AQ Monthly - July 2013 Black History Month and Naidoc Week




Sunday 21st July 2013

Join ANTaR Qld this Black History Month at the Mount Cootha Botanic Gardens as we walk and talk some Queensland Aboriginal culture. Join us for a morning walk with Danny Doyle, bush-tucker guide and nature yarn facilitator, and an afternoon with Senior Dauwa Kabi woman, Colleen Wall. As Program Manager of Nguin Warrup, Colleen will talk with us about about some of the Story Lines that are important to her family and her writing of this important issue. This fascinating and informative discussion will explore the rich cultural history of Aboriginal Queenslanders and the significance of this heritage in today's world. Date : Sunday 21st July 2013 Venue: Richard Randall Art Studio, Mt Cootha Botanic Gardens Bush Tucker Guided Walk : 10.30am - 12 Story Line Talk : 2pm - 3.30pm Cost: gold coin donation Booking : or 3844 9800




 ANTaR Qld now has 4 new working groups focusing on:

·         Closing the Gap

·         Stolen Wages

·         The Learning More Program and our Sea of Hands

·         Reducing Incarceration Rates


Thank you to those who came along to the inaugural meeting of these Working Groups. If you are keen to get involved please email the office and we will pass your details on to the relevant coordinator



Upcoming Events Around Qld

There are lots of activities and exhibitions on in Qld in July with Black History Month; NAIDOC week and the annual Musgrave Park Family Fun Day.


'My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia'

from June 1 - October 7, 2013

at GoMA in Brisbane


Botanic Gardens Far OUT Forest Festival

Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 July

When: 10am-2pm Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Cootha Numerous activities including traditional Aboriginal Games and Torres Strait Islander games; Yarn tree show; Bush-string making; Rapt in reptiles show; Ab-fab Fibonacci; Fantastic forest; Story-telling; Live Music; Wearable Art; Insect Discovery; Bat conservation and rescue Free shuttle bus to and from the Gardens from Toowong Village Bus Stop 23. For more information  phone (07) 3403 8888 or visit


Wrong Side of the Road (movie)

7th July 2013 

When: 2:00-3:30pm

Where: slq Auditorium 1, level 2

Free showing. Rated M15+            (07) 3840 7768;


Yarnin' Time in Inala – with D-Kazman

9th July 2013 

When: 11:00am-noon

Where: The Learning Place, Indigenous Schooling Support Unit, 47 Kittyhawk Avenue, Inala

Cost - Free, but bookings required

Book at - or 3842 9061


Murri School Dinner

July 11th

At Acacia Ridge. It costs $30 per person, payable at the door. There will be dinner and a band and dancers. Start time 6pm. Address 1277 Beaudesert Rd.


Musgrave Park Family Fun Day

Friday 12 July

12 noon – 10pm

entry by gold coin donation

The Family Fun Day is packed with rides, live performances, traditional and contemporary dance, arts and crafts stalls, food, and face painting. Arrive by 12 noon to catch the spectacular Opening Ceremony, then check out Sideshow Alley, the Lounge Stage, and children's activities provided by SLQ and QAGOMA.


This year's NAIDOC Week theme is We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions to Federal Parliament. To find out about other NAIDOC Week activates taking place from 7 to 14 July check out the NAIDOC online events calendar.


Balaangala Community Group – Guided Walk

Saturday 6th July

98 Yoorala St, The Gap. 12.30 - 4.30 pm

Celebrate NAIDOC Week with Balaangala Community Group at the Garden Space Open Day. Enjoy a guided walk through the garden that is filled with useful and edible native plants; have afternoon tea using native produce or have a go at weaving, beading and more.  Activities are by donation. For more information contact Michelle


The Colourise Festival 2013: eARTh

8 – 11 July

2pm – 8pm daily

A moving live-media-art performance eARTh

A casual gathering of Aboriginal peoples, ideas and knowledge

2-5pm at Murri Mura 36 Cordelia Street South Brisbane

Then put on your walking shoes to cross unceded country, starts 5.30pm at Musgrave Park and ends 8pm city streets

For more information go to


A night in the JOL - New ways with old words 

10th July 2013           

When - 6:00-8:00pm

Where - John Oxley Library Reading Room, level 4, State Library

Cost - Free, but booking required.

Book via - | 3840 7768

John Patrica & Rory O'Connor from the Yugambeh Museum Language and Research Centre learn through a journey of reviving the language and culture of the Yugambeh people.

40 years in development: 1970 - no recognition, now - language app. (07) 3840 7768 


A Night by the Fire with Water Women - Aqua Dreaming

10th July 2013           

When - 6:30-7:30pm

Where - Talking Circle, level 1, State Library

Cost - Free, booking required

Book via - or EventBrite

Water Women is a group of senior Aboriginal women reinstating traditional practice and nurturing for the next generation.           3842 9061


Golden Days (part of Live! Qld Band Culture)

Saturday 13 July

Kick up your heels and relive the golden days of dancing in style at a free mini-festival of live performances, dance lessons, and special events, celebrating the important role that music plays for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.This festival for July takes a look at a time in our state's history when Indigenous Australians weren't even considered citizens, when music venues were pivotal in providing Indigenous communities with their own sense of identity and purpose.


Black Queen, Black King by Steven Oliver      

13th July 2013           

When - 6-6:30pm

Where - Red Box, level 2, State Library

Cost - Free, but bookings required

Book at - or 3840 7768

Three Indigenous gay men explores the importance of  identity, the meaning of family and the needs for honesty.

A Blaxploitation version of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.


