Digital Skills Training

Over the last couple of months, Paul Sutton and Michelle Williams from Everyday Digital Skills have been criss-crossing the Ngaanyatjarra lands in their mobile camper.  So far they have visitied Wingellina, Blackstone, Warakurna, Tjukurla, Wanarn, Warburton, Jameson, Tjirrkarli and Cosmo Newberry.  In each place they have done whatever maintenance has been needed in the community media centres to get the computer network running efficiently again and then engaged with locals to pass on useful and relevant computer skills - accessing Ara Irititja, manipulating and storing images, accessing music, and whatever else people have wanted to learn.

For more information please visit:


QRAM - Light Up The Airwaves 

Queensland Remote Aboriginal Media continues its strong commitment to training and developing skills for our operators and anyone who want’s to get into the broadcasting and broader media industry. QRAM’s training partner is TAFE North formally Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE based in Cairns, together they offer industry standard training leading to nationally recognised qualifications.

The Certificate III in Media (Radio) is designed for people interested in pursuing a career in radio, specifically Announcing. The course will provide participants with basic announcing skills plus experience at presenting radio shows. They will work in the classroom and in a commercial studio. Participants will receive work experience in a live studio and a recording of their work to take away with them for future job prospects.

For information please visit:

QRAM - Black Stars visit Napranum/Weipa and Mapoon

Gilmore Johnston and Gerry Pyne spent time at the local radio station which is next to the old council building. Upon our visit we got to meet the many staff members of the Napranum Shire Council and went for a drive around to have a look at some of services in the community. We also made a trip up
to Mapoon to see the council CEO Leon Yeatman & newly elected Mayor Aileen Addo. 

Mapoon currently receives Black Star Satellite programming, however they are looking at working closely with Black Star to apply for a full-time Broadcasting Licence as they would like to receive quality radio services like other Towns & Communities across North QLDs Cape York and Gulf Regions. 



PAKAM - Successful Week - Punmu Songlines on Screen

A successful week in Punmu for the Songlines on Screen Two consultation trip for the PAKAM Crew.

Big thanks to the Punmu Rangers for allowing us tag along
on the over night expedition allowing us to picture the songlines production in our minds.


Music NT - 2016 NT Song Awards Are Open

The NT Song of the Year Awards are a MusicNT initiative that recognise the fantastic songwriting talent across the Northern Territory. The Awards were introduced in 2012 to promote and celebrate the original music songwriting of published and unpublished artists from the Territory. Entry categories include nine genres: Rock, Pop, Folk, Urban/ HipHop, Blues & Roots, Country, Heavy, Dance & Electronic and Youth (aged 25 and under). In 2016 there is a special 10th category - the inaugural TourismNT Territory Song Award. There is also an award for the People's Choice and the overall NT Song of the Year Award.

Entries close 9th July 2016.

Fore more information please visit:

Chosen - Australia Council for the Arts Initiative 

Chosen allows Indigenous communities to take control and plan for how they will nurture younger people from their community/sector in the arts and/or culture. Chosen sets out to reinvigorate the cultural practice of master apprentice relationships within the arts community and sector, successful projects will facilitate intergenerational transfer of knowledge.

This is an opportunity for Indigenous communities, elders and senior artists to identify in which areas younger people and need to be skilled up and to do so.  This could be younger people undertaking apprenticeships or residencies with senior bosses, leaders and practitioners in cultural expression. The goal is tohave the best experts as mentors bring up the select, promising, younger artists, building the artist’s promise to the future.

The Australia Council’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Strategy Panel is calling for cultural leaders, sector experts and established artists to identify and support younger talent through building capacities, engaging them with their sector, disciplines and culture.

Investments can be between $30,000 to $50,000 per annum. Projects can be one off or for up to 3 years. It is envisaged that long term projects will work incorporate partnerships between senior artists, communities and organisations.

Closing date 28 November 2016

Get an expression of interest form by phoning 1800 226 912 (toll free) or email

More information

Expression of interest form (click here)

Wanala - First Languages Australia seeks management committee members

First Languages Australia is calling for Expressions of Interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants who are interested in taking a place on the Management Committee of First Languages Australia.  See the full call for Expressions of Interest.

