IRCA Newsletter - April 2016

March Meetings with RIMO’s and IRCA Board Members 

In week 2, 7th-11th of March, Indigenous Remote Communications Association (IRCA) facilitated a series of very productive industry planning meetings and development workshops in Alice Springs.  All 8 remote media organisations- CAAMA, Ngaanyatjarra Media, PAKAM, PAW Media, PY Media, QRAM, TEABBA, TSIMA - attended as well as all 7 IRCA Board members.
There were very productive conversations around the role and functions of a peak body and how IRCA can expand its representation to best meet the needs of the national industry.    
As IRCA is preparing to become the national peak body from mid 2016, it is really important for us to ensure the remote membership and stakeholders
(that we currently represent) support the changes before we broaden our consultation nationally. Once we get the membership model right, we are planning to put out a discussion paper to work out what all members and organisations – remote, regional and
urban - would want from their peak body in terms of representation, policy positions, member services, industry events and industry development support. 
As well as industry workshops, The IRCA Board undertook governance training and held a meeting to review key policy documents. 

Welcome our new Board Member Daisy O'Byrne

Daisy is a local Indigenous woman from the Ngaanyatjarra lands
of WA who works and lives in her community. 

She grew up in Wingellina which is her mother’s birthplace, but has spent time living and working in a number of other Ngaanyatjarra communities including Cosmo Newberry, Warburton and Blackstone. She returned to Wingellina in 2013 to take a role working for Ngaayatjarra Media.  She joined the NG Board of Directors in November of that year and was elected as Minyma Chairperson, a position she has held since. After moving to a role in the Wingellina community office for a year through 2014 – 15, she has returned to Ngaanyatjarra Media and is currently the Community Media Officer. 

For Daisy, the great value of Ngaanyatjarra Media is as an employer of local people, and as the means for Yarnangu to record their stories and make those stories accessible to the wider world.

Daisy was appointed as a Board Member for IRCA in 2016. We look forward to working with Daisy. 

18th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival Update 

Exciting News!! This years 18th NRIMF will be held in the community of Yirrkala in the Northern Territory. Yirrkala is on the east coast of the Gove peninsula in north-east Arnhem Land, 18 km south of Nhulunbuy with a population of around 687 - 700 people. 

We IRCA would like to thank our host TEABBA for this years festival. We also like to thank the East Arnhem Regional Council and the Traditional Owners (Rirratijingu Clan) and members of Yirrkala community for letting us have our Festival in their beautiful community, and are looking forward to working together for a great Festival and also catching up with everyone. 

The tentative dates are from the 26th-30th September. However, these dates might change. Please watch this space for further information on the festival and dates.

For more information about Yirrkala Community, please visit East Arnhem Regional Council's website:

Broadband for the Bush - How Fast is the NBN in it's current form? 

ADSL2+ is the most common broadband technology used in Australia today. ADSL2+ speeds depend on the distance from the premises to the local telephone exchange.
This is because imperfections in the copper wires connecting the premises to the exchange can degrade the signal. So the longer the wire, the lower the speed.
A typical ADSL2+ download speed in Melbourne or Sydney is around 15 Mb/s, but many households have much lower speeds than this.

For more information:

Broadband for the Bush Forum V: & Indigenous Focus Day - Brisbane

As a founding member of the Broadband for the Bush Alliance (B4BA), IRCA is pleased to announce that the annual B4BA Forum will take place on 8–9 June in Brisbane at the State Library.  The 2016 Indigenous Focus Day, hosted by IRCA and ACCAN, will precede the Forum on Tuesday, 7 June 2016.
The fifth annual Forum, Digital Journeys, focuses on the ways digital engagement can benefit everyone. With over 200 anticipated attendees, this event offers a unique opportunity to unite the voice of remote and rural Australians. Digital Journeys will capture the diversity of experiences, digital tools and emergent practices from across a wide range of industries and sectors such as health, education, tourism, creative industries, agriculture, mining, transport, remote service delivery, conservation and land management, women in business, cultural heritage and more. 
The Indigenous Focus Day is an Invite-Only event that will promote digital inclusion projects and opportunities for remote Indigenous Australians and organisations and consider potential ways of addressing critical obstacles to inclusion. It will also identify key recommendations for a Remote and Regional Indigenous Telecommunications Policy, campaign and strategies to continue this advocacy.
For more information about the Forum, contact:
Jason Quin, Forum Coordinator, B4BA
For more information about the Indigenous Focus Day, contact:
Maor Bar-Ziv, IT Projects & Events Coordinator, IRCA

