Latram Targeted by Mindless Vandals

Sadly over the weekend infrastructure and vegetation at the Latram have been subject to mindless acts of vandalism.

Dhimurru is seeking any information relating to this incident and a reward will be offered for information that identifies the offenders.

Nhulunbuy Police have been notified.

Please call 8939 2700 if you have any information.

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NT Government criticised for giving top Aboriginal affairs job to former MLA

The Northern Territory’s Labor Government has come under fire for giving a former politician who was abandoned by remote Aboriginal voters in 2016 a job as a top Indigenous affairs adviser to the Chief Minister.

Lynne Walker lost the seat of Nhulunbuy on the north-east tip of Arnhem Land in the 2016 NT election when voters in the electorate’s remote Aboriginal communities dumped Labor and instead voted for Independent Yolngu candidate Yingiya Mark Guyula.

Ms Walker’s new taxpayer-funded position comes after she was moved from the first government job given to her upon the loss of her seat.

The ABC has learned that late last year, the unit’s staffers — which include another failed Labor candidate, Anthony Venes — were also quietly dispersed into other ministerial offices.

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Last few days to join more than 3000 petition signatures

Great effort from concerned past and present Govites! We now have over 3,ooo signatures!

There’s still time to sign the petition if you are not one of the three thousand plus who already have.

Please don’t forget to Like and Share!

The Gove Online Community News petition will close and be sent to Senator Malarndirri McCarthy on 1st February.

Don’t forget that it is extremely important to submit your Airnorth-related stories to the forthcoming senate inquiry into ‘the operation, regulation and funding of air route service delivery to rural, regional and remote communities’. It really doesn’t have to be anything formal or academic. A simple letter explaining your experiences is more than enough. It is really important that you voice your opinions.

Submissions can be made here:

https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Rural_and_Regional_Affairs_and_Transport/RegionalAirRoutes

The deadline for inquiry submissions is 5th February 2018.

You might also like to contact Gove Online Community News with your Airnorth stories and you can email hello@goveonline.com.au

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Pilot shortage blamed as Airnorth cans NT flights

GOVE residents have been left stranded after Airnorth cancelled flights to the region but the airline will not commit to fixing the problem.

Blaming a national pilot shortage, an Airnorth spokeswoman said customers could expect more delays and cancellations over the coming months.

Despite the shortage of pilots, Airnorth has continued to expand its destinations, causing some remote Territory residents to question the airline’s integrity.

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NCL Pre-Cyclone Hard Waste Collection

As part of January’s CYCLONE PREPARATION MONTH, the Nhulunbuy Corporation’s annual free pre-cyclone hard waste collection will take place on Friday 12 January and Monday 15 January 2018.

Residents are invited to place any items for collection on the footpath in front of their property no later than Thursday 11 January 2018.

Hard waste includes…
• household white goods and electrical appliances such as fridges, dishwashers, washing machines (doors and gas must be removed) and televisions
• hot water services
• broken furniture
• mattresses
• sofas
• BBQs
• scrap metal (no longer than 1.5m)
• timber (no longer than 1.5m)
• paint tins (dry paint and lids off)
• bikes

As part of the hard waste collection, the Nhulunbuy Corporation does not collect:
• domestic waste (garbage bags)
• renovation material (carpet, sinks, toilets, plasterboard etc.)
• building material (brick, stone, concrete, soil, timber, roofing iron, steel and metal, etc)
• hazardous waste (eg. asbestos) or liquid waste (chemicals, paint, motor oil etc)
• green waste
• car bodies and parts, tyres, batteries
• gas cylinders
• polystyrene and styrofoam

Residents are reminded that it is everyone’s responsibility to help ensure that the Nhulunbuy community is prepared for the upcoming cyclone season.

For more information, please contact us on 8939 2200 or via email office@ncl.net.au

Petition Update Nearly 3000 signatures!

A very Merry Christmas to you all and a huge “thank you” for taking the time to sign, share and comment in your thousands.

It is clear that there are strong feelings of resentment, disappointment, annoyance and downright anger with the delivery and cost of Airnorth’s monopoly in our struggling region.

One thing is painfully clear to me and notwithstanding the fact that I can ill-afford to fly out of Gove to savour the sugary, salty and additive-laden delights of a Macca’s or KFC, for the region to move on from the post-Rio slump to develop and prosper, an affordable and reliable air service is crucial.

This petition illustrates this depth of feeling but it would be great if as many of you as possible would submit your stories to the forthcoming senate enquiry into ‘the operation, regulation and funding of air route service delivery to rural, regional and remote communities’. It really doesn’t have to be anything formal or academic. A simple letter explaining your experiences is more than enough.

Submissions can be made at:

https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Rural_and_Regional_Affairs_and_Transport/RegionalAirRoutes

The deadline for submissions is 5th February 2018.

