East Arnhem Region
|East Arnhem Regional Council|
|Population||9,026 (2016 census)|
|• Density||0.271031/km2 (0.70197/sq mi)|
|Area||33,302.42 km2 (12,858.1 sq mi)|
|Council seat||Nhulunbuy (not part of council)|
|Territory electorate(s)||Arnhem, Nhulunbuy|
|Website||East Arnhem Regional Council|
The East Arnhem Regional Council is a local government area of the Northern Territory, Australia. Situated in the far north-eastern corner of the Northern Territory, the region covers an area of 33,359 square kilometres (12,879.98 sq mi) and had a population of approximately 9,000 as at the 2016 Census.
East Arnhem Region was created under the Local Government Act (NT) 2008 to provide core Local Government Services. The area comprises nine major remote communities, many homelands and outstations, commercial enterprises such as tourism, two mining leases, and pastoral properties scattered throughout the Council area.
Five of the nine communities are located on islands. Six of the communities are recognised Remote Service Delivery Sites by the Commonwealth and another is recognised as a NT Government Territory Growth Town.
In October 2006 the Northern Territory Government announced the reform of local government areas. The intention of the reform was to improve and expand the delivery of services to towns and communities across the Northern Territory by establishing eight new Shires. The East Arnhem Shire was created on 1 July 2008.
Elections of Shire Councillors were held on 25 October 2008. Banambi Wunungmurra was elected unopposed as the inaugural EASC President, with Councillor Keith Hansen of Anindilyakwa Ward serving from 2008-2010 as his Deputy, then rotating the Deputy position to Councillor Kaye Thurlow of Gumurr Marthakal from 2010-2012. Wunungmurra was re-elected unopposed in 2012, with Councillor Mavis Danganbarr of Gumurr Marthakal Ward is currently serving as his deputy for a two-year term.
On 1 January 2014, the Shire became a Region.
Most of the land in the Region was previously unincorporated, but the following communities were amalgamated into it:
Wards and representation
The East Arnhem Regional Council is divided into 6 wards, which is governed by 14 councillors:
- Anindilyakwa Ward (2) - Groote Eylandt including communities of Angurugu, Umbakumba & Milyakburra (Bickerton Island) and neighboring islands
- Birr Rawarrang Ward (2) - Ramingining Community & surrounding areas
- Gumurr Gatjirrk Ward (2) - Milingimbi Community & surrounding areas (northwest)
- Gumurr Marthakal Ward (3) - Elcho Island including the community of Galiwinku & surrounding areas (north-central)
- Gumurr Miwatj Ward (3) - Yirrkala & Gunyangara (Ski Beach) Communities & surrounding areas (east and south)
- Gumurr Miyarrka Ward (3) - Gapuwiyak Community (Lake Evella) & surrounding areas (central)
PRESIDENT Banambi Wunungmurra, 12 November 2008 - Current
DEPUTY PRESIDENT Mavis Danganbarr, 11 April 2012 - Current Kaye Thurlow, 10 November 2010 - 11 April 2012 Keith Hansen, 2 November 2008 - 10 November 2010
ANINDILYAKWA WARD Jabani Lalara, 2 April 2012 - Current Constantine Mamarika, 2 April 2012 - Current Keith Hansen, 31 October 2008 -1 April 2012 Keith Mamarika , 31 October 2008 - 1 April 2012 Lionel Jaragba, 31 October 2008 - 17 November 2011
BIRR RAWARRANG WARD Peter Djumbu, 2 April 2012 - Current Rose Wurrguwurrgu, 2 April 2012 - Current
GUMURR GATTJIRRK WARD Lily Roy, 24 April 2012 -Current John Ryan, 24 April 2012 - Current Alvin Marrpindiwuy Gaykamangu, 16 November 2011 - 1 April 2012 Ronnie Garrawurra, 27 July 2011 - 1 April 2012 Galirrimun Dhurrkay*, 7 March 2010 - 28 February 2012 Burrbam*, 31 October 2008 - 11 August 2011 Wuduwal*, 31 October 2008 - 25 May 2011 David Daymirringu Warraya, 31 October 2008 - 7 November 2011
GUMURR MARTHAKAL WARD Alfred Gondarra, 2 April 2012 - Current Kaye Thurlow, 31 October 2008 - Current Mavis Danganbarr Garrawurra, 31 October 2008 - Current Don Wininba Ganambarr, 31 October 2008 - 1 April 2012
GUMURR MIWATJ WARD Barayuwa Mununggurr, 31 October 2008 - Current Yananymul Mununggurr, 31 October 2008 - Current Banambi Wunungmurra, 31 October 2008 - Current
GUMURR MIYARRKA WARD Gawura Wanambi, 2 April 2012 - Current Wesley Bandi Wunungmurra, 2 April 2012 - Current
- Indicates funeral name
- Gunyangara (Marngarr)