Rio Tinto Awards A$22m Contract to Sodexo

Rio Tinto has awarded a A$22 million integrated services contract to facilities management provider Sodexo which includes an Indigenous employment target of 20 per cent within two years.

Sodexo will supply camp management services to the world class Amrun bauxite project on the Cape York Peninsula in North Queensland. 50 jobs will be required to deliver the two year contract.

A letter of intent has also been signed with the company to provide integrated facilities management services at mine sites at Weipa in North Queensland and Gove in the Northern Territory.

The contract was awarded based on Sodexo’s commercial offering, commitment to health, safety and environment and local and Indigenous participation.

Amrun Project General Manager Marcia Hanrahan said “Facilities management will be critical to the ongoing success of Amrun operations. We are very pleased to work with Sodexo to provide the safest and most comfortable environment for our people living and working onsite.

“Sodexo is committed to achieving our Indigenous employment targets and will also work closely with local businesses to identify associated subcontracting opportunities”.

Sodexo Mining Asia Pacific CEO Paul Bean said “This contract award signals Sodexo’s success and commitment in continuing to deliver high quality facility management solutions at the right cost, safely and in collaboration with local communities.

Additionally the Amrun contract presents us with an exciting opportunity to significantly increase employment, training and business development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the region.”


Last GP clinic closing its doors in Nhulunbuy

From ABC News Online

The outback town of Nhulunbuy in Arnhem Land, which had a population plummet after the closure of an alumina refinery, is set to have its only GP clinic close.

Endeavour Health Services last week announced it will shut in January, citing a drop in patients, an inability to secure a lease, and the removal of a housing subsidy for doctors and a freeze on Medicare rebates.

The health service has operated in Nhulunbuy since the 1960s and historically has been subsidised by mining company Rio Tinto and the Northern Territory Government.

But an alumina refinery that employed about 1,100 of the town’s 4,000 residents was mothballed in May 2014, and Nhulunbuy’s population plummeted.

Since the refinery closed its doors, Rio Tinto is understood to have ended its housing support for doctors who worked at the clinic.


Local Rugby Club Seeks Sponsors

EARU are seeking local businesses support to sponsor Player’s Kits for our Senior Men’s, Youth U18 boys and Women’s teams, who will be competing in the Coca Cola Hottest 7s in the World in Darwin 21st & 22nd January 2017.

EARU have a strong 7s background, competing in Sevens tournaments in Darwin, QLD, NSW & Singapore for many years. Our teams regularly make the finals had have won the Barra Final in the Hottest 7s in previous years.

This year 3 of our local based players have been selected as NT 7s representatives to compete in National 7s.
Rhys Mulholland has just returned from The National Men’s 7s in Adelaide, NT coming 4th out of 12 National teams competing.
Koby Snowden & Josh Winderlich will be travelling to Perth in December with NT Youth Boys to play against the best 7s teams in Australia.
These boys will all be playing in the Coca-Cola Hottest 7s In The World in January.

EARU are proud of our strong 7s teams.

It would be great to showcase local business logos on our playing kits. We have sponsorship options for the front, back and sleeves of the jerseys, the back of the shorts. All sponsor logos will also be placed on the back of the team Polos and training singlets. You might like to sponsor one team or all three.

Please contact EARU Committee via this page, email or call 0402 865 706 to discuss options.

Kits will be ordered through Tsunami next week to be ready for the tournament in Darwin 21-22 January at Land Rover Rugby Park, Marrara.



MAF Launch New Schedule

We are very excited to announce we are launching air Regular Public Transport (RPT) between East Arnhem Land Communities next Tue 22nd Nov. We will be expanding and streamlining services in due course and will keep you updated of those.

Contact us to book a seat at a fraction of charter cost.

Tel: 89872777


Download MAF Schedule

Of course we are still offering our high standard charter services and can offer seamless connections and bookings between our RPT and charter aircraft to other communities and homeland. Payment can be received at the same time for both.

Many thanks for your partnership and patience with us as we worked through the extensive process to get to this point.

We look forward to flying you soon.

Feel free to provide feedback to help us improve our service to you.

Benefits of flying with MAF:

  • Not-for-profit organisation serving Arnhem Land for over 40 years
  • Safety 1st culture with proven safety record
  • Competitive pricing
  • Modern, well maintained aircraft capable of carrying up to 7 passengers/350-470kg
  • New aircraft capable of carrying 10 passengers/850kg
  • RPT shuttle services between East Arnhem communities due to commence VERY SOON
  • Seamless transfers on our charter planes to connect to homelands/communites not covered by RPT
  • Flexible load configurations
  • Authorised to carry Dangerous goods
  • Professional highly trained pilots
  • Air conditioned Gove terminal

Workers Looking Forward To Not Listening To What Colleagues Did For Christmas

Office workers around the country can’t wait to switch right off when their colleagues tell them all about how they spent the Christmas break.

Accounts Manager Sarah Shepherd said she was looking forward to asking her team what they did over the break, and then blankly staring into the middle distance.

“It’s really nice to catch up with everyone again and ignore them while they tell you all the wonderful things they did over the festive season,” she said.

John Smyth, a marketing executive from Sydney, said he relished the opportunity to enthusiastically engage with his staff and pay no attention to what they say. “It’s a time to show each other how much we really don’t care”.