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East Arnhem’s voice on Chief Minister’s Round Table of Young Territorians

East Arnhem and Galiwin’ku youth leader, Jermaine Campbell, has been selected as a member of the 2014 Chief Minister’s Round Table of Young Territorians. 

At just 21 years of age, Jermaine is an Indigenous Assistant Teacher in Galiwin’ku, and was motivated to nominate for the Round Table through his desire to help young kids and improve counsellor services and access in communities. 

“...I feel that many Indigenous communities over the Top End don’t have safe houses and a lot of Indigenous youths out in remote communities don’t have resources or councellors...” said Jermaine.

“That’s where I am passionate about helping kids and I would love to see safe houses all across the Top End remote communities” 

With a strong vision of one day seeing a safe house up and running in his community of Galiwin’ku, Jermaine has just returned from his first meeting representing Galiwin’ku youth on the Round Table in Darwin, and will spend the year attending meetings and developing a project to present to the Chief Minister and his staff at the end of 2014.

East Arnhem Regional Council Gumurr Marthakal Ward Councillor and Deputy President, Mavis Danganbarr, was glowing in her appraisal of Jermaine.

“Jermaine is an outstanding member of our community. He is a valuable role model for youth and adults, and we are very proud to have him represent Galiwin’ku on the Chief Minister’s Round Table of Young Territorians”.

For further information on the Chief Minister’s Round Table of Young Territorians please visit www.youth.nt.gov.au 

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Dr Emma Kennedy recognised by Melbourne University

East Arnhem Shire Council Veterinarian, Dr Emma Kennedy, has been recognised for her work in Animal Welfare throughout East Arnhem, awarded the inaugural University of Melbourne Faculty of Veterinarian Science Young Alumnus Achievement Award.
The Award was created to recognise the outstanding achievement made by alumnus, within ten years of graduation, to local, Australian or international communities, and is part of the wider Alumni Awards which aim to acknowledge those Alumni making outstanding contributions to their profession and society, showing exceptional dedication and leadership in their field.
Dr Kennedy will travel to Melbourne to be presented the award at the Faculty of Veterinary Science Graduation Ceremony on 6 December 2013. This award is a great tribute to the exceptional work that she carries out throughout remote regions of the Northern Territory, passing on her knowledge and mentoring local community members to improve overall animal management in East Arnhem. Well done Emma.

Gattjirrk Festival 2013 'Healthy People, Strong Culture, Active Lifestyle'

The East Arnhem Community of Milingimbi is winding down after a busy four days of culture and healthy lifestyle with the 31st Gattjirrk Festival.

This years theme - 'Healthy People, Strong Culture, Active Lifestyle' saw people from across North East Arnhem Land participate in the festival.

Festival founder, Lapulung Dhamarrandji, said “Building bridges, connecting cultures is the foundation of the Gattjirrk Yolŋu Aboriginal Corporation and this event has brought bukmak, everyone together: Yolŋu ga Balanda (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people). It's been a great success."

East Arnhem Shire Council is a proud sponsor and supporter of this event. For more information check out the Gattjirrk Festival Facebook page or read more through their recent media release.