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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. 


Council congratulates Philadelphia Hughes on ATSI Student of the Year

East Arnhem Regional Council congratulates Philadelphia Hughes on winning the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award at this years Northern Territory Training Awards. East Arnhem is a proud sponsor of this award, recognising the outstanding role the awards play in acknowledging the great leaders, learners, teachers and employers in our community.

Philadelphia completed a Certificate IV in Frontline Management through Charles Darwin University and working with Independent Grocers.

Progressing from being a young woman who didn’t finish high school, to one who was awarded Most Outstanding Student in her class, Philadelphia's thirst for further education grew and she is now undertaking a university degree through the NT Public Sector Indigenous Cadetship Support Program. Her certificate studies as giving her the building blocks to build a new future.

Philadelphia has incorporated the communication skills, learned as part of Certificate IV, into her university studies and her personal life, aiming to be a role model for Indigenous students starting on a journey of further education. Her personal motto 'Never stay comfortable, keep striving and stay hungry for knowledge'.



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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