Bores with high iron content can be a haven for disease-causing bacteria.
Many remote communities in Australia's north rely on bore water. But a new microbiology analysis suggests that the chemistry of untreated water can allow disease-causing bacteria to grow unchecked.
Most Indigenous art works are produced in around 90 Indigenous art centres located in very remote regions of Australia.
Most Indigenous art works are produced in around 90 Indigenous art centres located in very remote regions. But there are staff and management issues, which can be solved by better VET programs.
Nawarddeken Academy’s self-built school is an example of reinvesting funds from payment for ecosystem services to meet critical community needs in innovative ways.
Image: Bjorn Everts/Nawarddeken Academy
We now have a proven model for supporting self-determined building on Aboriginal homelands. The next question is how can its reach be extended?
Fire has burned through a swathe of the Tjoritja National Park.
Tasmania wasn't the only part of Australia that burned in January. The remote interior near Alice Springs saw a huge blaze, worsened by invasive buffel grass.
Doing it locally: workers in the Gumatj timber workshop, Gunyangara.
Centralised policies are not meeting the needs of remote Indigenous settlements. Increasing their decision-making input and the role of local industry can overcome the challenges of building remotely.
Wallace Rockhole, NT.
Drinking water in Australia can be contaminated by natural and manmade processes, especially in communities. Innovation is needed to ensure water is ‘fit for purpose, place and people’.
There is a great appetite for digital connectivity among people in remote communities.
It's the people most dependent on social services, who are least able to easily transition into the digital age.
A bough shelter made for the funeral of W. Willika in the remote Northern Territory community of Barunga.
Photo: Claire Smith
In remote Northern Territory, most Aboriginal people have been buried in unmarked graves. Archaelogists are carrying out painstaking detective work to help communities find their loved ones' remains.
To enhance the opportunities for children, we need to ensure we have vibrant and valued rural communities with a strong social and economic future.
A government review of regional, rural and remote education tells us we need to recognise the uniqueness of and understand successes in these communities to improve outcomes for these students.
A remote community in the Cape York region of Queensland.
Decent housing underpins the Closing the Gap goals, with a decade-long national remote housing program having made measurable progress. If the Commonwealth pulls out now, hard-won gains could be lost.
Communities in Cape York are among those with restricted access to mains water.
Some remote Australian communities have access to drinking water for only nine hours a day but can use ten times the average of urban households.
Indigenous children who participate in AFL have better physical and mental health than those who don’t.
Much has been written about success of Indigenous players at elite levels of the game. But perhaps the more important story is one of Indigenous participation in grass roots and community football.
The absolute level of income tends to be higher in the cities than the regions - but this has always been so.
New research released today by the Grattan Institute shows that income growth and unemployment rates are not obviously worse in regional areas.
Ethiopian farmers exchanging phone numbers with a research assistant.
Mobile phones are often touted as technology that can help bring economic benefits to the poor. But the benefits to those living in rural and remote areas without other infrastructure are limited.
We're used to debating the region's environment. But far-western Brazil has lots of urban problems too.
Clean water can help to break the link between poor hygiene and eye diseases such as trachoma.
Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA)
As Australia joins a New York summit to discuss the UN Sustainable Development Goals, it still faces questions over whether it is meeting water standards at home.
Education and training alone are enough to tackle youth unemployment.
The government assumes that with the right education and training, a young person will be able to get work. But this is not the case, especially for young people who live in rural and regional areas.
Imagine spending an extra $68 every time you did a $100 shop – and getting nothing extra for it.
On average, all food is 53% more expensive in remote communities, with the price increasing annually by approximately 5%, compared to an annual rise of only about 1% in Darwin supermarkets.
Syphilis outbreaks tend to occur in marginalised populations where there is a lack of affordable, appropriate and culturally acceptable health care.
The syphilis outbreak in Central Australia is not about child abuse. But it highlights the urgent need for investment in sexual health services for Aboriginal Australians living in remote areas.
Go with the flow: scarce water has allowed Outback species to persist for millennia, where otherwise they might have died out.
The Outback covers 70% of Australia, and its water is precious and scarce. Yet there is no joined-up plan to monitor and manage Outback water, despite the wealth of species and communities that depend on it.