IRCA is proud to announce our new digital mentoring program: inDigiMOB

inDigiMOB is an exciting new initiative to establish a network of local Indigenous mentors in remote Northern Territory communities. These digital mentors will provide on the ground peer training and support in digital literacy, cyber safety and internet access for local community members.
inDigiMOB is coordinated by IRCA and funded by Telstra under its Indigenous Digital Mentoring program. It will be co-delivered by local partner organisations including Tangentyere Council and Batchelor Institute of Tertiary Education during the pilot year in two sites Arlparra and Alice Springs Town Camps. The project will expand to 10 sites in 2017.
To celebrate, the beginning of this project the Hon. Bess Price, NT Minister for Local Government and Community Services, will officially launch this new initiative on Friday 15 April 2016 at the Arlparra Learning Centre, Batchelor Institute Campus.
More information will be available on our website soon. We have also set up a Facebook page.



CAAMA - Mutijulu Radio 

Radio Training for Mutitjulu will be happening at the new RIBS radio station from Monday 11th April to Friday 15th April, giving a voice to the Community
Anangu Jobs have jumped on Board with trainees to support ongoing programs through community and nationally on CAAMA & C2. The communities support and involvement is something special. CAAMA continues to support and develop RIBS radio for the community

TEABBA – Warruwi has a new voice on the TEABBA Footprints

Many of you may know his voice from the band, B2M but Darren Narul is also the voice of Warruwi RIBS.
Wednesday 2nd till Friday the 4th of March, TEABBA West Arnhem Rep Bernard Namok Jnr ‘Bala B and Brendon Barlow did a radio training with Darren Narul, getting to know his equipment and familiarising himself with the RIBS.
Darren was taught the basic on-air, panel and building a show and done a 1 hour LIVE in Warruwi.
During their trip in the remote community of Warruwi on Goulburn Island the crew did some amazing sightseeing and of course had to do a bit of fishing. They had a few bites and catches so all up was a very great training trip.
Thank you to Warruwi community for allowing us on your land to do some media training, we look forward to more trips to Goulburn Island in the near future!

When in Warruwi tune in to Darren Narul on 106.1FM

 PAW Media - New Elected Officers 


The new elected officers of the Warlpiri Media Aboriginal Corporation:

Chairperson Elizabeth Katakarinja

Deputy Chairperson Ned Hargraves

Treasurer Noel Heenan

                                              Secretary Jimmy Langdon


NG Media – Remote Indigenous Public Internet Access (RIPIA)

IRCA is proud to be working together with Ngaanyatjarra Media to deliver the Remote Indigenous Public Internet Access (RIPIA) project in 13 Ngaanyatjarra communities. This project is funded by the Western Australia Department of Regional Development.
Ngaanyatjarra Media has now completed the full audit of the IT access equipment and facilities in each of the 13 communities: Blackstone, Cosmo Newberry, Jameson, Kanpa, Kiwirrkurra, Mt Margaret, Patjarr, Tjirrkarli, Tjukurla, Wanarn, Warakurna, Warburton and Wingellina. IRCA would like to acknowledge the diligence of the Ngaanyatjarra Media team and take this opportunity to thank Rongomai Bailey and Mark Finlay for their efforts in compiling this extensive assessment.
The IT training is now well underway with training already delivered in 7 communities. Watch this space for an update from trainers Michelle and Paul in our next newsletter!

PAW Media - Training in Location and Sound 

PAW Media workers Warwick Dickison and Sean Wilson receive location sound training from PAW expert Jeremy Conlon.

QRAM - Black Star Activates Emergency Warning Systems 

With the development of a Tropical Low in the Gulf of Carpentaria this afternoon QRAM has activated its emergency services warning systems for the communities of Mornington Island, Doomadgee, Normanton and Kowanyama. The Bureau is predicting the formation of a Category 1 system later today and it will affect communities in the south western gulf region.
Emergency weather updates will now be broadcast throughout the evening and into the following days to communities covered by Black Star Radio.
Black Star’s unique high tech system is not dependant on satellite technology and does not suffer outages due to rain fade during cyclone threats. In remote communities all other forms of public media (Radio and TV) usually experience outages due to their dependency on satellite systems and this is where Black Star has proven itself a reliable information source time after time.
Detailed information is available on the Bureau of Meteorology web site


Telstra - Mobile Black Spot Program 

Under Round 1 of the Programme, Telstra is building 429 3G/4G mobile base stations over a three year period that will extend coverage into more than 400 communities across the nation.

Their new online Mobile Black Spot Site Locator is a comprehensive but simple tool for communities to follow the rollout of the Round 1 mobile base stations. It includes a map that lets people search for base stations being rolled out in their particular area and provides information about expected timing.
It will be updated on a monthly basis so everyone has the most up to date information. The website also contains a wealth of information about the Mobile Black Spot Programme and what Telstra is contributing, as well as answers to a range of frequently asked questions.

