For many years the community of Pirlangimpi located on Melville Island which is apart of the Tiwi Islands has had a RIBS studio which hasn’t been used because of weather damage and other difficulties. Last year TEABBA Radio travelled to ALL of our 30 Top End Communities to install new radio equipment or relocated RIBS studios for a safe workplace to broadcast in. Pirlangimpi was one of these lucky communities to be relocated to the Housing office buildings not in use near their local council office, as their old RIBS office had water damage and the ceiling didn’t look very stable.
After that HUGE milestone TEABBA has reached another by sending TEABBA broadcasters to Pirlangimpi for Radio Training in their brand new RIBS. On Monday 11th April 2016 TEABBA crew Thecla Brogan and Bernard Namok Jnr (aka Bala B) gave Pirlangimpi local mob the opportunity to come have a look at their new radio station and also have a go at some Radio training.
Broadcaster Thecla Brogan arrived a few days before Bala B as she grew up at Pirlangimpi community and spent time with family and also trained Deanne Rioli over the weekend as she was travelling away on that Monday. Bala B arrived on Sunday 10th and to show him some of the great food and beautiful sunset views Thecla took him to the Clearwater Island Lodge for a beautiful Seafood Dinner and dessert with a great view!
The following Monday another participant at Pirlangimpi, Walter Brooks, joined the TEABBA crew at the Pirlangimpi RIBS to have a go learning the radio equipment. Both Deanne and Walker completed their Radio training and we would like to thank them for giving it a go and hopefully they can represent their community one day broadcasting through their local RIBS.
During their time at Pirlangimpi a lot of locals were going fishing at the main beach because Salmon were running through and a lot of locals took the opportunity to catch a fresh feed, it was a very good trip with so much happening and we were very happy to apart of it!