An Orientation Game to Alice Springs For New Employees This activity is designed to provide an introduction to Alice Springs and some of the Indigenous aspects of Central Australia. The player steps through a series of subjects that will expand their general knowledge without imposing any pressure of testing The game can be packaged on a CD, ed or accessed in an online learning environment providing flexibility in delivery modes. It can also be customised to cover a broad range of subjects other than simply orientation material eg. This template has been used by one educator in the preparation of material on Understanding your Constitution. Please Enjoy! Feedback can be ed to: Tanya Wooley –
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A. Pitjantjatjarra C. Arrernte B. Luritja D. Pintubi Language Question What is the local Indigenous language of Alice Springs?
Language Answer C = Arrernte Back to Board The Eastern and Central Arrernte people live in Central Australia, their traditional land including the area of Alice Springs and East MacDonnell Ranges. There are roughly 1800 speakers of Eastern and Central Arrernte, making it one of the largest speaking populations of any Australian language. It is taught in schools, heard in local media and local government. An Eastern and Central Arrernte to English dictionary was published.
A. Blue, Red & Yellow A. Blue, Red & Yellow C. Green & Gold C. Green & Gold B. Red, Black, Yellow B. Red, Black, Yellow D. Red, Black & White D. Red, Black & White Aboriginal Flag Question Colour of the Aboriginal Flag
Back to Board Aboriginal Flag Answer B = Red, Black & Yellow The Aboriginal Flag was designed by Harold Thomas, an Aboriginal man of the Arrernte language group in The flag was designed to be an eye-catching rallying symbol for the Aboriginal people and a symbol of their race and identity. The black represents the Aboriginal people, the red the earth and their spiritual relationship to the land, and the yellow the sun, the giver of life.
D. 36°C C. 42°C B. 25°C A. 32°C A. 32°C Weather Question What is the average January daily temperature in Central Australia?
Back to Board Weather Answer D = 36 Degrees C Temperatures in the low 40 degrees Celsius are not uncommon in the height of summer, while in winter overnight minimums sometimes drop to minus 7 degrees Celsius.
A. Coober Pedy & Adelaide C. Tennant Creek & Adelaide D. Coober Pedy & Darwin B. Tennant Creek & Darwin Locality Question What is the closest regional town & capital city to Alice Springs?
Back to Board Locality Answer B = Tennant Creek & Darwin Alice Springs is 500 kms from the nearest regional centre of Tennant Creek and 1410 kms to the NT capital - Darwin You are here!
A. Desert Pea & Dingo A. Desert Pea & Dingo C. Desert Rose & C. Desert Rose & Yeperenye B. Kangaroo Paw & Wombat B. Kangaroo Paw & Wombat D. Desert Rose & Kangaroo D. Desert Rose & Kangaroo Totem Question What are the Floral emblem and Indigenous totem of Alice Springs?
Back to Board Totem Answer C = Desert Rose & Yeperenye (caterpillar) Sturt's Desert Rose & occurs naturally on stony or rocky slopes, or in dry creek beds in the southern part of the Northern Territory, north-eastern South Australia, western Queensland, western New South Wales and in parts of northern Western Australia. The Yeperenye caterpillar ancestors were the major creative forces for this area. These ancestors came from many different places and travelled widely across Central Australia.
A. 60% C. 32% B. 29% D. 17% Population Question What percentage of the total NT population is Aboriginal?
Back to Board Population Answer B = 29% At 30 June 2001 the Territory's estimated resident Indigenous population was 57,600, 29% of the total population of the NT, the highest proportion of any state or territory According to the 2001 Census, the population of Alice Springs in was 28,178. The median age is 31.5 years of age.
A. Mary Springs C. Stuart C. Stuart B. MacDonnell D. Hermannsburg D. Hermannsburg History Question What was the original name of Alice Springs?
Back to Board History Answer C = Stuart Until the early 1930s, the towns official name was Stuart. Alice Springs was the name given to the Telegraph Station, the site of original white settlement in Central Australia. However, this dual naming created such confusion for administrators in Adelaide that on 31 August 1933 the township of Stuart was officially gazetted Alice Springs.
A. Blek Bela Mujik D. Warumpi Band Music Question Which well known band from Papunya came to become a household name in the 1980s and 1990s? C. Midnight Oil B. Yothu Yindi
Back to Board Music Answer D = Warumpi Band The Warumpi Band, from Papunya, which was formed in They released Big Name, No Blankets (1985), Go Bush (1987) and Too Much Humbug (1996) before splitting up a few years later. Their songs are recognised classics. George Rurrambu & Neil Murray from this band wrote My Island Home which later became a hit for Christine Anu.
Health Question What is the difference in life expectancy between Indigenous & non-Indigenous males? A. 5 Years C. 30 Years B. 10 Years D. 20 Years
Health Answer D = 20 Years! Life expectancy in the NT - non- Aboriginal males live 20 years longer than Aboriginal Males. Aboriginal women have a life expectancy that is 22 years less than non-Aboriginal women. Nationally, death rates for young Indigenous males were 2.8 times higher than for other young males. Diabetes is times more common among Aboriginal people compared to the non-Aboriginal population, while renal disease is 17.4 times more common. Back to Board
A. 73% Legal Question What is the percentage of Aboriginal people in the NT prison system? C. 61% B. 82% D. 26%
Back to Board Legal Answer A = 73% Aboriginal people make up approximately 73% of the NTs prison population. Indigenous people come into contact with the criminal justice system at a disproportionately high rate. The most significant reason for this was the severely disadvantaged position of many Indigenous people in society - socially, economically and culturally.
B. Tourism Economic Question What is the major industry for Alice Springs? A. Mining C. Aboriginal Art D. Cattle
Back to Board Economic Answer B = Tourism Tourism provides the economic foundation of Alice Springs. In 2001/02 financial year an estimated 1,026 Million $$ was spent by visitors to the Northern Territory. It is the major employer and generates the greatest proportion of the regional wealth. Come for a week – Stay for a lifetime!
C. 5% C. 5% Education Question What is the participation rate for Indigenous students in Years 11 & 12 in the NT? A. 16% B. 32% D. 47%
Back to Board Education Answer C = 5% Only 5.5% of the Indigenous school aged population are participating in years 11 and 12. Nearly half of Indigenous people aged 15 years and over had received no formal education. The year 10 certificate was the highest educational qualification achieved by almost 30 per cent of Indigenous people. Only one in six Indigenous people have obtained a qualification after leaving school.
C. John Ah Kit Politics Question Who is the Territory Labor Indigenous Minister? A. Aiden Ridgeway D. Aaron Pederson B. Elliot McAdam
Back to Board Politics Answer C = John Ah Kit Born in Alice Springs, John has a long history of political activity in the Northern Territory. In the nineties he was the CEO of the Northern Land Council in Darwin. Now a minister in the Territories Labor government with a large number of ministerial portfolio responsibilities including advising the Chief Minister on Indigenous issues.
A. 400,000 Social Question How many people visit Uluru annually? B. 250,000 D. 1,000,000 C. 550,000
Social Answer A = 400,000 In 2003 visitor numbers to Uluru had reached around the 400,000 mark. Uluru is one of Australia's most famous landmarks and is the country's most visited site. Uluru holds deep significance to the Anangu people
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