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Edition 12

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The year that was 2010

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Some of the hundreds of photos featured in the 2010 editions of Be Counted.

By SOLUA MIDDLETON

BEFORE we welcome in the year of 2011 it’s time to reflect on the year of 2010. And let’s face it, if you’ve been reading Be Counted you’d know what a packed year it’s been for us in South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales. Here are some of the highlights. Edition 1 ● Australia debates what flag should be flown on Australia Day. ● South East Queensland Chamber of Commerce highlights Indigenous businesses on the Gold Coast. ● Stradbroke Island’s Yulu Burri Ba Aboriginal Health Service wins cook off. ● Gold Coast United player

James Brown scores his first senior goal with the A-League Edition 2 ● Indigenous All Stars defeat NRL All Stars 16-12 in the inaugural Rugby League All Stars match. ● Tweed family, Ernie and Karla Williams fight for a cure for their son’s Rare Metabolic Condition. ● James Brown joins Be Counted as columnist. ● Queensland athletes honoured at Indigenous Sport Queensland Awards. ● Southport man Tim Eckersley is awarded a TAFE scholarship. ● 16 year old Tweed student, Mariah Jones dreams of 2012 Olympic Games. Edition 3 ● Former Origin Greats Career Expo hits the Gold

Coast for Indigenous kids. ● Dylan Finn trains for walk to Darwin to raise awareness of youth depression and suicide. ● League for Life youth program aims to increase school attendance. Edition 4 ● NITV secures funding for another 12 months at the 11th hour. ● Michael Munga Barry’s surf school ‘Godfather’s of the Ocean’ celebrates 10 years. ● Mariah Jones wins gold at Australian Age Championships for 50m freestyle. Edition 5 ● Indigenous midwifery students study to take back skills to their communities. ● Pauline Jensen shed 17 kilograms and is titled the Healthy Me winner. Continued on page 3

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Tulgigin people name bypass road THE Tulgigin people of northern New South Wales have made their mark on bypass road at Tweed Heads West. The 1.4 kilometre Piggabeen bypass road was officially opened recently. The road was officially named ‘Tulgi Way’ (pronounced Tul-gai) at the request of the local Aboriginal community. Nganduwal/Minyungbal descendant Jackie McDonald told local residents who gathered for the celebratory morning tea that the land was the traditional home of the Tulgigin people (pronounced Tul-g-eye-gan, as in Dulguigan). “Their home stretched right up to Tallebudgera Creek in the north, to the McPherson range in the west and to this side of the Tweed River,” Ms McDonald said. Ms McDonald thanked Council for its cooperation following the discovery of an historic Aboriginal midden on the road route following the initial ground clearance for the road. Scientific testing of oyster and pippi shells from the midden found the site was used by Aboriginal people in the 17th Century,

CONTENTS New Year’s Resolutions ................................ P3 Recipe .......................................................... P5 Close the Health Gap Column ...................... P6 James Brown ............................................... P7 Gearing up for All Stars Clash ................... P8

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Local Elder Jackie McDonald with Mayor of Tweed Councillor Kevin Skinner after the Piggabeen bypass was named ‘Tulgi Way’. well before European settlement. “The Aboriginal people worked with Council and agreed to the removal of the midden which will be reinterred at a nearby location,” she said. Tweed Councillor Mayor Kevin Skinner said it was a significant for the local Indigenous community.

“We had to ensure their needs were met in supporting the relocation and conservation of cultural artefacts with care and respect,” he said. “I’d like to thank members of the local community for their patience over the years and congratulate Council staff on this achievement,” he said.

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What are our New NITV’s CEO resigns Year’s Resolutions? James Brown “For me it has to be about staying injury free, keeping my place in the Gold Coast United team and getting a few more goals!”

Clinton Schultz “The only resolution I have for the coming year is to spend less time working and more quality time with my wife and children. Working so much this year has made me realise how much I miss out on at home with my two little grommies.”

