Football in Ramingining Paving the Way for Change

Ramingining was the place to be when the inaugural Ramingining East Arnhem Regional Council Football Competition wrapped up with an exciting day of finals!

For the first time in Ramingining's history, a Women's Competition was established, attracting over 80 women each week to the training track and four teams. The community with a population of just over 800, was greated by an incredible spectacle of an average 250 athletes on the oval each week, men and women training alongside each other, supported by children, parents and partners. School children spending hours creating banners and flags to support their team. This truly was a whole of community competition.

Saturday's Grand Finals saw Damala victors over the Hawks in the women's final and the Swans over the Tigers in the Men's. Importantly both games played in incredible sportmanship with phenomenal crowd support!

Re-established to provide an avenue for physical activity for the community, the competition also helped to put an emphasis on domestic violence awareness and education. Since the establishment of the competition the community has seen a dramatic fall in domestic violence occurances and a significant increase in reporting of such events. The correlation between the two is undeniable and we are proud to have been supported by the NT Police and NO MORE Campaign to push this messaging through the program.

The competition wouldn't have been possible without the generous support and sponsorship of the following stakeholders:

NT Police | Outback Spirit | AFL NT | ALPA | Swinburne University of Technology | Ramingining School | NO MORE Campaign

Watch the video here

Let's keep in touch

We understand that it’s easy to miss or forget important information! Council is rolling out a great new service where you can subscribe for free emails or text messages about the things happening in Ramingining & Galiwin'ku.

What is Whispir?

Whispir is a free messaging service that enables Council to connect with you to update you on information and upcoming events within the community. Whispir can also keep you informed with up to date information in the event of an emergency situation. Notifications will be delivered either by text messages, emails or voice message.

During the first phase, this service will be available for Ramingining and Galiwin'ku only. If you are interested in receiving this service, simply fill in the REGISTRATION FORM indicating which service you would like information about and how you would like this delivered, then return the completed form to your local East Arnhem Regional Council Office or email it to

Draft Council Plan Open for Comment

Now is your chance to have a say on the 2016-2017 Council Plan & Budget!

On the 25 May 2016, Council approved the Draft 2016/17 Council Plan & Budget at the Ordinary Council Meeting. The 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.

The Council Plan & Budget will be open for your comment until 30 June 2016. We look forward to hearing from you! To view the 2016-2017 Council Plan & Budget click here.


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

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2016 - 2020 Learning Strategy Launched

East Arnhem Regional Council today launched the 2016 - 2020 Learning Strategy, reflecting Council’s strong commitment to the ongoing skills development of its workforce and to providing career pathways for its employees.

Also announced was an exciting new working partnership with not-for-profit social enterprise, Infoxchange, in an effort to improve digital literacy of Indigenous people and enable increased access to education and training.

The four year strategy focuses on developing a highly skilled Council workforce, preparing people for employment and future careers with Council and the development of communities and businesses across East Arnhem Land.

The Strategy outlines a series key targets to be achieved by 2020 including:

  • Employ more than 70% Indigenous people
  • Provide training for 100% of employees every year
  • Provide opportunity to develop the internet skills of 1000 Indigenous people
  • Assist 10% Indigenous businesses to develop their online business
  • Facilitate broadband Internet connectivity for all EARC communities and provide individual connections for 1000 Indigenous people

Today's event took place in East Arnhem's beautiful coastal community of Yirrkala, with a bunggul conducted by Rirratjingu TOs, followed by the official launch and signing of the partnership agreement at the Buku-Larrngay Mulka Art Centre. View the Strategy here.

Sky Is the Limit for Council Trainee Jacob

East Arnhem Regional Council's Indigenous Trainee Technical Officer Jacob Pangquee is continuing to excel in his role with Council's Technical Services team, successfully completing the CASA approved Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Pilot’s Certificate in Ipswich.

The five day training course, which included an Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate, enables Jacob to commercially operate multi-rotor aircraft, allowing him to independently assist with Council's inspections of buildings, roads, waste facilities and more.

“I am very grateful of the opportunities I’ve been given and I look forward to achieving more and starting off my career at East Arnhem Regional Council” said Jacob.

Commencing in September 2015, Jacob's traineeship has him working towards a Certificate III in Building and Construction, a position which has been made possible thanks to a $45 000 funding partnership between Council and Developing East Arnhem Limited.

A funding first for both organisations, the DEAL Programme provided $45 000 towards the traineeship, with the programme created to provide support and financial assistance to promote economic development, diversification and sustainability of indigenous and other businesses in the region, support employment and training opportunities for residents, and enhance economic wellbeing within the East Arnhem Land region.

"Jacob has been an extremely valuable addition to our Tech Services team. He has shown a strong thirst for knowledge and experience and his enthusiasm to be involved in as much as possible has been extremely encouraging to see" said Council's Director Technical Services, Shane Marshall.

"The funding through DEAL has enabled us to make this position a reality. Long term we see Jacob as a valuable member of the Council team and hope this traineeship acts as a great catalyst for future partnerships with DEAL.”

