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Posted on 29 June, 2018

Let's talk about gambling

Let's talk about gambling

After being awarded a national award for a radio series about gambling, ARDS will take conversations about gambling and community resilience to the streets, with a new three-year project.

Nhaliy dhu Yolŋuy yutjuwaḻakum mari beŋur pokies-ŋur? – ‘Finding a pathway to reduce harms caused by pokies’ – is a 12 part series airing on Yolŋu Radio and available online. It was sponsored by the Northern Territory Government through the Community Benefit Fund's (CBF) Gambling Amelioration grants.

The series was awarded ‘Best Radio Production’ at the 2017 Indigenous Remote Communications Association (IRCA) Awards. Now the CBF has approved ARDS' application to bring this project into communities over the next three years.

In our new project, ARDS will travel to several locations to hold dialogues with Yolŋu. Framed around the stories developed in the radio programs, the dialogues will seek to stimulate broader conversations about community resilience.

ARDS has spoken to clan leaders in a number of Laynha homelands, and expect to kick off conversations there later this year. Over the next three years, we also expect to hold dialogues with Yolŋu in Yirrkala, Darwin and other locations to be determined.

The conversations will represent a major innovation in the Northern Territory: an in-language, holistic, ‘both ways’ information-sharing approach to gambling harm minimisation in Indigenous communities.

We will also produce new radio programs that capture the feedback and insights generated by the dialogues.

We look forward to bringing you updates about this project as we get started.

Photo: The team who worked on the 'Pokies Story' radio series – Howard Amery, Gawura Waṉambi and Andrew Pascoe – with their ‘Best Program Award’ from the Indigenous Remote Communications Association. 

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