The September 2015 edition of IRCA’s Newsletter

17th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival

Lajamanu NT    |    27 September - 2 October
It is now less than a week to the annual National Remote Indigenous Media Festival!
Maxwell Japanangka Tasman invites you to the 2015 Festival!
This year's festival will be held in the Warlpiri community of Lajamanu and will be hosted by IRCA in partnership with PAW Media and Communications and the Lajamanu community with key partner Indigenous Community Television.

For 5 days 180 remote media workers and industry guests will descend on Gurindji and Warlpiri Country for an exciting industry program with skills workshops, roundtables, video screenings, live radio and TV coverage, music and cultural events.

The Industry Forums will include:
  • The Remote Indigenous Media Industry
  • Radio Broadcasting
  • Screen Development
  • The Aboriginal Music Industry in remote Australia
  • Industry Showcases
  • Employment and Training Opportunities
Partner Meetings run concurrently with Skills Workshops and are an opportunity for stakeholder organisations to meet with managers and staff of remote Indigenous Media Organisations. This year they include:
This year the Skills Workshops include:
  • Digital Photography with Wayne Quilliam
  • Radio Journalism with Mark Bin Bakar (AFTRS) and Laura McDowell
  • Telling stories with soundtracks with Andrew Bellety (AFTRS)
  • Documentary filmmaking with Pauline Clague and Cornel Okies (AFTRS)
  • iPad storytelling with Jan Cattoni and David Nixon
  • Animation (DSLR) with Jonathan Daw (PAW Media)
There will also be a number of short courses:
  • Live to air: music in the radio studio
  • Sharing your Indigenous media archive
  • Broadcasting Weather Reports with the Bureau of Meteorology
  • Troubleshooting Computer and Internet Connections
Both IRCA and ICTV will be holding their Annual General Meetings during the festival. As in previous years, the IRCA will present the Industry Awards and ICTV the Video Awards at the conclusion of the festival.

Visit the festival page of the IRCA website for more information.

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.


Industry News

TEABBA Radio app, Wadeye Broadcast and new RIBS set up on the Tiwi Islands!

TEABBA have released a new iPhone and iPad app for streaming TEABBA Radio. You can download it from the iTunes store.

On Wednesday 2nd of September 2015 TEABBA Broadcast crew celebrated Indigenous Literacy Day by holding a LIVE outside broadcast at Wadeye Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School. TEABBA crew drove from Darwin all the way through daly River, Peppimenarti and Palumpa to get to Wadeye... [read more]

TEABBA Crew members travelled to the Tiwi Islands in August to install brand new Remote Indigenous Broadcasting service (RIBS) equipment in the communities of Wurrumiyanga, Milikapiti and Pirlangimpi. [read more]

PAKAM film goes international

PAKAM's Tjawa Tjawa Songline film has been accepted into two major film festivals - the Margaret Mead Film Festival in New York and the ImagineNATIVE Film Festival in Toronto.

Black Star's new real time monitoring system

People living in remote Queensland communities now have an even more reliable radio system to keep them informed, entertained, educated and feeling good.

Their own Black Star Radio Network now has a unique real time monitoring system that displays on a large screen a real time status of all of its remote sites.  The image above is how it displays on the wall at QRAM Central in Cairns.

[find out more]

A big weekend in Alice Springs

Music NT's 2015 Bush Bands Bash on Saturday 5th September was a great success. The CAAMA team MC-ed and broadcast the event live on CAAMA Radio with many other stations taking the feed. CAAMA also filmed the concert.

The line up included: Desert Divas, Yipirinya Kids, Creek Side Band, Jeremy Whiskey, East Reggae, Rayella, D7'z, Desert Mulga and Tjintu Band.

To cap off a busy weekend in Alice Springs, PAW Media joined CAAMA for a live broadcast from the AFL Community Grand Final on the Sunday.


Aboriginal Benefit Account funding round open

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations in the Northern Territory are invited to apply for funding through the second Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) funding round for 2015-16 now open.

ABA beneficial grant funding under section 64(4) of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (Land Rights Act) is provided for one-off grant funding (non-recurrent funding) funding proposals that benefit Aboriginal people living in the Northern Territory.

Applicants should frame their proposal under one of the following ABA funding categories:

· Supporting Enterprises;
· Supporting Community;
· Supporting Culture, Language and Leadership; and
· Supporting Land, Sea and Waters Management and Use.

Funding under each category is available for Small Projects up to and including $250,000 (GST exclusive) or Large Projects over $250,000 (GST exclusive).

The ABA contributes to the Government's priorities for Indigenous Australians through:
· Getting Indigenous Australians into work;
· Fostering Indigenous Business;
· Ensuring Indigenous people receive economic and social benefits from the effective management of their land.

Applications close on 2 October 2015 at 2pm AEST.

Further information on the application process is available at


Flickerfest 2016

8th-17th January 2016, Sydney NSW

Entries are now open for Flickerfest 2016. The deadline for submission of entries is 30th September 2015.

[more information]

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