East Arnhem Regional Council communities will continue to see strong benefits through the Federal Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy funding, with Council recently signing off on a 3 year, $12.8mil grant.
Funding under this grant will support the ongoing delivery of our essential programs in Youth, Sport and Recreation, remote indigenous broadcasting, and the Night Patrol service.
As part of the wider agreement, Council was also successful in securing funding for the installation of community announcement systems in three East Arnhem communities.
After being trialled in Yirrkala with great success, the project now has the financial backing to be rolled out in Milingimbi, Ramingining and Galiwin’ku. Improving communication between Council, community members and other local service providers, the pilot project saw it used to broadcast bushfire threats, mosquito borne disease and spraying information, daily RJCP messages, promotion of school attendance, and community events just to name a few.
Involving the installation of multiple speaker stations around each community, the system provides the capability to broadcast safety messages similar to those broadcast to mainstream communities through text messages by government service providers. The system willallow Council (with all appropriate approvals) to broadcast on the frequency oflocal radio stations, extending the reach of broadcast to residents.
The master units will be located in Council’s Community Offices and will include in-built memory units which allow for automatic broadcast of pre-recorded messages. These can be set up for any time, any day, depending on type of emergency or natural disaster.
Council welcomes the funding through the IAS, acknowledging the signing of the agreement is a significant outcome for our communities, ensuring continuation of our existing services and jobs.