Harold (movie)       

14th July 2013           

When: 2:00-3:50pm. Where: slq Auditorium 1, level 2. Free showing. Rated G. 07 3840 7768


From Little Things Big Things Grow (movie)       

21st July 2013

When: 2:00-3:45pm. Where: slq Auditorium 1, level 2. Free showing.   Rated G. (07) 3840 7768


Bangarra Dance Theatre – Blak

18 – 27 Jul

Where: QPAC

$25.50–$65, bookings

Blak breaks the silence as an exciting, physically dynamic production, exploding with stories about a contemporary clan and the collision of two worlds. Artistic Director Stephen Page and choreographer Daniel Riley McKinley peel back the layers, crossing the worlds of old and modern, exposing our universal yearning for spiritual connection.

Blak is physical and edgy, drawn from the artists' urban perspectives, telling the stories of Indigenous Australia in powerful and moving dance theatre



Sunday 21 July

When: 5pm. Where: Playhouse Theatre QPAC.

Presented by Anti-Discrimination Commission Qld to be delivered by Les Malezer, Co-chair of National Congress of Australia’s First People.

For further info please call 1300 130620.


Bran Nue Dae (movie)

28th July 2013           

When: 2:00-3:30pm

Where:  slq Auditorium 1, level 2. Free showing. Rated PG     (07) 3840 7768


My Life As I Live It: First Peoples and Black Cinema

Until 1 Sep - Australian Cinémathèque
In conjunction with GOMA's My Country, I Still Call Australia Home, Australian Cinémathèque presents a survey of first peoples and black cinema from around the world. Indigenous Australian films screen alongside international works by indigenous filmmakers, which similarly address subjects of identity, culture and rights.

My Life As I Live It acknowledges that the histories and experiences of these communities and cultures are distinct, but offers an opportunity to explore the shared importance of filmmakers taking control and telling their own stories.
Admission is free, so head to to check out the full schedule of screenings.

The Deadly Brothers

Until September 15

When: 10am – 5pm daily

Where: at Kuril Dhagun

Providing an Indigenous perspective to the Live! Queensland band culture exhibition, Deadly Brothers throws the spotlight on five Indigenous musicians whose inspiration is drawn from their culture.

Over the next four months in kuril dhagun you can discover the musical stories of Classik Nawu, Black Image, The Medics, Mop & the Dropouts, and Harold Blair.


A night by the fire with Classik Nawu    

6th August 2013       

When - 6:30-7:30pm

Where - Talking Circle, level 1, State Library

Cost - Free, booking required

Book via - or 3842 9061 / 3842 9061  


ACPA: Spirit of the Lore

11 to 19 September

Cremorne Theatre, QPAC.  $22 - $30.

In this dramatic world premiere production, Spirit of the Lore explores the importance of initiation within community, the ensuing responsibilities and the danger of youth left to their own devices without the guidance of elders.


Featuring students from the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts, and co-presented by QPAC in association with Brisbane Festival, Spirit of the Lore is a vibrant mix of Indigenous theatre, song and dance.


And making news… a few snippets (for more info on these topics go to ABC online…


A new Bundaberg health service says it will work directly with Aboriginal elders to close the gap on Indigenous health.
Dr Brad Murphy says as the nation's first accredited private Indigenous health service, it will look at innovative ways of facilitating better health. He says he has started consulting with local Indigenous leaders.

Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has ordered an investigation into allegations Cape York traditional owners in far north Queensland were paid $500 each to attend a World Heritage consultation meeting. The Federal Government has been consulting with traditional owners on a possible nomination since late last year, in some cases contracting other organisations to conduct the talks. Lockhart River Mayor Wayne Butcher says there have been four such consultations in his community in the past six months and more than 20 traditional owners were paid to attend one of the sessions last week.

Queensland's Indigenous legal service says it is disappointed to have lost a High Court appeal against sly-grogging charges on Palm Island off the state's north.

Palm Island woman Joan Maloney was challenging a fine she received after being found with rum and bourbon on the island in 2010. The appeal was run by Queensland's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Legal Service. The High Court found on Wednesday that the laws are not discriminatory.

Nineteen Indigenous communities in Queensland are covered by Alcohol Management Plan (AMP) laws that restrict the sale and possession of alcohol. While the challenge was heard in the High Court, nearly 600 appeals against sly-grogging charges were put on hold. Queensland's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service Service spokesman Greg Shadbolt says the High Court's decision is disappointing. He expects many more people will be fined under what he says are laws the target Indigenous people.

Mr Shadbolt says the appeals will now need to be withdrawn. "It does generate a tremendous amount of work for our team and they're under a lot of stress," he said. "Of course we have legislation that by design, in effect, targets Indigenous communities."

Mr Shadbolt says the appeals will now need to be reviewed after yesterday's High Court ruling. He says there is also 100 cases on remand. "One would imagine the majority of clients will provide instructions the matters should be dealt with by way of plea of guilty," he said.

The mayor of Queensland's largest Aboriginal community, Yarrabah near Cairns, says the High Court's decision is a setback for democracy. Yarrabah Mayor Errol Neal says alcohol issues should be managed locally. "There's alcohol issues all around the world and the only remedy I see is to get our people and create more opportunities for our people and employment - it's common sense really," he said.

A 240,000 hectare area of western Cape York in far north Queensland has been formally handed back to traditional owners. The State Government has recognised the Kowanyama people's rights over the area, which does not include the township. The freehold title deed has been given to the local native title body corporate.

This E-newsletter is compiled by ANTaR Qld and sourced from community news items. Subscribe on the right hand side of our home page. Our thanks to the editorial team of Mikie Gardner, Kitty Carra and Melanie Wright.

ANTaR Qld acknowledges the traditional owners of Queensland and we pay our respects to Elders both past and present. We also pledge our support for the ongoing struggle for rights, justice and recognition in this country.