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Sunday
Jul142013

iStories collects Active Arts Award at National Awards for Local Government

East Arnhem Shire Council team collecting their Active Arts Award for iStoriesEast Arnhem Shire Council President Banambi Wunungmurra, and staff members Beryl Lalara, Steve Wurramarra, Yananymul Mununggurr, and Diane Kearney travelled to Canberra for the Awards night held on Sunday 16 June, where they were presented with the Active Arts Award at Parliament House.

April 2013 saw East Arnhem Shire Council recognised amongst eighteen of the nation’s 565 councils and shires in this year’s National Awards for Local Government for the iStories initiative, a project which has enabled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Groote Eylandt to capture and preserve stories of times gone past. For more information on iStories click here

iStories has been an exceptional project in which the Council partnered with the Anindilyakwa, NT Libraries, and numerous other stakeholders, to ensure the arts and culture of our people is brought to a global audience.

Congratulations to everybody involved in the project.

Saturday
Jun012013

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 

 

Download Media Release here.

Thursday
May302013

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)

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