East Arnhem Shire Council goes two in a row

Young girl filming traditional dancing on the iPad. Opposite her are two other viewers taking footage to be later turned into an iStory about the festival.

For the second year in a row, East Arnhem Shire Council is among eighteen of the nation’s 565 councils and shires have been declared category winners in this year’s National Awards for Local Government.

A project that has enabled Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people of Groote Eylandt to capture and preserve stories of times gone past has won national recognition in the Active Arts Category of the 2013 National Awards for Local Government.

In partnership with NT Libraries and numerous community stakeholders, East Arnhem Shire Council (EASC) has been working at a local grass roots level to contribute to addressing the long-term neglect of Aboriginal arts and culture, its peoples and its communities. Community libraries and knowledge centres on Groote Eylandt have been bringing the arts and culture of the Anindilyakwa to a global audience in the form of iStories.

iStories is a colloborative digital arts project focussed on cultural and community engagement through the use of modern technology: for creative expression, learning, accessing information, communicating with family and friends, digitalized recording, preserving and sharing of contemporary and historical stories.

The Warnindilyakwan people of Groote Eylandt are now managing their own learning and literacy development in a culture that is historically not a ‘literate’ one. Stories are being told in a traditionally way through images and recordings.

The awards recognise the great work that our local governments do in supporting their communities through creative and innovative programs. As the tier of government closest to the people, local governments deliver important services and infrastructure for their communities.

East Arnhem Shire Council will again be considered for the overall 2013 National Award for Excellence in Local Government.

East Arnhem Shire Council was also commended in the category of Regional Collaborations for the establishment of Latitude 12, a managed business and shared services provider established in partnership  with West Arnhem Shire Council (WASC).