Farewell & thank you Diane

After dedicating six incredible years of service to East Arnhem Regional Council, our exceptional Libraries and Children & Family Services Regional Manager Diane Kearney is moving on.

Forever the positive, supportive mentor and manager, Diane's high level of commitment and dedication to the program and her team and community is unrivalled. Her work was more than a job, with Diane bringing an endless supply of energy, enthusiasm and passion to the role. 

Under Diane's guidance and leadership, all of our Council Child Care staff have successfully completed Certificate III and Certificate IV training, with the ongoing successes and achievements of our Child Care and Library Services teams a testiment to the trust and relationships built within the team and importantly families in our communities. 

Diane was also at the helm of iStories, the digital project which has enabled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Groote Eylandt to capture and preserve stories of times gone past. The project gained national recognition, winning the Active Arts category of the 2013 National Awards for Local Government. She has also been involved in the development and creation of numerous resources and stories including 'We go out Bush' and 'Eat Every Colour' nutrition dvd. 

Everyone at Council wishes Diane the very best for her future. Her work and passion for the role will be remembered for years to come by Council, Staff and our communities. 

Umbakumba Celebrates International Women's Day

In celebration of International Women's Day, our team hosted a day of fun activities and great food in Umbakumba on Groote Eylandt.

Coordinated by our local Council Services Manager and her team, the event was held at Fred Grey Park on the 5th March, with around 40 people attending from the Aged Care, Crèche, FaFT and Children and Family Services groups.

They day was filled with story telling, singing, dancing and of course a lot of socialising! It was great to see local community members of all ages taking part and coming together in celebration and recognition of the exceptional work that women in our communities contribute. 

Everyone involved was treated to an amazing lunch of fish, rice, sweet potato, damper, tea, cake and coconut - collected from the tree on the beach no less! Thank you to everyone involved and those who came out to join us in the celebrations! We have more events planned to continue the recognition of women in our communities to stay tuned!


iStories collects Active Arts Award at National Awards for Local Government

East Arnhem Shire Council team collecting their Active Arts Award for iStoriesEast Arnhem Shire Council President Banambi Wunungmurra, and staff members Beryl Lalara, Steve Wurramarra, Yananymul Mununggurr, and Diane Kearney travelled to Canberra for the Awards night held on Sunday 16 June, where they were presented with the Active Arts Award at Parliament House.

April 2013 saw East Arnhem Shire Council recognised amongst eighteen of the nation’s 565 councils and shires in this year’s National Awards for Local Government for the iStories initiative, a project which has enabled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Groote Eylandt to capture and preserve stories of times gone past. For more information on iStories click here

iStories has been an exceptional project in which the Council partnered with the Anindilyakwa, NT Libraries, and numerous other stakeholders, to ensure the arts and culture of our people is brought to a global audience.

Congratulations to everybody involved in the project.