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Funding announced for the first round of the Aboriginal Ranger Program

13 February 2018

The West Australian Government has announced the first round of recipients for its $20 million five-year Aboriginal Ranger Program.

Concerns about mosquitoes in Broome after recent rainfall

25 January 2018

Heavy rainfall linked to two recent cyclones in and around Broome, Western Australia (WA), has led to the launch of an eradication program by the Shire of Broome.

Melioidosis risk rises in the wake of stormy weather in WA

23 January 2018

Western Australians are being warned to take precautions against a potentially deadly disease that may have been stirred up by recent cyclones.

Pilbara community piloting solar power and clean water programs

18 January 2018

An Aboriginal community near Roebourne, Western Australia (WA), has been funded as a pilot site for advanced off-grid technology that could supply solar power and clean water to remote communities across WA.

Saving endangered species on West Island through cat eradication

17 January 2018

Indigenous rangers on West Island, part of the Pellew Islands group in the Gulf of Carpentaria, are working to save endagered species by eradicating feral cats.

Skin infections send eight out of every 100 Indigenous babies in WA to hospital

10 January 2018

Hospital data from babies born in Western Australia (WA) between 1996 - 2012 shows that Aboriginal children had a much higher risk than non-Indigenous children of developing skin infections such as scabies and impetigo (school sores).

Proving the link between living on country and improved Indigenous health

9 January 2018

A large research project is underway to investigate whether First Nations people who spend time on country have better health outcomes.

Funding for essential services in Tjuntjuntjara community announced

14 December 2017

One of Australia's most remote Aboriginal communities, Tjuntjuntjara, located in Western Australia's (WA) Great Victoria Desert is to receive $23.8 million to go towards major capital works and essential services.

Wujal-Wujal leads on climate change with weather and river health monitoring

13 December 2017

An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander council in far north Queensland (Qld) has taken an innovative step in environmental management, installing its own weather station and water monitoring equipment.

Australia to share Indigenous fire management expertise

22 November 2017

The Australian Government has announced a new project, which shares the fire management expertise developed by Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve land management outcomes in Botswana.

Rains signal start of melioidosis season

17 November 2017

The Northern Territory (NT) Government is advising all Territorians to be 'melioidosis aware' after heavy rains have signaled the start of melioidosis season.

Review of WA's waste strategy now open

16 November 2017

The West Australian (WA) Government has commissioned a review of the state's waste strategy, which sets the long-term strategic direction and identifies priorities for waste in WA.

Orange Sky launching new laundry project to tackle scabies

8 November 2017

The founders of Orange Sky Laundry, a free mobile laundry service for homeless people, have started a new program which aims to tackle scabies in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Aboriginal rangers unite to protect Australia's largest wooded swampland in Top End

8 November 2017

As part of a new management plan, more than 20 Aboriginal clans in the Northern Territory (NT) will manage Australia's largest wooded swampland, part of a 12,000 square kilometre block of land.

Sharing fire management skills in the Bunya Mountains

7 November 2017

A fire workshop was held recently in the Bunya Mountains area of Queensland (Qld), which aimed to share the practice of traditional fire management.

Blindness and trachoma rates improve dramatically but more work needed

2 November 2017

The rate of blindness among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is decreasing, but still remains three times worse than the national average.

Remote housing review released

26 October 2017

The Remote housing review: A review of the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing and the Remote Housing Strategy (2008-2018) has been released.

Social housing in NSW to get air conditioning and solar power

24 October 2017

The New South Wales (NSW) Government has announced it will rollout air conditioning and solar panels to 930 Aboriginal Housing Office properties in some of the hottest parts of the state.

Grant to train WA Ngadju Rangers in land management

23 October 2017

A $696,000 grant will be used by the Ngadju Conservation Aboriginal Corporation to establish an 'on country' ranger skills training and employment-ready program in southern Western Australia (WA).

WA researcher Anne Poelina presented with international women's award

19 October 2017

A Broome researcher and environmental advocate for the Kimberley, Western Australia (WA) has been presented with an international award that recognises women in rural life.

New $15 million wastewater solution for Cherbourg

9 October 2017

Work has begun on a new $15 million wastewater treatment plant, which will improve the health and liveability of one of Queensland's (Qld) largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Calling on storytellers for the next Pilbara edition of the WA Indigenous storybook

5 October 2017

The Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia (PHAIWA) is recruiting storytellers from the Pilbara Region of Western Australia (WA) for the 9th edition of the WA Indigenous storybook.

Prestigious land care award recognises the work of the Spinifex people

28 September 2017

The Spinifex Land Management (SLM) Rangers, based in the West Australian (WA) community of Tjuntjuntjara, recently won the WA Indigenous Landcare Award for their land care practices and responses to new environmental threats.

Workshop builds mosquito management capacity

27 September 2017

Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service District Environmental Health Coordinator, Eddie Bobongie, coordinated a three-day mosquito management workshop for council and government workers in Weipa in May.

New infrastructure projects announced for Woorabinda

27 September 2017

The Queensland (Qld) Government has announced it will provide $2.9 million in funding to provide infrastructure upgrades to the community of Woorabinda.

Remote NT communities switching to solar power

19 September 2017

A remote community in the Northern Territory (NT) has switched to solar power, using the sun to provide power to around 500 residents.

Rangers in the Kimberley working to mitigate climate change

13 September 2017

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rangers in the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA) are 'fighting fire with fire' to protect the environment, according to a recent lecture by one of the region's key leaders.

Parasitic worm endangering communities in northern Australia

12 September 2017

A potentially fatal parasitic worm could be infecting large numbers of adults in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in northern Australia.

Project preserving Indigenous biocultural knowledge wins science's Eureka award

1 September 2017

A research project which fuses Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and western science has claimed the Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science.

Program to tackle overcrowding in NT remote communities underway

31 August 2017

Stage one of the Northern Territory (NT) Government's plan to tackle overcrowding in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across the region is now complete.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rangers recognised on world stage

23 August 2017

The World Future council has recognised the Indigenous Protected Areas and the Working on Country Indigenous Ranger programs.

Asbestos eradication projects for remote communities

17 August 2017

The Australian Government is funding asbestos eradication projects, including one run in conjunction with the Northern Territory (NT) Government to send licensed asbestos removalists to remote communities.

Water conservation video up for award

14 August 2017

A hip-hop video made in Halls Creek, Western Australia (WA), to promote the importance of saving water was a finalist at the National Indigenous Music Awards.

Ranger Forum celebrating vital role of Indigenous rangers

10 August 2017

Indigenous rangers travelled thousands of kilometres from locations across northern Australia for a significant ranger gathering in the Kimberley this month.

Work underway to address Aboriginal housing disadvantage in far west NSW

31 July 2017

The peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander body for far west New South Wales (NSW) is working on developing a new regional model for social housing in the region, to address what it says is increasing housing disadvantage.

First interim state public health plan public consultation

28 July 2017

The West Australian (WA) Department of Health has released the First interim state public health plan for consultation across WA.

Telethon Kids infectious diseases researcher finalist in Premier's Science Awards

26 July 2017

Dr Asha Bowen is a finalist in the Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year award for her research to reduce the burden of infectious diseases in Aboriginal Australian children, particularly skin infections ndash; a major cause of health problems in remote communities.

NT remote communities receive solar sites

26 July 2017

The Northern Territory (NT) Government has installed more than 10,000 solar panels across ten remote Aboriginal communities, in a bid to provide a more secure energy supply and combat climate change.

AMRRIC seeking Advisory Group member from WA

20 July 2017

Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC) is seeking a West Australian (WA) member to join their new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group.

New recycling initiative for Roper Gulf Regional Council

20 July 2017

Students from Borroloola School in the Northern Territory (NT) are working with Roper Gulf Regional Council to highlight the importance of recycling to the local community.

Remote WA audits target power and water

17 July 2017

Power and water audits of essential services in ten remote Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia (WA) have begun.

Remote housing rollout for the NT begins

6 July 2017

Work has begun to address a series of issues plaguing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across the Northern Territory (NT) under the government's ten year, $1.1 billion remote accommodation program, Room to Breathe.

NT Indigenous rangers upskilling to save injured wildlife

29 June 2017

A number of Larrakia Nation rangers have teamed up with Darwin Wildlife Sanctuary to learn about handling injured animals, and help to assist local animals when they've been in an accident.

Funding investment in Indigenous rangers for the Pilbara region

23 June 2017

The Government has announced that it will provide the Yaburara and Coastal Mardudhunera Aboriginal Corporation with almost $850,000 to establish an ongoing Indigenous ranger team to work on Mardudhunera Country in the western Pilbara region of Western Australia (WA).

Funding announcement for Spinifex Indigenous rangers

21 June 2017

The Coalition Government has announced that it will provide the Pila Nguru Aboriginal Corporation with more than $580,000 to support the Spinifex Indigenous ranger group in the Goldfields region of Western Australia (WA).

Remote housing issues root of many social problems, according to Traditional Owners

7 June 2017

Social problems continuing to plague remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities will not be alleviated unless housing overcrowding and a lack of maintenance fixed, says a number of Top End traditional owners.

Solar panels to go in 62 Dubbo homes

6 June 2017

Aboriginal residents and families in Dubbo, New South Wales, are looking to a brighter future with the roll out of an innovative green energy program, according to the Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO).

Indigenous residents in NSW helped by plumbing program

29 May 2017

As part of the annual Plumbing Health Check Program, a team of Fair Trading staff, including licensed plumbers, Indigenous community liaison officers and Master Plumbers Association members have carried out minor plumbing work in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in New South Wales (NSW).

Funding announced to provide compliance training for Indigenous rangers

25 May 2017

The Australian Government has announced an additional $30 million investment in training for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rangers.

Army begins six-month program to rebuild NSW Indigenous community of Toomelah

17 May 2017

The community of Toomelah, near the Queensland-New South Wales border, cannot wait to get started on a six-month works project that will overhaul most of the local infrastructure, and offer health and employment prospects for its 300 residents.

Indigenous fire training program bringing life back to country across regional NSW

17 May 2017

A five-year fauna monitoring project across four Indigenous Protected Areas (IPA's) in northern New South Wales (NSW) has demonstrated that cultural burning and traditional land management techniques are maintaining populations of threatened species.

AMRRIC seeking members for a new Advisory Group

17 May 2017

Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC) is seeking people to join their new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group.

Today is World Hand Hygiene Day

5 May 2017

Today communities across the world are marking World Hand Hygiene Day, a day to remember the importance of good personal hygiene in stopping the spread of some communicable diseases.

Report shows dumped asbestos waste widespread in remote Indigenous communities

2 May 2017

Dumped asbestos in and around remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is a widespread problem and the cost of removing it is three times higher compared to non-remote areas, a study from the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) has found.

Remote WA town uses hip hop to save water

27 April 2017

A small town in Western Australia's (WA) remote Kimberley region uses the most water per person in the state and local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people have made a hip hop music video to spread a water-wise message.

Service delivery in Queensland's remote and discrete Indigenous communities

21 April 2017

The Queensland (Qld) Government has opened an inquiry into service delivery in remote and discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across the state.

More cases of potentially fatal melioidosis from NT dirt emerge

10 April 2017

More people are being infected by a potentially fatal bacterium in the Northern Territory, and health experts suspect building works could have something to do with the rise in cases.

Investment to fund land tenure reforms and infrastructure upgrades in Mossman Gorge

6 April 2017

The Coalition Government will invest $1 million to fund land tenure reform and infrastructure upgrades in the Far North Queensland community of Mossman Gorge.

Join in on Earth Day this 22 April 2017

31 March 2017

Earth Day is an opportunity for people across the world to reflect and act on the importance of environmental protection.

Recognising Aboriginal water values in Victoria

27 March 2017

In a first for Victoria, an environmental flow release into the Glenelg River has supported both environmental outcomes as well as Aboriginal cultural values - a key component of Victoria's new water plan, Water for Victoria.

Solar and storage microgrids to power two WA Indigenous communities

27 March 2017

Two remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia's Fitzroy Valley will soon be powered by solar and battery storage, as the first projects of a new Broome-based company that plans to roll out renewable microgrids across the Kimberley.

Indigenous land and sea projects in Qld receive funding boost

13 March 2017

Ten Indigenous land and sea projects in Queensland will share in more than $630,000 of funding under the Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Grants Program.

Indigenous rangers to help combat wild dogs in WA

8 March 2017

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Hon.

Clean Up Australia Day inspiring and working with communities to conserve our environment

28 February 2017

Clean Up Australia Day is Australia's largest community-based environmental event, and is coming up this Sunday 5th March.

Biting insect and mosquito-borne disease risk across Western Australia

21 February 2017

The West Australian (WA) Department of Health is warning residents and travellers to take precautions against biting insects following widespread rainfall and recent flooding events across WA.

Stranded Aboriginal community as roads closed due to flooding

15 February 2017

Emergency accommodation is being erected in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia, for about 80 residents from the remote Aboriginal community of Tjuntjuntjara who have been stranded due to widespread flooding.

New Closing the gap report shows limited success in meeting targets

14 February 2017

The Australian Government has released the latest Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2017, the ninth annual report card on the progress made towards meeting the nation's targets to close the gap in life expectancy, early childhood, health, education and employment between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians.

Thamarrurr Women Rangers recycling rubbish in Wadeye

13 February 2017

The Women's Ranger team from the Thamarrurr Development Corporation in the Northern Territory (NT) have made an outstanding contribution to cleaning up their country, through an innovative recycling project.

ICU admissions for infections three times higher for Indigenous children

30 January 2017

New research from University of Queensland (UQ) researchers has found that Indigenous children are three times more likely to enter intensive care units (ICUs) with life-threatening infections than non-Indigenous children.

