CfCSC Project Officer Samantha Ryan and Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council Engagement Officer Russell Gibson
CfCSC Project Officer Samantha Ryan and Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council Engagement Officer Russell Gibson

Postdoctoral Researcher Martin Potter and Centre Project Officer Samantha Ryan conducted a scoping study with the Australian Indigenous Communications Association (AICA) in Hope Vale, Cape York, on indigenous radio.

The 2014 pilot project sought to develop indigenous communication centres in four proposed sites. The proposed initiative was about fostering Indigenous knowledge, developing local skills, playing to cultural strengths and building on current community activities and infrastructure. The Centre would work across many media – radio, online, print and video and would offer training, content production and numerous enterprise opportunities.
 
The aim of the study was to establish an understanding of the project at a local community level and to better understand community interest, capacity, needs and constraints.
 
The team spent five days visiting stakeholders working across sectors and representing different aspects of the Hope Vale community and external engagement with service providers and government in Cairns and Cooktown.
 
“It was excellent for us to be out in the field getting the perspectives of that community. They were supportive of the idea of the communication centre and the role it could play in their community, especially promoting youth leadership, language and culture. We’re looking forward to working with AICA on the next stages,” Samantha said.
 
This scoping study reflects the findings of the first stage of a proposed multi-stage pilot project to create Indigenous Communication Centres, building on the current network, activities, cultural importance and community ownership of the Remote Indigenous Broadcasting System (RIBS) and the Remote Indigenous Media Organisations (RIMOs).
 
In this initiative, UQ is working with Australian Indigenous Communication Association (AICA). AICA is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander national peak elected representative body for all aspects of the broadcasting and media sector in Australia.
 
The AICA provides support, representation and a voice for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and organisations that are actively involved in or connected with broadcasting.
 
The AICA also formulates and advocates policy with and for the national members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander broadcasting and media sector in urban, rural and remote areas who are working within broadcasting, print, online, film, video and television.
 

 

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