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Links related to the Northern Territory, presented in somewhat random fashion:
Indigenous corporation wins $65m bailout over Ayers Rock Resort
Crocodiles to weather events: The long list of potential killers awaiting you in the Northern Territory
Push for private resorts in Northern Territory parks to attract more visitors
‘Nothing is impossible to those who see the invisible’
Greater consistency needed to protect sacred sites
Aboriginal Arts Funding Cuts
Territoriana: Flag – There are many things that set Territorians apart, and somewhere up the top of the list is their flag. It’s both well-designed and really progressive, and incredibly popular too.
Teenage years of the Northern Territory – Andy Bruyn remembers the good old times—and the not so good old times of the NT. The place has passed its teenage years, so he says, and is well on the way to maturity.
Yuendumu Men’s Museum – A unique museum in central Australia has been restored and re-opened after being abandoned for many years.
Centenary of the Northern Territory – Historian Jack Cross and journalist Nicolas Rothwell discuss the history of the Northern Territory.
NT Centenary: race relations – On the first day of 1911, the Commonwealth took control of the Northern Territory. The town we now know as Darwin was founded in 1869. A few years later with the completion of the Overland Telegraph line Darwin was linked to Adelaide and the southern part of the continent. It’s estimated that around this time the population ratio of Aboriginal people to non-Aboriginal people was 20 to 1. The relationship between the two groups over the past 100 years created a distinct chapter in Australia’s history.
Red dust travelers – outback travel has become now a rite of passage for young and old, an adventure from which many people define their Australianness.
No ordinary piece of bush: the high price of Coronation Hill – The fight over mining at Coronation Hill was fought by Aboriginal people and mining interests, politicians and environmentalists, lawyers and anthropologists.
Tales from the Tinny – Looks a bit fishy, sounds a bit fishy … smells? Very fishy! (Facebook )
The rivers project – We’re winding our way today along two kinds of river: the real river and its environment and people, the Daly River in the Northern Territory; and the imagined or remembered river.
The Northern Territory – growth without development – download
Fairweather’s Darwin – In 1952 artist Ian Fairweather built a raft from post-war rubble he found on Darwin’s Dinah beach. Three aircraft drop tanks gave his alarming contraption just enough buoyancy to make it across the Timor Sea. It was a completely bizarre journey that captured the imagination of a generation and marked Darwin forever.
Arnhem Land women welcome tourism to country – Welcome to My Country is a positive tale of cultural richness and learning
Shellie Morris and the Borroloola Songwoman – Shellie Morris has completed a new album with the Borroloola Songwoman sung in the threatened Yanyuwa language
Gawurra – Gawurra is the latest singing sensation from the Northern Territory. His brand new album is Ratja Yaliyali.
No Accounting – The Jawoyn people of the Northern Territory own and manage some of Australia’s most picturesque and archeologically rich landscapes. Granted a history-making land title claim centred on the famous Katherine Gorge, the Jawoyn Association set up tourist ventures and negotiated mining royalty deals. For many it was seen as a role model for self determination in action. But three years ago the Association’s financial position began to crumble. Last year it came close to insolvency. The question is why?
http://injalak.com – @InjalakArts
Indigenous Protected Area in the NT is the largest piece of land ever put aside for conservation in Australia.
Huge national park declared in Northern Territory
Nitmiluk National Park
July 31- August 3 Garma Festival is a leading cultural exchange event, held annually at remote Gulkula, a traditional meeting ground in Arnhem Land. The Garma Festival has been described as a “nationally significant, intimate, spectacular celebration of cultural traditions and practices – dance, song, music, and art – and the annual venue for a major Key Forum on Indigenous issues.”