Fund lays foundation for Aboriginal prosperity

30 January 2017

Aboriginal families in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia (WA) are set to benefit from a $200 million fund established by the State Government to help break the cycle of generational welfare dependency.

Gunggandji Rangers keeping traditional lands healthy

27 January 2017

In many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities around Australia, there are communities hard at work looking after country and keeping a strong connection to it, who are also gaining vital qualifications.

Government announces Indigenous-led review into Indigenous housing

24 January 2017

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has announced an independent review into remote Indigenous housing.

Ten remote communities in WA selected for infrastructure upgrade

21 December 2016

Tens of millions of dollars will be spent on power and water upgrades at 10 remote West Australian (WA) Aboriginal communities under a funding overhaul set to be announced by the State Government.

$2m boost for Northam Aboriginal interpretive centre

15 December 2016

Northam, Western Australia (WA) received a $2 million boost to assist with the build and fitout of the town rsquo;s new Aboriginal and environment and interpretive centre.

Indigenous skin health video launched in WA

6 December 2016

Children from the Njaki Njaki Aboriginal community of Merredin in Western Australia (WA) have collaborated with Indigenous Hip Hop Projects to produce a video about the importance of skin health.

Applications closing soon for Hot North Fellows

30 November 2016

Three Post-Doctoral Fellowships are being offered at Improving Health Outcomes in the Tropical North: A Multidisciplinary Collaboration, also known as Hot North.

WA Indigenous ranger program proposed for 5m hectares

22 November 2016

Five million hectares of unmanaged pastoral leases in outback Western Australia (WA) would become national park land under a proposal being put before the Barnett government to expand the Indigenous Ranger Program and create more than 200 jobs.

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage report released

17 November 2016

The seventh Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage (OID) report from the Australian Government Productivity Commission has been released today.

Indigenous rangers graduate with new enforcement powers

16 November 2016

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has congratulated 22 Indigenous rangers and four Indigenous Compliance Officers on completing their Certificate IV in Statutory Compliance in a graduation ceremony in Cairns.

Aboriginal Army Community Assistance Programme to roll out to Yalata in 2018

10 November 2016

Residents living in the South Australian Aboriginal community of Yalata will benefit from $7 million in improvements to infrastructure, health and education services in 2018 as part of the Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Program (AACAP).

Crocodile Island Rangers win land management award

9 November 2016

The Crocodile Island Rangers (CIR) of north-east Arnhem Land are Landcare champions, recently winning the Indigenous Land Management Award at the National Landcare Awards.

Sharing Elders' traditional weather knowledge on the web

9 November 2016

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities around Australia are working with the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) to share their knowledge through the Indigenous Weather Knowledge website.

Indigenous rangers supported to care for country in the Goldfields

7 November 2016

Indigenous land across the Goldfields region of Western Australia (WA) will be better preserved, thanks to a $660,000 investment by the Coalition Government in a new Indigenous ranger group.

Traditional firestick farming techniques to be highlighted at climate talks in Morocco

27 October 2016

Traditional firestick farming techniques from the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA) are about to be put under the microscope at climate talks in Morocco, as practitioners determine how it might be possible to rein in an estimated two gigatonnes in wildfire greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.

Students gain on-country research skills

25 October 2016

Students from Wiluna Remote Community High School in the Goldfields region of Western Australia (WA) recently learnt how to track, monitor and tag wedge-tailed eagles as part of a three-day on-country learning experience.

Call for nominations to participate in a knowledge brokering workshop for Indigenous land managers

24 October 2016

A call for nominations is currently open for Indigenous land managers who might like to participate in a knowledge brokering workshop.

Study shows housing pivotal to urban Aboriginal health

20 October 2016

Improving housing may be key to improving the health of urban Aboriginal Australians in New South Wales (NSW), according to a partnership study by Sax Institute, the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council and four Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.

Work on country must include health and safety

19 October 2016

Protecting and managing the ancient land and seascapes of Australia can be potentially dangerous work.

Gondwana Link helping renew age-old relationship between Indigenous people and the land

18 October 2016

The Gondwana Link project, an initiative that will effectively link the ecosystems of inland Western Australia (WA) with the wetter forests of the south west corner, is not only having a profound effect on the land, but also some local Aboriginal people.

NT predicted to get above-average number of tropical cyclones this season

18 October 2016

Weather forecasters are expecting an average to above-average number of tropical cyclones to form this season in the region that includes the Northern Territory (NT).

Partnership opportunity to remove 'energy poverty' from Aboriginal households in NSW

4 October 2016

The New South Wales (NSW) Aboriginal Housing Office and social enterprise Fourth Centre are looking to develop partnerships with businesses and communities to support the roll out of a pilot program to remove 'energy poverty' from Aboriginal social housing tenants in the region of Dubbo.

Kidney health study stuns experts

29 September 2016

Research from the Goldfields, Western Australia (WA), showing a potential correlation between kidney disease and water contamination has been acknowledged as among the most original medical academic studies in the world.

Science pathways for Indigenous communities

28 September 2016

The Science Pathways Project promotes science education in remote community schools through on-country projects linking Traditional Knowledge with Western science.  The project is part of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Indigenous STEM program, which aims to increase participation and achievement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Feral animal management in the Western Desert

19 September 2016

Nolia Napangarti-Ward, a senior Western Desert owner from Kiwirrkurra, Western Australia (WA), is an expert in feral animal management, particularly cats, and has become a sought after source of expertise and advice for scientists and governments.

Free plumbing program for Wentworth communities

14 September 2016

More than 100 Indigenous social housing tenants in Wentworth and the surrounding areas in New South Wales (NSW) have received free plumbing health checks under an annual NSW Fair Trading community-focused program.

WA Public Health Act: invitation to join a reference group/information sessions

14 September 2016

The West Australian (WA) Department of Health is hosting a series of initiatives to ensure that local government agencies and employees are up-to-date on the new Public Health Act 2016 for WA, and to provide feedback where necessary.

Latest edition of Campfire released

8 September 2016

The Environmental Health Directorate in Western Australia (WA) has released the latest edition of Campfire, an electronic newsletter about Aboriginal environmental health in WA.

Call for Group A streptococcal infections to become notifiable diseases

7 September 2016

Researchers at Telethon Kids Institute say Group A streptococcus (GAS), the bacterium that causes skin sores and sore throat and can lead to life-threatening health problems, should become a nationally notifiable disease in Australia.

Healthy dogs, healthy community as Indigenous health program eliminates mange in Wujal Wujal

6 September 2016

An Indigenous health program in the community of Wujal Wujal, Queensland, has seen great success in improving the health of local animals.

Training Environmental Health Workers to deliver dog health education in schools

26 August 2016

This month, Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC) travelled to the Torres Strait to provide training to the Torres Strait Regional Council (TSIRC) Environmental Health Workers (EHWs) in the delivery of school-based dog health education.

Link between fire and climate change under the spotlight on Cape York

25 August 2016

An Indigenous fire workshop held at Wujal Wujal in Cape York, Queensland, this week is looking at the link between fire and climate change, and how it impacts the Great Barrier Reef.

Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Program celebrates 20 years of service to Indigenous communities

24 August 2016

This year the Australian Army celebrates the 20th anniversary of providing support to remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through the Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Program (AACAP).

Queensland scientists find potential cure to malaria with synthetic protein

17 August 2016

Queensland scientists have found a potential cure for malaria by developing a synthetic protein that has been successfully used to eradicate the disease in mice.

Cultural burning undertaken on the Sunshine Coast

12 August 2016

For the first time on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland (Qld), Rural Fire Brigades and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services supported Traditional Owners to undertake a controlled ecological burn following the ancient cultural practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

AMRRIC partners with Community Sector Banking to improve animal and community health

11 August 2016

Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC) have partnered with Community Sector Banking, a profit-for-purpose business, to provide the best outcomes for animal, human and environmental health in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the Northern Territory (NT).

Human trials to begin for a Streptococcus A vaccine

3 August 2016

Human trials will begin into a needle-free vaccine for Streptococcus A bacteria, which has been developed by Australian researchers.

New Public Health Act for Western Australia (WA)

2 August 2016

Public health professionals have welcomed the new Western Australia (WA) public health act, which will replace the 1911 Act.

Exchanging ideas on caring for country

2 August 2016

Around 130 people representing Indigenous ranger organisations and partner organisations from Arnhem Land recently gathered at Gulkula in East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory (NT), to exchange ideas, knowledge and stories about caring for country.

Mixed response to WA roadmap

1 August 2016

A number of groups, organisations and individuals in Western Australia (WA) have provided their thoughts on the State Government's roadmap for reform of Aboriginal communities, with Indigenous leaders in the Kimberley labelling it an important opportunity to work together to address social and economic disadvantage.

Renewable energy project changing lives in the Barkly

29 July 2016

Switching from diesel to solar power has reduced power costs and revitalised two remote Northern Territory (NT) communities.

Roadmap for regional and remote WA Indigenous communities launched

14 July 2016

The West Australian (WA) State Government has released a new blueprint, Resilient families, strong communities, which aims to transform where and how 12,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people live in the state's remote north.

Pilbara Rangers to get help to look after country

12 July 2016

A $200,000 grant will go towards funding a ranger coordinator for two years to help get the Marduthuni Rangers: Lower Fortescue River and Estuary land management program up and running in Western Australia (WA).

Jawoyn Rangers making the most of the new carbon economy

12 July 2016

The Jawoyn Rangers from the Northern Territory (NT) are making the most out of the new carbon economy by raising funds from carbon offsets as they regenerate their traditional lands through controlled burnings.

The future of WA's 35 Aboriginal town reserves in the spotlight

11 July 2016

The future of Western Australia's (WA) 35 town-based Aboriginal reserves are to be put under the spotlight, with some residents determined to stay while other accept an offer of new houses in town.  Town-based reserves are Aboriginal communities that formed around townships in the middle of the 20th century, as Aboriginal families were displaced from their bush homes and moved off cattle stations.

Concerns about link between high water nitrate levels and kidney disease in some WA communities

29 June 2016

A West Australian (WA) regional doctor says there could be a link between elevated levels of nitrates in the drinking water of some towns and health issues such as kidney disease.

Fears about water supply for Aboriginal community of Yuelamu

28 June 2016

An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Central Australia fears a bore that they have been relying on might run dry, after an outbreak of toxic blue-green algae last year made the community's main water supply unfit to drink.

Djelk Ranger group wins 2016 Working on Country photography competition

23 June 2016

The exhibition of the 2016 Working on Country photography exhibition has now been launched at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Program welcomed into Laura

22 June 2016

Residents of the Far North Queensland (Qld) town of Laura recently gathered to welcome visitors from the Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Program (AACAP) to work on infrastructure projects within the community to improve environmental conditions for local people.

Concern about deadly marbled death cap mushroom in WA

20 June 2016

Western Australian (WA) health authorities have put out a warning that the deadly marbled death cap mushroom does exist in the state.

Students to document native plants in short documentaries

8 June 2016

About 80 students in the Goldfields region of Western Australia (WA) are creating short films about local native plants and their bush tucker and bush medicine uses as part of the Explore Karlkurla Project.

Indigenous scientist tackling scabies

8 June 2016

Dr Simone Reynolds is an Indigenous scientist who is studying the scabies mite to improve the lives of people affected by the disease.

Solar power allows Aboriginal communities to live on country

2 June 2016

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) and the Manungurra Aboriginal Corporation (Manungurra) have worked together to provide two Aboriginal communities in the Barkly region of the Northern Territory (NT) with solar power.

Funding boost for NT health research

1 June 2016

Menzies School of Health Research will receive an additional $5 million in the Northern Territory (NT) Budget 2016 to increase support to fund research that is delivering strong economic and health returns for the Territory.

Voting now open for 2016 Working on Country photography competition

1 June 2016

The Australian Government funds over 170 community-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land and sea management projects through the Working on Country and Indigenous Protected Area programmes.

Murray Valley Encephalitis detected in the Northern Territory

31 May 2016

Health authorities in the Northern Territory (NT) have issued an alert for the potentially fatal mosquito-borne virus, Murray Valley Encephalitis (MVE).

Cultural learning camp focuses on water quality

25 May 2016

More than 100 men, women and children gathered recently on Ngurrara native title land for a two-way cultural learning camp organised by Yanunijarra Aboriginal Corporation (YAC).

Using fire to keep country pristine and culture strong

25 May 2016

A project reintroducing fire as an environmental management tool in northern New South Wales (NSW) has been eagerly adopted by the Wattleridge Aboriginal Rangers, looking to regain lost cultural knowledge.

Contaminated water supplies in remote WA communities

24 May 2016

A number of remote Western Australia (WA) communities are becoming increasingly reliant on bottled water due to contaminated drinking water supplies.

Handbook to help Indigenous rangers manage cane toads

18 May 2016

A new tool to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rangers manage the threat of cane toads in the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA) was launched recently as part of the Kimberley cane toad clean up program.

164 remote WA communities funded in the 2016-17 State Budget

18 May 2016

The West Australian (WA) State Government has announced that it will continue to deliver a range of essential and municipal services to WA's remote communities.

$350m announced for remote NT housing

9 May 2016

Remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing in the Northern Territory (NT) will be upgraded as part of $350 million that was repurposed to give local people a greater role in building their communities.