Jacob will continue to be involved in a range of programs including building inspections, repairs and maintenance to building assets, and supporting projects like the CDU mosquito larvae collection and adult mosquito trapping for virus testing.

After working across all areas of the Technical Services team and completing training in ARCHICAD, the computer assisted drafting program, Jacob will focus his placement in the Building Infrastructure stream and carpentry, where he will work closely with our Technical Officer Mike Bollard commencing on some big projects in Gapwiyak.

A great initiative from both parties, the funding agreement will conclude in June 2016, with Council maintaining the position moving forward.

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Public Relations Coordinator - Katherine Hollis, 0457 518 772
Director Technical Services - Shane Marshall

2016 Council Meeting dates confirmed

Councillors approved the following 2016 East Arnhem Regional Council 'Ordinary' Meeting dates at the 25 November 2015 Council Meeting:

  • 28 January - Nhulunbuy Council Chambers
  • 23 March - Ramingining Council Chambers
  • 25 May - Nhulunbuy Council Chambers
  • 27 July - Galiwin'ku Council Chambers
  • 28 September - Milyakburra Council Chambers
  • 23 November - Nhulunbuy Council Chambers 

You can learn more about EARC Council and Other Meetings here or view agendas and minutes as they become available on the 2016 Council Meetings page.

Gapuwiyak Lakers crowned champions

The Gapuwiyak Lakers were crowned champions of the AFL Cyclone Recovery Football Carnival recently held in Gove, with a convincing four goal win over Gove #2 side Port Power and followed by a heartwarming homecoming celebration.

With generous funding support by the Northern Territory Government, in conjunction with ALPA, Rio Tinto and TIO, East Arnhem Regional Council's Youth Sport and Recreation team worked tirelessly in coordinating the event alongside AFL Northern Territory. With two exciting days of footy and live entertainment, around 170 young men from East Arnhem communities affected earlier this year by Cyclone Nathan and Lam made the trip into Nhulunbuy for a huge weekend of action!

Teams travelled by charter flights and troopies from Milingimbi, Ramingining, Gapuwiyak, Galiwin'ku (two teams), Groote Eylandt and two combined sides from the Gove Peninsula (including Yirrkala & Gunyangara) to compete. In an exciting Grand Final match that had the crowd on their feet, the Gapuwiyak Lakers were a class above, eventual four goal winners over the Gove #2 combined side. 

Lakers young gun Rowan Gaykamangu was named Best on Ground, and Ramingining recognised with a special award given to a team that encompassed the spirit of the game, showed superior sportsmanship, respect for others and overall exceptional conduct on and off the field. Council congratulates Rowan on his performance, and the boys from Ramo for their ouststanding efforts during the weekend.

The homecoming for the Lakers was nothing short of amazing! In what seemed to be every member of the community in attendance to celebrate their arrival home, the community pride was at an all time high. 

With fantastic support from ALPA and Miwatj Employment and Participation (MEP), a community BBQ was coordinated. ALPA provided streamers and ballons which were used to decorate community, cars, and street posts, and the hands of community members were also decorated. The Council's Municipal team along with the MEP buffalo boys took on the cooking duties for the BBQ and once the grill once fired up, there was no stopping it. The team were hard at work for two hours, many a chop, sausage and rissoles were handed out, along with many crates of poppers.

After a celebratory parade through community, the team and trophy flanked by community members, the guys presented the trophy to Gapuwiyak's traditional owners.  The party continued and was certainly a memorable moment for this sports mad community.

The next morning really told the story of a celebration, and we thank the Municipal Crew for their hard work in finishing what they helped build, cleaning the grounds that had well and truly shown that celebration had been held and enjoyed!

This event meant so much to all the teams from East Arnhem that participated and their community. Council acknowledges the NT Government initiative and work AFL Northern Territory and other stakeholders put in conducting it, and congratulates all of our players and officials on their efforts. A special big thank you must go to our Youth Sport and Recreation team and Yirrkala Council staff for all their efforts in ensuring this weekend was a success. For Gapuwiyak this was a victory not to be forgotten any time soon!


Farewell & thank you Diane

After dedicating six incredible years of service to East Arnhem Regional Council, our exceptional Libraries and Children & Family Services Regional Manager Diane Kearney is moving on.

Forever the positive, supportive mentor and manager, Diane's high level of commitment and dedication to the program and her team and community is unrivalled. Her work was more than a job, with Diane bringing an endless supply of energy, enthusiasm and passion to the role. 

Under Diane's guidance and leadership, all of our Council Child Care staff have successfully completed Certificate III and Certificate IV training, with the ongoing successes and achievements of our Child Care and Library Services teams a testiment to the trust and relationships built within the team and importantly families in our communities. 

Diane was also at the helm of iStories, the digital project which has enabled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Groote Eylandt to capture and preserve stories of times gone past. The project gained national recognition, winning the Active Arts category of the 2013 National Awards for Local Government. She has also been involved in the development and creation of numerous resources and stories including 'We go out Bush' and 'Eat Every Colour' nutrition dvd. 

Everyone at Council wishes Diane the very best for her future. Her work and passion for the role will be remembered for years to come by Council, Staff and our communities.