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Perth's Noongar Radio Makes NAIDOC 2017 its own!

hfriedlander, 14th July 2017
In a year when “our languages matter”, Perth’s Noongar Radio said a Kaya, wanjoo! (Hello welcome) to more during NAIDOC 2017 than ever before.

The numbers practically speak for themselves – a staggering 40 hours of specialised outside broadcasting at 11 events over 10 locations!

Noongar Radio broadcast everywhere from Perth’s iconic Elizabeth Quay for the NAIDOC Perth Opening Ceremony to suburban primary schools and even live from within one of Perth’s best-known prisons.

NAIDOC 2017 saw many Noongar Radio firsts – our first Live Outside Broadcast from the coastal city of Rockingham (about one hours drive south from Perth’s city centre) that saw the audience dancing kangaroo-style with the Kaa Kaa Middars (local primary school dance group), the first broadcasts from suburban Mirrabooka (an area with a large Indigenous community), Hillcrest Primary School’s inaugural Beeralyn (NAIDOC) Festival and even Noongar Country’s first Aboriginal Gospel concert!

Perhaps the highlight however, was Noongar Radio’s live broadcast from Wooroloo Prison Farm where Human Rights Campaigner, 2017 Dr Yunupingu Human Rights Award Winner and 2016 Eddie Mabo Award for Social Justice Merv Eades spoke directly to prisoners about his foundation Ngalla Maya, a not-for-profit assisting people into education, housing and work after prison.

“The most important thing for young people”, he says “is to be instilled with a sense of hope”. 

Merv was in the curious position of experiencing the prison from a different perspective having spent nearly two decades in and out of jail – including as an inmate at Wooroloo itself. 

Merv Eades, Gerry Georgatos and the 2Norty Broz at Wooroloo Prison Farm

The outside broadcasts were spearheaded by 100.9FM Perth’s hit breakfast duo, the 2Norty Broz along with Station Manager Paul Whitton producing, Program Manager Jeff Michael, freelance Broadcasting Engineer John Morcombe and veteran broadcaster Jeremy Garlett. Volunteers play a large role in supporting all Noongar Radio broadcasts.

Noongar Media Enterprises Chair Phil Walleystack praised the efforts of the Noongar Radio team saying “There’s such a great vibe happening between all our broadcasters and volunteers, all giving their 100%....With diversity, you create unity."

100.9FM is Perth’s only Aboriginal radio station, nominated for three 2017 CBAA Awards, runner up as NAIDOC Perth Business of the Year 2016 and 2017 and has been lauded on the floor of Western Australian parliament.

The 2Norty Broz can be heard Monday to Fridays, 7-9am.

100.9FM Noongar Radio Perth streams live on

Full list of events:
  • Rockingham NAIDOC Celebration, Wednesday, 28 June
  • Inaugural Beeralyn Festival and Night Markets, Hillcrest Primary School, Friday, 30 June
  • NAIDOC Perth Opening Ceremony from Elizabeth Quay, Sunday, 2 July
  • Mirrabooka NAIDOC Cultural Celebration, Monday, 3 July
  • NAIDOC Family Fun Day, WA Shipwrecks Museum Fremantle, Tuesday July 4
  • Midland NAIDOC Day, Tuesday July 4
  • Indigenous Beats Live, Fly By Night Club Fremantle, Wednesday July 5
  • NAIDOC Family Day, Ashfield Reserve Bassendean, Thursday July 6
  • Inside Out Live, Wooroloo Prison Farm, Friday July 7
  • Goologoolup NAIDOC Week Celebration, Perth Cultural Centre, Saturday July 8
  • Aboriginal Gospel Concert, Fly By Night Club Fremantle, Sunday July 9

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During NAIDOC Week 2017, Noongar Radio broadcast a staggering 40 hours of specialised outside broadcasting at 11 events over 10 locations.


Community radio stations around the country will be celebrating NAIDOC Week from 3 - 10 July.


Four community digital radio (DAB+) services based in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne & Perth will host a special 12-hour broadcast tomorrow to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.