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Hilary Cooktown “Be the best I can be. Give away bad habits smokes and alcohol and live a fruitful lifestyle the cravings I just have to fight away lol.”

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NATIONAL Indigenous Television (NITV) announced last month that chief executive officer Pat Turner has stepped down as the CEO. The Board has appointed NITV Company Secretary Michael McMichael as interim CEO until June 30, 2011 or until the appointment of a new CEO. The Chair of NITV, Ken Reys, thanked Ms Turner for her work during the past four years. Ms Turner said that it had been a great honour leading NITV since its inception and she wished the company all the best for the future, especially during its discussions with the Federal Government about securing ongoing funding for the organisation. “Every organisation needs a change of leadership from time to time, and with four years at the helm of NITV, I know the time is right for me

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Rebecca Palmer “To stay healthy, lose some more Kg's and to take a trip overseas somewhere, (like: Tana Island, America and anywhere else I would like to go).”

Solua Middleton (Editor) “In a nutshell it’s get fit, eat less sugar, sleep more, find more me time, de-clutter and stop buying crap that fills up my house.”

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to step aside and let the Board give the reins to somebody new to take the organisation forward,” she said. “I know if the new CEO gets the support from staff that I did, NITV will be very successful. Mr Reys said that along with the appointment of Mr McMichael as interim CEO, the Board has started the process of finding a full time replacement for Ms Turner and was committed to strengthening the NITV’s existing senior management ranks. “This is a critical time in NITV’s history and the organisation is poised for the next phase of its business evolution,” Mr Reys said. NITV has requested the Federal Government commit to increase funding to Indigenous broadcasting and media and help NITV become nationally available as a freeto-air channel.

MEGT’s Indigenous Apprenticeship and Traineeship Network is conducting a pre-apprenticeship Program in Tweed Heads for Indigenous People wishing to pursue an apprenticeship in this industry. The program will run 5 days per week for 4 weeks and will include the following topics: • Practical Bricklaying training • Work Experience • White Card & OH&S training • Cultural Appreciation • Job Preparation including resume writing and interview techniques. • Communication • Budgeting

At the completion of the program 10 participants will be placed into an apprenticeship. Venue: Minjungbal Aboriginal Museum, Sth. Tweed. Dates: 31/1/11 to 25/2/11 – Information day 20/1/11

To apply contact Suita Taupau on 1300 428 642 or send resume to suita_taupau@megt.com.au

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From front page ● Reconciliation Week. ● Patryce Nona is the first Australia where the band has recipient of the Indigenous sold 30,000. Through their music the band Land Corporation Tourism Scholarship. hopes to reach as broad an ● Luke Singleton gets back audience as possible and to on track for employment. strengthen and influence their ● Banora teen Gemma own communities. Stevens trains to Kokoda trek. Title track Malk is an ● Samantha Harris lands the exuberant anthemic cover of Vogue magazine. arrangement that ● Queensland win round one features Natalie of State of Origin. Pa’apa’a [Blue King ● Mariah Jones adds more Brown] who lends her medals to her tally at the NSW strong vocal to what is All School Swimming carnival. set to be a radio favourite. The song is a call to Yolngu saying ‘look at us, we are Yolngu, we are strong, unified and together we know our place in society and in the world’; and the album also features a remix [Our Skin] by Groove Terminator. MALK is a unifying title for a people and a collective, which is what this album embodies.

