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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.

Sunday
Dec062015

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.

Sunday
Nov292015

'No More' Campaign launched in Ramingining

Ramingining has joined the growing community movement in saying ‘No More’ to domestic violence.

Driven by East Arnhem Regional Council Youth Worker Mentor Will Gee in partnership with the NT Police, Ramingining locals were joined by No More Founder and domestic violence advocate Charlie King, members of the local football teams, RJCP, ALPA, AFLNT, the local health clinic and the school, linking arms in support of the campaign and saying ‘No More’ to family and domestic violence.

In collaboration with the four teams in the EARC Football League, a domestic violence action plan was developed and a committee made up of traditional owners and the players formed, with the committee overseeing the implementation and engagement of the plan moving forward. Importantly, male students from year five onwards attended and participated in the day.

For Council and community members, it was a great opportunity to have Charlie King and his team in Ramingining to reinforce the community safety work that is taking place and bringing residents, stakeholders and importantly our youth together to discuss this very real problem. Across the nation the issue of family and domestic violence is not going away. The aim of the No More campaign is to reduce family and domestic violence by engaging men in the sporting community at both the grassroots and national level. Ramingining is proud to be a part of this campaign.