Banambi Wunungmurra Re-Elected as President

Inaugural President, Councillor Banambi Wunungmurra has again been re-elected unopposed for the position of President for East Arnhem Shire Council for a 4 year term.

President Wunungmurra, who is also a Councillor for the Gumurr Miwatj Ward will serve his second term as Council President. He brings a wealth of cultural knowledge and community experience to the role of Council President and is extremely proud to have this unique opportunity to represent the people of the East Arnhem Region.

Banambi’s community vision is to promote and represent the interests of the East Arnhem Region to all levels of government and to be continually encouraging and mentoring the younger generation into future important positions and leadership roles.

President Wunungmurra said upon his re-election,  "I would like to thank very much the Council for your support and confidence in me as President and I will try my best for the next four years to feed us into better and a more prosperous council".

"The Council is only four years old, and it's just a baby, growing to become an adult. It's not an easy road. We  have good staff within our communities and I am looking forward to working side by side, and hand in hand with the new Council and staff to face the big challenges ahead."

East Arnhem Shire Council has welcomed the election of Councillor Mavis Danganbarr as Deputy President. Councillor Danganbarr of Gumurr Marthakal Ward said she was deeply honoured to be elected unopposed as Deputy President.

Council resolved to maintain a two year rotation of the Deputy President Position.  This will be Councillor Danganbarr's first term as Deputy President, taking over the reigns from Councillor Kaye Thurlow also from Gumurr Marthakal Ward.

President Banambi Wunungmurra Bio

Banambi currently lives and was born in Yirrkala, attended the local mission school. He later attended the Brisbane Theological College undertaking a 3 year Youth Leadership Course with the goal of teaching and training younger people to excel in sport. Banambi moved on to Melbourne to follow his dream of playing in the then VFL and joined the Geelong Football Club. Banambi played part of the season in “B” Grade being coached by the famous Polly Farmer, but a family tragedy intervened back in his home community so he returned to Yirrkala for good.

Banambi has worked in the following positions:

• Aboriginal Liaison Officer. Chief Ministers Dept, NT Govt.

• Project Officer. Dept of Aboriginal Affairs

• General Manager. Laynhapuy Homelands, Yirrkala NT

• General Manager. Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corp, Nhulunbuy NT

• Regional Council Chairman. ATSIC

• Assistant General Manager. YBE , Nhulunbuy NT

• Cultural Liaison Officer. Rio Tinto, Nhulunbuy NT

• Council President. East Arnhem Shire Council

Banambi has also held a number of Community Board and Director positions:

• Executive Board of Directors . YBE, Nhulunbuy NT

• Executive Board of Directors . Batchelor Institute, NT

• Chairman - Harmony Mawa Mala. Nhulunbuy, NT

• Board of Directors. Laynhapuy Homelands. Yirrkala, NT

• Board of Directors . Aboriginal Legal Aid ( now known as NAAJA ) NT

• Chairman, Miwatj Legal Service - NT

• Health Regionalisation Co-ordinator. AMSANT. NT Health

Deputy President Mavis Danganbarr Bio

Cr Mavis Danganbarr is a Councillor from Gumurr Marthakal Ward and was born on Elcho Island; attended school at Milingimbi and then post-primary at Elcho Island. Mavis is a member of the Liyagawumirr Clan and her homelands are Dhambala and Yawurr Yawurr.

Mavis has been employed in a number of interesting and varied positions on Elcho Island, originally starting in a reception role with the Methodist Mission at Galiwin’ku, then moving up to a Teacher’s Assistant role with Shepherdson College.

Mavis has also worked as a supervisor with the Galiwin’ku Women’s Centre and was involved in the establishment of the Meals on Wheels Program as well as assisting with the planning for the Child Care Centre. More recently Mavis has worked with the Marthakal Homelands Resource Centre and has just been appointed to the newly created position of Indigenous Liaison Officer with FaHCSIA.

Mavis was closely involved with the local community in the Local Government Reform process, in the lead up to the formation of the new Shires. She was an active member of the East Arnhem Shire Transition Committee and was chairperson for four meetings.

Mavis’s other community interests include being a senior leader of the Galiwin’ku Uniting Church and representative at Synod Meetings. She is actively involved in church organization and leadership. She has also held the Public Officer and Secretary roles for the Marthakal Mala Leaders Group.