Councillor Barayuwa Mununggurr was born at Yirrkala and attended the Yirrkala Community School. Barayuwa has close cultural and family ties to the Yirrkala region and is a member of the Djapu Clan with his homeland area being Bukudal. Barayuwa has lived all his life in Yirrkala and the Bukudal community.
Gumurr Miwatj Ward
The Gumurr Miwatj Ward region comprises of the communities of Gunyangara (Ski Beach) and Yirrkala. The ward extends through Melville Bay to the eastern most part Arnhem Bay, and down through parts of the Gulf off Carpentaria.
Surrounding areas and township of Nhulunbuy are Registered Mining or Special Purpose Leases; Local Government services in Nhulunbuy are delivered by Nhulunbuy Corporation Ltd.
Three (3) Elected Members are selected from the Gumurr Miwatj Ward for Council. Although the Ward region extends through homelands & outstations, East Arnhem Shire Council only delivers services in Gunyangara and Yirrkala.
In March 2012, Councillors Yananymul Mununggurr, Barayuwa Mununggurr & Banambi Wunungmurra were all re-elected to serve a second term on Council.