Awards 2016

National Remote Indigenous Media Awards 2016

The annual National Remote Indigenous Media Awards celebrate the achievements in the remote Indigenous media industry. They acknowledge the accomplishments of remote Indigenous media workers and organisations and encourage development and innovation. The Awards celebrate the values of Indigenous community media and broadcasting in remote Australia.

Awards and Recipients


Major Awards

Preston Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement

The Preston Award was inaugurated and presented to PAKAM at the 2003 BRACS Festival (hosted in Darwin by TEABBA), in recognition of one of our pioneers, Mr Nooley Preston. Nooley was a founder broadcaster at Wangki Yupurnanupurru Radio in Fitzroy Crossing and trained for the BRACS Certificate at Batchelor in the first years of the course. He was a tireless and beloved champion of Remote Community Media. The Award is presented annually in recognition of lifetime achievement and dedication to the development of the national remote Indigenous media industry.

Gilbert Walkuli (TEABBA)

Gilbert Walkuli has been a part of the media sector since 1993 when it was formally known as BRACS (Broadcast Remote Aboriginal Community Scheme) and is a TEABBA Board member. He broadcasts from Ramingining and brings his fresh unique style of broadcasting in English, Goomuj and Gupapuyngu. Gilbert has been recognized with numerous industry awards and has the remote Indigenous media industry’s best interest at heart.


John Macumba Indigenous Media Operator of the Year Award

The John Macumba Indigenous Media Operator of the Year Award was inaugurated by CAAMA in 2011, in memory of John Macumba, one of the pioneers of Indigenous media in Australia, who passed away in 2010. “As a radio broadcaster in Alice Springs in the late 1970s, he was one of the first Aboriginal voices on the public airwaves. He was the prime mover behind the establishment of CAAMA in 1981-82, and then - as a consultant under contract to the ABC - he went on to set up Umeewarra Media in Port Augusta in 1989. John was a member of the Ministerial Task Force on Remote Broadcasting in 1982 and a consultant to the Dix Committee's Review of Public Broadcasting in the same year. He was the Founding Chairman of the National Aboriginal and Islander Broadcasting Association (NAIBA), which was the forerunner to the National Indigenous Media Association of Australia (NIMAA).” This Award is sponsored by CAAMA.

Maxwell Tasman (PAW Media)

Maxwell Tasman is a regular broadcaster in Lajamanu community every afternoon. He is very reliable and independent, also producing his own local content with little or no supervision. Maxwell has been broadcasting since 2007. He plays a unique mixture of desert reggae, christian rock, hip hop, and speaks both Walpiri and English during his show. He seeks local news stories every day and invites interesting guests to the studio for live on-air interviews.


CBF Excellence in Community Television Award

CBF inaugurated this Perpetual Award at the 2014 16th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival in the North Peninsula Area of Queensland. This Award acknowledges excellence in community television production. The winner will receive a $5,000 prize and a trophy. They will also their name engraved on a Perpetual Award Plaque held at IRCA. The judging panel is made up of one (1) Board member from IRCA, one (1) Board Member from ICTV and one (1) CBF nominated representative.

Simon Fisher Jnr (PAW Media)

Simon Japanangka Fisher (Junior) is Warlpiri man from Yuendumu. He has worked at PAW Media since 2013 on animation and documentary projects for community and national television broadcast. In 2015 Simon directed Nyurruwiyi Yurrampi, an oral history documentary for NITV exploring the establishment of his home town Yuendumu, and its impact and legacy on the community nowadays.

Simon interviewed more than ten senior community members and past residents researching why Yuendumu was setup and investigating their recollections of the early days. He also conducted important research through various archive collections to locate stories and photography used in the documentary. Simon was integral in editing the documentary and directing and scripting the narration.

Photo: Simon Fisher Snr accepting the award on behalf of Simon Fisher Jnr.

The documentary can be viewed on SBS On Demand:


Annette Victor Collaborative Award

The Annette Victor Collaborative Award acknowledges the contribution of an Indigenous media practitioner in a collaborative community radio or television production (with non-Indigenous staff or co-creators). This award was inaugurated by IRCA and ICTV in 2016 in honour of Annette Victor, an active film and radio producer in the PAKAM network and passionate advocate for the role media can play in improving the lives of Indigenous Australians in remote communities. Annette was an IRCA Board member from 2007–11 and 2013-16 and ICTV Board member from 2006 to 2016. She had received numerous awards at the National Remote Indigenous Media Festivals in recognition of her dedication and contribution to the Industry.

