Welcome Jennifer Nixon
IRCA would like to welcome Assistant Manager Jennifer Nixon. Jennifer is a local Indigenous women born in Alice Springs and belonging to the Amnatyerr, Kaytetye and Alyawarr clans. Both of her grandparents grew up around Ti Tree, Stirling Station and Barrow Creek area and her mother was born at Aningie.
In her most recent role with NT Government, Jennifer supported and helped Alcohol Reference Groups to develop, implement and monitor Alcohol Management Plans (AMP) in remote communities. An AMP includes strategies to address supply, harm and demand.
Her previous positions have been Manager of the Centralian Girls Academy encouraging Indigenous female students to engage and stay at school. Administration Manager at CAAMA for the Yeperenye Festival working closely with Lex Marinos as Executive Director and then Clive Scollay. She is currently undertaking University studies into Indigenous Language and Linguistics.
IRCA has moved
We have moved to new premises at Level 2, 70 Elder St, Alice Springs. Our phone and fax numbers remain the same.
IRCA and the NSLA Agreement
IRCA and the National and State Libraries Association (NSLA) Indigenous Group have signed a cooperation agreement to share information, collaborate and take up opportunities to further the development of remote Indigenous media archives held on country. The NSLA Indigenous Group includes representatives from national and state libraries throughout Australasia and promotes best practice for the collection and preservation of materials relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The group is part of a broader network sharing knowledge and developing common policies around community consultation, digitisation of Indigenous archives, and access to Indigenous materials.
The Agreement is one of the outcomes of the development by IRCA of the Remote ATSI Audiovisual Collections Plan in late 2014. The Plan is bringing together state, territory and national cultural organisations with remote Indigenous archival organisations to expand and strengthen local capacity.
IRCA and the NSLA group will be meeting quarterly, with the first meeting held in August 2015.
IRCA is also in discussion with the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) and the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) to formalise similar cooperation agreements. This builds on the extensive support already provided by NFSA and AIATSIS in the development of the Plan.
Remote sites added to the
Mobile Black Spot Program
Telstra announced the following remote communities will receive mobile coverage over the next three years: Yungngora (Noonkanbah) and Yandeyarra (WA); Amata, Fregon, Indulkana, Mimili, Pipalyatjara and Ngurutjara Homeland (SA); Darnley Island (QLD); Minjilang, Mt Liebig, Wallace Rockhole, Imanpa and Finke (NT).
The full list can be found here.
Indigenous Focus Day 2015 at the Broadband for the Bush Forum IV
The Indigenous Remote Communications Association (IRCA) and the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network
(ACCAN) hosted the Indigenous Focus Day on Tuesday 14th July in Darwin, at the Charles Darwin University Casuarina campus’ stunning ACIKE Building.
The event took place alongside the Broadband for the Bush Forum IV. It attracted 75 participants and focused on identifying the obstacles to digital inclusion and the opportunities that arise from being connected.
Participants were representatives from the Indigenous community, as well as delegates from community organisations from across Australia. The Day consisted of an opening address from Joe Morrison, CEO of Northern Land Council, some shorter presentations and facilitated breakout sessions. Key themes explored were affordability, accessibility, awareness and appropriateness.
Photos from the event are available on our Flickr page.
For more information visit the Broadband for the Bush website