Traditional Kimberley burn project reveals wildfire impact reduction

2 May 2016

Aboriginal rangers based in the far north Kimberley, Western Australia (WA), say they have measured major reductions in wildfire impact since ramping up traditional burning methods four years ago.  Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation held their annual fire planning meeting recently where they revealed early dry season burning by Uunguu Rangers had helped contain the large-scale hot-burn wildfires and their impacts on visitors, cultural sites, plants and animals.  Prior to the implementation of the traditional burning methods, single wildfire events had ravaged up to half the 800,000ha project area compared to all fires being contained to within 10,000ha since.  The fire regime is based on a return to traditional owners lighting fires while walking - as their ancestors had done for thousands of years - combined with helicopter burning in less accessible areas.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social survey 2014-15 released

29 April 2016

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the findings of a major survey about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Aboriginal water testing program benefits flow into schools

27 April 2016

A two-way learning water testing program launched in three Kimberley schools in Western Australia (WA) is proving to be very successful, increasing student retention and exposing participants to future employment opportunities.

Martu women's traditional flora camp

26 April 2016

Recently 42 women from three Martu communities came together for a four day plant and bush medicine workshop supported by Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa.

River program branches out to remote Kimberley schools

26 April 2016

A program which gives students the opportunity to take part in river-based activities has expanded from Perth into remote parts of the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA).

Indigenous rangers share stories of country through 3D mapping

20 April 2016

Indigenous rangers on Queensland's (Qld) Cape York Peninsula are using three-dimensional maps of country to preserve their stories and share them with visitors.

Broome's new bush tucker seed bank

18 April 2016

Demand for Western Australia's (WA) native plant seeds is increasing for purposes ranging from revegetating former mine sites to high-end restaurants which use Aboriginal food plants in their cuisine.  Environs Kimberley in Broome and local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rangers are in the early stages of developing a seed bank made up of bush tucker species and other culturally-significant plants to help serve this demand.

Impact of climate change on Indigenous communities highlighted at Boomerang Festival

15 April 2016

The potential impact of climate change on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was highlighted at the Boomerang Festival, held last month, which brought together community leaders to share their experiences in the fight against climate change.

Concerns raised with Aboriginal Housing Office about workmanship standards across western NSW

13 April 2016

Concerns have been raised about reports of widespread substandard maintenance and construction work in some Aboriginal housing in western New South Wales (NSW).

NSW conducting a state-wide review of pest animal management

12 April 2016

In March 2016, the New South Wales (NSW) Natural Resources Commission (the Commission) released a draft report on a review of pest animal management, and invites public submissions on the report.

World Malaria Day sets focus on successes in malaria control

11 April 2016

April 25 marks World Malaria Day, an opportunity for countries across the world to showcase their successes in malaria control and highlight the need for continued investment and political commitment for malaria control and elimination.

Campaign launched to lobby for more Indigenous ranger positions

11 April 2016

Indigenous rangers across Australia have launched a national campaign urging the Federal Government to double its funding and boost job numbers.

Expressions of interest open for Land capability assessment for on-site wastewater management training course

11 April 2016

The West Australian (WA) Department of Health (DoH) is planning to hold a three-day Land capability assessment for on-site wastewater management training course in July 2016, and is asking for expressions of interest to attend the course.

Environmental water flows in to revive wetlands near Wentworth

7 April 2016

For the first time in more than a decade, 60 hectares of wetlands near Wentworth, New South Wales (NSW), will receive megalitres of environmental water in a bid to revive the ecosystem.

Queensland Government inviting comment on new weed and pest animal strategy

7 April 2016

The Queensland Government has recently released a new strategy for the management of weed and pest animals in the state, and is inviting comment from property owners, community members and other affected parties.

Traditional fire practices used in hazard-reduction burns at significant ACT cultural sites

6 April 2016

Aboriginal burning practices have been incorporated into hazard-reduction burns in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) as part of a new model fire authorities hope could spread across the country.

Aboriginal Housing Office to roll out airconditioning to some housing in NSW

5 April 2016

The New South Wales (NSW) Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) is planning to install airconditioning at its properties in the state's west, and says it might be coupled with an investment in solar power.

Traditional knowledge used to protect biodiversity in the Kimberley

31 March 2016

A seed bank project in remote northern Australia is training Aboriginal women in horticulture to help protect plant biodiversity in the region.

Audit planned to address high lead exposure among Indigenous children in Broken Hill

29 March 2016

Families of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children with high blood lead levels in the community of Broken Hill, far west New South Wales (NSW), will soon have access to personalised help to reduce exposure.

Bush food experts to build tucker garden

24 March 2016

Bush food experts are coming together to build a new tucker garden on the Bundiyarra Aboriginal Corporation grounds in Rangeway, Western Australia (WA).  The initiative is a partnership between Bundiyarra and the Drylands Permaculture Nursery, with assistance from the Northern Agricultural Catchment Council's Aboriginal participation team.

New plan maps out the future for water use in Victoria

16 March 2016

The Victorian Government has released a draft of its proposed water plan, and is currently calling for comment from the public.

Funding boost announced for Aboriginal housing in central NT

10 March 2016

Aboriginal residents in the central Northern Territory (NT) will get $3 million from the NT Government to address overcrowding and poor living conditions.

Nominations open for the 2016 National NAIDOC awards

9 March 2016

Nominations are currently open for the 2016 National NAIDOC awards, which aim to recognise the outstanding contributions that Indigenous Australians make to improve the lives of Indigenous people in their communities and beyond, to promote Indigenous issues in the wider community, or the excellence they've shown in their chosen field.

$1 million funding boost to help Aboriginal kids with skin infections

8 March 2016

Almost half of all Aboriginal children in remote Australia are affected by a skin infection at any one time.

WA Environmental Health Directorate seeking training requirement EOIs

1 March 2016

The West Australian (WA) Environmental Health Directorate are seeking feedback from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health (EH) workers based in WA on what EH training requirements they need.

Applications open for the 2016 Indigenous governance awards

29 February 2016

Reconciliation Australia and BHP Billiton have opened applications for the biennial Indigenous governance awards (IGAs), which aim to identify, celebrate and promote effective Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander governance.

Kimberley rangers tackle cane toads

29 February 2016

A new project is underway in the Gooniyandi Country in the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA) to assess threatened assets and monitor key species, in an effort to reduce the impacts of cane toads.

Aboriginal fire management - part of the solution to destructive bushfires

24 February 2016

As destructive bushfires become more common in Australia there is increasing political discussion about how to manage them sustainably.

Mission of conservation

16 February 2016

An environmental health project aimed at helping remediate a contaminated wastewater treatment plant in Broome, Western Australia (WA) has been announced under the Federal Government's Green army (GA) banner.  The Department of Lands is accepting proposals for initiatives that promote horticultural activity for the recently released 682ha swathe of land at Skuthorpe, about 23km east of Broome.

Scabies study may aid Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

15 February 2016

Thousands of scabies mites were analysed recently by Australian researchers in a study that could lead to a decline in scabies in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, who are disproportionately affected by the mite, and diseases associated with it.

Monaro dieback brings science and Aboriginal knowledge together

11 February 2016

The death of 2,000 square kilometres of Eucalyptus viminalis (Manna gum or Ribbon gum) on the Monaro Plains in New South Wales (NSW) has sparked calls to reintroduce traditional burning practices to the area.

Anger over Northern Territory Aboriginal living conditions sparks legal action, inquiry call

11 February 2016

Unrest over the state of accommodation in Northern Territory (NT) Aboriginal town camps is spreading, with legal action under way and a call for a parliamentary inquiry from residents.  Three-quarters of households in the remote Indigenous community of Santa Teresa, about 80 kilometres from Alice Springs, have launched legal action against the NT Government.

Positive outcomes for dogs in Tjuntjuntjara after training course

10 February 2016

A dog health training course carried out in the remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of Tjuntjuntjara in Western Australia (WA) has seen positive results in the health of local dogs.

Reducing the risk of mosquito-borne sickness

4 February 2016

Apunipima Cape York Health Council Public Health Medical Advisor, Dr Mark Wenitong, is urging Queensland (Qld) communities to clean up their backyards and use barriers against the dengue mosquito after international outbreaks of the Zika virus.

Vale Paul Pholeros, co-founder of Healthabitat

3 February 2016

Architect Paul Pholeros, known for his work advocating for and improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through housing, has passed away at the age of 62.

Efforts planned to preserve Kimberley bird habitat from invasive rubber vine

28 January 2016

An intensive program of rubber vine treatment by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rangers is being planned in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA) to preserve the habitat of endangered birds.

Canberra vets' bush blitz through Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

27 January 2016

Two Canberra-based veterinarians say their 'dog blitz' clinics in remote Northern Territory (NT) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are dramatically improving living conditions for both animals and their owners.

North Queensland Traditional Owners and WWF Australia unite to protect marine wildlife

18 December 2015

Protecting marine wildlife and the Great Barrier Reef was at the forefront of a discussion recently when Traditional Owners in Mackay, Queensland (Qld), formed a partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Australia.

New study shows mass ivermectin dosing effective in controlling scabies

10 December 2015

Australian researchers involved in a world-first study to eliminate scabies have noted that mass drug dosing of ivermectin has virtually eliminated the mites in a community in Fiji.

Bright future for Indigenous carbon farming project

27 November 2015

The future for one of the Northern Territory's (NT) longest running carbon farming projects is looking positive, after it secured funding for the next five years through the Federal Government's Emissions reduction fund.

WA group represents Indigenous Australia at UN climate change conference

25 November 2015

A group of leaders from Northern West Australia (WA) is heading to the United Nations conference on climate change (COP21) in Paris to be the voice of Indigenous Australia.

Indigenous rangers protecting the Great Barrier Reef

19 November 2015

Twenty Indigenous rangers from nine locations in Far North Queensland recently started the journey to become marine park inspectors with compliance qualifications that will help protect the Great Barrier Reef.

Evaluation shows Learning on country program benefiting students

19 November 2015

An independent evaluation of the Learning on country program has found it is helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in the Northern Territory (NT) to maintain a strong sense of cultural identity while improving remote school attendance.

National review of Indigenous rangers program shows positive results

16 November 2015

The coordinator of an Indigenous ranger group in Western Australia's far north says the group's work is proving so successful it should be replicated elsewhere in Australia.

Indigenous community taking to 3D printing to turn plastic waste into goods

12 November 2015

The remote Indigenous community of Milingimbi, an island off Arnhem Land, in the Northern Territory (NT) is using 3D printing to turn its plastic waste into sunglasses, phone cases and toys, as part of an initiative to encourage school attendance.

New alliance aims to eliminate trachoma in Yalata

30 October 2015

A new alliance between the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), the Australian Trachoma Alliance (ATA), and the community of Yalata in South Australia (SA) aims to eliminate trachoma, a leading cause of preventable blindness in a number of remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Get involved in Australian Food Safety Week 2015

28 October 2015

The Australian Food Safety Week 2015 is being held from 8 - 15 November this year, with the theme of Did you know? (busting the food safety myths).

ACT vets recognised for work improving dog health in Central Australia

12 October 2015

Two Canberra-based veterinarians have been honoured for their volunteer work building a dog desexing program in Central Australia.

Veterinary students to provide care to remote camp dogs

8 October 2015

The Western Australian (WA) Department of Health had funded a group of Murdoch University veterinary students to travel to the remote One Arm Point community, north of Broome, to surgically desex dogs brought in from local communities, in a bid to control numbers and reduce the risks of residents contracting skin diseases and parasite-related illnesses.

New project to provide continued support to manage desert country

29 September 2015

A new project will support continued management of the West Australian (WA) desert country across the Indigenous protected areas (IPAs) of Birriliburu and Kiwirrkurra.

Fitzroy North woman wins Bob Brown Foundation's Young environmentalist of the year

24 September 2015

A Fitzroy North resident has been recognised for her work inspiring young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to become leaders in campaigning against climate change.

Public sector excellence to be rewarded

22 September 2015

Twenty finalists have been named in the 2015 Western Australian (WA) Premier’s awards for excellence in public sector management.

Expressions of interest open for Indigenous plumbing program

9 September 2015

The New South Wales (NSW) Fair Trading Commissioner, Rod Stowe, is calling for expressions of interest from Indigenous communities to participate in next year's Plumbing health check program.

Cape York Landcare projects announced

8 September 2015

Cape York Natural Resource Management (NRM) will distribute $462,838 in the current financial year across 16 organisations for Cape York land and sea management projects, as part of the Australian Government's National Landcare programme (Landcare).

Aboriginal benefit account funding round open

8 September 2015

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations in the Northern Territory (NT) are invited to apply for funding through the second Aboriginals benefit account (ABA) funding round for 2015-16 which has just opened.

New Indigenous company boosting renewable energy use in remote communities

4 September 2015

A new Indigenous owned and operated company is working on boosting renewable energy use in remote communities through innovative products.

A large return on investment in the Western Desert

3 September 2015

A recent study found that the Martu people in the Western Desert of Western Australia have seen transformative change through the ranger and other on-country programs run by Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa.

Aboriginal community enters into world-first arrangement with mining companies Cockatoo Coal and BHP

1 September 2015

In a world first, a central Queensland Aboriginal community has entered into a multi-million dollar deal with two mining companies, to manage their carbon offsets and protect endangered species.

Study shows the broader benefit of Indigenous ranger programs

27 August 2015

A new study released by the National environmental research program (NERP) this week shows that ranger work in remote Indigenous communities has enormous social, political and economic benefits which could have positive impacts for reconciliation.

UN report finds Indigenous fire methods could slash global emissions

25 August 2015

Ancient Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander bush-burning methods could be used around the world to radically cut greenhouse gas emissions, according to United Nations research.

New base for Indigenous rangers in the Gulf of Carpentaria

17 August 2015

The Li-anthawirriyarra sea ranger group in Borroloola, in the Northern Territory (NT), are bolstering their operations with the construction of a new base at Black Rock on the McArthur River.