Gayili Yununpingu for 'Bitja Djäma Dhawu - Stories of pictures' (The Mulka Project)

A beautifully edited piece which does justice to the important cultural material and to Ms Mununggurr’s work. This is the last film of the late and great Ms Mununggurr. She was a senior Gumatj woman with a broad cultural knowledge and a flair for storytelling. The Mulka Project has had Ms Mununggurr catalogue over 60,000 images of Yolngu history, culture and people. This film connects her memories and stories linked to the photo archive housed at the Mulka Project. Gayili’s role as film editor for this project was a tremendous undertaking. Her cultural knowledge was crucial for her collaboration with Ms Mununggurr.


Steve McGregor Award for Best Emerging Talent in Film/Television

The Steve McGregor Award for Best Emerging Talent in Film/Television was inaugurated at the TEABBA hosted National Remote Indigenous Media Festival in 2009. Steven McGregor has worked in the film industry since his late teens. He started out as a Production Assistant in the NT Chief Minister’s Media Unit.  He then moved to Alice Springs, where he was a cameraman for Imparja Television, undertaking a traineeship with CAAMA learning writing and directing. He then successfully completed his Masters in Drama Directing with the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in Sydney. Since the mid-ninety’s Steven has written, directed and produced many award winning documentaries and short stories. This Award is sponsored by TEABBA.

Bernard Namok Jnr (TEABBA)

Bernard Namok Jnr started with TEABBA in 2009 as a broadcaster after coming from Maningrida BRACS. His first day at TEABBA was the start of the 2009 National Remote Indigenous Media Festival. Since moving to TEABBA he has excelled in his radio career, and has won the AV Myer Award for AFTRS students in 2015, and also the Koori Mail Scholarship in 2009.  Some time ago, Steven McGregor had a conversation with TEABBA Management about the upcoming anniversary of the TSI Flag of which Bernard’s late father was the designer, and the possibility of making this into a documentary.  Steven then encouraged Bernard to move with it.  With thanks to Steven this documentary is now well into production.  In the final stages of this documentary Bernard has contributed as the main talent and has been responsible for translating and transcribing interviews, getting voiceovers, and researching archives.  Bernard also travelled to Adelaide to pitch this documentary to national TV broadcasters.  Bernard in getting this documentary going has given his family and the Torres Strait Island Community a documentary to pass onto coming generations.


Mr Garawirrtja Memorial Award for Contribution to Media, Entertainment and the Arts

Mr Garawirrtja was a founding member of TEABBA 1989 on its inception, contributing 20 years of dedicated service to TEABBA and the Indigenous Multimedia Industry both remotely and Nationally. His involvement in this industry has been nationally recognised for his contributions to dance, music & media, by being one of Australia’s best BRACS/RIBS Broadcasters. Participating in many Local & National Indigenous Incentives, Australian Olympics Indigenous Broadcast, Garma Festival, Barunga Festival and as well as the NT Indigenous Music Awards, now National Indigenous Music Awards. Promoted and participated with bands from the Galiwinku Community, Elcho Island, East Arnhem Land. These include United in One (Gospel), and the Soft Sands. Mr Garawirrtja has worldwide recognition and is respected as a role model and leader for his enthusiastic and passionate work in the Indigenous multimedia industry, known through his Film contributions to the Yarning up Series, by introducing the very popular Chooky Dancers. 

Jedda Puruntatimeri (TEABBA)

TEABBA Chairperson, Paulina Puruntatimeri, affectionately known as "Jedda" is a Tiwi Islands lady. She is very passionate about training people in remote Indigenous communities. Jedda has done radio in her communities and made two short film documentaries that have screened with national television broadcasters and around the world at various film festivals. She is committed to digital archiving, and represents her Community art center. Jedda has a strong media vision and has represented the national Indigenous media sector in many roles.


