NAIDOC Week 2016

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Local community celebrations during NAIDOC Week are encouraged and often organised by communities, government agencies, local councils, schools and workplaces. The 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.

Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people contribute to Australian society through art, music, culture, sport, education and training, environmental preservation and community leadership.

If someone in your community deserves to be recognised for their contribution, then complete this form and address the selection criteria to nominate them for a 2016 National NAIDOC Award.

Entries for National NAIDOC Awards close on Monday 18 April 2016.
To find out more information to enter your nomination or grant application Click here for the NAIDOC Website
The 2016 National NAIDOC Poster Competition has now closed.

Good luck to all of the artists who have submitted their artwork.

The winning artwork will be used to create the 2016 National NAIDOC Poster to promote NAIDOC Week . The winning artwork will also collect a $5,000 cash prize.

There were loads of wonderful entries reflecting this year’s theme, Songlines: The living narrative of our nation,  and can’t wait to see what is chosen for the National NAIDOC Poster this […]

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Gurindji Freedom Day 50th Anniversary

Kalkarindji and Daguragu are on the traditional homelands of the Gurindji people, and these communities are linked to the Malgnin, Mudpurra, Bilinara, Ngarinman and Warlpiri peoples through the historic Walkoff from Wave Hill Station, which was initially established on Gurindji traditional lands in 1883. At the time of the Walkoff, Wave Hill Station had been owned by British Lord Vestey’s family since 1914. The Gurindji Walkoff was initiated by Gurindji/ Malgnin leader, Vincent Lingiari, on 23 August 1966 and lasted till 1974, an event which lit the fire that became the  National land rights movement.

On 26 August, 1975, then Labor Prime Minister Gough Whitlam officially handed back his people’s 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. They and their descendants invite you to come and share this anniversary with us, listen to our elders’ stories and experiences over the almost four decades since that historic time in the late 1960s, and support us in our aims for our current and future younger generations.


Flower service at Kalkaringi Cemetery
Grand opening of the Wave Hill Walk O Heritage Trail
Freedom Day March
Wajarra (cultural dance/corroboree)
Karungkarni Art exhibitions and workshops
Guest Speaker Program
Film Festival
Book launches
Fred Hollows Foundation 40th Anniversary Commemorative display
Music Concerts
Sports Carnival including AFL, Basketball and Softball

For more information go to Gurindji Freedom Day Website

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2016 Barunga Festival – Road Safety Short film competition NOW OPEN

Barunga Festival, held annually on the Queen’s birthday long weekend (10-12 June, 2016) is now in its 31st year, earning its place as one of the most important community festivals in regional Australia.

The Festival has a strong history of showcasing the Katherine region and supporting remote indigenous communities to come together and celebrate the positive aspects of community life through football, basketball, softball, music (contemporary and traditional), traditional arts and culture. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to join in the festivities and enjoy this unique opportunity to engage with a remote Indigenous community.

The 2015 Festival attracted 4000 visitors from far and wide, and garnered national and international media coverage.

In 2016, this much-loved Territory event promises to deliver an incredible program of music, sport, culture, art, dance, circus, kids activities, workshops, healthy food and many more festive treats – all of which will be revealed in the New Year.

The 2016 Road Safety Short Film Competition is now open for submissions!

The competition aims to promote and develop creative road safety messages that have been developed by people within our regional communities and towns.

Schools, individuals and groups are encouraged to get behind a camera or smart phone and to win part of the $5000 prize money spread across prize categories including:

Best Film
Best Actor
Best School Film
Encouragement Award

Entries close on Friday 22nd April 2016, so get started quick!

Winners will be announced and films shown at the Barunga Festival, 10-12 June 2016.

Proudly brought to you by the Northern Territory Government and Skinnyfish Music.

Download the entry and read the terms and conditions below.

For more information contact Skinnyfish Music here.

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April Pools Day – Water Safety is No Joke

In response to an alarming increase in the number of drownings in Australia, a coalition of like-minded organisations have pooled their resources to launch April Pools Day, a campaign squarely targeted at increasing CPR-preparedness in the community.

