“The government comes, has a look and goes back to their air-conditioned office”: Miriam Charlie. Residents in the four town camps - Mara, Yanyula, Garawa 1, and Garawa 2 - face overcrowding, insecure tenancy, water contamination, and failing health hardware. The recently released Town Camps Review classifies 34 per cent of Borroloola houses in “very poor” condition, and another 25 per cent in “poor” condition.
A post that looks at our research into firespreading raptors in the Top End of Australia ... and beyond.
After 150 years of white development it’s time for environmental justice in the southwest Gulf, for fair treatment and meaningful involvement of Aboriginal people with respect to development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies in their ancestral lands. The goal must be a fair distribution of the environmental benefits and costs.
NT EDO principal lawyer David Morris on local support for the auction: "It's been an incredible outpouring. Particularly, I'm astounded at the response by places where we haven't worked that have heard about this and have said, we want to support this because there's a real potential that our community might need this service in the future."
Despite poverty and marginalisation, there was a spirit of defiance and pride amongst the Elliott mob. The slogan from the previous year’s anti-bicentennial – ‘we have survived’ – had continuing resonance. There was respect for the endurance and fortitude of the many former stockmen who lived in the town. Through their skill and discipline they had earned a limited degree of autonomy, despite working for white bosses, and they had managed to maintain culture and ceremony under difficult conditions.
Bullriders are, for mine, the crazy-brave guys of the rodeo. Bullriding, according to this outline, is perhaps the most dangerous rodeo event: “It’s not if you get hurt, it’s when,” and nearly every bull rider can attest to the truth of that saying. … As with bareback riding, and saddle bronc, bull riders ride with […]
Borroloola in the 1880's: "This town and district are in a state of terror for want of police protection. All the outlaws from Queensland seem to flock here, knowing there is no law to limit them from committing crimes. Horses are stolen, forgeries are committed , all kinds of robberies, debts refused to be settled, all sorts of acts of violence, even a case of sodomy on a drunken man is reported ... "
Welcome to the NT - where the feral cats are as big as children. The cats grow to about 20kg ... the same weight as a five-year-old boy.
Apart from all-to-frequent roadkill there isn't much to see along the 400 or so kilometres of the Carpentaria Highway that runs from the Stuart Highway at Daly Waters to the coast just east of the small town of Borroloola.
Last night Warren Mundine proposed new military-style interventions into Aboriginal communities to provide health services. Chips Mackinolty shows that in the NT, community-controlled health services are the key to efficient and effective than health service provision.