Funding for online indigenous art project approved

ABC INDIGENOUS NEWS Tuesday April 3, 2001

Two central Australian-based consortiums are among 16 projects to share in a $1.2 million national program to boost e-commerce.

KU Arts Online, combining Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Media, Aboriginal Australia, Ananguku Arts and Craft Committee and NEC Australia have been given $75,000.

The project will see information moved online from isolated indigenous art and craft centres to other sites and trading partners.

Remote Business Australia, a consortium of seven organisations including the Central Australian Producers Action Group and the Territory Internet service provider OCTA-4 has received $110,000.

  The project should benefit businesses in central Australia and help them deal more efficiently with suppliers.

Wednesday April 4, 2001

Research finds indigenous Australians at higher risk of meningococcal

New research has found the risk of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders developing meningococcal disease is four times higher than in other community groups.

A study conducted in the New England area, in the north-west of New South Wales, also reveals that indigenous youth are more likely to contract the brain infection.

Clinical nurse consultant and researcher, Peter Massey, collected the data over eight years to 1999 and says medical treatment rather than prevention is the short-term solution.

"As new public health strategies develop which will include a vaccine hopefully in the not too distant future that I'm proposing, that those strategies [should] be targeted at the group that suffer the most from this disease and from our research and New Zealand experiences as's the indigenous people who suffer the most," he said.

Jabiluka traditional owners highlight contaminated water fears

The traditional owners of the Jabiluka mine lease surrounded by Kakadu National Park have rejected claims there is no threat from contaminated water stored on the site.

The office of the supervising scientist, the Territory Mines and Energy Department and Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill have all given assurances there are no problems at the mine site.

But a spokeswoman for the Mirrarr traditional owners, Jacqui Katona, says they do not have sufficient information to make those claims.

"We understand that there are vast amounts of water...currently being stored in the mine decline and we also understand there is a high level of contamination taking place," she said.


Aboriginal refuge in doubt as residents complain

  On New South Wales' far south coast, the future of a refuge for young Aboriginal people is in doubt because of opposition from people in the area who fear their children will be at risk from people staying there.

There have been public meetings, newspaper editorials and petitions organised against the proposed refuge at Mogo, near Batemans Bay.

The State's Housing Department has offered to provide units from the Sydney Olympics village site to accommodate the young people.

But locals at Mogo say the site for the refuge, near the town's primary school, poses an unacceptable risk and yesterday they convinced the Eurobodalla Shire Council to again defer a decision on the issue.

Aboriginal church minister Tom Slockee says time is running out and the project may now be shelved.

"Some of the people have been told the wrong ideas about the type of people that will be here," he said.

  "They're young people who have a lot of potential to contribute to the community and become leaders even."

KKK threat rocks Casino Aboriginal community

A Casino woman says the local Aboriginal community is living in fear after a person wearing Ku Klux Klan robes and carrying a baton threatened them on Monday night.

Dena Duncan says the man, who claimed young Aboriginal boys had attempted to break into his car, said he was going to "take matters into his own hands".

  She says the local Koori community does not know where to turn.

  Casino police say they are investigating the incident.



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