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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

Email: maf.arnhemland@maf.org

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

Traditional owners take charge of East Arnhem Land town

Aboriginal leader Galarrwuy ­Yunupingu has negotiated a ­historic 99-year, multi-million-dollar town­ship lease agreement with the federal government that puts indigenous land fully in indig­enous control.

The lease, covering the East Arnhem Land township of Gunyangara on the Gove Peninsula, has been a decade in the planning, including a direct intervention by Tony Abbott in 2014 when he was the self-declared “prime minister for indigenous affairs”.

Snow falls across Gove

UP TO AN INCH OF SNOW blanketed the Gove Peninsula for the first time in recorded history today.

A severe weather alert was issued by the Nhulunbuy Corporation to drivers as the snow covered large swathes of North East Arnhem Land.

Tracks to communities were hit by the wave of snow which swept across the North East of the region from Wednesday evening.

Authorities took to social media to warn of difficult conditions from Yirrkala to Gapuwiyak.

“Oddly enough, this isn’t the strangest news event of recent times,” wrote NCL social media manager, Wendy Constantine, alluding to Lynne Walker’s recent humbling at the polls.

“No roads are closed at this stage, but yes folks, snow has fallen in Nhulunbuy. Whether it’s a freak occurrence, global warming or climate change, we’re not sure.”

Nhulunbuy Police issued a yellow ‘Be Aware’ warning for much of the region, which was due to expire mid-morning on Friday.

More to come.

Prickly Pear in Nhulunbuy

prickly-pearPrickly Pear, Opuntia stricta var dillenii, is a Class A weed in the NT (must be eradicated)…for good reason. It has a hard seed carried in the sweet fleshy fruit, which bird love and will pass through their gut unchanged, ready to germinate. Each fruit and flat branchlet has projections called areoles, housing spines and from which new plants can develop if left in contact with the soil. It is highly drought resistant and if bushfire or stock destroy the top of the plant, it will regenerate from bulb. Yes…think Terminator!

prickly-pearIt seems that the ugly face of Prickly Pear has reached our lovely part of the world. Dhimurru has just been made aware of 2 large plants in town and will remove them asap…but it is absolutely vital that any other plants in town are identified and removed in a clinical and careful manner.

If you have this plant in your yard or in a pot plant do not compost it, bury it or throw it in the bin.

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

 

 

NT election: Walker says legal avenues available if she loses

The politician in line to become the Northern Territory deputy chief minister has said she will consider taking legal action if she loses by less than five votes in the Arnhem Land seat of Nhulunbuy.

After preferences, incumbent deputy Labor leader Lynne Walker is now 10 votes behind independent candidate Yingiya Mark Guyula in the seat of Nhulunbuy.

The NT Electoral Commission will not declare the result until Monday, after the postal vote deadline.

“The only potential next step is if the margin narrows to five or less votes not my way that it can be taken to the Court of Disputed Returns if there is a case that Labor could put,” Ms Walker told Gove FM.

Secret Deal to Resolve Gove Land Rights Dispute

Arnhem Land’s two most powerful clans have secretly agreed to stage their own independent ­judicial inquiry to try to resolve a long-running land rights dispute that has cost millions of dollars and held back development for years.

The Gumatj and Rirratjingu clans are locked in a bitter fight for control of royalties flowing from Rio Tinto’s bauxite mine on the Gove Peninsula and rights to issue leases and collect rents in parts of the region’s main Aboriginal community of Yirrkala.

Yirrkala store scandal

A prominent chef’s visit to a remote Indigenous community’s “disgusting” supermarket has prompted formal complaints to the Health Department and the Northern Land Council (NLC).

South Australian chef Duncan Welgemoed arrived in Yirrkala, about 1,000km east of Darwin in the Northern Territory, last week as a visitor with the Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation.

It was the chef’s first time in an Indigenous community and he was shocked by the food being sold at Yirrkala’s primary food store.

“[There was] tinned food going mouldy, fruit and vegetables on the shelf were rotting [and] food oxidising in the freezer,” Mr Welgemoed said to 105.7 ABC Darwin.

“It was all pretty disgusting.”

Empty homes in Nhulunbuy reserved for business despite housing crisis

Accommodation left by Arnhem Land’s departing workers goes to development corporation despite 12-year wait for housing.

Houses and apartments left empty by departing resource workers have been earmarked for a government development corporation to support businesses, despite long waits for public housing in Nhulunbuy in the Northern Territory.

There is a 12-year wait for one-bedroom public housing in the remote town, which sits on land excised for Rio Tinto’s bauxite mine on the Gove peninsula in north-east Arnhem Land. It’s the longest wait in the Northern Territory.