Official Opening Ceremony of Wathawuy Merge Project Completes Community Recognition!

On Thursday 19th October Dhimurru held an ‘’Official Opening’’ event to acknowledge the community organisations and funding bodies that supported the project over the past 12 months. It was also a chance to thank Traditional Owners of this area for their support as well. Respected Rirratjingu elder Bakamumu Marika had the honour of cutting the ribbon and declaring the new crossing to Goanna Lagoon OPEN.

It was a great day of speeches, manikay, bunggul, recognition and most of all, reflection. Dhimurru believes an important part of our work culture is to make our staff feel proud of all their great achievements. Sometimes the staff need to take a step back and acknowledge their achievements because sometimes, they just move from one project to another without acknowledging this!

This project has achieved a management strategy to protect the river biodiversity for long term protection for future generations to enjoy.

Dhimurru would like to thank again Rio Tinto Gove Operations for sponsoring the event through the Sponsorships and Donations Programme, and the supporting organisations listed below for their contribution to the successful outcomes of the Latram Goanna merge project.

Organisations and people who supported the project were:

1. Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics NTG
2. Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangement Unit, Department of Treasury and Finance
3. Disaster Recovery Branch, Emergency Management Australia
4. Department of the Chief Minister Regional Network – East Arnhem
5. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
6. NORFORCE – Arnhem Squadron
7. Datjala Work Camp
8. Ngalakan Billy Wanambi – Learning on Country Program
9. Madawurrk Marawili – Learning on Country Program
10. Bayini Yunupingu – Learning on Country Program
11. Marayala Yunupingu – Learning on Country Program
12. Gudatjpirr Yunupingu – Learning on Country Program
13. Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation
14. Rio Tinto Alcan Gove Operations
15. YBE (2) Pty Ltd
16. Tecker from WJP Structural
17. Gumatj Aboriginal Corporation

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