Prince of Wales Inn Yirrkala

During a two-day stay, Prince Charles will fly to Nhulunbuy on the Gove Peninsula in north-east Arnhem Land, where he will receive a traditional welcome to country.

The Prince is also expected to meet traditional owners of the region.

He will then visit artists and see artworks at the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre in the small Indigenous community of Yirrkala, before flying to Darwin.

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Nhulunbuy space project naysayers will deter investors to Arnhem land, Indigenous group warns

Negative commentary about plans for Australia’s first commercial space centre could dissuade other prospective investors to the East Arnhem land region, a local Indigenous group has warned.

Independent Member for Nhulunbuy Yingiya Mark Guyula criticised the NT Government for pushing the project, claiming “people out there [around Nhulunbuy] are not interested”.

“There’s enough trouble in the homelands out there already without this industry coming in that’s providing big dollar signs to the rest of the world … to Australia.”

Now Gumatj Aboriginal Corporation’s Klaus Helms has warned other investors from various industries are likely to be watching.

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Media silence: NT Govt caught stealing $2 billion from Indigenous budget

The scathing report from The Australian came at a time when all eyes were on the NT after a shocking case of child sexual abuse hit Tennant Creek. The NT is facing a mountain of problems right now. From Indigenous health to housing, unemployment to education. Indigenous communities really need all the help they can get. The situation is nothing short of a national disgrace.

While many people have their fingers pointed directly at Aboriginal communities, no one seems to be questioning the $2 billion of Indigenous funding that was taken out of Indigenous aid budgets by the NT Govt. Can you honestly say that problems would be so bad in these communities if the $2 billion was invested like it was supposed to be?

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$1 million deal with Anindilyakwa Land Council to connect island communities

Regional Australian Telstra partner Calibre One has inked a $1 million deal in partnership with AirBridge Networks to link a number of sites across three islands in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

The rollout will deliver internet speeds of up to 1Gbps to the communities of the Anindilyakwa Land Council (ALC), with the body representing the Indigenous Anindilyakwa people, who own and protect the islands in the Groote Archipelago.

The rollout will extend to 20 sites across the region, transforming many areas that previously had no connectivity whatsoever.

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Baby formula to be sold in remote Indigenous communities for same price as rest of Australia

Remote northern Indigenous communities will no longer have to pay more than the rest of the country for baby formula, thanks to a new deal with an Australian food supplier.

The Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation (ALPA) reached an agreement with Wattle Health Australia to supply formula for $30 to 28 remote communities across the Northern Territory and far north Queensland, the same price as in urban supermarkets.

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Northern Commander’s message

Commander Matthew Hollamby has responsibility for the Northern Command, which includes the Katherine, Arafura, and Arnhem and Western Divisions

The month of November 2017 saw the lowest number of property crimes reported in Katherine in the past five months, taking total property crime to 15% lower this financial year compared to the same period last financial year.  This was a positive for the community leading into the Christmas period. Home security is a feature of policing operations and the community can help by undertaking basic security measures, including locking your doors at night or when your home or car is unattended.

Despite the positive outcome in property offences, the number of reported assaults spiked during November. The involvement of alcohol and domestic violence continue to be dominant factors in violent crime, and NT Police continue to place significant emphasis on reducing domestic violence.

In Nhulunbuy, both property and violent crime abated during the month of November 2017 to return to generally low rates. Unfortunately, alcohol and domestic violence continue to feature as factors in these statistics. Police at Nhulunbuy continue to work closely with local service providers to target the causal factors of crime.

We are now in the cyclone and flood season. Residents should have prepared their basic emergency kits and have considered a family cyclone or flood action plan. More information can be found at www.securent.nt.gov.au. Motorists are asked to take particular care on wet roads and where possible avoid driving on flooded roads and crossings. Last year, the Region experienced a number of deaths and vehicles washed off causeways in these circumstances.

The Northern Command encourages the community to report all suspicious activity and offending by reporting crimes to 131 444 or via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Further, NT Police encourage the community to access the Neighbourhood Watch NT website, which provides some practical tips on how you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

Indigenous fisherman in remote Arnhem Land aims to expand

A Top End Indigenous fisherman hopes to expand his business with the purchase of a boat, establishing a processing facility and catching crayfish.

Don Wilton and his crew of 13 fishermen use a large shore-based net to work the waters near the Arnhem Land community of Maningrida.

He is one of only a handful of people in the Northern Territory with an Aboriginal Coastal Fishing Licence.

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NT students denied rightful funding: MP

Millions of dollars intended for remote Indigenous students is not making it to schools, Independent Northern Territory MP Yingiya Mark Guyula said this week.

Mr Guyula said although the Federal Government had said it was paying the NT Government on the basis of enrolment, the NT Government was only paying schools on the basis of attendance.

“The Federal Government states it will provide $10,222 per enrolled student on Elcho Island in 2018,” Mr Guyula said.

 

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Prince Charles to Visit Arnhem Land

Prince Charles is expected to visit the Northern Territory in early April about the time he is due to open the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

The NT News reported the news today in a “world exclusive”, citing only “a source close to Clarence House” in London.

The Australian has since confirmed that protocol officers and security personnel have visited Darwin and parts of Arnhem Land ahead of an expected royal visit.

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