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Scullion tells detractors to “take a chill pill”

Aboriginal leaders say they are more optimistic than ever that Australians will embrace the idea to hold a referendum to establish an Indigenous voice to parliament.

A special Q&A panel at the Garma festival in north-east Arnhem Land addressed issues of constitutional reform, social inequality and language preservation.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion said fear of the unknown was driving resistance to the idea, proposed at the Uluru constitutional convention in May.

He urged detractors to “take a chill pill”.

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New Pontoon Open

The Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club is pleased to advise that the new pontoon and walkway is now open for use.

We acknowledge the support for the project from the Traditional Owners, Gumatj Corporation, Northern Territory Government, and Sea Swift. The Club would also thank local businesses, Club members and the many volunteers who have contributed to the project and continue to maintain these public facilities.

The pontoon has several unique design and operational functions and commissioning and tests will be carried out over the next few weeks to determine floating angle, height above water and stability. The pontoon is a first we believe as it is designed to be sunk when storm conditions are expected and re-floated once conditions allow.

Those that use this pontoon will notice that there are no bollards or tie points on the pontoon for vessels. The pontoon is a drop off /pick up structure in its present state and vessel owners are advised to use fenders. If future funding is made available, a pile will be driven on the north side of the pontoon to allow additional wave action and vessel weight dispersal. Please do not secure vessels to this structure and do not leave vessels unattended. It has taken 6 years of canvassing funds, planning, engineering and a lot of very hard work to get this pontoon to where it is today.

If you see anyone not respecting this installation please have a word to them, take a photo and report it ASAP.

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RIP Dr. G Yunupingu

Award winning Indigenous Australian singer-songwriter has passed away in the Northern Territory, aged 46, after a long illness.

Singer songwriter Dr G Yunupingu has died in Darwin, aged 46.

Dr Yunupingu was a multi-award-winning, internationally recognised artist, who lived in his home community of Galiwin’ku, in remote northeast Arnhem Land.

He was born blind, and grew up a member of the Yolngu Gumatj clan.

In recent years he spent significant amounts of time in Darwin for medical care, including an admission to hospital that highlighted the experience of remote-living Indigenous people in the health system.

Yunupingu died at Royal Darwin Hospital about 5pm on Tuesday. His family are expected to be offered a state funeral.

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Yolŋu Land Could Launch Satellites

Documents obtained by The Weekend Australian reveal that the Northern Land Council will shortly begin consulting tradi­tional owners and other locals about plans to lease a site in Arnhem Land to Equatorial Launch Australia, a firm that wants to blast off small satellites.

The land on the Gove Peninsula belongs to Galarrwuy Yunu­pingu’s Gumatj clan, and is close to the site known as Gulkula that is used for the Garma Festival.

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Nhulunbuy Newsletter from Early 70s Part 1

Here is the first of three fascinating newsletters published in Gove in the early 70’s, which were kindly donated by ex-resident Rob Houghton and are now freely available at the Gove Online Community News website.

Read the entire newsletter here: http://bit.ly/2sGWfSh_GoveOnlineCommunityNews_2

This issue includes the following:

  • The Countdown for the Start-up of the Alumina Plant
  • The first school year at the new Nhulunbuy Area School
  • The first apprentice at Nabalco, John Tichbourne aged 16
  • The first wedding between Peter and Diane Meier
  • The first organised sporting event held on the Town Oval
  • Anthony Willebrand became the very first delivery at Gove District Hospital

Discuss further on the forums – http://www.goveonline.com.au/discussion-forums/forum/in-the-news/ or submit your own community news, views, local events and notices by email to hello@goveonline.com.au

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Nhulunbuy Newsletter from Early 70s Part 2

Here is the second of three fascinating newsletters published in Gove in the early 70’s, which were kindly donated by Rob Houghton and are now freely available at the Gove Online Community News website.

Read the entire newsletter here: http://bit.ly/2sGWfSh_GoveOnlineCommunityNews_2

This issue includes the following:

  • The investiture of Roy Marika MBE
  • An update on town growth, including shops and housing
  • A visit by a prominent Australian artist
  • An art exhibition at the Walkabout Hotel
  • And more

Discuss further on the forums – http://www.goveonline.com.au/discussion-forums/forum/in-the-news/ or submit your own community news, views, local events and notices by email to hello@goveonline.com.au

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Nhulunbuy Newsletter from Early 70s Part 3

Here is the last of three newsletters published in Gove in the early 70’s, which were kindly donated by Rob Houghton and are now freely available at the Gove Online Community News website.

Read the entire newsletter here: http://bit.ly/2sALsOC_GoveOnlineCommunityNews_3

This issue includes the following:

  • The world is learning about Gove
  • A mini-biography of Nabalco’s head, David Griffin
  • Construction of the Nhulunbuy Club?!
  • Fantastical news of flights from Sydney to Gove in under 5 hours!
  • And more

Discuss further on the forums – http://www.goveonline.com.au/discussion-forums/forum/in-the-news/ or submit your own community news, views, local events and notices by email to hello@goveonline.com.au

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Break-in at The Arnhem Club

In the early hours of Saturday morning, 10th June, Macassin’s restaurant at The Arnhem Club was broken into and a quantity of liquor stolen.

If you are able to provide information as to the identity of this offender, please contact Nhulunbuy police on 89871 333 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.