Changes for Council in 2012

Are you aware of changes to Council in the upcoming 2012 Local Government Elections?

All Northern Territory Shires & Councils recently underwent an Electoral Review in accordance to provisions within the Local Government Act (NT) 2008.

As a result of the review & extensive community consultation, the Minister for Local Government Hon Malarndirri McCarthy approved changes to the East Arnhem Shire Council Electoral Boundaries. The 24 March 2012 Local Government Elections, will see the introduction of two (2) new Wards Gumurr Miyarrka Ward & Birr Rawarrang Ward and an increase in Council numbers from 12 Councillors to 14 Councillors.

Find out how the changes will affect you Ward by Ward? 

Anindilyakwa Ward

At the inaugural elections in 2008, Groote Eylandt was allocated three (3) council positions. If you live in the Anindilyakwa Ward which is the region that covers Groote Eylandt (excluding Alyangula) and Bickerton Island (Milyakburra), you will now only vote in two (2) Councillors.

Birr Rawarrang Ward

Birr Rawarrang Ward is a newly formed Ward, created by splitting Gumurr Gattjirrk Ward based on population.  People living in the community of Ramingining and surrounding homelands & outstations will now be represented by the Birr Rawarrang Ward. At the 24 March Elections, people within the Birr Rawarrang Ward will elect two (2) Councillors.

Gumurr Gattjirrk Ward

Previously the Ramingining Community was incorporated into the Gumurr Gattjirrk Ward; the introduction new Wards will mean that people who live in Ramingining and surrounding homelands & outstations will now be represented by the newly created Birr Rawarrang Ward.

Elected Councillor Numbers have also reduced. Residents in Milingimbi will remain in the Gumurr Miwatj Ward, and will elect two (2) councillors on 24 March 2012.

Gumurr Marthakal Ward

If you live in the Gumurr Marthakal Ward, which is the Elcho Island Region of East Arnhem Land you will not be affected by the changes imposed by the Electoral Review. Three (3) council positions we stay in the Marthakal Ward and the Boundaries remain the same.

Gumurr Miwatj Ward

Previously the Gapuwiyak Community was incorporated into the Gumurr Miwatj Ward; the introduction new Wards will mean that people who live in Gapuwiyak and surrounding homelands & outstations will now be represented by the newly created Gumurr Miyarrka Ward.

Elected Councillor Numbers will remain the same. Residents in Yirrkala will remain in the Gumurr Miwatj Ward, and will elect three (3) councillors on 24 March 2012.

Gumurr Miyarrka Ward

Gumurr Miyarrka is a newly formed Ward, created by splitting Gumurr Miwatj Ward based on population. People living in the community of Gapuwiyak and surrounding homelands & outstations will now be represented by the Gumurr Miyarrka Ward. At the 24 March Elections, people within the Gumurr Miyarrka Ward will elect two (2) Councillors. 

View the new East Arnhem Shire Council Ward Map