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IRCA UPDATE
6 SEPTEMBER 2016
 
 
 
Representing and resourcing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
broadcasting, media and communications industry 
 
 
 
NEW NATIONAL INDIGENOUS
MEDIA PEAK BODY
 
Exciting times for IRCA as we begin the transition to becoming the official national peak body representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media organisations. IRCA leaders have been hard at work reviewing its Constitution, structure and services to prepare for this challenge. IRCA’s primary purpose will be to build the capacity of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander broadcasting, media and communications industry, providing effective representation and resourcing to assist remote, regional and urban media organisations.
 
“We’ve been doing a lot of planning and consultation over the last year, including looking at the structure of other peak bodies to determine the best model for IRCA” said Tadam Lockyer, IRCA Chairperson. “This includes changing the Constitution to an organisational membership model. This is a big change but will ensure IRCA becomes a strong, effective voice for the whole Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander broadcasting and media industry.”
 
IRCA has now launched its draft Strategic Plan 2016-19 for feedback from members and stakeholders and can be downloaded
HERE. The Plan outlines the proposed structure, functions and activities for IRCA to meet the needs of members and stakeholders. IRCA will be actively consulting with all stakeholders over the next 6-7 months to hear what services and support the sector wants from its peak body. This will lead to a national industry conference planned for Alice Springs in about May 2017.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
 
 
IRCA BOARD PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
 

A meeting of the IRCA Board was held in Alice Springs 8-10 August, involving three days of meetings, planning and team-building. The meetings covered a comprehensive agenda, including review of the Constitution, Strategic plan and IRCA policies, as well as planning for upcoming consultations and events. The IRCA Board also met with the ICTV Board to discuss the transfer of the IndigiTUBE URL and Festival planning.
 
The IRCA Board have been actively preparing for IRCA’s new role as the national peak body. Tadam Lockyer, IRCA Chairperson, said “We are keen to ensure IRCA becomes a powerful and effective voice for the whole Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media and communications industry.”
 
Karl Hampton has now taken on the role of Treasurer.  The Board have also invited two new Directors to fill vacant positions and bring national industry and governance experience to the Board.

 
 
 
NOTICE OF IRCA AGM AND SGM, YIRRKALA, 27 SEPTEMBER 2016
 
A Special General Meeting will be held from 8.30 – 10.00 am on Tuesday September 27th at the Yirrkala Community Church at Yirrkala NT, during the 18th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival. The purpose of this meeting is to vote on four motions including a motion to approve a new Constitution for IRCA.  The full Notice and documents are on the IRCA website HERE, including a letter from IRCA Chair Tadam Lockyer outlining the proposed changes.
 
The SGM will be immediately followed by the IRCA Annual General Meeting from 10.00 -11.00am.  The Agenda and Minutes of the last AGM are also on the IRCA website
HERE.
 
All current Ordinary and Associate members are welcome to attend.  Only ordinary members are eligible to vote.
 
Please call IRCA on 08 8952 6465 if you have any questions.
 
 
HAVE YOU REGISTERED FOR THE 18TH NATIONAL REMOTE INDIGENOUS MEDIA FESTIVAL?
 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
 
 
 
STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS IN
CANBERRA AND SYDNEY
 
IRCA travelled to Canberra and Sydney in early August to meet with a number of agencies and stakeholders. We met with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, providing an update on the progress of the national peak body development and seeking support for key projects including the Stereo Satellite Radio Channels upgrade and a Workforce Development Strategy. IRCA also met with AIATSIS and NFSA to discuss the second Remote Media Archiving Fellowship.
 
In Sydney IRCA participated in the annual ACCAN Indigenous Advisory Forum with QRAM also attending to present their ‘Yarning and Learning’ remote consumer information campaign. Project Officer Susan Locke joined Daniel for productive meetings with Community Broadcasting Association of Australia, Australian Communications and Media Authority, and Gadigal/ Koori Radio, where Daniel talked about the peak body progress with Lola Forester on the Blackchat program. IRCA also met with National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, NITV and AFTRS to discuss planning for this year’s Remote Media Festival.
 
