Last week we welcomed our new CEO, Catherine Liddle to the FNMA team. Catherine will work closely with Daniel Featherstone during a three-month handover period as she settles into the new role. Catherine is known to many in our industry through her previous role with Jawun Indigenous Corporate Partnerships, as interim-General Manager at ICTV and her work with NITV over a number of years. Catherine is looking forward to catching up with members, stakeholders and industry partners at CONVERGE Alice Springs and excited about the role ahead. "This is a great time to be joining First Nations Media Australia," says Catherine, "with so many positive projects underway and in the pipeline I’m really looking forward to supporting our sector in this position and continuing the good work the Board and the staff team have in progress." Catherine can be contacted via or at the office on 08 8952 6465.
Catherine Liddle, Daniel Featherstone and Claire Stuchbery are attending the 2019 CBAA Conference in Melbourne this weekend to keep up to date with developments in the broader community radio sector.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island delegates attending the conference caught up for a First Nations meet-up just before the event kicked off. Catherine facilitated a session about increasing First Nations content on general licensed stations in discussion with Erica Higgins from 3KND, Johnny Mac from 3CR, Grace Pashley from 4ZZZ and Claire Stuchbery talking about indigiTUBE. The conference sessions are streamed live here.
The Coalition of Peaks has been running engagement sessions all over the country to get community input on priorities for Closing the Gap. The group of 40 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations has signed a partnership agreement with Government to co-design a new Closing the Gap framework for the next ten years and they’re asking for your thoughts. In addition to the community meetings, an online survey is underway for individuals to have your say. First Nations Media Australia will submit a report on discussions with our members. We encourage all media staff to participate in the survey and to share this information with your audiences. The survey closes on 8 November. View the press release here and complete the survey here.
The fourth Winda Film Festival returns from 21-24 November 2019 at the Event Cinema, George St, Sydney. The Festival is looking for volunteers to contribute to this four-day celebration of Indigenous films. To get involved email
Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department has been running a roadshow to talk about the next 25 years. Along with AFTRS Indigenous, ABC Indigenous and NITV, Screen Australia has been visiting towns and cities to meet emerging and established Indigenous creatives. Discussions cover funding and career development opportunities and allow for one-on-one conversations with representatives from each organisation. Upcoming dates include 25 November in Shepparton, 26 November in Melbourne, 27 November in Adelaide 28 November in Port Augusta and dates are being confirmed for Ballina and Sydney in December. Read more here.
The ACMA is calling for applications for an analog community radio license in Mount Barker, South Australia. This presents an opportunity to establish a First Nations media service in the Peramangk region. Applications must be submitted by 29 November. Read more about the application process here.
Registrations are now open for CONVERGE Alice Springs with early bird ticket prices wrapping up today. We’re pleased to announce Larry Parr, Chief Executive of Te Mangai Paho as our keynote speaker. Larry will share the experiences and learnings from the Maori media shift in New Zealand. The full conference schedule is now available on our website here, along with shortlisted nominees for the 2019 First Nations Media Awards. Travel subsidies are available for FNMA members. Please indicate if you would like travel support when registering.
Traditional Owners from the Kaurareg nation welcomed over 150 delegates from the First Nations media industry to Waiben (Thursday Island) in September for the biggest festival yet with delegates from 34 organisations travelling from every state. We want to thank our co-hosts, TSIMA Radio 4MW for all of their work in putting together a successful event. Delegates participated in skills workshops, forums and discussions, nightly cinema screenings, awards, cultural activities and a showcase of local contemporary music and arts. The incredible work produced within the skills workshops can be viewed on our website here. A full communique will be published soon. In the meantime, check out the story in the Koori Mail this week!
Every night as the sun goes down and the stars come out, be lulled to sleep with a lullaby sung in Noongar. Djinda Djinda Kanangoor (Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star) is a magical nursery rhyme video created to teach us how to sing one of the world's oldest lullabies, in one of the world's oldest languages.
CAAMA Radio will join the Anangu traditional owners to celebrate the closure of the Uluru climb. To mark this momentous and historical occasion CAAMA Radio will be broadcasting live from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park on Sunday 27th October from 2pm to 9:30pm CST
There will speeches and interviews followed by Inma, a traditional Anangu ceremony.
Entertainment from Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir, Mala Band, Mutitjulu Band, Docker River Band and Shane Howard Trio and Trevor Adamson.
Tune in your local station or listen to our live stream download the CAAMA app or go to
Koori Radio are hosting a family friendly event called Kooriween on Sunday 27 October on Koori Radio rooftop.
Get dressed up as your worst nightmare.
Gold coin donation upon entry.
Beyond the Bars is an initiative from the First Nations broadcasters at 3CR in Melbourne to give voice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victorian prisons during NAIDOC Week.
Each year the station produces a CD showcasing segments from the broadcast. This year's CD launch is on 14 November at MAYSAR - all welcome.
This month we are pleased to welcome some new members to First Nations Media Australia:
Ordinary Members
  • Queensland Remote Aboriginal Media (QRAM)
Associate (Organisation)
  • Australian Institute of Abpriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
There's a great job going at our only national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander print newspaper! Koori Mail is looking for someone to join their team in Lismore, NSW as an Online Coordinator to support the Editorial and Advertising departments.
They're after someone who:
- Is tech savvy and experienced in website maintenance and social media platforms to inform and engage audiences
- Familiar with social media scheduling and reporting programs
- Has the ability to support the development of creative and fresh content
- Excellent communicator with exceptional grammar, spelling and a flair for creative writing
- A multi-tasker with a keen eye for detail and knowledge of social media analytics.

To do this, we need someone who has exceptional attention to detail, is hard working, shows a great work ethic, works well within a team environment, and can work towards deadlines and under pressure when needed. A bonus would be if you had a passion for creating content using digital media (audio/video).
Applications will be by Expression of Interest.
Closing date for Expressions of Interest is 4pm Friday 8th November, 2019.
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons are strongly encouraged to apply.
For more information please contact Naomi Moran, General Manager - 0499 991 625 or email:

The CMTO is now seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from people across Australia who are suitable and willing to be considered for appointment to our Board of Directors.
The current CMTO Board is comprised of people are nominated by peak representative bodies across the community broadcasting sector. The board is seeking to enhance the effectiveness and relevance of its strategic capacity by ensuring that it continues to be informed by diverse and inclusive perspectives on developments in community media.
It hopes to build this capacity by adding up to two additional independent Directors to the current board of five. Enquiries about the EOI and its process can be directed to Christina Spurgeon via chair at
Download the EOI pack and form here.

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