Our radio station, ABC Far North, covers a huge area of Queensland. Our listening area is just a bit bigger than the state of Victoria. In many areas, we’re the only local station, and there are still places where you can’t hear us, or anything else. But many of the remote indigenous communities around far north Queensland have their own radio stations. We visited one last week – at Aurukun, on western Cape York Peninsula.
Aurukun is about 800 kilometres north-west of Cairns, one of Australia’s most remote communities. It’s home to about 1200 people, most belong to one of five spiritual clan groups: Apalech, Winchanam, Wanam, Chara and Puutch. The local language is Wik Mungkan.
In the centre of town, you’ll find the Indigenous Knowledge Centre – a library, internet hub and radio station. That station has been back on air for a few months now, broadcasting on 107.7FM. The station is part of the Black Star Network http://qram.com.au/2013/03/23/aurukun-joins-black-star/
Centre co-ordinator Monica Haynes and her team make local programs in English and Wik Mungkan. And Monica is learning some Wik Mungkan from Jacinta Karyuka – Jacinta’s been doing work experience at the station, and she’s convinced radio is the career for her.
Listen to 107.7 FM Aurukun and meet Monica & Jacinta.