The Koori Mail is the only fully Indigenous-owned and managed newspaper in Australia. Founded by a Walbunja businessman, Owen Carriage, the Koori Mail first went to print in May 1991. Published in both printed form and digitally each fortnight, it is a trusted voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a circulation of around 10,000 and readership estimated to be close to 100,000 people.
The Koori Mail’s archive is available free of charge through the website of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) - ensuring all Australians can access this important historical record thanks to new media.
Based in Lismore, New South Wales, the Koori Mail was significantly impacted by the floods this year, affecting both the organisation and those who worked for it. However, the paper immediately pivoted to distribute emergency information and provide disaster relief. Their coordination and leadership provided support to First Nations people and the wider community in and around Lismore during this difficult time.