Cyclone Lam update

We ask that you please continue to be mindful of clean up work being undertaken in Milingimbi, Ramingining, Elcho Island and Gapuwiyak.

Stay away from fallen power lines and debris while recovery teams are at work.

Updates to power connection to properties and business are forthcoming from PowerWater.

Local Authority Meetings scheduled for this week in Milingimbi and Gunyangara have been postponed until further notice.

LOOKING AFTER YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

After an emergency, it's important that you can take care of you and your family. There are lots of things to consider and SecureNT can guide you through hints and tips regarding: 

Water

Food

Pets and animals

Fishing

Sporting activities

Staying safe around flood waters

Infectious diseases

For more information visit their website and share information amongst friends and relatives.

Draft Council Plan & Budget open for comment NOW!

Now is your chance to have a say on the 2014-2015 Council Plan & Budget!

The Council 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.

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

The Council Plan & Budget will be open for your comment until 27 June 

To view the 2014-2015 Council Plan & Budget click here.

East Arnhem represented on National Indigenous Youth Parliament

The continued dedication of East Arnhem youth working to drive their people forward has again been recognised, with young Indigenous woman, Ineke Wallis selected to take part in the 2014 National Indigenous Youth Parliament.  

The National Indigenous Youth Parliament is a week long leadership program held in Canberra from 28 May to 3 June 2014, comprised of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth aged between 16-25 years. With only six individuals chosen from each State and Territory, and two from the Torres Strait Islands, Ineke was selected from a strong field of 230 applicants. 

An Administration Officer with East Arnhem Regional Council's Governance and Executive Team, Ineke is an exceptional young lady who has a burning desire to pursue a career in politics with the aim of advocating for all Indigenous people, but specifically driven to improve the lifestyle and access to services for people within East Arnhem.

“I am extremely proud to be given this opportunity to represent my people. The NIYP encourages youth-led advocacy, active community leadership and commitment to the democratic process which are such important and vital areas we need to focus on if we are to improve the situation of Indigenous people in Australia” said Miss Wallis.

“I look forward to the experiences the Youth Parliament will bring, and the chance to workshop issues with other young Indigenous people from around Australia.

As part of the program, I’ll be presenting three speeches in Canberra, two of which focus on ‘Recognising Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islander people in the Constitution’ and ‘Lowering the age to access superannuation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’ Ineke said.

Prior to departing to Canberra, Ineke will be speaking with local youth groups and schools in Nhulunbuy on the importance of the National Indigenous Youth Parliament, and how every person plays a role in making a difference. Good luck Ineke - we have no doubt you will represent yourself, our people and East Arnhem Regional Council with pride.

Council Lodges Submission to the Inquiry on the Development of Northern Australia

East Arnhem Regional Council has lodged a submission to the Australian Government's inquiry by the Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia. The inquiry will examine economic, taxation and infrastructure policies which could help support development in the parts of Australia north of the Tropic of Capricorn, which includes parts of Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory.

You can view the Council's submission in full HERE.

For more information on the Inquiry, including the Terms of Reference and Committee Members, you can visit the Australian Government website by clicking here.

East Arnhem’s voice on Chief Minister’s Round Table of Young Territorians

East Arnhem and Galiwin’ku youth leader, Jermaine Campbell, has been selected as a member of the 2014 Chief Minister’s Round Table of Young Territorians. 

At just 21 years of age, Jermaine is an Indigenous Assistant Teacher in Galiwin’ku, and was motivated to nominate for the Round Table through his desire to help young kids and improve counsellor services and access in communities. 

“...I feel that many Indigenous communities over the Top End don’t have safe houses and a lot of Indigenous youths out in remote communities don’t have resources or councellors...” said Jermaine.

“That’s where I am passionate about helping kids and I would love to see safe houses all across the Top End remote communities” 

With a strong vision of one day seeing a safe house up and running in his community of Galiwin’ku, Jermaine has just returned from his first meeting representing Galiwin’ku youth on the Round Table in Darwin, and will spend the year attending meetings and developing a project to present to the Chief Minister and his staff at the end of 2014.

East Arnhem Regional Council Gumurr Marthakal Ward Councillor and Deputy President, Mavis Danganbarr, was glowing in her appraisal of Jermaine.

“Jermaine is an outstanding member of our community. He is a valuable role model for youth and adults, and we are very proud to have him represent Galiwin’ku on the Chief Minister’s Round Table of Young Territorians”.

For further information on the Chief Minister’s Round Table of Young Territorians please visit www.youth.nt.gov.au

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Dr Emma Kennedy recognised by Melbourne University

East Arnhem Shire Council Veterinarian, Dr Emma Kennedy, has been recognised for her work in Animal Welfare throughout East Arnhem, awarded the inaugural

University of Melbourne Faculty of Veterinarian Science Young Alumnus Achievement Award.

The Award was created to recognise the outstanding achievement made by alumnus, within ten years of graduation, to local, Australian or international communities, and is part of the wider Alumni Awards which aim to acknowledge those Alumni making outstanding contributions to their profession and society, showing exceptional dedication and leadership in their field.

Dr Kennedy will travel to Melbourne to be presented the award at the Faculty of Veterinary Science Graduation Ceremony on 6 December 2013. This award is a great tribute to the exceptional work that she carries out throughout remote regions of the Northern Territory, passing on her knowledge and mentoring local community members to improve overall animal management in East Arnhem. Well done Emma.

Gattjirrk Festival 2013 'Healthy People, Strong Culture, Active Lifestyle'

The East Arnhem Community of Milingimbi is winding down after a busy four days of culture and healthy lifestyle with the 31st Gattjirrk Festival.

This years theme - 'Healthy People, Strong Culture, Active Lifestyle' saw people from across North East Arnhem Land participate in the festival.

Festival founder, Lapulung Dhamarrandji, said “Building bridges, connecting cultures is the foundation of the Gattjirrk Yolŋu Aboriginal Corporation and this event has brought bukmak, everyone together: Yolŋu ga Balanda (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people). It's been a great success."

East Arnhem Shire Council is a proud sponsor and supporter of this event. For more information check out the Gattjirrk Festival Facebook page or read more through their recent media release.

Joel Mamarika Takes Out 'Best Emerging New Radio Talent'

East Arnhem Shire Council's 'Youth Radio Umbakumba' presenter, Joel Mamarika, has been recognised for his oustanding talents winning the 'Best Emerging New Radio Talent' award at the 15th National Remote Media Festival in Ntaria, Central Australia. 

Both Joel, and radio guru and Youth, Sport and Recreation Mentor, Percy Bishop, were invited to attend the Festival which ran from the 2nd – 10th October, and was attended by film makers, editors, broadcasters, and producers, which CAAMA Radio hosted with other partnerships including IRCA. 

Joel’s family and nearly all of Umbakumba followed Joel and Percy’s journey to the Desert and back, listening as Joel was inter-viewed live on CAAMA Radio and as Joel and Percy ran CAAMA’s breakfast show one morning.

“I will never forget this….it is the best experience I’ve ever had in my life,” Joel said.

Joel was interviewed on several radio shows and as well as a television interview.

“It was a fantastic opportunity and wonderful event,” said Percy. 

“Our days were full with our days going from 8am to 10pm daily for eight days with a one day break. It was exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. Joel attended “IPAD” story collection work shops, editing and producing his work which was then presented for the award night.” 

Percy speaks in glowing terms of Joel's achievements and acknowledging his hard work which has seen Youth Radion Umbakumba go from strength to strength. 

“Joel is the first Warnindilyakwa to ever attend such a prestigious event, the first to ever be nominated and the first to ever win,” Percy said. 

“Joel had never travelled that far, or visited the Central Desert before. He made new friends; the desert mob; burnt his lips in the desert heat which was dry and hot with no moisture. (The lip moisturiser I’d bought him in Darwin wasn’t so silly anymore!) He experienced things he’d never done before, met new people, good people, like minded peo-ple, similar but not the same, who are all moved by the power of the arts and media.” 

EASC would like to like to thank FAHCSIA and the ALC who were major contributors, sponsoring both Joel and Percy to the tune of $7000 to ensure they were able to attend this conference.

"We would not have been able to have at-tended without their support. Also I must mention NT Young Carers and EASC who also assisted" said Percy.

Council Renews NT Training Awards Sponsorship in 2014

East Arnhem Shire Council is pleased to announce the renewal of sponsorship of the Northern Territory Training Awards in 2014.

The NT Training Awards are the Department of Business annual premier event recognising training excellence and achievements by Territory businesses, training organisations, apprentices, trainees, trainers and students, with individual and organisational awards. The Council will return as Gold Sponsors in 2014.

In 2013, East Arnhem Shire Council were proud sponsors of the 'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year' Award which was won by Sandra Allwright. Sandra undertook a Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (Practice) through the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and was employed by the Wurli-Wurlinjang Health Service. 

Sandra entered Indigenous health practitioner training as an adult student after deciding on a new career and training path through her passion for improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Territorians.   

East Arnhem Shire Council President Banambi Wunungmurra presented Sandra with her award on the night.

Runner up was Roslyn Malngumba from NT Christian Schools - Mapuru Christian School who undertook a Certificate IV in Education Support. Congratulations to both ladies on your achievements.

The Awards are a fantastic way to recognise the excellence and achievements in gaining the highest standards of knowledge and skills, in contributing to high standards of training, and for personal achievement in the vocational education and training (VET) sector. 

Federal Election - Mobile Polling Schedule - Your Vote Counts!

The Federal Election has been called for Saturday 7th September 2013 and voting for NT remote communities will take place in the two weeks before this date.

The Election is your chance to have a say on who Governs our Country as well as all the important policies which effect you and your family.

Click here for a list of the polling dates and locations in your Community. Remember that voting in some Communities will start this week. Don't miss out on your chance to cast a vote.