CBF - Training Delivery Grants 


Need new skills at your station? Get accredited or explore a new pathway with Training Delivery grants.
Applications now open, closing on Wednesday 27th April at 5pm AEST 

CBF - Need a little assistance towards special broadcast event or mini series? 

Got a one-off OB in the works for the second half of 2016? Need a little assistance to make it happen? Apply for up to $2,500 toward a special broadcast event or mini-series before 4th April.
The General Grants Advisory Committee want to hear your ideas!
You can find the grant guideline details and application form here:

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
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 

Screen Australia - Pitch Short Blacks: Call out for new and emerging Indigenous filmmakers 

Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department is calling on new and emerging Indigenous filmmakers from across Australia to apply for Pitch Short Blacks, an initiative designed to bring 10-minute dramatic stories, authored and crafted by Indigenous people, to the screen.
Applicants can apply for up to $6,000 for project development. Eight creative teams will be selected to participate in the development phase of the initiative, which includes attending two Screen Australia-run development workshops in June and August 2016. From then, six applicants will be selected for production funding.              
For more information:

ARDS - Call out for expression of interest - Film production of language-based health resources

Request for Expressions of Interest -

Closing date: 8th April 2016

ARDS Aboriginal Corporation is seeking expressions of interest from filmmakers to produce a film resource on male sexual health.

ARDS is an Indigenous organisation with over 40 years experience in capacity building, adult education and Indigenous support services.
ARDS develops and delivers language-based resources and education across northeast Arnhem Land and other parts of Northern Australia via Yolngu Radio, audio, film, music, web and print based resources.
We do this in the areas of:
• Language • Health
  1. Law, Governance and Economics 

  2. Cultural Sustainability 
ARDS has a significant body of audio resources and experience working in culturally appropriate ways around the sensitive area of men’s sexual health. 

For more information see 

NAIDOC - 2016 Grant Funding round is now open!!!

Are you planning an event or activity to celebrate NAIDOC Week this July? Funding is available under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy to help communities to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2016.
Australian Government is accepting funding submissions for local activities and events, held during NAIDOC Week 2016 (3-10 July), to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and achievements with your community.
The 2016 NAIDOC grant funding round is now open and will close 4.00pm (AEST) on Friday 29 April 2016.
Everything you need to apply including the Application Kit with guidance on how to apply, and the Application Form you need to submit, are available now on the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet website.
Get your application in quick!    

The Myer Foundation & Sidney Myer Fund - Capacity Building Stream

This program will distribute $1.25 million over
four years (2015 – 2018).
This program will provide organisations with one grant in two instalments. Grants will be made between $20,000 and $50,000, over two financial years, to support the recipients’ core activities and capacity building initiatives.
This program seeks to strengthen and grow the independent arts and cultural sector in Australia by granting money to ensembles/collectives/groups and organisations that are highly connected within their sector, and producing excellent work.
For more information:

Screen Territory - ILLUMINATOR 2016 Territorians weaving web stories

New and exciting opportunities are being offered to Territorian filmmakers and storytellers through Screen Territory.
Screen Territory, with the support of Screen Australia, is offering Territory screen writers, producers, directors and teams exciting opportunities to develop concepts for series for web distribution.
Illuminator aims to support NT storytellers and filmmakers in harnessing the increasing opportunities arising through low budget approaches to creating stories for online distribution.
Illuminator begins with a two-day development Master Class, open to Territorians with an interest in developing online series. The Master Class is being held in Darwin: 

Fri 15 April: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat 16 April: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sun 17 April: 9:00am - 1:00pm

For more information, call Screen Territory on 89515141 or email
Guidelines can be found on our website.

ABC iview - Big bucks for short scripted


ABC and Screen Australia announce $1.5 million digital initiative for scripted content

ABC and Screen Australia have joined forces to create Long Story Short, a national, digital-first scripted series initiative to develop and produce five major projects to premiere on ABC iview. Creative teams with great ideas for scripted projects including contemporary drama, narrative comedy or sci-fi which appeal to younger Australians aged 18-35, are encouraged to apply.

A minimum of five projects will be chosen to receive funding of up to $300,000 each, plus industry support to write and produce a compelling scripted series to premiere on ABC iview.

Read more

If you are based in the NT and interested in applying, please contact Screen Territory.

Employment Opportunities

Hey!! Do you want to become a 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 Radio
 Call CAAMA’s RIBS Coordinators
Pam on 89 519 768 or
AC on 89 519 767

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