Bush tucker garden launched at Glen Innes Public School

12 August 2015

Glen Innes Public School has officially opened their bush tucker garden, which is hoped will start a conversation about healthy, natural foods and their benefits, along with sustainability and environmental lessons.

Gumbaynggirr people caring and sharing knowledge on traditional land

28 July 2015

The people from the Gumbaynggir Nation are caring for their country and sharing traditional land management knowledge through a range of innovative projects.

Student vets helping to improve dog health in outback Western Australia

20 July 2015

Student vets from Murdoch University in Western Australia (WA) are volunteering their time, and heading to outback WA to tackle the high number of aggressive and neglected dogs in some of the most remote communities in the state.

Army Aboriginal community assistance program helping out in Titjikala

17 July 2015

The community of Titjikala, in Northern Territory, is currently hosting a number of Army members, as part of the Army Aboriginal community assistance program.

Warddeken caring for country project wins NAIDOC award

16 July 2015

The Warddeken caring for country project was announced as the winner of the 2015 NAIDOC Caring for country award at a ceremony last week.

Healthy animals mean healthy communities

6 July 2015

An Australian Government program, which has volunteer veterinarians and other health professionals working closely with communities to improve dog health and control their numbers, has not only resulted in healthier dogs, but has also seen the health of communities improve.

Child doctors improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

3 July 2015

More than 500 Indigenous and non-Indigenous boys and girls in Kempsey, New South Wales, are learning hygiene, first aid and bush medicine as part of a Young doctor program to bridge the health gap in some of the poorest communities across Australia.

RHDAustralia travels to Barunga to paint the story of rheumatic fever

2 July 2015

RHDAustralia travelled to Barunga Festival for the second successive year to teach children and their parents about the causes of rheumatic fever, and some easy preventative strategies to help avoid Group A streptococcus, the germ that causes acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD).

Million dollar boost to scabies management in the Northern Territory

24 June 2015

One Disease, a not-for-profit organisation aiming to elimate preventable infectious disease, has been the recipient of a $1.2 million donation this week.

Indigenous cattlemen complete pastoral skills course in the Kimberley

23 June 2015

A group of Indigenous cattlemen have completed a five-week pastoral skills course in Western Australia's (WA) remote east Kimberley.

New skills for rangers teaming up with NT fisheries

17 June 2015

This month, 19 Indigenous rangers will be trained to expand the monitoring and surveillance capacity in Northern Territory (NT) fisheries to support their management of Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs).

Indigenous army building initiative considering environmental health projects in Wilcannia

11 June 2015

Community members in Wilcannia in outback New South Wales have been asked to nominate construction and engineering projects that need attention, as an Australian Army assistance program looks to expand.

AHCWA welcome release of report into Aboriginal health programs

10 June 2015

Western Australia's (WA) peak Aboriginal health organisation has welcomed the release of a review into the performance of Aboriginal health programs, but says it still has some questions the State government needs to answer.

More women taking on ranger jobs on Martu country

10 June 2015

For the first time, the Martu people have a permanent women's ranger team based at Parnngurr in the Western Desert region of Western Australia.

Rangelands NRM WA secures National Landcare programme funding

8 June 2015

Rangelands NRM Western Australia (WA) has received Australian Government funding to 2018 which will support the delivery of a number of projects under the National Landcare programme (NLP).

Gladstone Indigenous ranger program getting young people back to country

4 June 2015

A Queensland (Qld) Indigenous group have been working hard to develop a program they say will help keep young people engaged with country and culture.

Turtle camp keeping culture and heritage alive

3 June 2015

The li-Anthawirriyarra people, who live in and around Borroloola in the Northern Territory, have set up a trial eco-tourism business and cultural program that is providing many benefits for the local community, with the support from the Australian Government's Working on country and Indigenous protected areas programs.

Pastoralists and Indigenous rangers unite to protect Purple-crowned Fairy-wren

27 May 2015

The Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia (DAFWA) teamed up last month with the Wungurr Rangers and pastoralists in the north-west Kimberley, Western Australia, in an effort to protect the habitat of the endangered Purple-crowned Fairy-wren.

Collaboration commences for protection of Australia's outback

27 May 2015

Last month, more than 30 representatives from Aboriginal and natural resource management organisations met for the first face-to-face workshop of the Ten deserts project in Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

Brisbane artist wins NAIDOC poster competition

20 May 2015

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has congratulated Brisbane, Queensland, graphic artist, Elaine Chambers, on being the 2015 National NAIDOC poster artist.

Budget 2015-16: information of relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

13 May 2015

Federal Treasurer, Joe Hockey, delivered his second Australian Government Budget on Tuesday evening, 12 May 2015.

Water in remote WA communities found to be unsafe

11 May 2015

Eighty per cent of remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia (WA), whose essential services are delivered under a state-run program, failed water safety tests by testing positive for Escherichia coli or Naegleria.

Indigenous rangers call for expansion of world-leading jobs scheme

8 May 2015

Indigenous land and sea rangers from across Australia have called on the government to expand what they say is one of the most successful Indigenous jobs programs, caring for the large areas of protected land across the country.

Spinifex people return to country for conservation planning

7 May 2015

The Spinifex Land Management ranger team joined community members from Tjuntjuntjara last month on a return to country trip on Spinifex Country, part of the Great Victoria Desert in Western Australia.

Pilbara mobs share experiences of pathways to sustainable ranger groups

1 May 2015

Over 45 people, including more than 40 traditional owners and Aboriginal land managers from the Pilbara region in Western Australia (WA), gathered last month on Ngarluma Country for a forum to share stories and information about the important steps in considering the formation of ranger programs to strengthen caring for country activities.

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status 2014 released

29 April 2015

The Overview of Australian Indigenous health status 2014 (Overview) has been released, and is now freely available from the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet web resource.

Sydney storm shows housing insufficient for homeless Aboriginal people

24 April 2015

Homeless Aboriginal people based in Sydney, New South Wales, say the recent storms are a timely reminder for local councils to provide better essential services such as low-income housing.

Coming together to work on country in Western Australia

22 April 2015

The Dampier Archipelago (including Burrup Peninsula) in the Pilbara region of Western Australia is nationally recognised for the extraordinary extent, diversity and significance of its Aboriginal rock engravings.

Asbestos audit of Aboriginal community houses to be widened

15 April 2015

Western Australia's (WA) Minister for Housing has assured Aboriginal communities concerned about asbestos buildings that an audit will be underway soon.

Indigenous art company to donate $10,000 to communities hit by cyclones

9 April 2015

The Indigenous arts company, Djuki Mala (formerly known as Chooky Dancers) will donate $10,000 to remote communities affected by Cyclone Lam and Cyclone Nathan.

Waste Aid to receive $280,000 to address waste in NSW Aboriginal communities

1 April 2015

The New South Wales (NSW) Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has announced that Waste Aid will receive $280,000 under its Waste less, recycle more initiative, to develop the first waste strategy for discrete NSW Aboriginal communities.

Traditional owners monitor the health of rivers and wetlands

27 March 2015

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) recently worked with Aboriginal traditional owners from Deniliquin and Walgett in New South Wales and the Victorian Alps to test a method to measure the health of river and wetland places.

World health day sets focus on food safety

25 March 2015

This year's World health day, celebrated on 7 April 2015, will set a focus on food safety.

Productive jobs breathe life into desert outposts

24 March 2015

With remote communities under the spotlight recently with threats of closures, one Pilbara group has shown that their programs in desert communities are saving the Western Australian (WA) Government millions of dollars while getting Aboriginal people working and giving children a healthy path to follow.

Remote NT Aboriginal housing body launched after concerns about public housing raised

20 March 2015

Stories of poorly maintained housing and overcrowding have led to the foundation of an Aboriginal agency for remote Northern Territory (NT) communities.

Top paediatric health specialist sets focus on scabies mite

17 March 2015

Telethon Kids Institute Director, Professor Jonathon Carapetis, is calling for increased attention to one of the smallest irritants in Aboriginal communities, the scabies mite, which would provide some relief from the largest health and social problems.

$500,000 in support for Queensland Indigenous land and sea projects

13 March 2015

Eleven projects across Queensland (Qld) will share in more than $500,000 in funding under the Qld Government's Indigenous land and sea grants program.

Land and sea managers caring for their health

12 March 2015

Kalan Enterprises Aboriginal Corporation, a company dedicated to land and sea management in Coen, in the Cape York area of Queensland, has taken the unusual step of offering each of its employees a health check.

Comment sought for consultation paper: Basic plumbing repairs in remote Aboriginal communities

5 March 2015

The Government of Western Australia (WA) Department of Commerce, Building Commission, have released a consultation paper, Basic plumbing repairs in remote Aboriginal communities, and are inviting comment from interested parties.

Community groups unite to weed endangered Kimberley ecosystem

27 February 2015

A collaboration to manage weeds threatening the endangered monsoon vine thickets of Cape Leveque, in the Kimberley region of West Australia, is bearing fruit.

Researchers discover new silver species of Staphylococcus

26 February 2015

Scientists from a Northern Territory (NT) based research project have uncovered two new species of staphylococcus, with one of the two being officially registered as Staphylococcus argenteus, commonly known as silver staph.

Indigenous ranger training program kicks off for Ngadju nation in Western Australia

26 February 2015

After four years of planning, 19 Indigenous rangers from the Ngadju nation in Western Australia, have begun their first training program to help conserve country.

Aboriginal land management team tackles pest Gambusia fish in NSW

20 February 2015

A project to maintain Aboriginal-owned land in northern New South Wales has made a breakthrough in managing the pest gambusia fish.

2015 National NAIDOC week theme announced

19 February 2015

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' unique and timeless connection to land is the special focus and theme of this year's National NAIDOC week celebrations.

Healthabitat working to fix houses that make children sick

18 February 2015

Not-for-profit organisation, Healthabitat, has been working since 1999 on reducing the impact of infectious diseases and other housing-related health issues on Aboriginal children in rural and remote communities across Australia.

The Green army programme providing opportunities for Aboriginal Australians

18 February 2015

The Green army, a hands-on, grassroots environmental action program that supports local environmental and heritage projects across Australia, has been working with young Aboriginal people interested in protecting their local environment.

Closing the gap annual reports released

11 February 2015

Two critical reports were released today, the Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2015 and the Closing the gap - progress and priorities report prepared by the Close the Gap Steering Committee.

Buffel grass declared a weed in SA

5 February 2015

Buffel grass, originally brought in from Africa and parts of Asia more than 50 years ago, has officially been declared a weed in South Australia (SA).

NT homes not within 'acceptable standard' for Aboriginal communities

5 February 2015

A report released recently by the Productivity Commission has found poor housing conditions are prevalent in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, with 34% of residents failing to receive 'dwellings of acceptable standard' in public housing areas.

How Torres Strait Islander girls are learning to code to help their communities

5 February 2015

When Aboriginals from the Torres Strait Island need support, they turn to their daughters.

Dengue is too deadly to mess with says Dr Wenitong

27 January 2015

Apunipima Cape York Health Council Public Health Medical Advisor, Dr Mark Wenitong, is urging Queensland (Qld) communities to clean up their backyards and use barriers against the potentially deadly dengue mosquito.

Rangers undertake turtle monitoring in the Kimberley

23 January 2015

A ranger group from the Kimberley, Western Australia, undertook turtle monitoring as part of their ranger training late last year.

Wunan Foundation gives boost to prospective home owners

21 January 2015

The Wunan Foundation in Kununurra, Western Australia's Kimberley, is heading a program aimed at supporting Indigenous families to buy their own home.

Murray-Darling Basin management criticised by traditional owners

21 January 2015

A coalition of traditional owners says the management of the Murray-Darling Basin has failed the local Aboriginal people, and is demanding an immediate re-think on how water's allocated.

Cyclone threat as tropical low threatens Kimberley

20 January 2015

The weather bureau says a tropical low tracking across Western Australia's Kimberley could develop into a cyclone in the next 24 hours.

Martu addressing broad scale fires in the desert

19 January 2015

Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ), a Martu organisation working to build strong, sustainable communities, has been working with traditional owners in Western Australia to develop their capacity to address broad scale fires that have the potential to burn wildly across wide areas of the desert.

Risk of mosquito-borne diseases for Alice Springs after torrential downpour

15 January 2015

With more than 200 millimetres of rain hitting some parts of Alice Springs since Wednesday, dozens of houses across the area have found themselves battling rising floodwater.

Concerns for Wilcannia's water supply

13 January 2015

There are concerns for the safety of the water supply in Wilcannia, New South Wales, after it has emerged that residents are drinking and showering in yellow water coming from the town's emergency bore supply.

Calls for detailed climate plan as sea level rises threaten Torres Strait Islands

12 January 2015

Rising sea levels around the Torres Strait Islands could leave part of the region uninhabitable within a few decades, warns a report, causing some concern for the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA).

Science supporting traditional knowledge

15 December 2014

Arrernte students from Santa Teresa (Ltyentye Apurte) Catholic School, Northern Territory, have recently completed the theory and practical components of a Certificate I in Conservation and Land management.

Keep Broome clean team welcomed into Aboriginal community

9 December 2014

The 'Keep Broome clean team,' organised through Facebook, has recently visited the Aboriginal community of One Mile, to assist local residents in cleaning up the town.

Park rangers join forces with Bruny Island Aboriginal community

8 December 2014

Tasmania's Parks and Wildlife Service, and the weetapoona Aboriginal Corporation have established a ground-breaking relationship, taking a coordinated approach to economic development, land management and employment and training in south-eastern Tasmania.