 
 
INDIGIMOB HAS LAUNCHED
 

inDigiMOB has now launched in three Alice Springs town camps, with community BBQs and activities held at the camps’ community centres. inDigiMOB is a digital mentoring project coordinated by IRCA to address barriers to digital inclusion experienced by many remote communities. An Indigenous mentoring network is forming to provide digital training and peer support.
 
Community members at the launches had the chance to design and take home fun family photos, trouble-shoot problems with their mobile phones and learn more about inDigiMOB in their communities. They talked with staff about online safety, social media, internet and mobile access, multimedia projects and ways inDigiMOB can work with their communities in these areas.
 
Hidden Valley, Larapinta Valley, Karnte and Trucking Yards Town Camps in Alice Springs are pilot sites for inDigiMOB in 2016, with the support of Tangentyere Council.


CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
 
 
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FELLOWSHIP TO SUPPORT PRESERVATION OF AUDIOVISUAL INDIGENOUS HERITAGE
 
 
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations in remote Australia can now apply to receive support and be empowered to archive and preserve their audiovisual cultural heritage. Now in its second year, the Indigenous Remote Archival Fellowship is a partnership of the Indigenous Remote Communications Association (IRCA), the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).

IRCA are proud to partner with NFSA and AIATSIS again to present this fantastic initiative. 
 
APPLY HERE
 
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ABC RADIO FELLOWSHIP
 
 
 
 
Love radio? Would you like to spend up to a month with the ABC to develop your broadcasting and storytelling skills? The inaugural ABC Indigenous Fellowship is an opportunity for an Indigenous broadcaster to work with the ABC’s team of broadcasters in a work placement of up to a month. 

 
CLICK HERE TO APPLY
  You can also see a video from current ABC Indigenous trainee Mikaela Simpson (formerly at CAAMA) encouraging people to apply.
 
The winner will be announced at the 18th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival.
 
APPLY HERE
 
 
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FREEDOM DAY FESTIVAL
 
 
 
More than 3,000 people from around Australia converged on Kalkarindji and Daguragu for the 50th anniversary of the Wave Hill station walk-off. Known as the Freedom day festival, the event celebrates the beginning of Aboriginal land rights in Australia.

On 26 August, 1975, then Labor Prime Minister Gough Whitlam officially handed
back his peoples' traditional lands to Vincent Lingiari in the community of Daguragu. While Vincent and many of his contemporaries have since passed away, elders who participated in this monumental community-driven movement continue to stand strong in their country.


The CAAMA News team captured the highlights HERE
 
READ MORE
 
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BUSH BANDS BASH (BBB)
 
 
 
The Bush Bands Bash held on Sunday 28th August at Telegraph Station, featured bands from the NT, WA and SA. PAW Media and Communications headed into Alice Springs last week with Lander River Band as part of the huge concert presented by MusicNT. Other great performances on the night included Lajamanu Teenage Band, Desert Hip Hop, Eastern Arrernte Ban, Irrunytju Band, Iwantja Sunset Reggae, Kardajala Kirri-Darra (Sandhill Women) and Enungkwerrimanja (Salt Lake Band).
Bush Bands Business took place prior to the concert and involved a professional development and rehearsal intensive. Local and national music industry and media representatives, technicians and workers came together with the participating musicians, providing three days of invaluable knowledge and support.
CAAMA’s outside broadcast delivered the event live to air. Check out their great photographs of the Bush Bands Bash
HERE
 
READ MORE
 
 
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WINDA FILM FESTIVAL
 
 
 
With the expanding scope of Indigenous films, it is important to give a voice to Indigenous stories and recognise the growth of this industry.

Winda Film Festival is a new event focused on Indigenous film from across Australia and the world. The Film Festival will be held in Sydney from 10-13 November 2016 and the Festival Program will be announced in the last week of September.
 
READ MORE
 
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TV CONTENTS GRANT
 
 
 
The TV Content Grants are now open for submission. This an incubator fund that aims to support content production encouraging greater participation, creativity and innovation in Australian community television productions.

Applications close Monday 3 October. For enquiries contact the Grants Administrator Jon King on (03) 8341 5966 or
jking@cbf.com.au.
 
APPLY HERE
 
 
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