Deltareef Gumatj Workers to Lose Jobs

DELAYS in awarding remote housing contracts will cost 15 Yolngu workers their jobs, a joint venture company has warned.

Delta Reef Gumatj has finished the construction of nine houses on Galiwinku but is still in the dark on at least one tender due to delays within the Territory Government.

DRG general manager Michael Martin said his workforce was in limbo while they waited for decisions.

“There are two tenders we are waiting for some form of official notification,” he said.

“There are only two contenders: us and a Darwin company. So I don’t understand why it is so hard.

“It seems such a shame that the local guys worked so hard to try to get ahead, and get some training, only … to have it all taken away by the short-sightedness of Government, and its program delivery methods. This current Government seems to be particularly hard to deal with, slow in its actions, and basically downright disrespectful in its attitude.

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Djarrak Football Club supporters celebrated finals glory with both the Women’s and Men’s teams winning their respective Grand Finals in fine conditions at Yirrkala Oval on Saturday. The club won the first Gove AFL Premiership contested in 1975 and the Women’s team wrote themselves into the history books by winning the first Gove AFLW Premiership by virtue of a dominant display of accountable football to beat a tough Gopu Football Club by 9.11 65 – 5.9 39.

In the men’s final that started at 3:30pm, the Djarrak FC side faced a late onslaught with a desperate Gopu FC taking the lead with 5 minutes to remain. Matthew Campbell, named Best on Ground, claimed a late intercept from the defensive zone to repel a Gopu raid and the following passage of play into the Djarrak forward line allowed the Brown and Gold Army to raise the pressure. Lee Mununggurr played the role of the hero as he calmly slotted an angled shot to take the final score to an 11.6 72 – 9.12 66 victory.

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Effectiveness of the Governance of the Northern Land Council

Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation Chairman Bakamumu Marika and Senior Rirratjingu Traditional Owners met with the Prime Minister in East Arnhem Land, in September 2014, to request a comprehensive review of the operations of the Northern Land Council, which is a Commonwealth Statutory Authority.

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has released a report from an investigation into the ‘Effectiveness Of The Governance of the Northern Land Council’, June 2017. The report mentions ‘failed administrative processes’ and identifies ‘considerable work remains for the council to be administratively effective’. The June 2017 report is the most recent of consecutive ANAO reports, into the running of the Northern Land Council, to identify concern. In 2015, an ANAO audit identified ‘serious weaknesses in financial management’.


Gulkula Regional Training Centre Opens

An Indigenous owned mine training centre and bauxite mining operation has opened in the Northern Territory, set to deliver economic benefits for the local Yolgnu people.

The Gulkula Regional Training Centre and Gulkula bauxite mining operation were developed by Gumatj Corporation in Northeast Arnhem Land with support from Rio Tinto, and are 100 per cent owned by the Gumatj clan.

The mine and training centre opened at the Garma Festival on Saturday, where Rio Tinto committed to purchasing the bauxite produced at the mine at a signing ceremony attended by Gumatj clan leader Dr. Galarrwuy Yunupingu AM.

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Feasibility Study on Recreation Facilities and Open Spaces

The Nhulunbuy Corporation has engaged Tredwell to undertake Master Plan and Feasibility Study for Recreation, Facilities and Open Spaces 2017-2027.

Tredwell team will be onsite in Nhulunbuy from 3 April to 8 April 2017 to meet with key stakeholders.

The Nhulunbuy Corporation recognises that the provision of recreation and sport services and facilities is important to improve and maintain health, social and economic well-being of its residents. Tredwell Management (a specialist Sport & Recreation Planning Firm) has been engaged to undertake a ten-year Masterplan and Feasibility Study for Recreation, Facilities and Open Space in Nhulunbuy.

To help us understand your recreation and sport needs and aspirations we invite you to click on the link provided and complete the survey, have your say!




Hydraulic fracturing (also fracking, fraccing, hydrofracturing or hydrofracking) is a well stimulation technique in which rock is fractured by a pressurized liquid. The process involves the high-pressure injection of ‘fracking fluid’ (primarily water, containing sand or other proppants suspended with the aid of thickening agents) into a wellbore to create cracks in the deep-rock formations through which natural gas, petroleum, and brine will flow more freely. When the hydraulic pressure is removed from the well, small grains of hydraulic fracturing proppants (either sand or aluminium oxide) hold the fractures open.[1]

Hydraulic fracturing began as an experiment in 1947, and the first commercially successful application followed in 1950. As of 2012, 2.5 million “frac jobs” had been performed worldwide on oil and gas wells; over one million of those within the U.S.[2][3] Such treatment is generally necessary to achieve adequate flow rates in shale gas, tight gas, tight oil, and coal seam gas wells.[4] Some hydraulic fractures can form naturally in certain veins or dikes.[5]

Hydraulic fracturing is highly controversial in many countries. Its proponents advocate the economic benefits of more extensively accessible hydrocarbons.[6][7] Opponents argue that these are outweighed by the potential environmental impacts, which include risks of ground and surface water contamination, air and noise pollution, and the triggering of earthquakes, along with the consequential hazards to public health and the environment.[8][9]

Increases in seismic activity following hydraulic fracturing along dormant or previously unknown faults are sometimes caused by the deep-injection disposal of hydraulic fracturing flowback (a byproduct of hydraulically fractured wells),[10] and produced formation brine (a byproduct of both fractured and nonfractured oil and gas wells).[11] For these reasons, hydraulic fracturing is under international scrutiny, restricted in some countries, and banned altogether in others.[12][13][14] The European Union is drafting regulations that would permit the controlled application of hydraulic fracturing.[15]

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