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About this project
It’s all about looking for on-air stories that examine and discuss some of the positives – yes, positives – in the harsh reality that is Victoria’s COVID-19 social restrictions and lockdowns. They exist big time! Here are just a few of them…(click here for the full library).
University of Melbourne embarks on project to gauge COVID-19 impact on Victorian Aboriginal community
Led by Gunai, Yorta Yorta and Gunditjmara man, Alister Thorpe, Lecturer in Indigenous Health, the University of Melbourne appeals for survey responses from across the State
Gurindji man John Burgess talks to CMR about how his business adapted to coronavirus and grew!
Korin Gamadji Institute continues its support for emerging young Aboriginal leaders through COVID-19
The KGI Richmond Emerging Aboriginal Leadership program goes online to continue engagement with young emerging Aboriginal leaders
Click here for all the stories in this project
It’s also important that we’re up to date with all the latest news about COVID-19 figures from around Victoria. So here are the three most recent COVID-19 media releases from the Department of Health and Human Services…(click here for the full library).
Here are the key points from the release dated 23 November 2020. Also included is the full release from DHHS
Here are the key points from the release dated 22 November 2020. Also included is the full release from DHHS
Here are the key points from the release dated 21 November 2020. Also included is the full release from DHHS
Click here for all the news releases in this project
About the Project
The CMR COVID-19 Bulletin Project is a Connection Matters Radio (CMR) entirely self-funded project that is researched, produced and hosted by CMR’s Charles Pakana. It first went live at 4:30pm on Tuesday the 4th of August 2020, airing initially on 3KND 1503.
It came about as a result of a frantic one-and-a-half hours on Sunday the 2nd of August 2020 during the Victorian Premier’s press conference in which he announced Victoria entering a State of Disaster and the introduction of Stage 5 restrictions.
At the time of the press conference, Charles was hosting his Sixties Sojourn radio program. While two-song sets were playing he monitored the ABC News coronavirus live blog and wrote quick updates that were broadcast in between sets. This went on for one-and-a-half hours and inspired him to approach 3KND management with the idea of producing a daily 30-minute COVID-19 Bulletin for the station’s growing audience.
That was on Monday the 3rd of August. The CMR COVID-19 Bulletin was launched the very next day.
The Project's Content
The primary goal of the CMR COVID-19 Bulletin project is to provide audiences with a balanced view of life in the coronavirus pandemic. With that in mind the focus is on searching for and producing on-air stories that are informative, entertaining, constructive and positive.
Is it all About Aboriginal Content?
Not at all. While Connection Matters Radio is Aboriginal-owned and -operated, the majority of content is produced for everybody.
How can I Support the Project?
First up, put your wallet away. Even though this project is 100% self-funded and consumes an enormous amount of unpaid time, as Charles Pakana’s mentor and elder Uncle Talgium Edwards told him at the outset: “Trust in Bunjil and the spirits.”
The way you can help this project is simple: