Tag Archives: yuendumu

Remote Coronavirus: Each community to work out a plan


Meanwhile the Police Association complains about “incredibly slow official response and lack of communication”. Google Earth Photo: Yuendumu, a remote community 300 km north-west of Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


UPDATE 4.30pm Roadside breath testing suspended. FULL STORY »

All Quiet on the Western Front: Not, say media.



“I read a lot, yet in all the time I’ve lived here, this is the first time ever I’ve read Yuendumu being described as volatile,” writes FRANK BAARDA (at left), long time resident of the remote community, mining company manager, store keeper and author of comments about the region which are as funny as they are insightful. FULL STORY »

Mass rally shows fury, distrust for police, government

What must be the biggest demonstration the town has ever seen was mostly a chilling manifestation of the fury and distrust harboured by Aboriginal people – not only Warlpiri –  for the police, the justice system and white governments generally, in the wake of the alleged murder by a police officer of 19-year-old Kumunjayi Walker in Yuendumu. Text and video by ERWIN CHLANDA. Image at left by ROD MOSS. FULL STORY »

Yuendumu murder charge update

A 28–year old male Northern Territory police officer has been granted bail in an out-of-session Local Court hearing to appear in Alice Springs on the December 19, according to a media release from the police headed “Police Officer charged – Yuendumu shooting”.


UPDATE: The Police Association says it “is continuing to support our member who has been charged with murder.


FURTHER UPDATES, 14 November 2019, 5.03pm: “The police officer “will vigorously contest the charge”. 


‘Cop will be labelled for the rest of his life as a blackfeller killer’

UPDATE:  Police say the officer was “stabbed with an edged weapon”.


Otto Jungarrayi Sims (at left) a prominent senior man in Yuendumu, describes the reaction of the community to the fatal shooting by police of a 19-year-old. Meanwhile the police association says “our brave officers … have encountered what was evidently a very volatile and unpredictable situation”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. At right: An angry crowd outside the Yuendumu police station last night.


OTHER UPDATES: The Central Land Council is calling for “an inquiry without delay that is independent of the NT police” and wants to see to see the body camera evidence • Reports that the dead man was on parole were in error. FULL STORY »

When good news breeds more

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A former mediator in Nepal’s brutal civil war applies some lessons learned in troubled Central Australian communities. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Not enough water for Yuendumu to grow

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And two drilling campaigns since 2015/16 have failed to find any, says the Power and Water Corporation. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Holidays in a bog no tall order for Yuendumu cops




Being stuck in the mud was a challenge met with aplomb by outback cops, Sgt Anne Jolley and Const James Rose, writes Mark Roots.


Yuendumu break-ins: culprits are small children




A reliable source says they smashed windows, damaged cars and in one office, set light to files. Aged eight to 10, they will not be prosecuted, say police, who are working with the children’s families. KIERAN FINNANE reports.


Deaths on Tanami Highway: CLC chairman wants action




Damage done by summer rains must be fixed, Fancis Kelly (pictured) tells Transport Minister Peter Chandler. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.