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Gove Surf Club & MEP Sign Training Agreement

MOU signed by the GPSLSC and MEP.

The Gove Peninsula Surf Lifesaving Club exists to serve our community. That’s what Surf Clubs do.

As well as patrolling every weekend during the dry season we also support local events, local fundraisers and open our club every Friday night to give the people of Gove another option for a family friendly budget night out.

We train and educate nippers about water and beach safety and provide Certificate 2 in Aquatic rescue training for our SRC and bronze trainees. We also provide ongoing training and certification for many other surf club awards. These include but are not limited to advanced first aid and resuscitation, IRB crew and driver, RWC driver, spinal management and the list goes on.

As most of you are aware the club is about to embark on a clubhouse redevelopment in early 2017 which will include a new kitchen facility. This will be ‘State of the art’ with commercial quality equipment.

So what are we planning to do with this fancy kitchen?? The kitchen will be used by the club and any individuals or groups who want to hire out the facility for functions.

And we have gone one step further. On Friday night after months of negotiations, the Gove Surf Club signed an MOU with Miwatj Employment and Participation (MEP) to use the new facility to train local job seekers in hospitality and basic kitchen management.

We are really proud of this new initiative and are again supporting the town that supports us.

Jeremy Kee, MEP CEO is very excited about having access to this new training facility and is confident it will be well utilised. This is a significant undertaking by the Gove Surf Club to support the people within our region, to assist them to develop new skills and hopefully the added prospect of future employment within the hospitality industry.

The signing of the MOU by Brett Parfitt (President GPSLSC) and Jeremy Kee (MEP CEO) is an historic event that has the capacity to make real change in our town and surrounding area.

Gove Peninsula Surf Life Saving Club update

The final Gove Peninsula Surf Life Saving Club update for 2016. We have some exciting news to share with our members and the wider community.

The new clubhouse redevelopment is now making rapid progress. We recently received the 100% architectural and engineering drawings and these are currently being reviewed to ensure nothing has been missed before going out to tender.

We have engaged the services of a local interior designer and have met with her several times regarding how the final product will look. Below are some very early conceptual ideas but as you can see the club will be clean, sleek and a little classy.

The next bit of great news is the surf club was recently successful in obtaining $100,000 from the NT Government Department of Tourism and Culture to assist with the construction of the clubhouse redevelopment and training facility. This grant is specifically for the construction of the building and not for the kitchen fit-out.

This is very exciting for our club and for our community and we thank the NT Government for their generosity.

At this stage, we are looking at tenders being awarded early February and demolition and rebuilding of the clubhouse to start shortly after that. After a year of planning there finally is light at the end of the tunnel and 2017 will be both busy and exciting for the GPSLSC.

There will be a ‘Demolition’ party held at the surfie closer to the time and it is hoped you can all join us for a drink and a trip down memory lane for the last time. The current clubhouse was opened in 1983. If only those walls could speak, what stories they could tell. That will be a day of mixed emotions, a bit of sadness and we hope a lot of excitement. The bar and BBQs will continue throughout the reconstruction, working from temporary digs. It will be fun coming down each week to keep an eye on progress.

As you may be aware last Friday was the final BBQ for 2016 and these will recommence on the 3rd February 2017, after the school holidays. If any clubs or not for profit organisations would like to host a BBQ next year please email govesurfclub@gmail.com and we will put you on the planner. These are fun nights and a great way to raise funds for your club.

A new round of SRC/ Bronze Medallion training will commence in early 2017. If you would like to get involved in a very social club and support your community send an email and we will get details to you.

And lastly, we would like to thank our many bar volunteers. It is because of these guys that we can function as a club. They give their time selflessly and are working while you are relaxing and enjoying our facilities. We appreciate your time and dedication and hope to see you all again helping in 2017.