Kimberley land managers attend wildlife monitoring workshop

6 December 2014

A recent workshop in Darwin on biodiversity monitoring with motion detection cameras was well attended by Kimberley groups, including Damibimangari, Balanggarra and Yawuru Rangers, as well as Kimberley Land Council, Environs Kimberley and the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

Aerial observation skills taught for bushfire response

3 December 2014

Regional staff from the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) and Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) recently completed an air observer's course in Exmouth, Western Australia.

Fire training underway for Ngadju members

1 December 2014

Ngadju members of the Dundas Rural Bushfire Brigade have been undertaking fire training as part of a component of the Malleefowl and invasive weed project.

Indigenous rangers win Queensland's Peabody environment and landcare award

27 November 2014

Two Aboriginal ranger groups have been awarded the Peabody environment and landcare award, which aims to reward individuals, businesses or organisations involved in raising awareness, knowledge and understanding of landcare practices and management in Australia's communities.

Buffalo cull cancelled in Arnhem Land

27 November 2014

The rising value of buffalo has led to the cancellation of an annual cull of the feral animal from the Arafura Swamp in the Northern Territory.

High carriage rates of Giardia among children in a remote Indigenous community

26 November 2014

Recent research in a remote Indigenous community in the Northern Territory has found high carriage rates of the intestinal parasite Giardia among children.

Latest edition of Campfire released

24 November 2014

The Environmental Health Directorate has released the latest edition of Campfire, an electronic newsletter about Aboriginal environmental health in Western Australia (WA).

Grants to assist Indigenous communities stop illegal dumping

21 November 2014

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) New South Wales (NSW) is inviting applications for $200,000 in grant funding to help Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALC) tackle illegal dumping on privately held Indigenous land.

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2014 released

19 November 2014

The Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision have recently released the report, Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2014.

Indigenous fire management transforming Nitmiluk National Park

19 November 2014

A change in fire management and having the 'courage to burn' has transformed the iconic Nitmiluk National Park, near Katherine in the Northern Territory (NT).

Funding boost for Cherbourg recycling facility

18 November 2014

Federal Member for Wide Bay, Queensland (Qld), Warren Truss, has recently welcomed the announcement of $10,000 in funding by the Keep Australia Beautiful Association for the upgrading of Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council's recycling facility.

NSW national parks earn international recognition for management

17 November 2014

Two New South Wales (NSW) national parks have made it on an international list of well managed conservation areas.

Indigenous land managers reducing greenhouse gas emissions by fire

12 November 2014

Scientists working together with Indigenous land-managers have reduced Australia's greenhouse gas emissions by half a million tonnes.

National recycling week 2014

10 November 2014

National recycling week was founded by Planet Ark in 1996 to bring a national focus to the environmental benefits of recycling.

Mandingalbay Yidinji clan to present cultural landscape model at World parks congress

10 November 2014

In an Australian first, the Mandingalbay Yidinji people, located near Cairns Queensland (Qld), have used a community-based 3D mapping technique to share their cultural landscape and preserve vital knowledge.

Small remote communities to benefit from internet initiative

5 November 2014

A new initiative is aiming to bring internet to small remote communities currently lacking communication services.

Fears of Ernabella water contamination

3 November 2014

There are concerns an unused dump on the APY lands, in South Australia's far north, has the potential to contaminate a community's water supply.  The manager of policy and Aboriginal advocacy at Uniting Communities, Susan Tilley, said there was only 15 metres between Ernabella's main drinking supply and the former dump.

$2 million to strengthen compliance powers of Indigenous rangers

3 November 2014

The Australian Government is investing $2 million over two years to establish a Specialised Indigenous ranger programme to strengthen the compliance and enforcement powers of Indigenous rangers in Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait.

Girringun ranger exercise targets illegal activities on country

31 October 2014

A training exercise was conducted near Townsville this month to assist Indigenous rangers spot and report illegal activities on country.

Pardelup Prison Farm offers inmates certificates in horticulture and construction

31 October 2014

Pardelup Prison Farm in regional Western Australia is a working farm operated by inmates that grows fruit and vegetables, breeds sheep and cattle, and offers inmates the opportunity to complete certificates in horticulture and construction.

New South Wales agencies awarded for safety programs

27 October 2014

New South Wales (NSW) State Government agencies were among the NSW winners of the 2014 Resilient Australia awards, which aim to recognise innovation in emergency management and community safety.

$14.8m from the Aboriginals benefit account to go towards local projects in the Northern Territory

27 October 2014

Indigenous people living in the Northern Territory (NT) will benefit from funding announced for 34 local projects supported by more than $14.8 million from the Aboriginals benefit account (ABA).

Infectious diseases specialist awarded grant to continue fight against super-bug

21 October 2014

Menzies School of Health Research's Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Dr Josh Davis, has received a Ramaciotti establishment grant to support his research into infectious diseases.

Water flows to Red Centre Indigenous outstation

20 October 2014

The Northern Territory's (NT) Minister for Community Services will turn on running water to an outstation, 135 kilometres north of Alice Springs, for the first time today.

New asbestos removal program for the Northern Territory

17 October 2014

The Northern Territory (NT) Government has promised jobs to more than 200 Indigenous people under a community training program in asbestos removal.

Renewed funding continues work on bores

17 October 2014

Remote communities will benefit from the Australian Government's announcement of $15.9 million to extend the Great Artesian Basin sustainability initiative (GABSI) for a further three years.

Researchers, communities, government and not-for-profit sector band together to improve Indigenous health outcomes

17 October 2014

Health and medical researchers have teamed up with Indigenous community organisations, policymakers, businesses and others on the frontlines of health care delivery to help improve the health of Indigenous communities, as part of five National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnership project grants announced today.

Celebrate Global handwashing day

15 October 2014

Each year on October 15, over 200 million people across the world are involved in celebrations for Global handwashing day.

Snake bite kills man in Western Australia

15 October 2014

With the weather warming up in Western Australia (WA), snake movement has become more prevalent.

Remote communities to benefit from offgrid solar systems

14 October 2014

Remote communities in the Northern Territory (NT) will reap the benefits of solar power thanks to a $55 million project funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the NT Government, and managed by Power and Water Corporation (PWC).

Indigenous kids the biggest winners in new skin sore treatment

14 October 2014

Medics in remote Aboriginal communities will welcome a new oral treatment for highly contagious skin sores, known as impetigo.

Coordinator and first field trip for fledgling Kimberley ranger group

7 October 2014

The Nyangamartu Warrarn Aboriginal Corporation has engaged a part time development coordinator to assist in the establishment of a ranger program to manage Nyangamartu country in the Ramsar 80 Mile Beach area in Western Australia (WA).

Three tonnes of rubbish found on remote Queensland beach

3 October 2014

Three tonnes of rubbish had recently been washed up on Old Mapoon beach, in Western Cape York Queensland (Qld), which was obstructing the seven-kilometer beach and threatening local wildlife.

Youth discussion at ecological conference

1 October 2014

A symposium on Indigenous ecological knowledge in Alice Springs has included a discussion on the perspectives of First Nations youth in central Australia, and their feelings for country and thoughts on their predecessors.

Tasmanian Aboriginal community learn 'cool burning' skills

30 September 2014

Members of Tasmania's Aboriginal community have been learning a traditional fireburning technique in the hope it may be used statewide for fuel reduction and regeneration.

Dhimurru showcase Learning on country program

23 September 2014

A north-east Arnhem Land environmental management organisation says they're hoping to continue an education program tying traditional knowledge and values with mainstream curriculum, after an opportunity to showcase it to the Prime Minister last week.

Conference to study the links between human, animal and environmental health

22 September 2014

The Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC) 10th anniversary conference commences today in Darwin, Northern Territory (NT).

Climate Council warns of climate change effects on coastal areas

17 September 2014

The head scientist of the Climate Council, Professor Tim Flannery, says areas in Australia vulnerable to the effects of climate change, including the Torres Strait in Queensland (Qld), are already dealing with the impacts.

New program to increase the number of Indigenous firefighters

16 September 2014

The Australian and Western Australian Governments have jointly launched a breakthrough program designed to increase the number of Indigenous firefighters.

Girringun Aboriginal Corporation promote their successes as finalists for the Indigenous governance awards

15 September 2014

The Girringun Aboriginal Corporation has been announced as one of the eight finalists for the Indigenous governance awards (IGA), organised by Reconciliation Australia in partnership with BHP Billiton to identify, celebrate and promote strong Indigenous governance.

Keeping country unspoiled

11 September 2014

The Working on country program, developed by the Australian Government, is seeing success with their team based at Myall Lakes National Park on the mid-north coast of New South Wales.

Funding to protect Green Island's dugongs and turtles

8 September 2014

The Australian Government has announced it will invest in a new Indigenous ranger team and the development of a cultural heritage management strategy to better protect dugongs and turtles around Green Island, off Queensland's far north coast.

Indigenous work team lend a hand in the bush

5 September 2014

An Indigenous work team has come to the aid of Bush Heritage Australia in a conservation partnership which saw the four-man crew implement a substantial stream margin restoration project.

Barkly camp dog pilot program a success

5 September 2014

An animal health program that shifts ownership of dog health back to Indigenous communities is seeing impressive results in the Barkly region of the Northern Territory.

Indigenous youth to attend climate change summit

2 September 2014

The first Indigenous youth summit on climate change, the Seed Summit, will take place in Melbourne, Victoria (Vic), next month.

Water shortage in Utopia homelands leads to serious health concerns

2 September 2014

The single bore supplying the health clinic and primary school of the community of Utopia, Northern Territory (NT), collapsed ten weeks ago during maintenance, leaving residents unable to bathe, and the 50 primary school children without drinking water.

Scientific research cuts to impact on Indigenous communities

1 September 2014

Staff of the Federal Government's peak scientific research body, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Orgniasation (CSIRO), have expressed concern cuts to the organisation will affect Indigenous communities.

Indigenous environmental graduate bound for Oxford

1 September 2014

Indigenous Edith Cowan University (ECU) graduate Tamara Murdock, who recently completed a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Management) with First Class Honours, has been awarded a scholarship to the University of Oxford.

Study highlights problem in remote power access

28 August 2014

A new report, produced by the Queensland Council of Social Service, has found people living in remote Queensland communities are sometimes going without power.

Skin sores research to improve health of children

27 August 2014

A Northern Territory (NT) based research project investigating alternative and more practical treatments for skin sores (impetigo) is set to benefit the millions of children worldwide who suffer from this infection, as well as Australian Indigenous children, who are disproportionately affected by impetigo.

Ngadju visit Martu Birriliburu Indigenous Protected Area

27 August 2014

Six Ngadju members of the Malleefowl and invasive weed project recently met with the Martu ranger team to experience Martu management practices at the Carnvarvon Range.

Solar farm powering remote Indigenous community receives funding boost

15 August 2014

A solar energy project in the remote Indigenous community of Doomadgee, Queensland (Qld) is the latest recipient of commonwealth funds through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena).

Environmental health training for incarcerated Indigenous women

12 August 2014

Late last month, six Indigenous women from the Darwin Correctional Precinct successfully graduated in a Certificate II of Indigenous environmental health.

Indigenous caring for country practices improving local wildlife populations

11 August 2014

A new study published in Human Ecology has found that burnings conducted by Indigenous people when hunting have a positive effect on the local wildlife.

Environmental program to help local unemployed

5 August 2014

The Lithgow, New South Wales (NSW) branch of VERTO employment services and the Secret Creek wildlife sanctuary have teamed up in the creation of a new scheme that aims to help local unemployed people re-enter the workforce and help the environment.

Launch of the 5th edition of the WA Indigenous storybook

1 August 2014

The Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia (PHAIWA) have launched the 5th edition of the WA Indigenous storybook.

Report into the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Service Delivery shows some improvements in overcrowding

31 July 2014

A report released today by the government on the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Service Delivery (RSD) in Indigenous communities across Australia, argues that it delivered only marginal benefits, however the report shows that it did improve overcrowding at a faster rate than in other communities.

Water Corporation Indigenous employment strategy giving hope to young workers

29 July 2014

The Water Corporation, in Western Australia (WA), is experiencing significant success with their Indigenous employment program, seeing a 36% increase in Indigenous employment in the past 12 months.

Climate change a threat to Torres Strait communities

29 July 2014

The Chair of the Torres Strait Regional Authority, Joseph Elu, says it's critical for communities in the Torres Strait region to prepare now for the impacts of climate change.

New reports on Indigenous housing from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

28 July 2014

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released three new reports, with a focus on Indigenous Australians, examining rates of home ownership, housing circumstances, and homelessness.

Nhulunbuy overall winner in Australian clean beaches awards 2014

21 July 2014

The Northern Territory beach of Nhulunbuy has been named the overall winner in the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian clean beaches awards 2014 at Currumbin, Queensland.

Great outcomes for Jali Local Aboriginal Land Council environmental trust restoration project

15 July 2014

Jali Local Aboriginal Land Council and EnviTE Environment are celebrating the successful implementation of a two year restoration project which has been undertaken at The Jali Lands (Ngunya Jargoon Indigenous Protected Area (IPA)) located near Wardell.

Caring for country project receives NAIDOC award

15 July 2014

A Caring for country project in the Kimberley has won a NAIDOC award for bringing together traditional Indigenous knowledge and modern science.

Indigenous rangers caring for country at Millstream national park

14 July 2014

Indigenous rangers from the Ngurrawanna community teamed up with Yinjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation, Rangelands Natural Resource Management (NRM) and the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) for a project that aimed to eliminate date palms at Millstream national park in the Pilbara region.

Caring for country during NAIDOC week

11 July 2014

An Indigenous man from the Coorong, South Australia, is committed to ensuring the bushland in his area is still around for future generations to enjoy.

Management plan for wild dogs in NSW

27 June 2014

Australia's first national plan aimed at controlling wild dogs will be launched in Armidale, New South Wales (NSW) next week.

