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 and PAW Media reps met with Lajamanu community leaders and elders and local agencies today. The elders group gave approval for the 17th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival to go ahead in Lajamanu this year. Thanks to everyone we met with for all the interest and support for the Festival. Thanks also to Lajamanu RIBS operator Maxwell Tasman for organising the meeting and spreading the word. We look forward to working with everyone to make it a great event.
One of the forefathers of Indigenous radio broadcasting and the remote Indigenous media industry, William Thaiday, passed away recently in Rockhampton Hospital.
Uncle Bill, as he was known to us all with respect and affection, was a pioneer in the establishment of Indigenous radio broadcast services right across the country.