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16 Sep 2014
Kids in Gunbalanya had a chance to check out the Royal Australian Navy's Seahawk choppers when 816 Squadron literally dropped in on the community as part of Exercise KAKADU 2014.Read more
04 Sep 2014
The excitement is building in the lead-up to the Gurrung Sports Carnival, two days of sensational sport set against the stunning backdrop of the West Arnhem escarpment. Games in the popular, grass-roots football and basketball competition will get underway from 4pm Friday 5 September. Hundreds of participants in teams from Daly River, Gunbalanya, Croker Island, Goulburn Island, Maningrida, Pine Creek, Katherine, and Darwin will travel to Jabiru to compete in men's and women's basketball and men's football in what is West Arnhem's premier sporting eventRead more
04 Sep 2014
Hot on the heels winning the Award for Film Clip of the Year at the National Indigenous Music Awards, East Journey will be playing the headline slot at the Mahbilil Festival in Jabiru, in the heart of Kakadu National Park. The explosive nine-piece act from Yirrkala, which formed in 2010, incorporates a unique fusion of rock, acoustic, traditional yidaki (didg) and bilma (clapsticks), as well as singing in both English and Yolngu Matha.Read more
02 Sep 2014
To support this year’s Black Dog Ride, the West Arnhem Regional Council hosted a community breakfast at Lake Jabiru Park on Monday August 4 to welcome riders including Jabiru Fire Station OIC Mick Hutton. The free breakfast helped build social links for riders, community members, and community groups while raising vital funds for mental health services. On behalf of West Arnhem Regional Council, Councillor Peter Wilson presented Mick Hutton with a painting of Adjumallarl (Dog Dreaming). The artwork, by Joey Nganjmirra, is from Injalak Arts and Crafts Association in Gunbalanya. Cr Wilson praised the efforts of the Black Dog Ride in raising more than $1.5 million for mental health services while fostering awareness of depression and suicide prevention. “Mick from the Jabiru Fire Brigade has helped by raising in excess of three-and-a-half thousand dollars, which is remarkable.” Cr Wilson said.Read more
01 Sep 2014
Minjilang held its first official Local Authority meeting at the council meeting room on Croker Island on Friday 8 August, following on from successful meetings at Gunbalanya and Maningrida. The members present elected William Noinba as their chairman before getting down to the business of discussing local issues and ideas.Read more
12 Aug 2014
The 2014 Gurrung Sports Carnival will be held in Jabiru – against the backdrop of the magnificent Kakadu National Park – on 5 and 6 September 2014. Since its beginnings in 2010, Gurrung has built its reputation on drawing footy and basketball teams from far and wide, displaying some of the greatest up-and-coming raw talent in the Top End. The Gurrung Sports Carnival will run in conjunction with this year's Mahbilil Festival.Read more
08 Aug 2014
West Arnhem Regional Council is starting a Women's Netball and Mixed Touch Football Competition in Jabiru, and looking to kick things off from Tuesday 2 September. Grab a nomination form at reception, or click on the pic and follow the links to download.Read more
05 Aug 2014
A SERIES of recent photographs has created an amazing visual archive documenting the arrival of Europeans in Arnhem Land as depicted in rock art from the era. The photographs are the work of Northern Territory photojournalist David Hancock, who visited sites with elders of the Warddeken Indigenous Protected Area in West Arnhem Land. The project, titled ‘Fragile First Impressions,’ conserves the fragile rock art of the plateau in conjunction with the traditional owners. PHOTO: Arnhem Land owner John Reid with 'contact art' showing ships and Europeans. PHOTO COURTESY DAVID HANCOCK/WARDDEKEN LAND MANAGEMENTRead more
05 Aug 2014
Visitors will soon be able to cruise from Darwin to Nhulunbuy (Gove), via Arnhem Land's remote coastal communities, on board a working cargo ship as part of a unique new tourism venture supported by the Territory Government.Read more
05 Aug 2014
A GUNBALANYA School teacher whose work is helping Indigenous students build their expertise in money management has been recognised for her outstanding contribution with a Commonwealth Bank Foundation Teaching Award. Elizabeth Bowyer joined 15 other awardees, selected from more than 250 Kindergarten to Year 12 teachers across the nation, at the ceremony on Friday 25 July 2014.Read more