Kind regards
Brett Parfitt

Prickly Pear Update

Since our last post in mid-November, Prickly Pear has been found and removed from three additional locations in the Nhulunbuy residential area. This Class A weed is drought resistant and will happily survive long periods without water only to flourish in the wetter months or if watered. The fruit and any plant of the leaves or stem are germination points making it difficult to dispose of. For this reason, we advise that you do not compost it, bury it or throw it in the bin.

Please call Luke at Dhimurru on 0499037753 to discuss how to deal with it.

If you know of any plants in your area, again please notify us

Guyula Retains Seat

Independent Member for Nhulunbuy Yingiya Mark Guyula will retain his seat in the Northern Territory Parliament after the Court of Disputed Returns dismissed a case challenging his election.

The Northern Territory Electoral Commission (NTEC) said it had information that Mr Guyula had been a member of the Milingimbi Local Authority which could make him ineligible to nominate as a candidate in the August state election.

In a statement, lawyer Ken Parish said Mr Guyula was relieved at the outcome.

“Mr Guyula has expressed relief and satisfaction at the dismissal of the Electoral Commissioner’s challenge to his election,” he said.

Former NT Police gun boss Peter Ruzsicska found not guilty of stealing weapons

A jury has acquitted a Northern Territory police officer who was accused of stealing guns while head of the firearms regulation unit.

The Supreme Court jury in Darwin retired on Monday afternoon to deliberate the fate of Peter Ruzsicska, and after three-and-a-half hours returned a verdict of not guilty to all charges.

Sergeant Ruzsicska is the former head of NT Police’s Firearms Policy and Records Unit, which manages licences, permits and seizures.

Gove football players make most of Rirratjingu program

GOVE footballers have become integral parts of the progressive Rirratjingu football program.

One of several social programs evolving from the Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation, Australian football has become a vehicle for healthy lifestyle and improved social outcomes.

The corporation’s motto is better people make better players, where they develop the person before focusing on their football ability.

A Yolngu politician, Australian law, and the fight for the seat of Nhulunbuy

In a surprise twist to an already unexpected result, Nhulunbuy’s independent Yolngu politician Yingiya Mark Guyula might yet lose his seat in the Court of Disputed Returns.

The election of Mr Guyula was one of the biggest upset wins in the Northern Territory’s August 28 election.

But now the Northern Territory’s Electoral Commission has declared the result void, meaning it has no legal effect, and the matter has gone to court.

One expert said this was a unique case, where Aboriginal law has clashed with Australian electoral law.

So what happened, and what happens next?

Nhulunbuy High to start taking boarding students next year



THE Territory’s newest residential boarding school will accept its first intake of 20 indigenous teenage students from the start of the 2017 school year.

The new residential facility at Nhulunbuy High School on the Gove Peninsula, 650km east of Darwin, is being built at a cost of $20 million — with contractor Norbuilt on schedule for completion this year.

The centre has been designed to improve access to secondary schooling education for students from East Arnhem’s remote area communities and homelands.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner said students will be housed in single, double and four-bed student rooms with a separate computer centre, music centre, basketball circle stage and amphitheatre.

The boarding centre’s commercial kitchen, dining room and BBQ deck overlooking the school oval has been designed to accommodate further staged expansion of the boarding beds to 80 students, he said.

Mr Gunner said the initial intake of 20 students was planned to ensure the remote area pupils were integrated into the high school’s broader population in the new school year.

Mr Gunner said: “The design of the boarding facility includes separate space for families of the students so they can visit and assist their children in adapting to the school environment.


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.

Breakthrough land agreement gives traditional owners more development control

After 10 years of negotiations traditional owners in Arnhem Land will finally be in control of developments on their own land.

The Gumatj clan have pioneered the new type of 99-year lease, which the Northern Land Council describes as a marked departure from top-down leasing arrangements proposed by the Commonwealth over the past decade.

“We hope the era of self-determination is returning to Aboriginal affairs where Aboriginal people take control of their own lives and their own destinies,” Northern Land Council (NLC) chief executive Joe Morrison said.