Living Black focuses on indigenous post-Marcia
FOR SBS's indigenous current affairs program "Living Black" and its presenter Karla Grant, a half-hour time slot was not enough to tell the story of Central Queensland after Cyclone Marcia.
The program, now in its 22nd season, was scheduled to run an hour-long special feature last night on the effects of Cyclone Marcia and Cyclone Lam on indigenous Australians.
Telling the story through individual experiences, the program featured testimony from about eight people in the Yeppoon and Rockhampton region.
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Ms Grant said she wanted to tell the story of the region's indigenous community.
"It was really emotional... there were amazing stories of courage and resilience of people during a challenging time," she said.
"Very little coverage had been given to indigenous Australians in terms of how they had been affected by the cyclones, so we decided to go and visit these areas and visit the people on the ground to see firsthand how they had been affected."
People from the Northern Territory communities of Galiwinku and Milingimbi were also featured on the special.
Ms Grant said the stories revealed the contrasting experiences of the two regions.
"It was very different in both areas," she said.
"The recovery in Queensland was quite different and the government responded quicker as well.
"A lot of people felt abandoned and ignored... I think those people would have appreciated the army coming to help with the recovery and also a visit from our leader (Tony Abbott) to show some sensitivity, to see the devastation there and know how bad it was for them."