Ngargin doctors program aiming to reduce Indigenous health gap

24 June 2014

A new program aims to tackle long-term poor health in some Indigenous communities in New South Wales by arming young leaders with a knowledge of hygiene, health and bush medicine.

Capacity building for Indigenous animal management workers

23 June 2014

Last month, six Indigenous animal management workers (AMWs), trained by Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC), from East Arnhem and Barkly travelled to Sydney to undertake additional training in humane and safe dog handling, provided probono by the International Dog Academy.

Bid to eradicate dengue fever in Townsville

16 June 2014

Researchers from Monash University are proposing to introduce Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes to the community of Townsville, Queensland, in a bid to eliminate dengue fever.

Controlling dog populations in remote communities to improve Indigenous health outcomes

6 June 2014

A push to reduce out of control dog populations has improved Indigenous health outcomes by preventing the spread of disease-causing parasites in remote communities.

Closing the gap in engineering

4 June 2014

Engineers Without Borders Australia and Engineers Australia are launching two new reconciliation initiatives to create long-term, systemic change within the engineering industry.

Indigenous Plumbing and Sanitation Foundation setting goals for remote communities

4 June 2014

A new not-for-profit organisation, the Indigenous Plumbing and Sanitation Foundation (IPSF), is aiming to get more youth from remote Indigenous communities into plumbing apprenticeships, as well as offer assistance by providing funds to improve sanitation standards and the water supply to outstations and small remote Indigenous communities.

Potential for Indigenous communities to tackle climate change

3 June 2014

A new study, the Carbon farming initiative, which explores ways to tackle climate change, has emphasised the importance of replanting native forests and woodlands vegetation on Indigenous lands, notably southern and eastern Australia.

Trachoma program sets sight on final elimination of the disease

30 May 2014

Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, former Governor-General Michael Jeffery, government services, civil society organisations and not-for-profits will gather in Alice Springs this week to work towards the common goal of eliminating trachoma, the leading infectious cause of avoidable blindness, from Central Australia.

AMRRIC 10th anniversary conference keynote speakers and themes

28 May 2014

The Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC) 10th anniversary conference is being held in Darwin this year, running from the 23 to 25 September 2014.

World Environment Day 2014

28 May 2014

World Environment Day (WED), held on the 5 June 2014, is the United Nation's principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment.

Recycling plant keen to boost Indigenous workforce

27 May 2014

A Cherbourg recycling facility, set to open in July, says it wants to become the region's biggest employer of Indigenous people.

Primary prevention for otitis media a necessity, says national workshop

27 May 2014

The QAIHC (Queensland Aboriginal Islander Health Council) held a workshop on the primary prevention of the ear disease, otitis media, in Brisbane last week, bringing together representatives from community controlled health services, clinicians and academics.

Remote community of Titjikala working with architecture students

13 May 2014

Architecture students from University of Melbourne recently worked with a remote Indigenous community in the Northern Territory (NT) township of Titjikala to design and build innovative outdoor living spaces.

Indigenous plumbing program makes a start in Walgett and Lightning Ridge

6 May 2014

Pipes, septic systems and running water have all been inspected as part of a pilot program targeting Indigenous community housing in the towns of Walgett and Lightning Ridge in New South Wales (NSW).

Access to services challenge skin health in the North West

6 May 2014

A House of Representatives health committee has heard large distances and a shortage of health workers make good skin health a challenge in the Kimberley.

Indigenous ambassadors warn of climate impact on native land and culture

30 April 2014

Two young Indigenous climate ambassadors have been touring Australia to document the impact of the changing natural environment on traditional communities.

Indigenous communities sign up to housing management agreements

29 April 2014

Almost 50 Western Australian Indigenous communities have signed up to a new housing management plan, which brings them into line with mainstream public housing tenancy arrangements under the West Australian (WA) Department of Housing.

Derelict Fitzroy Valley buildings pose asbestos risk to local community

28 April 2014

The Indigenous community of Wangkatjungka in the Fitzroy Valley is hoping the building of new houses in the region will prompt a decision to have asbestos-ridden buildings in close proximity demolished.

Working on country program at Fletcher's Lake a positive for local community

16 April 2014

The Working on country program, recently expanded into the area of Fletcher's Lake in New South Wales, has seen both the community and the environment experience a number of benefits.

Australia on course to eliminate trachoma by 2020

14 April 2014

New figures released in a report that investigates trachoma prevalence in the Northern Territory (NT), show a more than threefold decrease of the disease in NT children over three years old.

New fire truck for remote community of Maningrida

9 April 2014

The remote Indigenous community of Maningrida, situated on the shore of the Arafura Sea in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, were the pleased recipients of a new fire truck recently.

Plumbing health checks for remote Indigenous communities in NSW

8 April 2014

Fair Trading New South Wales (NSW) has launched a pilot program for rural and remote Indigenous communities that provides annual plumbing health checks for Indigenous housing providers and their tenants in NSW.

Tickvector project receives rural and remote support

2 April 2014

Tickvectors, a research program that aims to characterise potential pathogens in ticks across Australia, has received almost 1500 ticks from dogs in five different rural and remote Indigenous communities in the Top End.

AMRRIC celebrates World Spay Day

1 April 2014

World Spay Day, held in February each year, aims to bring to light the effectiveness of spaying/neutering as a means of saving the lives of companion animals, community cats and streets dogs who might otherwise be put down in a shelter or killed on the street.

AMRRIC veterinary outreach services to receive $1.7m in funding

31 March 2014

The Australian government has announced they will commit $1.7m over three years to support Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities' (AMMRIC) veterinary outreach services.

Indigenous Western Australian prisoners to take part in land conservation project

25 March 2014

Two groups of prisoners from Greenough Regional Prison, near Geraldton in Western Australia (WA) are taking part in a land conservation project in the Greater Geraldton region.

Palm Island students keeping their beaches clean

19 March 2014

School children on tropical Palm Island, off the north Queensland coast, have swapped their classroom for the beach to take part in the Reef guardian schools project.

RSPCA calling for funding to address harm against animals in the Broome and West Kimberley regions

19 March 2014

Harm against animals in the Broome and West Kimberley region has prompted the RSPCA to call for $3.6 million to fix the problem.

Australian Army delivers critical infrastructure to APY lands

12 March 2014

The Australian Army has completed critical infrastructure projects and delivered key services to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara town of Fregon/Kaltjiti as part of the Army Aboriginal community assistance program.

Broome Shire to decide on whether to demolish condemned houses in Mallingbarr

10 March 2014

The Shire of Broome is deciding whether to demolish or restore four condemned Indigenous houses in the community of Mallingbar.

Million dollar waste and recycling facility for the Pilbara

5 March 2014

Transpacific Industries Group subsidiary Cleanaway has partnered with Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation to build a $17.5 million waste management facility in the Pilbara region to service the growing waste and recycling needs of the resource industry.

Latest funding round for Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) announced

4 March 2014

The latest funding round for the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) was announced this week, with $2.5 million going to initiatives that benefit Indigenous people living in the Northern Territory (NT).

Torres Strait receives funding for coastal protection

3 March 2014

The Australian Government has announced they will invest a total of $12 million to support improvements to vital seawall infrastructure on six Torres Strait islands that experience regular tidal and storm surge flooding.

Higher cost of Kimberley repairs a concern for Western Australian Department of Housing

3 March 2014

The Western Australian (WA) Department of Housing is concerned about the significant amount of money required to repair damaged houses in the Kimberley.

New alliance of organisations to combat evictions

21 February 2014

A new alliance of organisations has been formed to campaign for public housing policies that assist tenants to meet standards so they are not evicted into homelessness.

Dorrigo Aboriginal 'green team' a continual success

19 February 2014

An environmental health team in Bellingen Shire in New South Wales (NSW), the 'Green Team' or 'Blackfoot Environmental Warriors' (as they prefer to be known), is enjoying a successful start to the year.

Potential reform for free electricity in APY lands a cause for concern

19 February 2014

Electricity generation and consumption continues to be a problem for people across the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands.

Study highlights effective Indigenous disaster relief

18 February 2014

A recent American study has drawn attention to the way that Indigenous communities can effectively respond to natural disasters by drawing on local practices, traditions and lore in times of emergency.

Mount Isa Hospital tests more children for high lead-levels

18 February 2014

The Mount Isa Hospital says a new hospital-testing regime in the north-west Queensland mining city will significantly increase the number of children tested for the presence of high levels of lead in their blood each year, with a focus on Indigenous children and those from poorer environments.

Hope Vale banana plantation providing employment opportunities to local community

7 February 2014

The small Aboriginal community of Hope Vale in Far North Queensland is now home to an 80 hectare banana plantation, a new agricultural business that is providing 40 fulltime jobs and casual work for a number of locals.

Asbestos illness a concern for Indigenous community of Baryulgil

4 February 2014

There are serious concerns over a number of asbestos related illnesses in the Indigenous community of Baryulgil in North Coast NSW.

Yappala Properties Indigenous Protected Area creating opportunities for community

3 February 2014

The recent declaration of the Yappala Properties Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) is providing numerous benefits to the town of Yappala in South Australia.

Indigenous community of Palm Island faces cyclone without shelter

30 January 2014

The Indigenous community of North Queensland's Palm Island will be at risk of facing a potential cyclone without a proper shelter.

Quality water in sight for community of Jigalong

22 January 2014

The Indigenous community of Jigalong, a town in the remote Pilbara in north-west Western Australia, is expected to have access to better quality water by mid this year.

Kenmore Park orchard improving food security on Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands

14 January 2014

An orchard planted by an elderly couple in the remote town of Kenmore Park is providing locally-produced food and employment opportunities to the Indigenous residents of the community.

Cultural partnership rehabilitating East Gippsland's environment

14 January 2014

Indigenous and environment workers in East Gippsland are working together to rehabilitate parts of the bush and learn about its cultural history.

NATSIEH conference award winners 2013

13 January 2014

Craig Steel and Merle O'Donnell were the recipients of the Outstanding Achievement Award for Leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health at the recent 9th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health (NATSIEH) conference in Adelaide.

Menzies research project recognised as one of Australia's best

8 January 2014

A Northern Territory-based, Menzies School of Health Research project investigating the effectiveness of a vaccine to prevent severe diarrhea in children has been recognised as one of the country's ten best research projects for 2013 by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia's peak body for supporting health and medical research.

Dingo parasite a cause for concern in Indigenous communities

16 December 2013

Researchers have warned that Indigenous communities could be at risk of infection after they discovered the first report of a particular parasite, a hookworm, Ancylostoma ceylanicum in dingoes in far north Queensland.

Indigenous cadetships providing ranger opportunities for students

13 December 2013

Indigenous students at Port Lincoln High School are participating in a program that could see them gain employment in land management after leaving school.

2012-13 Australian Medical Association Indigenous health report card launched

10 December 2013

The Australian Medical Association's (AMA) Indigenous health report card 2012-13, the healthy early years - getting the right start in life, was released today by Assistant Minister for Health, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, at Parliament House in Canberra.

Conservation and land management traineeships at Monarto Zoo open new paths for Indigenous graduates

10 December 2013

Six Aboriginal students have widened their career paths in conservation and horticulture after completing Conservation and land management traineeships at Monarto Zoo this year.

Radioactive spill in Kakadu worries local community

10 December 2013

The community of Mudginberri, on Magela Creek in the Northern Territory, is concerned about a recent radioactive spill at the Ranger uranium mine, only seven kilometres upstream from the community.

Energy and Water Ombudsman Queensland connecting with Indigenous communities

5 December 2013

The Energy and Water Ombudsman Queensland (EWOQ) is strengthening relationships with Indigenous communities, aiming to ensure communities experiencing problems with their electricity supplier have an organisation to reach out to.

Environmental trust grant awarded to Trangie Central School

3 December 2013

Trangie Central School (TCS) has been announced as one of the recipients of the $1.1 million NSW Environmental trust grants awarded to schools and researchers.

Retrospective study hoping to improve diagnosis, prevention and treatment for ear and lung infections

3 December 2013

Menzies School of Health Research will undertake a retrospective study of 20 years of ear and lung data with the aim of informing improved diagnosis, prevention and treatment options for Indigenous children with middle ear and lung infections.

Doomadgee vet clinic opens for business

29 November 2013

Federal member for Kennedy, Bob Katter, officially opened the new vet clinic in the community of Doomadgee, North Queensland, whilst emphasising its importance for the town.

Environmental science student wins award for work with Indigenous groups

27 November 2013

A Bundaberg environmental science student has been acknowledged for his work helping Indigenous groups produce honey, winning a CQUniversity Opal Award.

Release of the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13

27 November 2013

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13.

Launch of the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity

26 November 2013

The Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases (MBI) will be officially opened on Thursday next week.

On Country exhibition celebrating Indigenous land management

26 November 2013

A new exhibition at the National Museum of Australia, On Country, is celebrating how Indigenous people use generations of knowledge to manage Australia's land, rivers and oceans.

Yan Gari tucker project benefiting mums and kids

25 November 2013

Mothers in the North Coast Local Region of Queensland are creating healthier eating habits, thanks to a program run at the Gympie South Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Playgroup, the Yan Gari tucker project.

Winners announced for the EduGrow school garden awards 2013

25 November 2013

Shepherdson College, Galiwinku, was announced the Grand Prize winner of the EduGrow school garden awards at the EduGrow awards ceremony held at Yirrkala school last week.

Ninti One report released as feral camel cull ends

22 November 2013

The final report into the Federal Government's $19 million Australian feral camel management project has been released, suggesting a relatively small investment could keep the pest problem down.