Davenport Range National Park
Australians lack Indigenous knowledge: survey
A new survey shows most Australians feel they do not know anywhere near enough about Indigenous culture. The research, commissioned by Tourism NT, indicates 80 percent of adults admit they know little or nothing about Indigenous culture. It also reveals that almost all parents with children under 18 want their children to learn about it. The Northern Territory Government is promoting home-grown Indigenous tourism
Yothu Yindi’s Tribal Voice – In 2001, Yothu Yindi’s ‘Treaty’ was named one of the top 30 Australian songs of all time. But how much do we know about the song and its many layers of meanings? Aaron Corn from the Australian National University has worked closely with the band, and he explains the sacred Yolngu traditions of northeast Arnhem Land that underpin many of Yothu Yindi’s songs.
http://www.yolngutourism.com – https://www.facebook.com/Lirrwi
The Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages is a digital archive of endangered literature in Australian Indigenous languages of the Northern Territory.
This is a living archive, with connections to the people and communities where the books were created. This will allow for collaborative research work with the Indigenous authorities and communities.
Click on the map to enter the archive.
Central Land Council
The Central Land Council is a representative body governed by 90 Aboriginal people elected from communities in the southern half of the Northern Territory.
http://www.injalak.com – Facebook
Northern Land Council
tide times for Cahill’s Crossing
Bilingual education using Aboriginal culture and language
The Barunga Festival is a community festival celebrating community life through sport, music, traditional arts and culture.
850 kilometers southeast of Darwin.
Singing Saltwater Country
Djelk Indigenous Protected Area
Aboriginal groups short-changed on conservation funds
The Djelk Indigenous Protected Area will cover close to 700,000 hectares. One of the largest conservation areas anywhere in the world has been created in the Northern Territory. This globally significant conservation corridor adjoining Kakadu National Park links the Stony Inland Escarpment of the Arnhem Land Plateau to the coast. It’s part of a Federal Government plan to spend $50 million over the next five years increasing the spread of Indigenous Protected Areas by 40 percent.
Finke Gorge National Park / Palm Valley
Jabiluka uranium deposit
Guratba ( Coronation Hill) is a sacred site of importance to the Jawoyn peoplewho believe it to be the resting place of the creator being Bula.
13.58774º S 13º 35′ 15.86″ 132.6051º E 132º 36′ 18.31
Gagudju Cooinda Lodge
Gagudju Dreaming Home Page
Karlu Karlu Conservation Reserve
The site is known as Karlu Karlu to the land’s Aboriginal traditional owners and is located south of Tennant Creek area of Northern Territory. The other name is the Devil’s Marbles Conservation Reserve
Katherine is located 320 kilometers (200 miles) southeast of Darwin and 1185 kilometers (736 miles) from Alice Springs. Often called the ‘Crossroads of the North’ because of its location, Katherine is the fourth largest town in the Northern Territory and is located 312 km southeast of Darwin on the Katherine River , which flows down from the Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk National Park).
Katherine Town Council
The Katherine Regional Tourist Association
Maningrida is located 500 kilometers east of Darwin and 300 kilometers north east of Jabiru. It is on the North Central Arnhem Land coast of the Arafura Sea, on the estuary of the Liverpool River. Maningrida is one of the only Aboriginal communities that didn’t begin life as a mission station. It’s about 300 kilometres east of Darwin and is nestled right on the edge of the Arafura Sea. It has an Aboriginal population of about 900 in the dry season, which increases to 1200 in the wet and there are at least 8 language groups at Maningrida; in fact some would put the estimate at 16 language groups. The community at Maningrida has a long history of trade with Indonesia and its’ art gallery features some of Australia’s best artists.
CLASSIC LNL: Maningrida
Papunya is located about 250 kilometers west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.The principal language spoken at Papunya is Pintupi-Luritja, with Warlpiri, Arrernte and English being widely used as second languages. Papunya is well known as the birthplace of the Western Desert painting movement and is one of the most Lutheran towns in Australia. Papunya is on restricted Aboriginal land and requires a permit to enter or travel through.
Footy on the Tiwi Islands
In the Tiwi Islands (80 km north of Darwin) they say that football is a religion.
Tiwi art and culture – The people of the Tiwi Islands, just off Darwin, are famous for two things: a strong sense of identity, and an extraordinary artistic capability and output.
