General News

Dr Claire Griffiths

New partnership starts in northwest Tasmania Media Release, Friday, 28 July 2023 Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre and Department of Health Aunty Deidre McDonald and Dr Claire Griffiths Aboriginal health services in northwest Tasmania have welcomed their first doctor as part of a new placement program enabling doctors-in-training to work across the Tasmanian Health Service (THS) and Aboriginal Health Service (AHS). Last week Palawa woman Dr Claire Griffiths began a 13-week placement working part time in emergency medicine at the Mersey Community Hospital and part time in community health services provided by the ... Read more

Milaythina Nayri, July 2023

Check out the latest edition of Milaythina Nayri - Healthy Country, July 2023 In this issue: Land Management LuntalananaHummockyPreminghanaBig DogTrainingYula Monitoring Firesticks Workshops Tayaritja Milyathina Muka IPA Lungtalanana Cultural Landscape Restoration Read and download the newsletter - Milaythina Nayri, July 2023 (PDF) Cultural fire on Hummocky Read more

ALCT – Closing the Gap

Tasmanian Government’s lack of progress on Close the Gap reforms. Media Release, Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania Today [26 July 2023] the Australian Productivity Commission handed down its findings and recommendations about the national implementation of the Close the Gap reforms. [ see here: Draft Report - Review of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap - Productivity Commission ( ]  The Productivity Commission’s first review of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap shows that governments are not adequately delivering on their commitments to Aboriginal ... Read more

Raise the age

Raise the age For 50 years the organised Aboriginal community through the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre has recognised the fundamental role the criminal law system has played in the oppression of our people. The incarceration of our people at alarmingly disproportionate rates is evidence of that oppression. We’ve been calling for the age of criminal responsibility to be raised for years and fully agree with the advice provided by the Commissioner for Children and Young People, Leanne McLean. It’s unbelievable that today, we are still locking ... Read more

Serving community

TAC looks back on 50 years of serving community by Duncan Bailey,The Examiner, Thursday, 6 July 2023 From two volunteers in an office, the Launceston branch of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre has come a long way. The Aboriginal Information Service was founded in Hobart in 1973, and later became the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre. TAC northern regional manager, Lisa Coulson said the adversity overcome in the early days of the TAC show the commitment of the Aboriginal community to want an organisation to represent them. “From its small beginnings in ... Read more

NAIDOC Week 2023

Sunday, 2 July South 3 PM - Empowering Aborigines - Lecture from Michael Mansell at the Stanley Burbury Lecture Theatre, UTAS, Sandy Bay. Visit the Royal Society website for information and bookings. Royal Society event website (external link) Monday, 3 July All locations 11 AM – Flag raising. Public event, all are welcome. South at piyura kitina/Risdon Cove, arrive by 10.30 am to ascend the hill and 11 am start.North West at TAC pataway/BurnieNorth at TAC Launceston Tuesday, 4 July North West 10 PM to 2 PM - Bingo ... Read more

Jamie Graham-Blair article

Published in the Examiner, written by Stephanie Dalton and updated 24 May 2023 Jamie Graham-Blair is dedicated to fighting climate change using Aboriginal practices (external link to the Examiner) Photo of Jamie Graham-Blair with mutton birds on Big Dog Island. Photo taken by Djuker Hart and published on the Examiner website. A marine scientist, conservation ecologist, tour guide, writer, dancer, photographer, ceremony holder, educator, marathon runner, community elected treaty delegate, activist, and queer advocate are just some of the titles Jamie (Jam) Graham-Blair ... Read more

Job skills workshop

What work skills do you need? Aboriginal Community Workshop We're holding an Aboriginal community workshop to discuss what an employment skills program could look like and we need your help. Tuesday 28 to Wednesday 29 March 2023Orford (Transport, meals and accommodation included) Call or email Nipaluna reception for more information and to register: (03) 6234 What is an employment skills program? There is a program called the Indigenous Skills and Employment Program, which assists Aboriginal people into real jobs and careers. This service is open to all Aboriginal ... Read more

Aboriginal Lands Act 2023

The State Government has again asked for feedback on the Aboriginal Lands Act. We must all act now to make sure the Aboriginal Community decides how the returned land is governed and managed. The Government is encouraging further feedback on revised proposals, which would remove the current safeguards in place regarding the electoral roll and how land is managed. The review of the previous consultation seems to bias certain submissions, who feel that the current process excludes ‘local’ Aboriginal people and organisations. The ... Read more

Cable Car Crusade

Nepotism and farce alive and well in Rockliff’s cable car crusade Despite a comprehensive, independent rejection of the kunanyi cable car proponent’s self-declared ‘best effort’, a new Mount Wellington Cableway Company chair has been appointed to pursue the project once Premier Rockliff decides how to sideline proper process and fast-track an approval for the detested, non-compliant development. The new chair of the company has been, until very recently, ‘Principal Advisor’ in Premier Rockliff’s office, presumably involved in delivering the Premier’s requested advice on ‘developing a pathway ... Read more
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