NITV Spirit Initiative

The NITV Spirit initiative - it used to be called the 'NITV Spirit Award' - has evolved into a practical work placement with NITV. It is offered for an emerging Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person that is working within the film and television industry from remote or regional areas in Australia.  The selected candidate will travel to Sydney for a 3-week practical placement with NITV within the SBS building in Sydney and be mentored by NITV staff in different areas of TV broadcasting.  They will also be supported to:

  • Produce an Our Stories (1 x 15 minute) documentary in language (to the value of $12,000) 

  • Produce a news story from your local community 

  • Attend the Australian International Documentary Conference, Melbourne, in February 2017.  

Viviana Petyarre (CAAMA)

Alywarre woman,  Viviana Petyarre from the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA), won the 2016 NITV Spirit Initiative with her pitch to create a short film based on her travels from Alice Springs to Utopia. In the film Viviana will visit her three Grandmothers and learn about her ancestors and country. The urgency of the journey for Viviana's family is that her Grandmother's country has been flagged for mining. Utopia is an ancient place that holds a cave system with rock paintings and other sacred sites that hold her family history.


Mr McKenzie Award

The Mr McKenzie award recognises outstanding contribution to remote indigenous television. It is named in honour of one of the pioneers of the industry, Simon Tjiyangu McKenzie, who with his wife Pantjiti, recorded thousands of hours of Pitjantjatjara cultural and community video content for EVTV (Ernabella Video Television) from 1984 - 1996.

Henry Augustine (PAKAM)

Henry Augustine has worked with PAKAM and Goolarri Television since 1997. He has returned in recent years to his home community of Beagle Bay where he continues to produce community videos for ICTV. He has served many years on the boards of ICTV and PAKAM and is currently PAKAM Chairperson.


Remote Media Industry Awards

Governance Development Award

This Award is to recognise best practice in governance and leadership. Organisations are invited to outline activities in the last year relating to governance development and training, strategic planning, community consultation and engagement, or other activities that have improved organisational governance practices.


TEABBA has been established for 26 years and implements a Governance model of best practice. They have a strong Board who have completed ORIC Governance training and provide substantial input into TEABBA’s strategic plans. TEABBA’s funding has increased in the last ten years due to great outcomes, no breaches and excellent governance. Chairperson Jedda Puruntatameri has been a board member for almost 20 years.


Best Technical Innovation Award

This Award recognises innovation and technical solutions to address challenges of remote broadcast, media and communications delivery, including responding and adapting to digital convergence opportunities. Organisations are invited to outline a recent project or activity that has been implemented to effectively address a technical issue or need.

PY Media for Community Sound Poles

The solar powered Sound Poles developed by PY Media with Pecan Lighting have overcome the challenges of many APY Land residents without radios being able to access the 5NPY broadcast. By installing the uniquely designed listening points in the community, PY Media have ensured that the radio is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Successful installation has been completed in the communities of Mimili, Fregon and Amata. The response has been excellent, with community congregating around them; listening to OB’s, local talkback radio, APY Land Council Meetings and music. The Sound Poles are cost effective and sustainable.


Best Station Promotion Award

This Award is open to organisations to apply. It recognises the originality, production values and effectiveness of a short promotion, station ID, sponsorship campaign or community service announcement.

PAW Media

PAW Media’s station promotion uses a catchy beat with strong Warlpiri voices to get their 8PAW station ID right up front. Great editing and a great sound make this a standout station promo.


Best Outside Broadcast Award

This Award is open to organisations to apply based on an outside broadcast in the last 12 months. It recognises the importance of outside broadcasts as a means of engaging with the community and featuring special events or community activities. Samples of the broadcast are required to demonstrate community participation and effectiveness of event or activity coverage.           


With the live broadcast of the 50th Anniversary Wave Hill Walk Off Freedom Day Festival 2016, the live outside broadcast in the remote community of Kalkarindj, was one to remember for the TEABBA crew. Bringing all the listener's culture, song, dance and history within the 29 remote Indigenous communities and also to listeners nationwide through other stations around Australia that took their live feed. For the first time in three years, Daguragu 5.7Kms out of Kalkarindji were able to tune in as well which made listening to the performances on the night much easier for the old people of Daguragu who might have had trouble travelling to and from Kalkarindji.


Best Radio Interview Award

This Award is open to individuals. It recognises an outstanding radio interview, oral history or spoken word program. It can be live or pre-produced and must have been aired in the last 12 months.

