Draft Council Plan Open for Comment

Now is your chance to have a say on the 2016-2017 Council Plan & Budget!

On the 25 May 2016, Council approved the Draft 2016/17 Council Plan & Budget at the Ordinary Council Meeting. The Plan provides direction to Council, staff, community members and other stakeholders on the ongoing development of East Arnhem Regional Council and its communities.

It talks about all of Council’s services and programs and how the budget will be allocated for the next financial year.

The Council Plan & Budget will be open for your comment until 30 June 2016. We look forward to hearing from you! To view the 2016-2017 Council Plan & Budget click here.

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You can let us know what you think by email, mail or have a chat to your local Councillor or Local Authority members.

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2016 - 2020 Learning Strategy Launched

East Arnhem Regional Council today launched the 2016 - 2020 Learning Strategy, reflecting Council’s strong commitment to the ongoing skills development of its workforce and to providing career pathways for its employees.

Also announced was an exciting new working partnership with not-for-profit social enterprise, Infoxchange, in an effort to improve digital literacy of Indigenous people and enable increased access to education and training.

The four year strategy focuses on developing a highly skilled Council workforce, preparing people for employment and future careers with Council and the development of communities and businesses across East Arnhem Land.

The Strategy outlines a series key targets to be achieved by 2020 including:

  • Employ more than 70% Indigenous people
  • Provide training for 100% of employees every year
  • Provide opportunity to develop the internet skills of 1000 Indigenous people
  • Assist 10% Indigenous businesses to develop their online business
  • Facilitate broadband Internet connectivity for all EARC communities and provide individual connections for 1000 Indigenous people

Today's event took place in East Arnhem's beautiful coastal community of Yirrkala, with a bunggul conducted by Rirratjingu TOs, followed by the official launch and signing of the partnership agreement at the Buku-Larrngay Mulka Art Centre. View the Strategy here.

2016 Council Meeting dates confirmed

Councillors approved the following 2016 East Arnhem Regional Council 'Ordinary' Meeting dates at the 25 November 2015 Council Meeting:

  • 28 January - Nhulunbuy Council Chambers
  • 23 March - Ramingining Council Chambers
  • 25 May - Nhulunbuy Council Chambers
  • 27 July - Galiwin'ku Council Chambers
  • 28 September - Milyakburra Council Chambers
  • 23 November - Nhulunbuy Council Chambers 

You can learn more about EARC Council and Other Meetings here or view agendas and minutes as they become available on the 2016 Council Meetings page.

Funding to assist communities with improved communications

Funding to assist communities with improved communications

East Arnhem Regional Council communities will continue to see strong benefits through the Federal Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy funding, with Council recently signing off on a 3 year, $12.8mil grant.Funding under this grant will support the ongoing delivery of our essential programs in Youth, Sport and Recreation, remote indigenous broadcasting, and the Night Patrol service. As part of the wider agreement, Council was also successful in securing funding for the installation of community announcement systems in three East Arnhem communities.

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Media statement: Passing of Mr Wunungmurra

It is with deep remorse that East Arnhem Regional Councillors and staff pay tribute to former Northern Land Council Chairman, Mr Wunungmurra and extend our sympathies to his brother, East Arnhem Regional Council President Mr Banambi Wunungmurra and his family.

A signatory to the 1963 Yirrkala Bark Petitions, Mr Wunungmurra was a senior Aboriginal leader, respected throughout Australia.

Decades of tireless work championing Aboriginal rights was recognised recently, honored at Garma Festival as a Yolngu Hero.

While his gentle nature, love of education and advocacy for indigenous rights leaves a legacy that will be profoundly missed, he has paved the way for the next generation to follow.

Rest in peace brother, friend and family member.

As a mark of respect, East Arnhem Regional Council Headquarters in Nhulunbuy and the Yirrkala and Gunyangara Council Offices will be closed from 8am Tuesday 11 August, reopening 8am Thursday 13 August.

Draft 2015/2016 Council Plan & Budget now open for comment

Now is your chance to have a say on the 2015-2016 Council Plan & Budget!

The Council Plan provides direction to Council, staff, community members and other stakeholders on the ongoing development of East Arnhem Regional Council and its communities.

It talks about all of Council’s services and programs and how the budget will be allocated for the next financial year.

You can let us know what you think by email, mail or have a chat to your local Councillor or Local Authority members.

The Draft 2015/2016 Council Plan & Budget will be open for your comment until 30 June 2015. We look forward to hearing from you!

To view the 2015-2016 Council Plan & Budget click here.

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!

 

Council welcomes new deputy president

On 26 November 2014, East Arnhem Regional Council Councillors voted unanimously to appoint Councillor Gawura Wanambi as Council Deputy President. 

Elected as a Councillor in the 2012 NT Shire Council election in the Gumurr Miyarrka Ward, Mr Wanambi is serving his first term in Council and first term as the Deputy President.

