GEORGE’S FURY: In March this year cyclone George hit Western Australia’s Pilbara coast.
The category-4 cyclone killed three people, injured at least twenty more and devastated the Aboriginal communities east of Port Hedland, completely wrecking many homes and cutting off water and electricity.
Residents of those communities had no choice but to move to Port Hedland, a mining town that’s already suffering a housing shortage due to the current resources boom. In many cases, Aboriginal people have had to move into the already-overcrowded homes of family and friends, while they await the rebuilding of their community.
But rebuilding is a slow process, taking 4 – 6 months at least and in one instance, as many as 50 people are living in the one South Headland house, waiting to be told they can go back home.
Join Living Black’s Emma Cook as she travels to Port Hedland and the outlying Aboriginal communities, to see devastation the George has wrought and the continuing heartache as families live in limbo.
BOWRAVILLE MURDERS: Seventeen years ago, three Aboriginal children disappeared from the New South Wales town of Bowraville. The bodies of 4 year old Evelyn Greenup and 16 year old Clinton Speedy-Duroux were found several months later. The body of 16 year old Colleen Walker has never been found.
Recently, NSW Police increased the reward money for any information that will help them solve the murders. Living Black’s Kris Flanders speaks to members of all three families, to find out how they’re coping with the loss of their loved ones, while host Karla Grant interviews Detective Inspector Gary Jubelin, who’s been working on the case for more than a decade.
LISA FLANAGAN PROFILE: Lisa Flanagan is an emerging 28 year old actress standing up for her people with determination and passion. Hailing from Adelaide, she won a best supporting actress nomination from the Film Critics Circle for her role in the film Look Both Ways. Lisa is currently performing in Company B’s production of Parramatta Girls in Sydney. She talks to Living Black’s Jacinta Isaacs about growing up and working with Leah Purcell, along with her future plans.
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