NG Media

The project with Wingellina School was part of NG Media’s work with the schools on the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, engaging middle and high school students. The process included all students, even those who lacked the confidence to go on air. This interview is one in a series of interviews conducted by the students where they interview Indigenous elders and community leaders who are role modeling positive lifestyles. The messages are about education and working together within the community. These leaders are talking to the students, and also providing an Indigenous perspective for the wider listening audience.


Best Radio Documentary Award

This Award is open to an individual or organisation. It recognises the research, story development, interview techniques and post production that go in to making an effective radio documentary. The radio documentary must have been completed in the last 12 months.

PAW Media

Road safety messaging has long been part of PAW Media’s radio and music work. Starting with the NT Road Safety Campaign that produced compilation CDs through Music NT, PAW Media has branched out into its own recording of road safety messages. This hour long radio documentary combines spoken messages with themed music using community voices to localise the messaging and increase its relevance.


Best Training and Professional Development Award

This Award is open to organisations to apply. It recognises the planning and delivery of engaging, timely, appropriate training and professional development for media workers and staff. It can include formal and informal training and partnerships, provided the role of the nominating organisation is clearly outlined.


TEABBA staff have developed training assessment booklets for RIBS staff and other participants. They have both male and female Indigenous TAE staff with media industry qualifications and Working with Children Ochre Cards.  This enables TEABBA to have flexible response if there are any sensitive protocol concerns and to ensure safety. The training methods have resulted in increased confidence in the broadcasters, greater access to show content and improved equipment knowledge providing the ability for faults to be rectified over the phone. The best outcome has been the employment of several of the participants within their Regional Council .


Best Innovation in Digital Media Award

This Award is open to an individual or organisation to apply. It aims to showcase innovative use of digital and online media technologies and platforms to deliver content and engage with new and existing audiences. It may include social media, website development, audio streaming, podcasting, blogging and apps.

The Mulka Project

The Mulka project is a thriving hub of creativity that utilises innovative digital media to preserve the unique culture and language of the Yolngu. What essentially started out as a cataloguing exercise, turned into creating an archive of Yolngu cultural knowledge. There is always an audience viewing material on the public computers or in the project's cinema facility. After school the centre is full of school children viewing the broad range of material made available to them. It is obvious that the young people love being there and are proud of their cultural heritage. The Yolngu cultural knowledge and the latest technology meet at The Mulka Project, two knowledge economies entwined.


Best Song Award

This Award is open to an individual artist or band across all genres. It recognises the musicianship, originality of lyrics and style and how the song engages the audience.

Gawurra – Ratja Yaliyali (CAAMA)

Ratja Yaliyali (Vine of Love) is a beautiful track blending a well-known Yolngu songline with contemporary production from Broadwing. Ratja Yaliyali is the thread of love that keeps everything connected. When Yolngu people hear it they feel the spirit in their hearts, it touches them and makes them stronger.


Best Album Award

This Award is open to an individual artist or band across all genres. It recognises the musicianship, originality, message, production values, and the overall listening experience for the audience.

Gawurra – Ratja Yaliyali (CAAMA)

Ratja Yaliyali ('Vine of Love') takes its title and focus from a Yolngu songline from Gawurra's country of Milingimbi Island. It is suggestive of the totemic plants, animals, and natural rhythms from Gawurra’s homelands. In "Guwak (Little Black Bird)", you can hear Gawurra's repeating vocal refrain recalling the chirrup of the titular bird. All songs are in Gupapuyngu language.


Organisational Awards

Best Emerging Radio Talent

CAAMA - Selina Malbunka 
NG MEDIA - Denzil Martin
PAKAAM - Jamie-Lee Chaquebor
PAW MEDIA - Warwick Williams
TEABBA - Barak Sambono Snr
PY MEDIA - Amos Frank 
ARDS - Roberta Dhurrkay

Best RIBS Operator Award

CAAMA - Phillip Alice 
NG MEDIA - Simon Butler
PAKAM - Henry Augustine
PAW MEDIA - Maxwell Tasman
PY MEDIA - Kevin Kumana Tjami 
TEABBA - Gilbert Walkuli
TSIMA - Janelle Gebadi