Communities of Ivanhoe and Wilcannia receive visit from Indigenous community dog health program

18 November 2013

Veterinarians from the RSPCA's Indigenous community dog health program were kept busy this week as they de-sexed, microchipped and vaccinated pets in Wilcannia and Ivanhoe, located in far west New South Wales (NSW).

Central Australian waste management program wins award

9 November 2013

Barkly Shire Council was recognised for its continuing efforts in waste management as part of the Territory tidy town awards in Alice Springs recently.

Indigenous women graduates take hands on role in health

6 November 2013

The University of New South Wales was recently home to the largest group of Aboriginal people to graduate from a university medical faculty at one time.

Menzies School of Health Research receives NHMRC excellence award

6 November 2013

A Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) project has been recognised amongst the nation's premier research projects by Australia's peak body for health and medical research, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Locally-acquired Dengue fever case confirmed in the Pilbara

5 November 2013

The first case of dengue fever acquired in Western Australia in more than 70 years has been confirmed by WA Health.

NHMRC announces health and medical research grants

25 October 2013

The Prime Minister the Hon Tony Abbott MP has announced $559.1 million to Australian health and medical researchers to generate new health discoveries across Australia.

Indigenous traditional knowledge could play key role in fighting bushfires

25 October 2013

Indigenous land management group, North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance, says traditional knowledge about Indigenous fire management techniques could help prevent the huge bushfires seen in New South Wales and Victoria.

Wujal Wujal wins Environmental protection award

23 October 2013

The town of Wujal Wujal, 30 kilometres north of Cape Tribulation, has been named one of Queensland's tidiest towns for 2013, winning the Environmental protection award at a ceremony in Cairns.

Cherbourg adopts a Land use planning scheme

23 October 2013

The community of Cherbourg, west of Gympie, is the second Indigenous community in Queensland to adopt a Land Use Planning Scheme.

Environmental health books released by Meta Maya

14 October 2013

Four new environmental health books have been released by Pilbara Meta Maya Aboriginal Corporation (PMMAC) in conjunction with Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health (CUCRH).

Australian band to donate proceedings of their new single to Indigenous organisation Red Dust

11 October 2013

Australian band In Hearts Wake, in conjunction with their label UNFD, has made available their new single 'Skydancer' in a 'pay what you want scheme' with 100% of the profits going towards supporting Indigenous cultures worldwide through three not-for-profit charity groups.

Pastoralists and Graziers Association (PGA) call for horse cull in the East Kimberley

11 October 2013

The Pastoralists and Graziers Association (PGA) are calling for Lands Minister Brendon Grylls to immediately initiate an aerial cull on feral horses at two pastoral leases (Lake Gregory and Billiluna) in the East Kimberley.

Gumala Aboriginal Corporation receives community waste grant

2 October 2013

Gumala Aboriginal Corporation in the Pilbara, has been announced as a recipient of the 2013 West Australian Community grants scheme, winning $4,282 to start their Food scraps to fertiliser project.

Housing for Health guide to be released online in early October

23 September 2013

Healthabitat is launching a free, interactive, online publication on 2 October 2013 in a bid to improve living conditions and health in some of Australia's most disadvantaged communities.

Malpa young doctors project a success in Utopia

22 September 2013

An Aboriginal homeland in the Northern Territory, Utopia, is now the proud home of 39 graduates from the Malpa young doctors project.

Improving food security in Areyonga

18 September 2013

The community of Areyonga now have access to a greater range of healthy and affordable food, thanks to new support from the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA).

North Queensland Indigenous land and sea grants funding announced

18 September 2013

North Queensland Indigenous communities are being urged to apply for Queensland Government grants to sustainably manage natural and cultural resources on their land.

Free check-ups for local animals in Tennant Creek and the Barkly

6 September 2013

Nearly 200 cats and dogs have been checked and desexed by a group of visiting vets, in a bid to improve animal health in Tennant Creek and the Barkly.

Online Larrakia seasonal calendar launched

3 September 2013

The Larrakia Traditional Owners and CSIRO have launched an online calendar detailing Aboriginal seasonal knowledge in the Darwin area of the Northern Territory (NT).

Call for federal legislation to encourage children's hygiene

27 August 2013

Former AFL star turned Senate candidate David Wirrpanda has joined Bindi Irwin's call for federal legislation to encourage children's hygiene, including having soap in all school toilets.

Aboriginal households in New South Wales to benefit from energy plan

23 August 2013

Two thousand Aboriginal households in remote communities will be assessed for potential energy savings under a state government plan.

Amalgamation of Environmental Health Australia (WA) and Environmental Health Association Australia

23 August 2013

Environmental Health Australia (WA) (formerly the Australian Institute of Environmental Health) and Environmental Health Association Australia (EHAA) have come to an agreement where the organisations will amalgamate and operate under the constitution of Environmental Health Australia (WA).

Dog problems a risk to bush community health

22 August 2013

The federal Coalition has promised to spend $1.7 million on animal management programs in the Northern Territory to address issues of dog overpopulation and resulting illnesses.

Renewed funding for SA Aboriginal environmental health program

16 August 2013

The South Australian Aboriginal Environmental Health Worker program has successfully secured $2.7 million to fund environmental health programs in Aboriginal communities over the next three years.

New ABA projects announced for the Northern Territory

30 July 2013

There are 35 new projects that will receive funding totaling more than $10.2 million from the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA).

Central Kimberley water model crosses the cultural barrier

29 July 2013

An inter-disciplinary team has been developing a model to assess the likely ecological consequences of changing water-management practices in the central Kimberley.

Supporting Indigenous management of Queensland's sea country

17 July 2013

The Federal Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Water, Mark Butler, has released a media statement announcing that the Rudd Government has committed $930,000 to Indigenous organisations and traditional owners across Queensland to manage marine turtles, dugongs and sea-country.

Brewarrina turns waste into fine art

11 July 2013

Yellowbelly fish sculptures made entirely from recycled cans and scrap metal have been showcased in two western New South Wales towns.

New clinical web resource helping health practitioners to reduce Indigenous chronic disease

26 June 2013

The Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Warren Snowden MP, has today launched the Australian Indigenous ClinicallnfoNet - an innovative web resource designed to assist primary health care workers in the prevention and management of chronic disease among Indigenous people.

WA HealthInfoNet post-workshop survey - we need your feedback

24 June 2013

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Remote NT community advocates for Aboriginal recycling

19 March 2013

Residents of a remote Northern Territory community are hoping the cash-for-containers scheme is made permanent so Aboriginal people can profit from recycling.

Discussion paper on community living area land reform

18 March 2013

The Australian Government today released a discussion paper on reforming community living area land in the Northern Territory (NT).

Napranum learns cyclone lessons

15 March 2013

The western Cape York community of Napranum says it was much better prepared for a severe weather threat earlier this week because of its recent experience during Cyclone Oswald.

Remote housing needs integrated approach: CDU researchers

12 March 2013

A Charles Darwin University (CDU) research project investigating the provision of remote housing has found that Indigenous people and governments would benefit if 'whole-of-government, whole-of-community' approaches were practised.

First newsletter for Aboriginal environmental health in WA

27 February 2013

Aboriginal environmental health practitioners and their colleagues in Western Australia (WA) will gain more publicity for their achievements in the field, following the launch of WA's first dedicated newsletter for Aboriginal environmental health this week.

Building an Indigenous recycling venture in Cherbourg, Queensland

22 February 2013

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) has commenced work on a collaborative project with the Cherbourg Council, the University of Canberra, and remote architecture specialist Dr Steve Burroughs to establish a new materials recycling facility in Cherbourg, Queensland.

Free HealthInfoNet workshops in Albany, WA - 11-13 March 2013

20 February 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in Albany, Western Australia delivering free workshops from the 11th - 13th March 2013.

High rates of Neglected Tropical Diseases identified in Indigenous communities

18 February 2013

The authors of a recent report into Neglected Tropical Diseases (NDTs) in Oceania have called for a renewed push in investment to combat these diseases in the region.

Water infrastructure upgrade for Ardyaloon and other remote WA communities

15 February 2013

The federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs today announced $10 million in funding to improve the quality and security of water supplies in Ardyaloon and other remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia (WA).

HealthInfoNet workshops in the South West of WA - Bunbury and Busselton

24 January 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in the South West of WA delivering free workshops from the 11th - 15th February 2013.

Indigenous housing target exceeded

17 January 2013

More than 5000 homes in remote Indigenous communities have now been refurbished or rebuilt.

Trachoma could be eradicated in Australia within five years

8 January 2013

Trachoma could be entirely eradicated from Australia within the next five years, according to Hugh Taylor, professor of Indigenous eye health at Melbourne University.

Indigenous community of Cherbourg hosts disaster awareness day

16 November 2012

The Indigenous community of Cherbourg in Queensland recently hosted a disaster awareness event to share lessons learned from the 2011 floods.

Poster exhibition spreads canine health messages in Tennant Creek

9 November 2012

A poster exhibition showcasing resources which promote messages about healthy dogs is currently on display at the local library in Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory (NT).

Indigenous community of Woorabinda in Queensland bans plastic bags

7 November 2012

A central Queensland Indigenous community is taking action to eliminate plastic bag litter.

Better cyclone tracking will benefit Indigenous communities in Top End

2 November 2012

The weather bureau says a radar installation being built in Arnhem Land will fill an important gap in the monitoring of cyclones in northern Australia.

Swimming pool study shows no benefits for Indigenous children's ear health and hearing

19 October 2012

A study by Flinders University of the effect of swimming pools on ear health and hearing of school aged Indigenous children in South Australia's Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands and Yalata from 2009-2011, has found there was no direct benefit.

DVDs to boost Indigenous cyclone awareness in Townsville

17 October 2012

Townsville City Council has launched a new resource to help Indigenous and migrant communities better prepare for a cyclone.

Animal management extend services to Groote outstations, NT

28 September 2012

East Arnhem Shire Council in the Northern Territory is set to expand animal management services to outstations of Groote Eylandt, as a result of a newly signed partnership with Groote Eylandt Bickerton Island Enterprise (GEBIE).

HealthInfoNet workshops coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest in November

20 September 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet workshops are coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest region in November.

New Public Health Act for WA will improve conditions in Indigenous communities

7 September 2012

Western Australia's Health Minister, Kim Hames, has pledged to introduce a new Public Health Bill to WA Parliament before the end of 2012.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara (now including Newman)

4 September 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Pilbara next week delivering free workshops from September 10th to the 17th.

First Indigenous environmental health university graduate for Western Australia

31 August 2012

Troy Hill is the very first Aboriginal person from Western Australia (WA) to graduate at a tertiary level in environmental health.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara

27 August 2012

There are still places available to participate in upcoming Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (AIH) workshops in the Pillbara region of Western Australia (WA).

Indigenous communities in WA tap into better drinking water

20 August 2012

Treatment equipment will be installed in two Aboriginal communities in Western Australia's north to improve the quality of their drinking water.

Mozzie busters work with Tennant Creek residents (NT)

17 August 2012

The Northern Territory (NT) Department of Health's mozzie-busting squad is seeking the continued cooperation of Tennant Creek householders for the latest round of work to eliminate the mosquito species that can carry dengue fever.

Fire trailers will aid remote Indigenous communities in WA, SA

10 August 2012

Remote communities in the Kimberley, in Western Australia, and in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, in South Australia, will have access to their own mobile fire fighting equipment for the first time.

Art promotes unity during natural disasters, Far North Queensland

6 August 2012

Disaster management was the subject of Indigenous art exhibited at this year's Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) Show in Far North Queensland.

NT grant funding for environmental and food gardening projects

3 August 2012

Environmental health, sustainable housing, composting, edible gardens and climate change are the focus of some of the projects that have just won government funding in the Northern Territory (NT).

NT releases its new Homelands policy

1 August 2012

The Northern Territory (NT) Government's new Homelands policy will see $300 million invested in homelands infrastructure in the NT over the next ten years.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Kimberley

31 July 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Kimberley next week delivering free workshops from August 6th to the 17th.

Lowtija roundtable considers future directions in NT environmental health research

30 July 2012

Australia's national institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research, the Lowitja Institute, regularly holds roundtables to guide future research.

Clean clothes equals happier families in Alpurrurulam

27 July 2012

Minister for Indigenous Health and member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, and Member for Barkly, Gerry McCarthy, have announced that families in Alpurrurulam, Lake Nash, will soon have access to a community laundry facility.

Tennant Creek dog program showing signs of success

25 July 2012

A 70 per cent fall in the number of dog attacks and incidents in the Northern Territory town of Tennant Creek is being attributed to a new control program.

Call to cull wild dogs in Kakadu

23 July 2012

The operator of a business in Kakudu National Park says a culling program is needed to tackle the rising number of cross-bred dingoes in the area.

Indigenous issues part of the focus of a major meeting of local governments

20 July 2012

Hundreds of council representatives from around Australia recently met to debate issues that impact on the operation of Australia's local governments.

Declaration of largest-ever Indigenous Protected Area in Tanami Desert

19 July 2012

Indigenous people from the Tanami Desert in Central Australia recently celebrated after the Federal Government signed off on a conservation area the size of Portugal to be cared for by Indigenous rangers.

Handover of Indigenous municipal services delayed in WA

13 July 2012

Plans to give regional shires the task of providing municipal services to Aboriginal communities in Western Australia (WA) have been officially delayed by a year.

Queensland Government moves to repeal Wild Rivers laws in Cape York

11 July 2012

The Queensland Government says it has started consulting Indigenous groups over its plans to repeal Wild Rivers declarations on Cape York.

