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National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week Celebrations will continue to run this week through to Sunday 13 July. NAIDOC events will be held across Australia, celebrating the culture, history and achievements of Indigenous Australians. This year's NAIDOC theme honours all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have fought in defence of our country. The celebrations will recognise the role they have played in shapping our identity and gives us the chance to pause and reflect on their sacrifice. 

To mark NAIDOC Day celebrations, East Arnhem Regional Council offices will be closed on Friday 11 July and will reopen as per normal hours of operations on Monday 14 July.

Enjoy the celebrations held across the Territory!


Draft Council Plan & Budget open for comment NOW!

Now is your chance to have a say on the 2014-2015 Council Plan & Budget!

The Council Plan provides direction to Council, staff, community members and other stakeholders on the ongoing development of East Arnhem Regional Council and its communities.

It talks about all of Council’s services and programs and how the budget will be allocated for the next financial year.

You can let us know what you think by email, mail or have a chat to your local Councillor or Local Authority members.

The Council Plan & Budget will be open for your comment until 27 June 

To view the 2014-2015 Council Plan & Budget click here.


East Arnhem represented on National Indigenous Youth Parliament

The continued dedication of East Arnhem youth working to drive their people forward has again been recognised, with young Indigenous woman, Ineke Wallis selected to take part in the 2014 National Indigenous Youth Parliament.  

The National Indigenous Youth Parliament is a week long leadership program held in Canberra from 28 May to 3 June 2014, comprised of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth aged between 16-25 years. With only six individuals chosen from each State and Territory, and two from the Torres Strait Islands, Ineke was selected from a strong field of 230 applicants. 

An Administration Officer with East Arnhem Regional Council's Governance and Executive Team, Ineke is an exceptional young lady who has a burning desire to pursue a career in politics with the aim of advocating for all Indigenous people, but specifically driven to improve the lifestyle and access to services for people within East Arnhem.

“I am extremely proud to be given this opportunity to represent my people. The NIYP encourages youth-led advocacy, active community leadership and commitment to the democratic process which are such important and vital areas we need to focus on if we are to improve the situation of Indigenous people in Australia” said Miss Wallis.

“I look forward to the experiences the Youth Parliament will bring, and the chance to workshop issues with other young Indigenous people from around Australia.

As part of the program, I’ll be presenting three speeches in Canberra, two of which focus on ‘Recognising Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islander people in the Constitution’ and ‘Lowering the age to access superannuation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’ Ineke said.

Prior to departing to Canberra, Ineke will be speaking with local youth groups and schools in Nhulunbuy on the importance of the National Indigenous Youth Parliament, and how every person plays a role in making a difference. Good luck Ineke - we have no doubt you will represent yourself, our people and East Arnhem Regional Council with pride.

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