The June 2015 edition of IRCA’s Newsletter


IRCA held planning meetings in May with Board Members and RIMO Managers and Staff in Alice Springs. Representatives of all eight Remote Indigenous Media Organisations were in attendance (QRAM, TSIMA, PAW Media, PY Media, NG Media, TEABBA and PAKAM).

The IRCA Board also undertook further governance training and strategic planning with facilitator John Mero.

IRCA Membership

The IRCA Board is pleased to announce they are now accepting applications for Associate Membership following ORIC's approval of changes to the IRCA rule book. IRCA now has two levels of membership.

Individual Membership (Ordinary Member) applications are open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media practitioners (18 years and older) working in remote media and communications.

Associate Membership applications are open to any individual who is at least 18 years of age who does not qualify as an Ordinary Member and is accepted by the IRCA Board. 

Find out more on the membership page.

IRCA Staff attended the National Indigenous Intepreters Workshop in Alice Springs 18-19 June. We look forward to developing partnerships between the Indigenous media and interpreting sectors.



RIBS Training with TEABBA at Kalkarindji/Dagaragu.

Turning right across the train tracks, off Katherine Terrace, Bernard ‘Bala B’ Namok and Brendon Barlow were off on a journey. A journey of a lifetime. You see, niether of us had ever been to the Historic Communities of  both Kalkarindji and Dagaragu.   

Heading West of Katherine. We were pleasantly surprised by a sudden change in scenery. The further we travelled the more fascinating the landscape became, always changing, forever evolving.  Although in total amazement. We both had become a little bit concerned. Had we missed the turn off? Was there further to go? If so, how much further do, we go?


NG Media

Absolutely fabulous! Our Ngaanyatjarra minyma and kungka participating and enjoying themselves is a beautiful sight. It is inspirational and encouraging to watch these ladies and young ladies be role models within their community and to the wider communities of the Ngaanyatjarra Lands.


You can find more pics on the NG Media Facebook Page.


The Southern NT Softball Championships have come to a close for another year. CAAMA enjoyed broadcasting such an awesome event and hope to be a part of the championships next year.

2015 Champions the Imanpa Fillies who scored back to back championships celebrating with second place Finke. For a recap visit the CAAMA webpage for photos of each game over the weekend.

PAW Media

The PAW production team accompanied the Central Land Council shooting for the upcoming "Ngapa Jukurrpa - Rain Dreaming" documentary as part of the 'Songlines on Screen' series to be broadcast on NITV in 2016.

Pictured above are Traditional owners George Jungarrayi Ryder, Mark Jangala Lane and Jerry Jangala Patrick celebrated with Jeff Bruer (PAW Media) after revisiting the Kurlpurlunu site.


PAKAM's Clint Dixon, Tjawa Tjawa Director Mark Moora and Neil Turner attended the Songlines on Screen launch of PAKAM's Songlines on Screen production Tjawa Tjawa at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival.

Tjawa Tjawa is a Ngarti traditional story told in Kukatja language about a group of women who travelled from Roebourne in the northwest of Western Australia to the Great Sandy Desert south of Balgo in search of husbands.


Yarrabah BlackStar is now running the latest Zetta technology;  the first station in the Cairns area to introduce the new system.

QRAM is now involved with testing the newest version of ZETTA and is one of just a few organisations worldwide running the latest release under close liaison with RCS systems staff and product managers in Australia and the US.

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PY Media

Wai anangu tjuta!

PY Media is running a competition to find a great new radio song on the APY lands for their up-coming radio and TV series about responsible rubbish management on the APY Lands.

The competition is open to anangu musicians on the APY Lands and end at the end of July. The winner of the best song will have the opportunity to record and mix the song at PY Media's Umuwa Studio and be featured on Radio 5NPY. PY Media will also work with the winner to make an accompanying video clip.

Call PY Media on 1300 422 222 for details.



Torres Strait Islander Media Association turns 30 this year! And there is lots happening: a new recording studio, site licenses being transferred to TSIMA and new broadcasters on air. 

Head on over to Radio 4MW's Facebook Page to catch up with what's happening in the Torres Strait!

Other News


ARDS recently premiered their Songlines on Screen documentary 'Bulunu Milkarri: A story of sky, sea and spirit' at the Sydney Film Festival.

A Djambarrpuyŋu story, Bulunu Milkarri is one womans journey to learn an endangered songline from remote Arnhem Land that explores cycles of death, life, rain, tears, and the replenishment and abundance of land, sea and spirit. It follows her quest to ensure this ancient songline is practiced for generations to come.

Bush Bands Bash

The 2015 lineup for the Bush Bands Bash has been announced:
  • Eastern Reggae (Santa Teresa)
  • Desert Mulga (Nyirrpi and Yuendumu)
  • Creek Sand Reggae Band (Warakurna)
  • Pukatja St Reggae (Pukatja)
  • Iwantja (Indulkana)
  • D7'z Boyz and E-Town Boyz (Ampilatwatja, Elliott and Wutunugurra)

New on IndigiTUBE

Live music from PAW

PAW Media have uploaded 19 songs by Lajamanu Teenage Band, Wampana Band, and Yaturlu Yaturlu from a recent concert in Yuendumu. You can listen here.

Upcoming Events

Unlocking the Digital Potential of the Bush: Indigenous Focus Day 2015

There is still room for a few more participants to join us on 14 July in Darwin.

If you are interested contact Maor with your travel and accommodation enquiries: or call on 08 8952 6465.




Muru-D Workshop Travel Grants

25-26 July, Redfern NSW
Muru-D have teamed up with Pollenizer and The Coder Factory to run a workshop specifically for Indigenous entrepreneurs seeking to build digital ventures, on 25–26 July in Redfern.

The IDX Initiative, a partnership between the NCIE and the Telstra Foundation, have 5 grants of up to $1,000 to support entrepreneurs/teams that:

  • Live outside of the wider Sydney region
  • Have an early-stage venture idea (i.e. that has not yet reached break-even/profitable operation)
  • Have an entrepreneurial team that is led by an Indigenous person (e.g. if you are a team, a majority (50%+) are Indigenous)
  • Have a project that is innovative (according to the AUDIO framework, outlined here)

The grant is available to contribute to travel and accommodation costs.

To apply, fill out this form. The deadline for submissions is 5pm Fri 3 July 2015, and successful applicants will be notified by 5pm Wed 8 July 2015.



Puliima National Indigenous Languages and Technology Forum 2015

14-15th October, Melbourne VIC

Puliima National Indigenous Language Forum is a biennial event aimed at bringing people together from all over Australia to explore pioneering project ideas, exciting products and equipment that can be used in community based Indigenous languages projects. The Forum allows people to network with an inspirational group of people who all share a common ambition of preserving and celebrating the languages of your country.

The Puliima team have announced there are sponsorships available to assist with travel and accommodation expenses. The closing date is July 3.

For more information visit the website


Big hART Associate Producer / Project Manager Position

Yijala Yala Now

Big hART is looking for an Associate Producer / Project manager for a 4-6 month period starting in mid-late July 205 with the possibility of the position extending for an additional 6-12 months. The position is based in Roebourne, WA.

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Call for contributions

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