Research carried out by Poolwerx, the architects behind April Pools Day found that 75% of Australians surveyed feel they do not have the necessary basic CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) skills to save a life in an emergency.

Research has shown that a child is four times more likely to survive a drowning if their parents know CPR and start immediately.

The aim of April Pools Day, supported by Laurie Lawrence’s “Kids Alive Do The Five” program and St John Ambulance, was to encourage Australians to stop kidding around and get serious about learning CPR and to make it easy for people to update these skills by giving them a refresher course on the basic skills for resuscitating babies, young children and adults.

On April Pools Day on Friday 1 April, Laurie Lawrence, along with Poolwerx and St John Ambulance urge all Australians to visit the April Pools Day website and take the CPR refresher courses available.

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Remote NT Communities recieve Softball Training

The deadly crew from Softball NT made their way to the Tiwi Islands and met up with the Tiwi council sport and recreation team at Wurrumiyanga and trained them all in Scoring, Umpiring and Coaching.

The Softball staff were surprised at the communities knowledge of the rules and their interest in the game. The Tiwi Islands have a rich softball history and it looks like the vibrant softball past will return to the Islands in the near future.

On the second day Softball NT headed to , Wurrumiyanga Catholic school. Brett Toll Remote Program Development Coordinator said that the kids were some of the most engaged he had come across in his trips this year. “They picked up the game really quickly and loved it. It is said too often but the talent on the Tiwi islands is amazing”.

The softball staff saw three PE classes. The kids were highly engaged and had a great time whilst brushing up on their skills and knowledge of the game. During the sessions two teachers were also accredited as Softball Umpires and Coaches adding to the softball resources now on the Tiwi Islands.

Softball NT will return to the Tiwi Islands at the end of April to continue the supporting the regions softball aspirations.

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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




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Be Crocwise

Saltwater crocodiles are an important part of the Northern Territory. They are an apex predator and influence the lives of many other animals. They are important to our economy as their presence in the environment provides for many jobs in the intensive animal husbandry and tourism industries. They are also of great importance to the culture of many Indigenous people across the Top End.

Saltwater crocodiles pose a risk to people living in ‘crocodile country’. We need to Be Crocwise in areas where saltwater crocodiles live.

Crocwise Fishermen:

Stay vigilant for the presence of large saltwater crocodiles at all times.
Do not sleep on their boat overnight or camp near the water’s edge – Be Crocwise
Do not clean fish or bleed fish in or near the water’s edge or from their boat, as this may attract crocodiles.
If you must clean fish out to sea, do so one kilometre off-shore
Always remember, crocodiles are particularly common near boatramps.
Take extreme care when launching and retrieving boats.
Keep away from the water’s edge and do not enter the water.
Do not reach into the water to bring up a fish; they use a landing net instead.
Remove all fish and food waste, which attract crocodiles.
Are particularly careful if fishing at night
Remember crocodiles are dangerous and attacks can be fatal.
Remember crocodiles move around throughout the year.
Always report problem crocodiles.

The Be Crocwise awards celebrate schools and communities that have recognised the dangers that saltwater crocodiles pose and the steps they have taken to ensure that everyone in their community knows how to stay safe around Territory waterways while still ensuring the ongoing survival of one of the most important animals in our environment.

The winner of the Be Crocwise School Award for 2016 will win a Be Crocwise Trophy […]

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National Ride2School Day 2016

Northern Territory students will embrace a fun and healthy start to their day by riding or walking to school as part of National Ride2School Day.

Minister for Education and Transport Peter Chandler said students and their families are encouraged to get involved and choose an active form of transport today.

“National Ride2School Day is a great way to keep fit and raise awareness about the benefits of active travel to and from school,” Mr Chandler said.

“I am pleased that 18 schools across the Territory have registered to take part in this initiative that aims to promote a healthy lifestyle for Australian children.”