Centre for Appropriate Technology supports community drinking water plans

10 July 2012

The Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT), a national Indigenous science and technology not-for-profit organisation, and the author of the popular 'bush tech' guides, is currently working to help communities develop and implement drinking water supply management plans.

Arabunna communities under climate change threat

3 July 2012

Adelaide University researchers have made dire climate change forecasts for the far north of South Australia.

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package invests in infrastructure for Indigenous Australians

16 May 2012

A $3.4 billion package to support infrastructure for Indigenous Australians in urban and remote communities - the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package - has been announced by the Minister for Families, Community Services, and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin.

Funding boost for water supply in Maningrida, Lajamanu and Ntaria (NT)

27 April 2012

Three Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory (NT) will receive a $7 million boost in funding for their community water supplies in the next Territory budget.

Local councils awarded for their Indigenous initiatives

20 April 2012

Federal Minister for Local Government Simon Crean yesterday (19 April 2012) announced the category winners of the 2012 National Awards for Local Government.

States pursue funding to provide basic services in Aboriginal communities

11 April 2012

In an article published this morning (11 April 2012), The Australian newspaper reported that the Federal Government will not guarantee continued funding for rubbish collection, water supply and sewerage in remote Indigenous communities.

Winners of 2012 NSW Aboriginal health awards announced

10 April 2012

Individuals, teams and communities in New South Wales (NSW) who have demonstrated excellence in 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health outcomes were celebrated at an Awards ceremony late last month.

Ten year NT homelands funding will provide water, sewerage, power

5 April 2012

The $221 million funding for outstations and homelands in the Northern Territory (NT) that the federal government announced last week will be used to provide access to power, water and sewerage and road maintenance.

Latest Aboriginal environmental health news from WA's Goldfields

4 April 2012

The latest Indigenous environmental health news from Western Australia's Goldfields region was recently featured in the newsletter of the WA Environmental Health Directorate in this article by Robert Mullane: Serving the Goldfields' Communities During February, 3 ½ days was spent travelling to a number of Aboriginal communities and meeting with numerous agencies in the Goldfields to improve the delivery and management of the region's Aboriginal environmental health programs and services.

Expansion of EON's 'edible gardens' in remote WA communities

4 April 2012

The EON Thriving communities project has been awarded over $1.6 million under the Royalties for regions action agenda.

National Indigenous health award winners announced

3 April 2012

The winners of the 3rd Annual Excellence in Indigenous Health Awards 2012 were announced on 28th March 2012 in Sydney.

Feral camels a new income source for SA's remote Aboriginal lands

2 April 2012

About 200 camels have been removed from South Australia's remote Aboriginal lands as part of a feral camel management project.

Outback community cleans up and cashes in

29 March 2012

The Northern Territory's only remote drink containers depot is cashing in its first collection this week.

HealthInfoNet workshops: helping to 'close the gap' in Indigenous health

20 March 2012

To increase access to its web resource and build the capacity of the frontline health workforce - and to assist the health workforce in 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health - the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will deliver a program of free workshops across Western Australia (WA) over 18 months from April 2012.

Healthy housing champion remembered

14 March 2012

The achievements of a respected environmental health practitioner and champion of healthy housing have been remembered in a recent blog post by Healthhabitat, the organisation behind the long-running Housing for health projects.

Remote Indigenous housing progress in the NT

13 March 2012

The Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs has released updates on the progress of the Government's remote Indigenous housing program in the Northern Territory (NT).

International Indigenous Housing Portal to be launched in June

23 February 2012

An international online Indigenous housing portal will be launched at the World Indigenous Housing Conference (WIHC) in Canada this June.

Water upgrades for Indigenous communities in north WA

21 February 2012

Remote Indigenous communities in the north part of Western Australia (WA) will soon have their essential water services upgraded.

Finalists announced, Excellence in Indigenous Health Awards

17 February 2012

The 3rd Annual Excellence in Indigenous Health Awards 2012 finalists have now been announced.

Bacteria putting stop to dengue spread north of Cairns

1 February 2012

The ABC has reported that researchers hope most dengue mosquitoes at Machans Beach, north of Cairns in far north Queensland, will be unable to transmit the disease by the end of the wet season.

Elder from Crocodile Islands named Senior Australian of the Year

27 January 2012

Aboriginal senior elder Laurie Baymarrwangga has been honoured as the Senior Australian of the Year for preserving the culture and environment of East Arnhem Land.

Hygiene warning as Crypto cases double in NT

19 January 2012

Residents of the Northern Territory are being urged to exercise careful hygiene and food safety practices, following a notable rise in the number of cases of the stomach bug Cryptosporidium in recent weeks.

Murray Valley encephalitis found in WA chickens

17 January 2012

The WA Health Department says a potentially fatal mosquito-borne disease has been found in East Kimberley chicken flocks.

One in ten properties at Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory currently have dengue mosquito eggs

13 January 2012

An estimated one in ten properties at Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory (NT) have been found to house dengue mosquito eggs.

Bag loads of success for Kowanyama clean up day

13 January 2012

The latest edition of the Koori mail (11 January 2012) reports that an Aboriginal Shire Council in Cape York has had great success with its first community 'clean up day'.

Time to nominate excellent local governments (Indigenous, rural health, roads and more...)

12 January 2012

Entries are now being sought for a competition that recognises local government achievements in Indigenous community engagement, reconciliation, rural and remote health and improving services to remote communities.

Time to nominate for Indigenous health awards

10 January 2012

Submissions are now being sought for the third Annual Excellence in Indigenous Health Awards.

Environmental health an issue for WA goldfields homeless

22 December 2011

The ABC has reported that many Indigenous people visiting Kalgoorlie-Boulder over Christmas will find themselves temporarily homeless and suffer from poor environmental health while sleeping rough.

Second anniversary of work on Alice Springs town camps

8 December 2011

In a media release today, the Australian Government celebrated the second anniversary of work commencing on the town camps under the $150 million Alice Springs transformation plan.

New jobs package for remote NT includes caring for country

15 November 2011

A $19.1 million jobs package for Aboriginal people in remote communities across the Northern Territory (NT) was announced today.

Indigenous housing program on track in the NT

15 November 2011

The Australian and Northern Territory Governments have welcomed an Australian National Audit Office report on the National partnership agreement on remote Indigenous housing in the Northern Territory.  The report finds that a significant number of new and refurbished houses have been built under the program and that this is a positive achievement.

Indigenous housing project wins international award

11 November 2011

A program which is giving Indigenous Australians in remote communities access to safe and well functioning housing has won a 2011 World Habitat award.

Recognition for NT horticulture and landcare project

11 November 2011

A horticulture project from the Roper Gulf Shire Council has received major recognition, winning the Local Government Landcare Partnership Award at the 2011 Northern Territory (NT) Landcare Awards.

Bush excused on rules for water

3 November 2011

Rural townships and remote Indigenous communities have been exempted from new government guidelines to guarantee pure drinking water.

New projects reflect importance of environment in Indigenous life

2 November 2011

Indigenous groups around New South Wales (NSW), including seven Local Aboriginal Land Councils, have been among the biggest beneficiaries of a $1.5 million funding boost by the NSW Government to help protect environmentally important country.

Forum highlights need for Indigenous engagement in water planning

26 October 2011

Indigenous people play a vital role in managing water resources and must be engaged in water allocation planning to capitalise on future economic development opportunities and to protect environmental and cultural values for generations to come.

Traditional owners to manage outback national park

7 October 2011

An agreement has been reached to give Flinders Ranges traditional owners a greater role in running the area's national park in outback South Australia.

Green deal landmark for traditional owners

6 October 2011

A Northern Territory cattle station is being turned into a conservation zone to be run by Indigenous traditional owners.

Child doctors to enhance health in remote NT

13 September 2011

Aboriginal children as young as eight years old are being trained up as child doctors as part of a project to boost health outcomes in remote communities in Central Australia.

Yandeyarra, Western Australia, the first Aboriginal community to sign a housing management agreement with the West Australian Government

20 October 2010

Yandeyarra Aboriginal Community in Western Australia is the first Aboriginal community to sign a housing management agreement with the West Australian Government.

Jangga agreement paves way for future

26 July 2010

The Jangga People and three north Queensland regional councils have signed an Indigenous land use agreement (ILUA) that protects Aboriginal cultural heritage and sets out how councils will provide services and develop infrastructure in the agreement area.

Media release: Remote Indigenous housing progress

20 July 2010

The Australian Government's reforms for remote Indigenous housing in the states and the Northern Territory (NT) has delivered 316 new houses and 828 refurbishments in remote Indigenous communities across Australia during 2009-10.

New report released: The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

28 May 2010

The latest results from national statistical collections on the health and wellbeing of Australia's Indigenous population have been revealed today with the release of The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 2010.

Mick Gooda to be the new Social Justice Commissioner

16 December 2009

Mr Gooda will be the next Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, replacing Tom Calma who has been in the position since 2004.

EON thriving communities program update

The Eon thriving communities program provides practical, hands-on health and hygiene education as well as assisting in the development of community gardens for several remote Indigenous communities in the Kimberley.

Ngadju training program prepares for managing country

Ngadju Conservation, based in West Australia (WA), have recently undertaken a number of land management training activities as they progress with their Malleefowl and invasive weed project, which aims to assist them to manage their country.

Call for more cyclone-proof housing in Top End communities

The Northern Territory's (NT) peak body for homelessness advocacy says future upgrades to housing in Top End remote communities should make homes more resilient to cyclones.

Bardi Jawi rangers turtle tagging expedition

The Bardi Jawi rangers, based in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, have recently conducted a four-day research expedition, tagging turtles with satellite transmitters to discover more about their genetics, life cycle, travel and feeding patterns.

$15 million worth of projects to be funded under the Aboriginals benefit account (ABA)

Remote Northern Territory (NT) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities will benefit from $15 million worth of projects to be funded under the Aboriginals benefit account (ABA) latest funding round.

Gidarjil Development Corporation awarded two Green army projects

Gidarjil Development Corporation, based in Queensland, has been awarded two Green army projects, providing employment for 20 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth across the Bundaberg and Gladstone regions.

Community partnership to preserve Aboriginal cultural sites and vulnerable species

A partnership has been formed between Unitywater and the Bunya Bunya Country Aboriginal Corporation in Queensland, which aims to preserve the Maroochy and Mooloolah estuaries rich Aboriginal history, and help a vulnerable native animal avoid extinction.

EON Foundation announced as a finalist of the Orange Seed Project

The EON Foundation has been announced as a finalist of the 2015 Orange Seed Project, an opportunity for West Australian (WA) not-for-profit organisations to receive a share of gifts valued at more than $280,000.

Indigenous rangers at the forefront of Cyclone Lam recovery

When Cyclone Lam swept through Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, communities recently, leaving devastation in its wake, local Ranger teams were at the forefront of the recovery effort.

Wiluna Country project continues to reduce critical threats to key fauna

Traditional Owners, pastoralists, mining companies and government agencies on Wiluna native title lands in Western Australia (WA) will continue to work together to reduce the main threats to key threatened and vulnerable fauna species, including the Malleefowl and Greater bilby.

Developing culturally appropriate qualifications for Indigenous land and sea managers

The North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd (NAILSMA) recently hosted the third in a series of training workshops in Darwin, Northern Territory, to trial the nationally accredited Certificate III in Indigenous land management (ILM).

North Queensland mosquito trial success brings hope in fight against dengue and Zika viruses

A research project which aims to stop mosquito transmission of the dengue virus is reporting excellent results 18 months in to their first large scale trial in north Queensland (Qld).

Kimberley Parks and Wildlife officers recognised for environmental management efforts

Parks and Wildlife officers from the Kimberley region of West Australia (WA) have been recognised at a recent statewide awards and graduation ceremony, taking out key prizes, including Aboriginal Trainee of the Year.

Queensland Land and Sea Grants Program launched

Applications are now open for the Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Program.

Discussion paper raises concerns about clean water, sanitation and hygiene for remote Aboriginal communities

The Global Change Institute, based at the University of Queensland, have released a discussion paper which explores the policy question of how Australia should address the water-related aspects of the United Nations (UN) sustainable development goals (SDGs) to deliver sanitation services and hygiene practices both within Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

Working on country project saving endangered species

The future for two endangered species of bird in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA) is looking more secure, thanks to the work of the Kija Rangers and the Kimberley Land Council Fire Management Team.

Community clean-up for Soapy Bore

Earlier this year the Soapy Bore community, in the Utopia Homelands region of Central Australia, participated in a Clean-Up Australia Day event.

Public consultation now open on Australian drinking water guidelines (microbial health based targets)

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is seeking public comment on a new draft framework for the Australian drinking water guidelines (ADWG).

Tidy Town victory for Mount Liebig

The town of Mount Leibig, located at the western end of the MacDonnell Ranges, 350km from Alice Springs, has been awarded a Special Commendation in the Australian Tidy Towns competition.

Rural vet working with remote communities to keep dogs and people healthy

Graeme Blanch, a country vet from Wangaratta in Victoria, has been working as a volunteer with Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRICC), improving dog and community health in Central Australia.

Tennant Creek residents concerned about abandoned asbestos housing

Residents from a remote Northern Territory community have requested answers to their concerns about asbestos exposure from abandoned demountable housing.

World Malaria Day 2017

World Malaria Day is coming up on the 25 April 2017, and is a chance to place a spotlight on the global effort to control malaria.

Zika threat leads to Australian-first microcephaly study

Western Australian researchers have conducted an Australian-first study to determine the prevalence of microcephaly, in preparation of any future outbreak of the Zika virus.

Infrastructure funding announced for Doomadgee and Mornington Island

The Doomadgee and Mornington Island communities of Queensland (Qld) are set to receive essential infrastructure upgrades, as part of $8.7 million in funding.
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