Preference will be given to applicants from Western Australia, Northern Territory, Torres Strait Islands and Tasmania.

First Languages Australia is the peak body engaged in national and international advocacy to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language programs throughout Australia.

Three positions are open, one for each of the following portfolio areas:

  • Youth engagement
  • Education
  • Health and social welfare

Please forward an Expression of Interest including a recent CV to  or phone 07 32863965 to discuss further.

For further information, see the full call for Expressions of Interest


CBF - Focus on community broadcasting photo competition  

Win $1,000 cash!  
The Focus on Community Broadcasting photo competition is awarding $3,000 in cash prizes to photographers, amateur and professional, to capture the essence of community broadcasting.
We want to see local community broadcasting at its best - the station, equipment, station volunteers and listeners: lively, bright and fresh images showcasing the access, diversity, independence, localism, multiculturalism,inclusion and social justice
that community radio and TV represents.
Entries close: Monday 2 May 2016 

Desart - Vincent Lingiari Art Award


Vincent Lingiari Art Award celebrates 40 years of land rights Desart and the Central Land Council have joined forces to award a lucrative new Aboriginal art prize celebrating this year’s twin land rights anniversaries.

The Vincent Lingiari Art Award marks 40 years since the passage of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act (ALRA) and 50 years since the Wave Hill Walk Off.

The $15,000 award celebrates the shared history of land rights and the Aboriginal art movement which evolved at the same time and draw strength from the same sources.


First Languages Australia - Indigenous Languages and Arts Program Funding Announced 


The Indigenous Languages and Arts program (ILA) provides funding for projects and organisations that support participation in and maintenance of Australia's Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander cultures through languages and arts. 

The Australian Government will provide around $20 million each financial year through the ILA. In 2016-17, funding will be provided through two pathways: Open grant round and targeted grants. 

Open grant round 

Funding of up to $100,000 a year for up to two years is available for arts and languages projects through an annual one and competitive grants round. 

Closing date: Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Monday, 13 June 2016 

If you have an enquiry please email or call 1800 006 992

Fore more information please visit -Indigenous Languages and Arts Program webpage

National Museum of Australia - 
Indigenous Cultural Workers Scholarships

The creation of the Encounters Indigenous Cultural Workers Scholarships is an exciting opportunity and legacy that has emerged from the Encounters exhibition. The program is delivered by the National Museum of Australia in partnership with The Prince’s Charities Australia.

The Scholarships program has been developed in response to recommendations from the extensive community consultation programs conducted for Encounters.

Starting in late 2016, the program is aimed at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from remote and regional communities working in the cultural, creative and heritage sectors. It will give six awardees hands-on experience at the National Museum of Australia as well as The British Museum and the Prince's School of Traditional Arts in the United Kingdom.

The program also offers awardees an opportunity to experience a residency with mentors at other major cultural institutions in Canberra, and access to major Australian collections at prominent UK universities and institutions.

Application closes: Monday 23, May 2016

For more information please visit:

Employment Opportunities

Hey!! Do you want to become a CAAMA RIBS Broadcaster

CAAMA Radio is looking for Remote Indigenous Broadcasters from Central Australia to be trained to broadcast locally and through CAAMA Radio.

Training provided on Community so if you love your music and want to be part of RIBS RadioCall CAAMA’s RIBS Coordinator Pam on 89519768 


Senior Journalist 

Caama Alice Springs has an exciting full-time opportunity for a Senior Journalist in Alice Springs, NT.

Reporting to the Station Manager, you'll assist in the research, production and presentation of news bulletins and current affairs programmes across multimedia platforms; maintain content and
archival files and participate in any PR activities on behalf of the
station, to ensure the CAAMA continues a professional and consistent
media presence.

For more information please visit:

Google - ACCAN Internship is now open 

Interested in the impact of communications technology and regulation on society?

Could you make it better? 

Google and ACCAN in partnership are offering a paid internship to commence in May 2016 on a project addressing a consumer technology issue.

Interns will undertake a research or practical project tackling a consumer issue in the area of internet and telecommunications. Previous interns have examined data retention (see Hacking the Grapevine from 2014) and the Internet of Things (see Home Tweet Home from 2015).

Applications must be received on the application form on or before 20 May 2016

For more information please visit:


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