Adelaide rally staged to save aboriginal services


Dozens of people travelled from the Murraylands to take part in the rally against the funding cuts to Raukkan and other aboriginal services.

About 300 people marched through the streets of Adelaide on Friday against the forced closure of aboriginal communities and the funding distribution of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS).

In May, The Standard reported that individual Aboriginal communities in South Australia had received less than 10 per cent of the funding they need, with most of the $4.9 billion IAS funds allocated to non-indigenous organisations.

Raukkan only received 7pc of the funding it applied for: $44,000 a year to run the community and council.

Ngarrindjeri woman Shelley Sumner, of Murray Bridge, said she was fighting for the future of Raukkan - her birthplace.

"I came today because I'd seen in The Standard about what's happening to Raukkan," she said.

"It made me feel sick.

"That's our home and we'd like to see it keep going."

Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement chief executive officer Cheryl Axelby said money needed to be handed back to Aboriginal communities and organisations to empower indigenous Australians and give them a voice.

"We no longer have a voice about what's happening for us," she said.

"Port McLeay community has been impacted by the IAS money…it means now they're not going to have the power to make their own decisions in regards to their destiny.

"At the moment we are being forced into making decisions that we don't want to make as Aboriginal communities."

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