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Walgett News

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Thursday August 28, 2008
* Twenty Aboriginal activists led by Charles Perkins left Sydney for Walgett in the state's far west to give moral support to a mass meeting called to address the town's racial problems. Perkins, president of the Student Action for Aborigines, who had participated in the Freedom Ride the previous Christmas, said Aborigines were discriminated against in the frock shop, swimming pool and cinema. He said that if the meeting decided on direct action, his group would participate.

The Town Where Sex Offenders Roam Free

Monday May 26, 2008
SEX offenders are avoiding prosecution in Walgett - one of the most crime-prone towns in the state - because staff at the local hospital, including the doctor, are unqualified to conduct forensic examinations.

The Town Where Sex Offenders Go Free

Tuesday May 20, 2008
SEX offenders are avoiding prosecution in Walgett - one of the most crime-prone towns in regional NSW - because local hospital staff, including the doctor, are unqualified to conduct forensic examinations.

Town Where Sex Offenders Go Free

Tuesday May 20, 2008
SEX offenders are avoiding prosecution in Walgett - one of the most crime-prone towns in regional NSW - because local hospital staff, including the doctor, are unqualified to conduct forensic examinations.

Where Babies Are A Mixed Bonus

Saturday May 17, 2008
In Walgett, the baby bonus is a factor in the increasing number of very young indigenous mothers, reports Russell Skelton.

Talking In Tongues

Saturday March 29, 2008
Putting Aboriginal languages on the curriculum in Walgett has improved race relations. Joel Gibson reports.

Town Ties Welfare Pay To Truancy

Friday March 7, 2008
IN A sign that NSW is prepared to follow other states in tying welfare payments to children's school attendance, schools have agreed to provide Centrelink with details of unexplained absences in the mostly-indigenous town of Walgett.

Craig's Case A Rare Highlight In Sorry Saga Of Aboriginal Literacy

Sunday March 4, 2007
CRAIG Ashby was the smartest kid in kindergarten but, after 10 years at school in Walgett and Dubbo he was illiterate, like too many Aboriginal children.

Township Gets Twitchy As People Flock To Watch The Birdie

Saturday July 8, 2006
WITH a total population of 147, Burren Junction - midway between Walgett and Wee Waa in northern NSW - would usually sit alongside Sleepy Hollow in a compendium of placenames.

Half The Students Missing At School

Wednesday November 23, 2005
Walgett Primary has 140 students, but on many days only half of them come to school, despite the Department of Education pouring in extra teachers and money to improve Aboriginal academic results.

Illegal Land Clearing Unpunished

Wednesday August 17, 2005
Farmers who have illegally cleared land around Walgett and Nyngan are being let off lightly because the State Government has decided not to prosecute them, the Wilderness Society has warned.

Council Dismissed

Thursday July 1, 2004
WALGETT Council in the state's north-west has been dismissed by the NSW Government after an independent inquiry.

Bricks Thrown At Police

Thursday February 26, 2004
POLICE were pelted with bricks and bottles during a ``minor disturbance" in the NSW town of Walgett yesterday where the funeral for teenager Thomas ``TJ" Hickey was held.

City And The Bush Mourn Tj

Wednesday February 25, 2004
HUNDREDS of mourners gathered in the northern NSW town of Walgett and in Sydney yesterday to farewell Aboriginal teenager Thomas ``TJ" Hickey.

Sorrow, Anger Follow Thomas To The Grave

Wednesday February 25, 2004
``It is a terrible thing to have to do, to have to bury a child," said the Reverend Gary Stuart as he presided over the funeral of the youth whose death drove Redfern to riot. A few weeks ago Gail Hickey was at home in Redfern planning a birthday celebration for her oldest son, Thomas ``TJ" Hickey, due to turn 18 on March 9. Yesterday she sat by his grave, weeping and clutching a photo of his small, cheeky face after she had watched his coffin being lowered into the red dirt of Walgett cemetery.

Teenager Mourned

Wednesday February 25, 2004
HUNDREDS of mourners gathered in the northern NSW town of Walgett and in Sydney yesterday to farewell Aboriginal teenager Thomas ``TJ" Hickey.

Time To Start Again, Say Redfern Police

Tuesday February 24, 2004
Redfern police have called for more officers on the street and a replacement station within view of the Block to quell civil disobedience, in a move likely to anger Aboriginal leaders. The police demands come as the media were accused by a senior police officer of ``whipping up" trouble. Superintendent Stan Single, commander in charge of police operations for today's funeral in Walgett of Aboriginal youth Thomas ``TJ" Hickey, said: ``The only ones who will start anything are the media.

Black Fears As Town Prepares For Funeral

Sunday February 22, 2004
AS the far north-west NSW town of Walgett gears up for the funeral of Thomas ``TJ" Hickey in predicted 40-degree-plus heat, Aboriginal leaders are furious about the round of arrests of black youths which will follow.

A Neglect You Wouldn't Read About

Thursday November 20, 2003
Something's amiss when kids are leaving school illiterate, writes Miranda Devine. WITH the school year almost over, parents in Walgett are weeping with frustration as another crop of children emerge into the world unable to read or write. Jenny Trindall, president of the local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group, says her unemployed 18-year-old son can barely read, can't write a letter and signs his name in scribble.

World Class For Some, Third World For Others

Monday September 29, 2003
Until three years ago, Lightning Ridge teenagers had to make a 160-kilometre round trip to Walgett to go to high school.
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