Rirratjingu score Gove diesel deal

Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation’s Bunuwal Fuel has sealed a new deal with Rio Tinto extending its existing relationship by at least another three years.

The Rirratjingu will supply diesel to Rio’s operations in Northeast Arnhem Land.

The new agreement has a two year option at the end of the three year period.

Bunuwal Fuel imports the diesel from Singapore and then works closely with another Arnhem Land-based firm, YBE, to have it transported from Gove Peninsula to mining operations, ancillary projects and for power generation on the peninsula.

Gunyangara finding new ways to create local jobs

Trying to find a job can be hard. Trying to find a job while living in an isolated community thousands of kilometres from major industry hubs is even harder.

In the Gunyangara community in far north-east Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, traditional owners are using a new kind of township lease to gain control over their own land in an effort to alleviate these difficulties for local Aboriginal residents.

But they are calling for the NT Government to contract more work to foster more Indigenous jobs.


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Moving in the right direction

Teresa Holdsworth sees herself as a ‘conduit’ for the business world. She is a Small Business Champion based in Nhulunbuy on the Gove Peninsula.

Teresa and her colleague Anne Pearce, who work for the NT Government’s Department of Trade, Business and Innovation, support businesses across East Arnhem Land.

It’s about helping new and existing businesses find where they can access support to grow and prosper. That support ranges from assessing business performance, investigating and developing workforce strategies and growth plans, to helping businesses with opportunities in government procurement.

Teresa spends time speaking with small businesses and finding out more about the business and the million dollar question: what keeps you awake at night? She then sets about pointing them in the direction of finding the right help for their particular issue

“It feels like I direct traffic. My role is to get people going in the right direction so that they can find a solution to their business challenges.

“It might be finding the right people for them to talk to or even something as simple as pointing out the right website.”

Teresa has been doing the job for just under two years. She has supported local businesses through the challenges of Gove refinery curtailment and continues to support the region through its remarkable recovery as it continues to build a sustainable and diverse economy.

“The Gove Peninsula is a fabulous place to live,” says Teresa. “There’s a great sense of community. It’s a privilege to live here and work with Yolngu traditional owners, community leaders and businesses to support the region to achieve its amazing potential.

Teresa works in partnership with the Regional Economic Development Committee, Developing East Arnhem Limited and traditional owners groups to make the most of the opportunities the region offers.

North-East Arnhem Land is remote and doing business is can be tough.

But Teresa says: “The support offered to the business community by the NT Government during the curtailment of the refinery was outstanding and that support continues.”

She loves travelling through her “patch” – Nhulunbuy, Yirrkala, Galiwin’ku, Gapuwiyak and the Laynhapuy Homelands.

“I see spectacular country – country that few are privileged to see.”

But the best part of the job is gaining the confidence of small business owners and helping them succeed.

If you would like to discuss ways to improve the profitability, sustainability or capability of your business contact our Small Business Champions team on (08) 8999 5479.

Northern Territory Business’ Bipartisan Dinner

THE nation’s decision-makers were wined and dined by the Territory’s most influential in a Parliament House soiree last night to accelerate development of the north.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and a swag of parliamentarians attended #FacingNorth in a show of bipartisanship feasting crocodile and pearl meat and Humpty Doo barramundi washed down with Green Ant Gin.

The event was the initiative of the Darwin Major Business Group, who represent 15 percent of the Territory’s gross state product.

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


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”.