Indigenous Tourism Development
The development of indigenous tourism products and experiences is a core part of Tourism NT’s overall approach to tourism development. Indigenous people make up one third of the Territory’s population, own approximately half of the land in the Northern Territory and own a majority of the national parks that are jointly managed between government agencies and traditional owners. As such, indigenous people are essential stakeholders in developing tourism in the Northern Territory.
In 2007, Tourism NT and Tourism Research Australia commissioned Nielsen Research to investigate visitor experiences and expectations of Indigenous culture in the NT. The following report looks at the expectations, issues and experiences of visitors that participated in this market.
• Indigenous Cultural Experience Research 2007 (PDF, 521 KB)
The following report provides an overview of the market for Indigenous Cultural tourism to the NT.
• Indigenous Cultural Tourism In Focus (PDF, 447 KB)
In March 2009, Tourism NT commissioned Galaxy research to undertake research on Indigenous culture in Australia. The following report looks at people’s knowledge of Indigenous culture, to the importance of indigenous experiences and its relation to reconciliation.
• Indigenous Cultural Education (PDF, 241 KB)
The Northern Territory Indigenous Tourism Strategy provides a framework for maximising that competitive advantage. The Strategy is being implemented by a team of Indigenous Destination Development staff overseen by an Indigenous Strategic Tourism Reference Group that meets quarterly to discuss progress.
- 2004 NT Indigenous Tourism Strategy (PDF, 1.5MB)
Growing consumer awareness about the contribution of travel to climate change means tourism businesses need to consider ways to become more environmentally sustainable and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The following report investigates how these goals can be achieved.
• Green Tourism (PDF, 217 KB)
• International Volunteer Tourism (PDF, 296 KB)
Wildlife and Birdwatching
Looks at wildlife and birdwatching tourism
• Wildlife and Birdwatching In Focus (PDF, 258 KB)
The Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Awards (Brolga Awards) is the official tourism awards program for the Northern Territory. The Brolga Awards recognise and encourage tourism businesses that strive for excellence in every area of their operation.
Salt-water crocs (‘Salties) of the Northern Territory are the largest of all living reptiles
Current time in Darwin
If you respect the land, then you will feel the land. Your experience will be one that you cannot get anywhere else in the world.
Brian Baruwei, Kakadu National Park
We’re born in Kakadu, we live it. We want to share it with you!
– Slogan: Kakadu Culture Camp
Territory Trails Podtours
Explore the Northern Territory at your own pace with ABC Local Radio’s Territory Trails. Download your free podtour (podcast with a tour!) and immerse yourself in the landscape, history and culture of this unique part of Australia. @783Alicesprings
- Kakadu National Park
- Litchfield National Park
- Darwin to Katherine
- The Red Centre Way
- West MacDonnell National Park
Stone Country Festival
The community of Gunbalanya (Oenpelli) in western Arnhem Land, through its traditional Aboriginal owners, welcomes visitors to spend the day in their community and share in the many activities taking place. Gunbalanya is located 320 kilometres east of Darwin and can be accessed via Kakadu National Park.
The Stone Country Festival is an annual event including cultural dancing, scenic flights, painting and weaving demonstrations. Other highlights are a tour of Injalak Hill to view ancient rock art, some of which have been dated at 20,000 years old, and a concert of contemporary Aboriginal music in the evening.
The normal permit that is required to enter Arnhem Land is waived for the Festival and visitors are invited to camp the night, as long as you depart on Sunday morning. Please note that no alcohol can be brought into the community and an entry fee is charged for each vehicle.
Darwin, Northern Territory
Top End tourism threatened by climate change
Litchfield National Park
Litchfield National Park is100 kilometers southwest of Darwin and each year the park attracts over 260,000 visitors.
The NT Government introduced a ban on single use plastic bags. They are the second government in Australia to introduce such a ban.
March 2012 Pacific-Asia Indigenous Tourism Conference – Blog (Darwin)
March 11 Northern Territory Webinar
October 2-4 Snake as Sister Wildlife Tourism Workshop, Facebook
Get Adventurous (PDF)
May 26-31 Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Land and Sea Managers Network
Facebook – @C4oC