IRCA is the peak body that represents and advocates for the media and communications interests of remote and very remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia. IRCA promotes the important role played by remote Indigenous media in maintaining language and culture and providing tools for self-representation and community development. IRCA supports remote Indigenous media organisations (RIMOs) that have played a key role in the development of the remote media and communications industry in Australia.
IRCA is proud to announce the following results of the Remote Media Awards for 2014:
Winner of the Preston Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement: Henry Augustine of Pilbara and Kimberley Aboriginal Media (PAKAM)
Henry has been a dedicated remote media worker for 17 years, starting with Goolarri Media in 1997, training and working as a sound recordist, TV presenter and radio broadcaster. He successfully completed Cert II in BRACS through Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Education. And Certificates II and IV in Broadcasting (Screen) through Goolarri Media. He worked for many years in the PAKAM RIMO Coordination Unit, managing the PAKAM Radio Network hub in Broome and producing many video programmes for ICTV. Last year he returned to his home community of Beagle Bay and continues to broadcast daily on the PAKAM network and make video programmes for his community. Henry has been a tireless worker for the development of Indigenous media in remote communities of the Pilbara and Kimberley and has served conscientiously on the boards of PAKAM, ICTV and IRCA.
Winner of the NITV Spirit Award: PAW Media for 'Desert Yarns - Yuendumu Early Days' (presented by Pauline Clague, NITV)
The NITV Spirit Award, initiated in 2013, is given to develop a video project with a strong storyline into a half hour documentary for prime time screening on NITV. NITV provides a presale of $30,000 to the organisation and supports the organisation with the project’s development. This is the second year PAW Media have won this prize.
The 16th Festival held at the exotic tip of Cape York Peninsula in the Northern Peninsula Area (NPA), concluded with a magical grand finale on Friday night 26th September.
The 2014 Festival was coordinated by IRCA in partnership with Queensland Remote Aboriginal Media (QRAM), the Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council (NPARC), Indigenous Community Television (ICTV), and the Torres Strait Islanders Media Association (TSIMA).
150 remote community broadcasters, media producers and industry partners converged from across Australia for the week of activities (22-26th September). Delegates participated in the packed program of skills workshops, industry roundtables, video screenings, live radio broadcasts, music performance and cultural events.
Festival delegates were treated to a stunning closing concert featuring five traditional dance troops representing the 5 clan groups within the region, followed by two local bands. Over 400 community members joined delegates in a cultural feast and the concert program.