AQ Monthly - August 2013

ANTaR activities



ANTaR Qld now has 3 working groups focusing on:

  • Stolen Wages

  • The Learning More Program and our Sea of Hands

  • Reducing Incarceration Rates

Learning More Program Working Group: This working group is still looking for a volunteer to store/house the ANTaR Trailer which contains the Sea of Hands and fill the role of logistics coordinator for these boxes of hands. It is an easy job, if one has the room. 

We are also interested in the LMP becoming a course for professional development relevant to many careers. We'll keep you posted.

If you are keen to get involved in any of these Working Groups please email the office and we will pass your details on to the relevant coordinator

Write to the Premier expressing your opposition to the extension of sand mining leases on Stradbroke Island

If this issue concerns you  please email the Premier at or write to him at PO Box 15185, CITY EAST, QLD 4002

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has justified his proposal to extend sand mining leases by a further 8 years by saying locals knew about the issue at last year's election, and that when the locals voted in the LNP they showed their support of it.

However, native title holders and environmentalists say there was no warning the mine could stay open for an extended time. North Stradbroke Island traditional owners say extending sand mining leases may breach their native title determination and they'll challenge it.

For more information about sand mining on Stradbroke Island please read the media release of the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Upcoming Events Around Qld

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

from June 1 - October 7, 2013

at GoMA in Brisbane

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 15 September

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 3 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   

6 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   

Yarnin' Time with Sandra Delaney

9 August 2013

When: 1:00-1:30pm

Where: Cleveland Library, Cnr. Bloomfield & Middle Road, Cleveland

Cost - Free, bookings requried

Book via: Bookings through Eventbrite or 3842 9061   

Book Launch: William Cooper: Gentle Warrior

Tuesday 13 August 2013-07-31

When: 6:00pm for a 6:30 start.

Where: Avid Reader Bookshop 193 Boundary St, West End

Learn about how a Yorta Yorta man brought change and fought for his peoples' rights.

Author: Barbara Miller

Cost: Free, but bookings required.

A Night by the Fire with Angus and Kyel

3 September 2013

When: 6:30-7:30pm

Where: Talking Circle, level 1, State Library

Cost - Free, bookings requried.

Book via - 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.

Winnam ATSI Corp Family Fun Day

Wednesday 25 September

When: 10am – 3pm

Where: Wynnum Bandstand Park (Esplanade and Lower Esplanade Wynnum)

Lots of entertainment including Indigenous dancers; boomerang painting; weaving workshop; didgeridoo playing; picannini Dreaming workshop; community stalls and much more

For more info call: 3396 3431

Brisbane Natives 40 year Anniversary

When: Saturday 12 October at 6.30pm

Where: Broncos Leagues Club

92 Fulcher Road Red Hill

includes naming of the best Brisbane Natives Team of the past 40 years

tickets $40

RSVP by 4 October to brisbanenativewisc@gmail .com

And making news… a few snippets (for more info on these topics follow link or go to Indigenous Alert 22 July 2013 or ABC online…

Diabetes: a deadly threat to Indigenous Australians  
ABC [Radio National] 19/07-2013Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are three times more likely as non-Indigenous people to have diabetes than other Australians

Griffith Uni wrong to ban Indigenous Speaker  
My Sunshine Coast 19/07-2013Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Minister, Glen Elmes, has called on Griffith University to pay for Northern Territory Parliamentarian, Bess Price, to return to Brisbane after banning her from the campus yesterday.

Miners and indigenous on crash course  
Prime 7 - Newcastle 19/07-2013North Stradbroke Island traditional owners say extending sand mining leases may breach their native title determination and they'll challenge it to the nth degree

National Indigenous Music Award nominations announced  
ArtsHub Australia 20/07-2013Gurrumul, Thelma Plum and Benny Walker are among those up for a 2013 National Indigenous Music Award

New landmark fight over offshore mining in Arnhem Land  
ABC [Radio National] 19/07-2013Fifty years after the Yirrkala bark petition in the Top End of the Northern Territory started the land rights movement, Traditional Owners from Arnhem Land have started another landmark fight over mining,this time challenging a string of offshore Petroleum Permits Applications along the Arnhem Land

Panel declares Aboriginal act a 'substantial failure'  
The Australian - National Affairs 20/07-2013The NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act was a "substantial failure" with a backlog of claims that would take 57 years to clear, a review of the 30-year-old legislation has found.

Scholarships aim to turn around Indigenous education results  
ABC News 19/07-2013The head of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation, Andrew Penfold, outlines the case for more scholarships

Indigenous group urges more western rivers consultation  ABC News 30/07-2013  Channel Country Aboriginal group says Queensland's Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps is yet to consult Indigenous groups about the future management of western rivers.

Just released: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse Resource sheet no 21: Trauma-informed services and trauma-specific care for Indigenous Australian children