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Bat of the Week: Little Red Flying Foxes and the invasion of Elliott, NT

Bat of the Week: Little Red Flying Foxes and the invasion of Elliott, NT

I’ve driven through the (very) small Northern Territory town of Elliott–equidistant between Alice Springs and Darwin–a few times this year.

Bird of the Week: Straw-necked Ibis, Longreach Waterhole, NT

Bird of the Week: Straw-necked Ibis, Longreach Waterhole, NT

A few of the birds that passed by my lens while I was camped at one end of the Longreach Waterhole just west of the small NT town of Elliott..

Getting hot, sweaty and happy at the Rayella Band album launch at Elliott, NT

Getting hot, sweaty and happy at the Rayella Band album launch at Elliott, NT

Mark Raymond is a deserved legend in these parts. He is an ex-copper and lead singer of the great and sadly retired Kulumindini Band, who made three great albums (one with the best title - "You're Not Useless" - I've heard in a while) in the late eighties and mid-nineties. Kulumindini gave us a long "tuning-up-song" intro and then launched into their greatest hits and more. The crowd, as they say, went wild.

Rayella – angels whisper in my ear and send shivers up my spine

Rayella – angels whisper in my ear and send shivers up my spine

Ear-worm of the week: The song that has been on high rotation in my head for the past two weeks is the first track on Rayella's eponymous debut album, "Wrong Kind of Man", a love-gone-so-wrong-but-feels-oh-so-right kind of tale.

Marion Scrymgour. From Elliott, Robinson River, the Tiwi Islands and beyond: “Recognise” that blackfellas have survived.

Marion Scrymgour. From Elliott, Robinson River, the Tiwi Islands and beyond: “Recognise” that blackfellas have survived.

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.

Phonebooths of the remote Northern Territory

Phonebooths of the remote Northern Territory

These phonebooths provide a place to record thoughts, alliances, wishes and important information. And despite the rise of mobiles and the internet -- both enthusiastically adopted in the bush -- phonebooths remain an important means of communication for those who've run out of credit or can't afford or can't access a mobile.

Elliott, NT. The town the Northern Territory forgot …

Elliott, NT. The town the Northern Territory forgot …

"This is just bullshit; it’s all gone backwards. Everything goes to Tennant Creek (headquarters of Barkly Council). We want to get Elliott going again, but Tennant Creek just shoots us down in flames," Councillor Ray Aylett.

Church of the Week: Aborigines Inland Mission Church, Newcastle Waters, NT

Church of the Week: Aborigines Inland Mission Church, Newcastle Waters, NT

The Australian Evangel, July 1965. "Prayerfully commit Mr. and Mrs. W. Fejo to God as they take up their work in oversight of the church at Elliott and at Newcastle Waters. Pray that the Christian will pray with them so that the church may grow."

Birds of the Week: Raptors of the Barkly Stock Route

Birds of the Week: Raptors of the Barkly Stock Route

If you like Australian raptors and a big sky there is no better place to get both at the same time than the Barkly Tablelands in the heartland of the Northern Territory.

A tale of two Territory women. Rebecca Healy, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, the ABC and a defamation action

A tale of two Territory women. Rebecca Healy, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, the ABC and a defamation action

On the afternoon of the 26th of January 2012 Rebecca Healy and Rosalie Kunoth-Monks were both on the lawns near to the Aboriginal Tent Embassy across from Old Parliament House in Canberra and far from Tennant Creek. What happened next would see them on opposite sides in the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory.