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Minjilang

Minjilang is the name of the Aboriginal town on Croker Island, situated just off the Cobourg Peninsula, approximately 250km north-east of Darwin.

Situated in the luminescent Arafura Sea, Croker Island is home to abundant wildlife and flora that inhabit the beaches, wetlands, swamps and native bushland.

Approximately 300 people live on Croker Island, of whom 150 are the only speakers of the Iwaidja language. Other major languages spoken are Mawng, Kunwinjku and English.

West Arnhem Regional Council provides a range of local government services in Minjilang including road maintenance and repair, parks and gardens maintenance, sport and recreation services, access to Centrelink, community care programs and other services on behalf of government agencies.

 

 

Minjilang Crèche 

Minjilang Crèche provides a range of childcare services to children aged from 0 – 5 years. Crèche operates as a form of introduction to early childhood education and is important for children to learn the foundations before they go to preschool. Minjilang Crèche employs local Aboriginal staff.

 

The Crèche provides:

Full care 5 days a week for children aged 0-5 years

 

Operating Hours:

Monday-Friday: 8.00am to 2.00pm

To enrol your child in Crèche, please see the friendly staff at the centre or call (08) 8979 9444.

Community overview

Population

221 (2016 Census)

Location

240km north east of Darwin, 150km north of Jabiru, off the Arnhem Land coast.

Languages spoken

Iwaidja, Kunwinjku and some Mawng, English.

Services

Minjilang is the main Aboriginal settlement on Croker Island and has a school, health clinic, convenience store, community hall, and airport.

Recreation

Fishing, community sports facilities and ovals, walking.

Access

Year-round air access with FlyTiwi running a daily passenger service to Darwin; weekly barge services from Darwin for freight.

More information

Minjilang Council Office on (08) 8970 3500 or email info@westarnhem.nt.gov.au.

Visitor Accommodation

West Arnhem Regional Council offers Visitor Accommodation Services to contractors and other authorised visitors to West Arnhem communities at commercial rates.