22 SEPTEMBER 2014 -- Living Black Season 21 Episode 2

In episode 2, our show comes to you on location from the coastal town of Broome in Western Australia.


Reporter: LAURA MURPHY-OATES @lauramoates

The abuse of methamphetamines – known on the streets as ‘ice’ – is reaching crisis levels across regional Australia. Living Black examines this devastating issue from Broome in Western Australia, where many Aboriginal communities across the Kimberley region are struggling with the health and social consequences of this harmful narcotic. Having felt the effects of alcohol and cannabis abuse for many decades, these communities are now concerned over the potential impact of ‘meth’.


Reporter: KARLA GRANT @karlagrant28

Karla speaks with Kathy Watson, a director of the Milliya Rumurra Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre to discuss the crisis of the growing methamphetamine problem in the Kimberley. THREE SISTA’S HOUSING HANNAH HOLLIS @hannahhollis_ Homelessness and unemployment can leave people feeling isolated and can result in a dependency on welfare. The Three Sista’s initiative in far north Queensland is working to break some of the negative cycles afflicting Indigenous people in the region. This Indigenous-owned and operated service provides affordable housing to those in crisis, offering a holistic approach to their health and other needs. It’s a much needed service in Cairns, which has one of the highest rates of homelessness in the country.


Reporter: RYAN LIDDLE @Liddle86

Work on building a new rail line through Melbourne’s west has uncovered more than 5000 Aboriginal stone artefacts. Archaeologists and railway engineers have worked closely with the local Wathaurung people to ensure sacred sites were identified and protected. Pioneering efforts were made to design the new track to carefully work its way through the area without disturbing cultural sites. Living Black has been given access to a special ceremony by traditional owners to mark the repatriation of some items removed for construction.


Reporter: LAURA MURPHY-OATES @lauramoates

The award-winning Broome radio broadcaster who runs her show almost solely by touch. Born with Glaucoma, a condition that would progressively affect her eyesight, Sandy Dann does not let her vision impairment keep her away from a good story.

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