Music: Saltwater Band - Malk

MALK is the latest installment from Top End group Saltwater Band. MALK; the Yolngu word for skin-name, is the third album release for Saltwater Band in 15 years. The band consists of eight Yolngu musicians from Galiwink’ku Elcho Island and is led by Manual Dhurrkay and featuring multiple award winning artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. Together they write in a style that combines traditional songs with reggae/ ska-influenced pop. The unique combination of Manuel’s catchy pop-song arrangements with Gurrumul’s traditional style has built a strong following in Northern

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Edition 6 ● Community leadership seminar. ● In a leadership spill Kevin Rudd was forced out of the top job, and Julia Gilliard became the first female Prime Minister. ● Aboriginal model Samantha Harris named face of Seafolly. ● Sister Janelle McQueen and Narelle Urquhart open art gallery in Canugra. ● Be Counted welcomes Clinton Schultz as a columnist. ● Hundreds turn out for touch football carnival organised by Tamra Forde in honour of her later brother who suffered depression. ● Queensland makes it five State of Origin wins in a row. Edition 7 ● NAIDOC Week celebrations all over the Gold and Tweed Coasts. ● Eli Cook wins Sport and Recreation Indigenous Scholarship worth $10000. ● Gold Coast Australian Rules team are named the Gold Coast Suns and get their new uniform.

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Edition 8 ● Many take part in the Drumley Walk. ● Hundreds turn up for the Yugambeh Corroborree. ● Brunswick Heads performer Dhinawan stars in French TV soap. ● Young artist Merinda McQueen wins NAIDOC Youth Art prize. ● Laurie Daley is named the Indigenous All Stars Coach. Edition 9 ● Murwillumbah’s United Festival highlights cultural diversity. ● Keeliah Frost wins Kids in Community Award. ● Gold Coast Titans miss out on NRL Grand Final spot. ● James Brown scores first goal for the 2010/2011 A-League season. ● James Brown and Tahj Minniecon return from Olyroos duty. Tahj scored against Vietnam. Edition 10 ● Anthony Walker is named Gold Coast Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Design Award winner. ● Gold Coast Indigenous choir performs in Brisbane. ● Powderfinger fly for Yalari charity. ● Nalinah Balin project takes kids away on leadership camp.

Edition 11 ● Indigenous high school graduates celebrate finishing school. ● Dhinawan makes it to number one on the UK iTunes chart. ● Dan Sultan wins ARIA Male Artist of the year. ● Greg Inglis is named among those for the Indigenous All Stars team.

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New magazine launched Marvette Logan pictured with her two editions of Evie.

A NEW magazine dedicated to Aboriginal women was launched recently at Kirra. The Aboriginal women’s magazine Evie is a quarterly magazine published in the Tweed. Marvette Logan, the magazine’s publisher said the publication had been well received.

“The first edition was like a demo version to gauge how the public would receive it and was launched on International Women’s Day last year,” she said The first edition of the magazine was released in March last year, but it’s an idea that Marvette created seven years ago.

“The idea of Evie had been around for about seven years, and when I was doing up a business plan with my business partner about three years ago, we came up with the name,” she said. “It came from the first woman Eve, and we (Aboriginal women) are first women of Australia … we just kept coming back to Eve and then it ended up becoming Evie.” Marvette believes Evie is the first Aboriginal women’s magazine. The self funded publication was born out of the frustration on not seeing an a women’s magazine which represented Aboriginal women. “I started it out from my own frustration as Aboriginal woman,” she said. “There isn’t a magazine for me, none dedicated to Aboriginal women and there was never any articles about what we do in our community.” Marvette believes that Australia is so far behind and when doing her research she found that America had many magazines for black women. She hopes that Evie will

connect Aboriginal women with each other and highlight Indigenous women making a contribution to their communities. But the magazine isn’t just for girls, there’s a men’s section and a kids corner. It’s been a long journey for Marvette and she says there have been many challenges along the way. “The hardest thing for me has been having the confidence to do my own thing and saying ‘yep I can do this!’” She said. “I am not a journo, I’m not a writer but I am a manager. “I also work full time in a busy job where I have to travel a lot, and finding that balance between work, Evie and the family.” The feedback she has had so far has been positive. “It’s been an absolute pleasure hearing from men and women and realising that I can make this as big or as little as I want to,” she said. “I hope that it inspires other women to not limit themselves.” To get a copy email evie. mag@bigpond.com