Deputy President Wanambi was born in the Arnhem Bay area, an area established long before Gapuwiyak was formed. Gawura is a member of the Marraŋu Clan and his homeland is Raymaŋgirr.

Read the full Media Release HERE!

Passing of Gapuwiyak Local Authority Member

It is with deep remorse that East Arnhem Regional Councillors and staff pay tribute to Gapuwiyak Local Authority Member, Mr Marrkula, and extend their sympathies to his family and people on his passing on 3 January 2015.

His contribution will be remembered and missed and we thank him sincerely.

Rest in peace brother, friend and valued community and family member.

From the Council President Banambi Wunungmurra, Councillors and Staff of East Arnhem Regional Council.

2015 Council Meeting dates confirmed

Councillors approved the following 2015 East Arnhem Regional Council 'Ordinary' Meeting dates at the 26 November 2014 Council Meeting:

  • 28 January - Nhulunbuy Council Chambers
  • 25 March - Gunyangara/Yirrkala Council Chambers
  • 27 May - Nhulunbuy Council Chambers
  • 28 May - Special Meeting 2015-16 Shire Plan & Budget
  • 22 July - Gapuwiyak Council Chambers
  • 23 September - Angurugu Council Chambers
  • 25 November - Nhulunbuy Council Chambers 

You can learn more about EARC Council and Other Meetings here or view agendas and minutes as they become available on the 2015 Council Meetings page.

2015 Council Meeting Dates Confirmed

Councillors approved the following 2015 East Arnhem Regional Council 'Ordinary' Meeting dates at the 26 November 2014 Council Meeting:

  • 28 January - Nhulunbuy Council Chambers 
  • 25 March - Gunyangara/Yirrkala Council Chambers 
  • 27 May - Nhulunbuy Council Chambers 
  • 28 May - Special Meeting 2015-16 Shire Plan & Budget 
  • 22 July - Gapuwiyak Council Chambers 
  • 23 September - Angurugu Council Chambers 
  • 25 November - Nhulunbuy Council Chambers

You can learn more about EARC Council and Other Meetings here or view agendas and minutes as they become available on the 2015 Council Meetings page.

Masters Games on Groote

Aged Care clients in Angurugu and Umbakumba were treated to something a little different last week, embarking on the inaugural Groote Aged Care Masters Games.

Conducted for the first time, Aged Care clients, their families and carers came together in Angurugu for an afternoon of games and activities. It was croquet, fishing line throwing and damper making for the ladies, and fishing line throwing, decorating and crafting of spears for the men. The elders set out the night before with Ian O'Malley to catch fish and mud-crabs, presented to the team in support of the event.

It was great to see clients, carers and family members enjoying the day, with every client who participated awarded a prize for giving it a go! Croquet on Groote - not something you see everyday!

Senator Nova Paris, indigenous Olympian, also attend the event along with East Arnhem President Banambi Wunungmurra and CEO John Japp. 

With all of the Angurugu Aged Care Clients attending the Masters games, and so many people in the community assisting including helpers from the Youth Sport and Rec team, the local vet, MJD, RJCPand ALC, this truly was a community event.  Staff from the clinic and Police also came along for a visit, with all groups commenting how wonderful it was to see the community interacting and having fun. To hear the laugh of our clients was worthwhile enough!

The Masters Games would not have been possible without funding and support from Northern Territory Government's Seniors Week grant and the Andiliakwa Land Council. Their kind offer to supply food for over 100 people was greatly appreciated and we thank Mark Hewitt and the ALC for their support.

With the event a resounding success, we look forward to seeing it back on the calendar in 2015!

East Arnhem Shire Council welcomes new Chief Executive Officer

After over six months with the position vacant East Arnhem Shire Council has welcomed Mr John Japp as our new Chief Executive Officer.  John brings with him many ideas and impressive experience, and together we will work as a team to reach our goals.  

After spending 17 years in Papua New Guinea as a Senior Lecturer at the Madang Marine College, John returned to Australia with his family.  He’s recently completed a three year contract as the CEO of Aurukun Shire in Cape York and before that he was CEO at Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council, also in Far North Queensland.

Before apply for the East Arnhem Shire Council top job, John had four main things to consider: the communities we serve, our vision, our capabilities, and the quality of the people he would be working with. 

He is planning to take time to “assess the strategy and operations” with our Councillors, Executive and myself.  He will, in the next few months visit all nine communities, spending three or four days in each.  He will spend this time getting to know the issues of each community, meeting significant people and observing the role of the shire and other agencies. 

“Recent statistics from the last census have identified the East Arnhem Shire as the eighth most-disadvantaged community in Australia.  There are certain reasons for that, and something has to be done to reduce that level of disadvantage.  After researching East Arnhem Shire Council I am confident that the Council has tremendous potential in expanding and improving services for its communities and I look forward to working on improving our capabilities together,” said Mr Japp. 

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of Councillors and staff to welcome John, and look forward to working together for the benefit of all the people of East Arnhem Shire. 

Banambi Wunungmurra - President 

Download Media Release here.