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East Arnhem Shire Council welcomes new Chief Executive Officer

After over six months with the position vacant East Arnhem Shire Council has welcomed Mr John Japp as our new Chief Executive Officer.  John brings with him many ideas and impressive experience, and together we will work as a team to reach our goals.  

After spending 17 years in Papua New Guinea as a Senior Lecturer at the Madang Marine College, John returned to Australia with his family.  He’s recently completed a three year contract as the CEO of Aurukun Shire in Cape York and before that he was CEO at Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council, also in Far North Queensland.

Before apply for the East Arnhem Shire Council top job, John had four main things to consider: the communities we serve, our vision, our capabilities, and the quality of the people he would be working with. 

He is planning to take time to “assess the strategy and operations” with our Councillors, Executive and myself.  He will, in the next few months visit all nine communities, spending three or four days in each.  He will spend this time getting to know the issues of each community, meeting significant people and observing the role of the shire and other agencies. 

“Recent statistics from the last census have identified the East Arnhem Shire as the eighth most-disadvantaged community in Australia.  There are certain reasons for that, and something has to be done to reduce that level of disadvantage.  After researching East Arnhem Shire Council I am confident that the Council has tremendous potential in expanding and improving services for its communities and I look forward to working on improving our capabilities together,” said Mr Japp. 

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of Councillors and staff to welcome John, and look forward to working together for the benefit of all the people of East Arnhem Shire. 

Banambi Wunungmurra - President 


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Youth Radio Umbakumba now available online!

Youth Radio Umbakumba has leapt onto the internet.

Residents of the East Arnhem Region and people through out the world can now tune in LIVE via the internet. 

Our local radio program cover youth issues, local matters and live interviews.

To listen to this exciting new service, simply go to www.shoutcast.com and search for "Umbakumba" or download a free shoutcast app from the App store and listen on your iphone or ipad.

Programs are broadcast between 8am and 12pm week days. (CST)


Bright Lights, Safe Nights

All nine communities of East Arnhem Shire Council have benefitted from the installation of hundreds of new energy efficient street lights that are cheaper to operate and ensure communities are adequately lit at night.

With the help of a Federal Government grant worth close to $200,000, East Arnhem Shire Council has undertaken a street light replacement project in nine remote Indigenous communities in Arnhem Land. 

East Arnhem Shire Council Acting CEO Mr Kerry Whiting said the Street Lighting Project, affectionately known as 'Bright Lights, Safe Nights' was borne out of a desire by the community of Umbakumba to provide a safe place at night for all residents.

"Umbakumba had only 6 lights functioning street lights in the whole community, with this issue pre-dating Shire Council days" said Mr Whiting.

"Umbakumba now has 39 functioning street lights.

"East Arnhem Shire Council have now, not only secured funding, but have also rolled the program out in entirety to each East Arnhem community" Mr Whiting said.

The project, funded by the Government’s Community Energy Efficiency Grants Program (CEEP), involved replacing 509 inefficient mercury vapour street lights with energy efficient LED street lights.

It will help East Arnhem Shire Council substantially reduce its energy consumption and save the council an estimated $25,000 per year.

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