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East Arnhem Regional Council's committment to improving our waste management processes and environmental policies have been recognised at the 2014 Territory Town Awards in Darwin on Friday.

After a successful outing in 2013, East Arnhem was again rewarded for our work winning the following awards:

  • Energy Conservation Award
  • Water Conservation Award
  • Environmental Innovation Award - Richard Fitowski

Yirrkala Council Services Manager, Richard Fitowski, has spent the past six months researching and encouraging the use of biodegradeable 'Biopak' products in community, including cups, plates, and cutlery, with support of Keep Australia Beautiful NT. The case study is progressing well, with research into the effectiveness and breakdown of the packaging ongoing, and has proved so successful it is now being rolled out in Galwin'ku. Congratulations Richard for your continued work in this initiative.

The small East Arnhem community of Gunyangara was recognised for the second year in a row for their oustanding work in keeping community tidy - awarded the Small Community Award. Accepting the award on behalf of the community, Gunyangara has been busy this year working on all aspects of keeping their town tidy, with special emphasis placed on litter cotrol, resource recovery and importantly, community participation. Gunyangara 'Do The Right Thing' signage has been erected around the community to remind residents of their responsibility in keeping Gunyangara clean.

With the Community surrounded by the ocean, litter making its way in to the water is a major problem, and along with the litter washing in from Indonesia, and deadly ghost nets, the work being undertaken to keep our community clean is essential to improving and maintaining our ocean's health.

Gunyangara's ongoing committment to rubbish removal and conservation is something everyone at East Arnhem is proud of and looks to as a leader. An award thoroughly deserved - congratulations!





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, RJCP  and 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!


Gapuwiyak 2014 National Indigenous Deadly Fun Run Champions


The East Arnhem communities of Galwin'ku and Gapuwiyak recently took part in the Indigenous Marathon Project's Deadly Fun Run Championships in Uluru.

It was an action packed (and freezing!) weekend with 60 Indigenous participants from various communities across Australia competing at the Championships over distances of 3km for Juniors and 5k for Seniors. 

Our teams from Gapuwiyak and Galiwin'ku represented our Region with great pride and were fierce competitors. Let these results speak for themselves:


  • Women's 5km 1st & 3rd place
  • Girl's Youth 3km 2nd place


  • Men's 5km 1st place
  • Men's Youth 3km 1st & 3rd place
  • Girl's Youth 3km 1st place

These oustanding performances saw Gapuwiyak crowned the 2014 National Indigenous Deadly Fun Run Overall Community Champions!

Our teams are extremely proud of these results and excited to take home the trophy! Training has already started to ensure we can defend our title at next year's event! A huge thank you to Vanessa, Atnas and Evelyna for their work in preparing our runners for this event. Onwards and upwards.