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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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It is with deep remorse that East Arnhem Regional Councillors and staff pay tribute to former Northern Land Council Chairman, Mr Wunungmurra and extend our sympathies to his brother, East Arnhem Regional Council President Mr Banambi Wunungmurra and his family.

A signatory to the 1963 Yirrkala Bark Petitions, Mr Wunungmurra was a senior Aboriginal leader, respected throughout Australia.

Decades of tireless work championing Aboriginal rights was recognised recently, honored at Garma Festival as a Yolngu Hero.

While his gentle nature, love of education and advocacy for indigenous rights leaves a legacy that will be profoundly missed, he has paved the way for the next generation to follow.

Rest in peace brother, friend and family member.

As a mark of respect, East Arnhem Regional Council Headquarters in Nhulunbuy and the Yirrkala and Gunyangara Council Offices will be closed from 8am Tuesday 11 August, reopening 8am Thursday 13 August.