The 2014 National Remote Indigenous Media Festival organised by the Indigenous Remote Communications Association, and now in its 16th year, is being held this week on the tip of Cape York Peninsula.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has congratulated organisers of the festival for bringing together representatives of Indigenous media outlets to discuss issues affecting their industry.
“The festival is a major industry event celebrating achievements and building the capacity of the remote Indigenous media sector,” Minister Scullion said.
“For the next five days, people from remote Indigenous media outlets and industry guests will have an opportunity to share their knowledge and experiences with one another to grow their skills and further develop the capacity of remote Indigenous media.
“Industry professionals will have a unique opportunity to discuss and share in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media issues with their media colleagues and industry experts.
“Not only do Indigenous media outlets play a key role in providing valuable information to people living in remote communities, they also increase employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians seeking a career in the media industry.
“Remote Indigenous media outlets also provide a vital platform for the Government to engage with Indigenous Australians about services being delivered in remote communities.
“These are being delivered through the new Indigenous Advancement Strategy which is focused on achieving positive outcomes in the Government’s key Indigenous Affairs priority areas of getting children into school, adults into work and making communities safer.”
The festival will run from the 22-26 September in the Northern Peninsula Area and will include the 2014 Remote Indigenous Media Awards to appropriately recognise the valuable role played by the remote Indigenous media industry.
For more information go to www.irca.net.au/festival/2014-festival
Download media release:
2014-09-22 FINAL MR – SCULLION – National remote indigenous media festival.pdf