Ross Park Primary School in Alice Springs is one of the schools that will be taking part in this year’s initiative to promote cycling as a healthy way to get to school.

Minister for Sport and Recreation Nathan Barrett said active transport, including cycling and walking, is a great way to encourage a healthy lifestyle among students and the wider school community.

“Students that are able to exercise on their way to sch­­­­­ool arrive energised, alert and ready to concentrate in classes,” Mr Barrett said.

“Choose to walk or ride to school with your friends and family, and build confidence and self-esteem along the way.

“It’s a great way to get active and improves our health, the environment and our communities.”

National Ride2School Day is also a platform to educate students on the importance of road safety for cyclists.

“Educating our students on the safe behaviours for cycling on Territory paths and roads is of vital importance today,” Mr Chandler said.

“Always remember to check your bicycle is in good working order, your helmet is secure and to cross roads using pedestrian crossings where possible.

“I ask all road users to be aware of […]

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A new voice for Warruwi radio

Darren Narul is currently working with West Arnhem Regional Council to revamp the Indigenous Broadcasting Program in Warruwi, getting the station back on air and planning for a major re-launch in the community in April 2016.

He says he is looking forward to his new role as a radio DJ after taking up the mic from broadcasting legend Solomon Imeraganyan, who retired from the position late last year.

As a broadcaster, Darren’s interests extend far beyond music and radio, and he is keen to play a role in building stronger communities. To a large extent he has already achieved this through his work with B2M, a band that draws its name from the two largest Tiwi islands, Bathurst and Melville. His brother-in-law, Jeffrey Simon from the Tiwi Islands, formed the band in 2004.

Back home on South Goulburn, Darren works on his laptop to create new songs, but also maintains a more timeless approach to making music.

By maintaining a positive image of their people and culture through their music, Darren and the B2M members have accomplished what takes some bands a lifetime to achieve – role model status in their homelands and ambassadors to a broader Australian and international community.

Darren will join with Minjilang  Local Radio presenter Matthew Nagarlbin Cooper for a two-day broadcasting workshop next week. The course will be conducted by Top End Aboriginal Bush Broadcasting Association’s Bernard Namok Jnr – or ‘Bala B’ as he is known on the TEABBA airwaves  – in the Warruwi studio on South Goulburn Island.

Warruwi Local Radio 106.1FM officially relaunches with a party in April, featuring live music, free giveaways, and a community barbecue.

For more information or stories go to West Arnhem Wire


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Northern Territory Battle of the School Bands

Established in 2009, Battle of the School Bands is a band competition for Northern Territory schools, which sees the winners play alongside international acts at the annual BASS IN THE GRASS music festival in Darwin.

The Battle of the School Bands is open to middle and senior students (Years 7-12) enrolled in government and non-government schools. Students can enter as a part of a band, duo or soloist.

To enter the competition you must complete an Expression of Interest Form and be eligible to perform at one of the school heats held in late March / early April. You and your band or duo will perform two original songs at your allocated school heat for the opportunity to earn a place in the final- during National Youth week in 2016. If you are from a remote school and cannot attend a school heat you can send a DVD of your performance.
The dates and start times for each school heat are as follows:

Katherine High School – Monday 7 March – 12:30pm
Barkly Secondary College – Wednesday 9 March – 11:00am
Centralian Senior College – Thursday 10 March – 12:30pm
Nhulunbuy High School – Tuesday 15 March – 1:00pm
Rosebery Middle School – Tuesday 22 March – 1:00pm
Darwin High School – Friday 1 April 1:00pm

Criteria used to shortlist bands for the final:


Present a confident performance
Maintain appropriate eye contact with the audience
Interact effectively with the audience for the duration of the performance
Interact cooperatively with other performers on stage (Soloist N/A)
Acknowledge applause in a manner appropriate to the context with sensitivity to others.


Display facility with a range of techniques to control and enhance the song
Musical elements and compositional techniques used appropriate to the style of music
Effective contrast between songs performed
Lyrics effectively / creatively match the musical context


All musicians will be […]

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