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Tuesday
May242016

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.

Wednesday
May182016

SKY IS THE LIMIT FOR COUNCIL TRAINEE JACOB

East Arnhem Regional Council's Indigenous Trainee Technical Officer Jacob Pangquee is continuing to excel in his role with Council's Technical Services team, successfully completing the CASA approved Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Pilot’s Certificate in Ipswich.

The five day training course, which included an Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate, enables Jacob to commercially operate multi-rotor aircraft, allowing him to independently assist with Council's inspections of buildings, roads, waste facilities and more.

“I am very grateful of the opportunities I’ve been given and I look forward to achieving more and starting off my career at East Arnhem Regional Council” said Jacob.

Read more.

Wednesday
Mar092016

DRONE TECHNOLOGY TAKING COUNCIL TO NEW HEIGHTS

Local government’s increasing use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones as they are more commonly known, is a growing field of interest and one now at the forefront of East Arnhem Regional Council operations in the wake of two devastating cyclones.

It was nearly a year ago that Cyclones Lam and Nathan caused widespread destruction across our region, of which we many areas are still recovering. These events, and the mammoth clean up and rebuild which followed, has created an excessive volume of waste and highlights the significance of waste management as a key Council priority.

Council is currently undertaking consolidation works at the Ramingining Landfill site where waste has been both legally and illegally dumped, with similar captures having been completed in both Milingimbi and Galiwin’ku. Management of this project involved the daily surveillance of the consolidation areas by use of an unmanned aircraft.

Council’s Director of Technical Services, Shane Marshall, is excited by the new prospects this technology is bringing to Council’s arsenal of tools.

"This aerial capture has markedly assisted in our understanding of the progression and outcomes of these works."

With over 33 000km2 of land mass under our governance the uses for this technology is endless. Already we’ve identified key benefits of using the drone in other areas of asset management, mapping and disaster management, tree condition assessments, wetlands assessment and feral animal monitoring".

Due to the overwhelming results seen by the introduction of the drones, an additional three Council staff will undertake the RPAS Remote Pilot Certificate course in the coming months, including our young Indigenous Technical Services Trainee.

Council is conducting a full review of waste services across the region identifying the use of the unmanned aerial vehicle as vital in the collection of information, and is expected to be completed in May 2016.