You might also like to contact Gove Online Community News with your Airnorth stories. You can email to hello@goveonline.com.au

Thankyou so much!

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Family of Gurrumul Yunupingu allows use of name and image to preserve legacy

Late musician Gurrumul Yunupingu will be identified by his full name and his image can be shown, says his family in order to preserve his music and memory.

The mourning family of late indigenous Australian musician Gurrumul Yunupingu is breaking with cultural tradition to allow the use of his name and ensure his legacy lives on.

“The immediate family of Gurrumul have been clear throughout the grieving process that the contribution he made and continues to make to Australian and Yolngu cultural life should not be forgotten,” his record label Skinnyfish Music said in a statement.

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The Yolngu: Mining their own business

IN 1963 the Yolngu people of Northeast Arnhem Land sent their bark petitions to the Federal Government, protesting the Commonwealth’s granting of mining rights to the North Australian Bauxite and Aluminium Company.

In a struggle that’s lasted more than five decades, Yunupingu’s argument has never been that mining should not be allowed on Aboriginal land. Rather, he’s argued that the industry should be conducted on the traditional owners’ terms as a means for creating economic opportunity and escaping the welfare trap.

“This bauxite we are mining is ours,” he said.

“We used to own it before the land was taken away by the Commonwealth. We still own the land and the bauxite.

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Petition for Affordable & Reliable Air Service for Gove

Introduction

Living in a remote Australian community, residents put up with a great deal of inconvenience and expense. In Gove, we generally agree that this is the price of living in paradise. To say that traveling by air to visit family members is costly is an understatement, to say the least. The prohibitive cost of using Airnorth’s service is having an impact on separated families. One shudders to think how this could be affecting the long-term economic prosperity of the East Arnhem region.

A reliable and affordable air service for Gove is essential for the development and sustainability of the entire region.

Where Is Gove?

Gove (also known as Nhulunbuy), is located in the Top End of the Northern Territory and is remote by any standards. The only road out of town is the 663 km, Central Arnhem Road which is unsealed and impassable, even with a four-wheel drive, for months at a time each year during the wet season.

Therefore, we are reliant upon affordable and reliable air transport!

Job Losses

On 29 November 2013 Rio Tinto announced the closure of the alumina refinery (but not the bauxite mine) by July 2014 with the loss of 1,100 jobs, or almost 25% of the town’s population. The refinery ceased production in May 2014. The closure led Qantas to suspend flights on the route in August 2014, thus giving Airnorth a monopoly on the route.

Gove is fighting for survival!

Insult to Injury

Airnorth tickets between Gove and Darwin can be in excess of $800 for a one-hour flight! If you had booked a one-way flight on Air North’s website on 14 December 2017 to travel from Cairns to Gove on the 27 Jan 2018, you would pay $319.00, however the person sitting next to you, travelling all the way to Darwin would only have paid $236.40 for the entire trip.

We pay 35% more than the person sitting next to us to fly a shorter distance.

Blacklisting

Former Airnorth CEO Michael Bridge said he was aware of passengers who simply got off at the flight’s stopover in Gove, to save money and threatened to ban them from flying Airnorth.

That’s a potent threat to a Gove Local!

Quality of Service

Lines of communication to Airnorth ‘customer service’ remain largely unanswered. A litany of delayed and cancelled and flights with little or no warning has made Airnorth the local in-joke and byword for unreliability.

However, we all know that the joke’s on us!

Senate Inquiry

The Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee will report by 30 March 2018 on their inquiry on operation, regulation and funding of air route service delivery to rural, regional and remote communities. Submissions should be received by 5 February 2018. Please read more about the inquiry on Gove Online community news:

http://www.goveonline.com.au/funding-air-route-service-delivery-rural-regional-remote-communities/

What We Need From the Senate

We the undersigned, being current and former, Gove residents, request Senator Malarndirri McCarthy, Senator for the Northern Territory, present this petition to the inquiry and tell them that:

“GOVE RESIDENTS EXPECT A FAIR DEAL. WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO SEE OUR FAMILIES, NOT ONLY FOR CHRISTMAS BUT ALL YEAR ROUND!”

Please sign our petition and leave comments below.

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Independent Nhulunbuy MP Mark Guyula says he won’t represent electorate

INDEPENDENT Nhulunbuy MLA Yingiya Mark Guyula rejected the Labor Government’s bail amendments, saying he’s not in Parliament as a representative of his electorate but rather a “member from the Yolngu Nations Assembly”.

“While I understand the perspective of other members who will support this bill, I do not support it, because, once again, I fear that we are making laws to suit non-indigenous society,” he said during debate in Parliament.

Attorney-General Natasha Fyles said Parliament exists to represent all — not just the people who vote for one candidate. “I am there to represent my community and I would encourage others to represent everybody, whether they voted for them or not,” she said.

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