East Arnhem Region

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East Arnhem Regional Council
Northern Territory
East Arnhem Shire.jpg
Population9,026 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density0.271031/km2 (0.70197/sq mi)
Established2008
Area33,302.42 km2 (12,858.1 sq mi)
MayorBanambi Wunungmurra
Council seatNhulunbuy (not part of council)
RegionArnhem Land
Territory electorate(s)Arnhem, Nhulunbuy
Federal Division(s)Lingiari
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WebsiteEast Arnhem Regional Council
LGAs around East Arnhem Regional Council:
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Roper Gulf Roper Gulf Gulf of Carpentaria

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.

History[edit]

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 to 2010 as his deputy, then rotating the deputy position to Councillor Kaye Thurlow of Gumurr Marthakal from 2010 to 2012. Wunungmurra was re-elected unopposed in 2012, with Councillor Mavis Danganbarr of Gumurr Marthakal Ward currently serving as his deputy for a two-year term.

On 1 January 2014, the shire became a region.[2]

Most of the land in the region was previously unincorporated, but the following communities were amalgamated into it:

Wards and representation[edit]

The East Arnhem Regional Council is divided into 6 wards, which is governed by 14 councillors:

Presidents[edit]

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

Council members[edit]

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

Localities and communities[edit]

Land within the East Arnhem Region was divided during 2007 into bounded areas for the purpose of creating an address for a property. The bounded areas are called "localities" with those localities associated with existing aboriginal communities being called "communities".[3][4]

Localities[edit]

Communities[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "East Arnhem (R)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 November 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ TOLLNER, DAVID WILLIAM (18 December 2013). "Local Government Act CHANGES TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS AND COUNCILS" (PDF). Northern Territory Government Gazette. Northern Territory Government. p. 3. Retrieved 26 April 2019. with effect from 1 January 2014:
  3. ^ "Northern Territory localities and suburbs". Place Names Committee. Northern Territory Government. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Localities within East Arnhem Shire (sic)" (PDF). Place Names Committee. Northern Territory Government. 2 April 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2019.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 12°10′55″S 136°46′55″E / 12.18194°S 136.78194°E / -12.18194; 136.78194