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Close the Health Gap with Clinton Schultz

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Getting Back on Track I’M sure after Christmas and New Year we have all let ourselves go slightly. Luckily it is also that time of year when we set our goals and ambitions for the coming year. So why not look into a ‘healthy lifestyle program’ to assist you lose those Christmas kilos and get your healthy lifestyle back on track. These programs are generally advertised as lifestyle modification programs. Lifestyle modification programs are run by many organisations and referral to these programs can be achieved through your health clinic. There are programs available which have been specifically tailored to suit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people such as the ‘Healthy Me Program’ and ‘Chronic Disease Management’ programs facilitated by Kalwun Health Service or programs which are open to all people facilitated through mainstream health services. Most lifestyle modification programs will consist of several elements covering nutrition, physical activity and motivation. Some may assist with SMART goal setting and health counselling. All programs will have strengths and weaknesses. Your GP and other health care providers will be able to assist you to make an informed decision about which program may best work for you, however it is up to you to decide what type of program will best suit your needs and aspirations. It is important when deciding on a lifestyle modification program to chose one that you are going to feel comfortable attending and one that is within your capacity physically, mentally and financially. Changing life habits is not easy and there is no quick fix. Relapse is normal, so don’t get discouraged if you have a ‘bad’ day or you lose a few kilos and then put a bit back on. If you keep at it you will get where you want to be. For more information on lifestyle modification programs contact your local health care service or community controlled organisation. You can also contact either Clinton Schultz or Debbie Buckley at GPGC on (07) 5507 7777.

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THE Tenant Advice and Advocacy Service Queensland are calling for more entries for its ‘Keep the roof over your family’s head’ art competition. A large fridge magnet will be made featuring important tenancy information and artwork from selected winning entries. There will be five cash prizes of

$100 awarded to the winning artists. The organisers are also hoping to have the works displayed at the Bumelah Festival. Entries close mid January. For entry forms call (07) 5591 1102 or email tenant@onthenet.com.au or pick one up from Krurungal or Kalwun.

Bluesfest line up announced

Indigenous choir wants new voices

BYRON Bay Bluesfest has unveiled more artists for its 2011 festival. Top End outfit Saltwater Band and Gurrumul will join the likes of Bob Dylan, Jethro Tull, ZZ Top, Xavier Rudd, Wolfmother and more on the stage at the festival held over the Easter long weekend. Festival director Peter Noble said: “Our second announcement really takes Bluesfest 2011 to another level: The beautiful tones of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu will truly light up the festival – and this is exclusive, you won’t see him perform anywhere else.” Visit www.bluesfest.com.au for more details.

GOLD Coast’s newest Indigenous choir, The Coastal Singers is calling for more people to join its choir. The group is made up of about 10 singers and is led by Gold Coast City Choir director and opera singer Ruth Gurner. Ruth also provides, vocal training and exercises. The group has already had several performances in Brisbane, Logan and the Gold Coast. The choir regularly meets at Kalwun Medical Health Service in Miami on a Wednesday night and will meet reconvene the 2nd February. ● The group is free and to find out more details call 0411 737 161.

NSW Domestic violence support available online THE launch of a new online portal will provide information and support for those who have experienced or are at risk of domestic violence in New South Wales. The new website – www.domesticviolence.nsw.gov.au – is the latest step in the delivery of the NSW Government’s Domestic and Family Violence Action Plan ‘Stop the Violence End the Silence’ launched in June this year. The $50 million action plan is aims to help women to break the cycle of violence and make the necessary changes in their lives to protect themselves and their children, provide expert support workers at police stations, accessible legal advice and emergency accommodation especially for remote and isolated women.

