Home' Tennant and District Times : 2016-0422 TDT Contents 6 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 22 APRIL 2016
PAPULU APPARR–KARI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION
he Papulu Apparr Kari Alcohol
Management Program Signage
team have been busy working with
Warumungu Traditional Owners
over the past few months to develop
welcome to country signage for north, east
and southern highway entrances to Tennant
Creek and Warumungu cultural protocols.
Warumungu Traditional Owners agreed the
design for the sign will include footprints leading
into the centre of Tennant Creek from north, east
and southern regions with a man and woman
either side to protect country.
Traditional owners also advised the wording
on the sign should include both English and
Warumungu language and will state: Welcome to
Warumungu Country with a Warumungu language
translation directly beneath.
Two local men, Jerry Freddie and Alistair Burns
have been working on the artwork and graphic
for the design.
Warumungu cultural protocol signage will also be
installed at the following sites in Tennant Creek:
Peko Park, Paterson Street Bus Terminal, Purkiss
Reserve, Haddock Park and roadside stops in
Approval for highway signage is now being
sought from the Department of Construction and
Infrastructure after which Traditional Owners will
be advised of signage launch dates.
PAK would like to thank all Warumungu traditional
owners who participated in the consultations fror
this project. PAK would also like to thank the
Barkly Alcohol Management Reference Group,
Patta Aboriginal Corporation, NT Department of
Business, NT Department of Transport and the
Central Land Council for their support with this
Traditional signage initiative for town entrances
NOT many people know it,
but Indigenous children are
born with better eyesight
than non-Indigenous chil-
Yet by age 40, Indigenous adults
will have six times more blindness
and three times more vision loss
than non-Indigenous Australians
as a result of cataract, refractive
error, diabetic eye disease and
These alarming facts were un-
covered by the 2008 National
Indigenous Eye Health Survey.
Yamba the Honey Ant and Milpa
the Trachoma Goanna have been
working over time to eliminate
They are just back from a whirl-
wind Trachoma Roadshow in the
Barkly where hundreds of children
returned to school in the first week
of Term 2 to see their favourite
It was health promotion and Ant-
astic fun at the same time - some
said it was the best Roadshow yet!
The Trachoma Roadshow trav-
elled 3,500km to seven communi-
ties and performed to more than
800 children and adults.
Amazingly, 45 per cent of the
audiences were adults – childhood
fans of Yamba the Honey Ant who
has been on Imparja Television for
It was the first time that an all
Indigenous cast and crew per-
formed the trachoma healthy liv-
Jacinta Price, Yamba and Milpa
preformed new songs and dances
to teach children about the impor-
tance of clean faces and hands and
keeping healthy and strong.
The children and community
were ANTastically excited at
each performance where they
learned that a clean face means
Milpa’s name means ‘eye’ in
the Warlpiri language and Milpa
wants all children to have good
strong eyes for their whole lives.
Trachoma is easily spread by in-
fectious eye and nose secretions in
young children, so the take-home
message from Yamba and Milpa is
“clean faces, strong eyes”.
Trachoma programs are having
great success. National rates have
fallen from 14 per cent in 2009 to
4.7 per cent in 2014.
There are now 150 communities
in trachoma endemic areas with
zero trachoma and trachoma hot
spots have reduced from 54 to 17
The Indigenous Eye Health at
the University of Melbourne is
working with all juridictions to
eliminate trachoma in Australia
A target was set by the World
Health Organisation’s Accord on
Trachoma elimination and Austra-
lia is the only developed country to
be a signatory to this agreement.
Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal
Corporation is working in partner-
ship with the Indigenous Health
Team to eliminate Trachoma in the
Barkly region by 2020.
The Roadshow was supported
by Indigenous Eye Health at the
University of Melbourne, the
Commonwealth Department of
Health, Anyinginyi and BB & A
Milpa and Yamba are eliminating trachoma in the Barkly
PLAYTIME: Above: Everyone came to see Yamba and Milpa on the first day of term at Ampilatwatja
School. The children at Epenarra School sang a trachoma song for Milpa and Yamba.
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