East Arnhem Region
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 33,310 square kilometres (12,861.06 sq mi) and had a population of approximately 10,345 in June 2018.
|East Arnhem Regional Council|
|• Density||0.31057/km2 (0.80437/sq mi)|
|Area||33,310 km2 (12,861.1 sq mi)|
|Council seat||Nhulunbuy (not part of council)|
|Territory electorate(s)||Arnhem, Nhulunbuy|
|Website||East Arnhem Regional Council|
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 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.
Most of the land in the region was previously unincorporated, but the following communities were amalgamated into it:
- Angurugu Community
- Marngarr Community
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 Angurugu, Umbakumba and Milyakburra (Bickerton Island), and neighboring islands
- Birr Rawarrang Ward (2) - Ramingining and surrounding areas
- Gumurr Gatjirrk Ward (2) - Milingimbi and surrounding areas
- Gumurr Marthakal Ward (3) - Elcho Island including Galiwinku and surrounding areas
- Gumurr Miwatj Ward (3) - Yirrkala and Gunyangara (Ski Beach) and surrounding areas
- Gumurr Miyarrka Ward (3) - Gapuwiyak (Lake Evella) and surrounding areas
- Banambi Wunungmurra, 12 November 2008 - current
- Mavis Danganbarr, 11 April 2012 – current
- Kaye Thurlow, 10 November 2010 – 11 April 2012
- Keith Hansen, 2 November 2008 – 10 November 2010
- 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
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".
- East Arnhem
- "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18: Population Estimates by Local Government Area (ASGS 2018), 2017 to 2018". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019. Estimated resident population, 30 June 2018.
- 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:
- "Northern Territory localities and suburbs". Place Names Committee. Northern Territory Government. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
- "Localities within East Arnhem Shire (sic)" (PDF). Place Names Committee. Northern Territory Government. 2 April 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2019.