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The NSW Domestic and Family Violence website aims to provide victims of domestic and family violence with information about the nature of domestic violence, links to government and non government services, information on the law, and a service directory for use by referring agencies. The website contains targeted information for population groups at risk of violence, including young people, Aboriginal people and those in same-sex relationships. Anyone worried about their relationship or someone else’s can find information about what domestic violence is, what the options are and where they can go for help. www.domesticviolence.nsw.gov.au

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In the back of the net with ... James Brown

We’re still in the hunt for a trophy REACHING the latter half of the season, Gold Coast United are in a solid position sitting in third on the Hyundai A-League ladder and within close touch of both Adelaide United and league leaders Brisbane Roar. With games in hand we have a realistic shot at winning the minor premiership and if this long and gruelling season goes to plan, the Grand Final too. Suffering a dip in form and a string of poor results due to several injuries, resulting in personnel changes, has made our task no easier coming into the business end of the season. With several home games coming up after the crucial away clash with Brisbane Roar on Boxing Day, a string of strong performances and good results can really push us towards top spot on the ladder. Following the Brisbane Roar clash, during January we have several home games against Perth Glory, North Queensland Fury and Newcastle Jets, and will need to take maximum points

from these matches if we are to fulfil our goals for the season. Home form is critical to any side that has aspirations of success and we hope to capitalise on our good record at Skilled Park. A rematch against Central Coast Mariners is now due to take place before the end of the season after the December game was cancelled due to bad weather and unplayable conditions. The negatives of the rain aside, it was an historic day for the club with a recordbreaking number of Gold Coast fans showing up to witness the match. The atmosphere was amazing and I hope to see more fans turning up the help us through the rest of the season. Personally, it’s been a bit of a frustrating time after I rolled my ankle against Newcastle. I didn’t think it was too bad at first, but I’ve been told I’m likely to miss about four weeks’ worth of action. It’s all part and parcel of the game, but after scoring against Wellington

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Ongoing: The Indigenous Mentoring Program supports the professional development of Indigenous workers in the community services sector. The six month program partners people with mentors (Indigenous or non-Indigenous) from the wider human services sector. For details contact the Indigenous Mentoring Program Officer on 1800 835 866, or email beth. michon@deta.qld.gov.au. 10-21 January: Brisbane’s Expressions Dance Company, is now accepting applications for places in their summer training program, the Brisbane Contemporary Dance Intensive, held from 10-21 January. Applications close 10 December 2010. Call (07) 3257 4222 . January-June: Council is accepting nominations from groups of artists and visual arts organisations for exhibitions in the

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Robina Gallery for the period January-June 2011. For information and to apply visit www.cultural. goldcoast.qld.gov.au. 22 January: Fashion Parade auditions. Male and female models are required Black, Bold and Beautiful Indigenous Women’s Lunch on 8 March. Auditions held at Goodwin Park, Cansdale Street, Yeronga. Ages 15+, sizes 10-16. Register at 10am. For details contact Sandra Georgiou on (07) 3420 5595 or email sandra@ceoenterprises. com.au 11-12 February: Bumelah Festival at the Broadwater Parklands. Stalls, food, music, performances, kids activities and big screen to watch the All Stars match on. 12 February: Indigenous All Stars clash against the NRL All Stars at Robina Stadium.

and beginning to establish myself in the team, the injury couldn’t have come at a worse time. I’ll be back soon though and looking to get back into the side as soon as possible. Thanks to everyone for reading my column in 2010 and I hope you all have a happy and healthy 2011. James Brown (Photo

courtesy: Scott Powick, SMP Images’)

Editorial: Give yourself a pat on the back LOOKING back over the past editions of Be Counted for the year in review story, it was a great pleasure to see how the paper has grown in such a short space of time. The kinds of stories we have run and the hundreds of faces that make up our community. Many people ask me why I continue to publish Be Counted when I also have a full time job, get stressed out trying to find stories and not get paid for it. It’s true, I get stressed every paper, I juggle Be Counted and a full time job, and I sacrifice ‘me’ time and other things I want to achieve to continually put this paper out. But it’s because I feel I have something to contribute to my community that empowers and unites us, plus I have worked so damn hard to keep this paper going and I am not about to give up now. So I think it’s okay to give myself a pat on the back. But I also have to acknowledge my contributors over the past year also. They include James Brown,

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Clinton Schultz, Gina Combo, Naomi Moran, Tilly Middleton, Duncan Taylor, Ursula Skjonnemand, all my deadly youth columnists Tyler Partridge, Dhari and Pieta Wharton, and Keeliah Frost. I also have to acknowledge Gold Coast ATSI Corp who saw my vision and sponsored the printing of the very first edition of Be Counted, as well as my advertisers for using Be Counted as a vehicle to reach our community and in turn also enabling Be Counted to be 100 per cent self-funded. There’s also the people who are being counted and those are the people we do stories on. So I want all my contributors, advertisers, subscribers and readers to pat themselves on the back too for being a part of Be Counted. We often forget to blow our own trumpet and I’d like to hear why you deserve a pat on the back. Best letter gets a six month subscription to Be Counted. Happy New Year people! Solua

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Gold Coast gets ready for All Stars clash SCOTT PRINCE Photo courtesy of NRL.

NEXT month the Gold Coast will be inundated with rugby league fans from all over Australia. They’ll be here for the Rugby League All Stars clash. The Indigenous All Stars are hoping to make it two in a row against the NRL All Stars. Gold Coast Titans players lining up on the Indigenous side are Scott Prince, Ryan James, Greg Bird and Preston Campbell who will once again captain the undefeated team.

At the time of printing round one of selection for the NRL All Stars team had narrowed it down to four players from each team. With only one player permitted from each team, the Gold Coast Titans’ top four were Ashleigh Harrison, Mark Minichiello, Kevin Gordon and William Zillman. NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Gallop said you only have to look at the players who missed out to realise just how competitive the voting process is.

ARL Masters and Prostate Cancer Foundation promote men’s health THE Australian Rugby League have partnered with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia to help promote men’s health. The ARL Masters marquee event is a national carnival held each March at the Runaway Bay Junior Leagues Club on the Gold Coast. 66 teams have entered for the 2011 event. Geoff Carr, Chief Executive of the ARL said: “With so many mature-aged participants now involved in rugby league, it was time to look at a partnership with a men’s health program and the Prostate Cancer Foundation was the perfect choice.” $2 from each

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player registration fee will be donated to PCFA received. Mr Andrew Giles, Chief Executive of the PCFA said the support of the ARL Masters was a great opportunity to inform Australia’s about the disease. “The sad fact in 2010 alone, almost 20,000 Australian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and tragically, more than 3,300 will lose their life to this disease,” he said. “Men aged 50 and over (or 40 and over if there is a family history of the disease) should speak with their doctor annually about prostate cancer and, if necessary, be tested.”

“Some of Rugby League’s biggest names have missed out including players like Mark Gasnier, Mitchell Pearce and Michael Ennis,” he said. The Rugby League All Stars match will be held on Saturday the 12th February at Robina Stadium. If you can’t make it to the game you can still soak up the atmosphere at Southport Parklands where a giant screen will be set up for the Bumelah Festival.

Socceroos name 23 man squad OUR A-League boys Tahj Minniecon and James Brown weren’t selected for the Socceroos team for the Asia Cup. However Aboriginal player for New Zealand’s Wellington Phoenix Jade North has been named in the 23 man squad. This is the 31st time he has appeared for Australia and represented the Socceroos. Joining Jade North is Gold Coast United Jason Culina. A friendly international

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match will be played this Wednesday against the United Arab Emirates at Khalifa Stadium, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. The official tournament will begin on the January 10 for the Socceroos where they will play against India, Korea Republic and Bahrain. Visit www.uaefa.ae for more information, match times and dates. Check local television guides for broadcast details.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander news for people on the Gold Coast and the Tweed.