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Daughter of Arnhem Land honoured

Raised on Yirrkala mission in Arnhem Land in the 1950s, Ms Marika was initially tutored in traditional bark painting by her artist father Mawalan Marika, who encouraged her and her sisters to paint the ancestral creation stories of their clan, an activity typically reserved only for Yolngu men.

In addition to her forging her own artistic path, Ms Marika has assisted other artists and become a powerful advocate for the protection of Indigenous art and culture.

As a traditional landowner at Yirrkala, she is both inspired and determined to ensure her Yolngu language and homeland in Yalangbara (Port Bradshaw) – one of the most significant sacred sites in north-east Arnhem Land region – is protected and recognised.

The new GPSLSC clubhouse open for business Friday the 27th April

It has finally happened!!!!

The Certificate of Occupancy has been issued and Liquor Licencing have sent our certificate to commence trading from the new clubhouse.

This means next Friday the 27th April the new GPSLSC clubhouse will be open for business.

This is very exciting not only for the club but for our entire community. A brand new, state of the art building and kitchen.

After nearly 12 months of hard work we have something we can all be proud of.

Get on down to the Surfy this Friday and join in with what we hope will be one of the biggest nights Nhulunbuy will have seen in a long time.

Live broadcast by Gove FM, music, good food, cold drinks and a secure place for the kids to run.

A time to celebrate.

See you all there!!!!!

Gove Peninsula Surf Club win NT Club of the Year

Tonight SLSNT Awards Night is underway.

Your Gove Peninsula Surf Club won NT Club of the Year.

While this may not be horrendously exciting as there are only three clubs in the NT, it does mean we get a crack at the National Life Saving Club of the Year in October this year.

Now that is exciting. I think we have a pretty good chance.

-Small club in a small town in the NT.
-Badly affected by fire that destroyed all our equipment.
-Cyclone damage to rock wall and fence.
-Curtailment of plant and associated loss of people and members from town.
-Over $1 Million dollars spent in 2017/18
– A club that has continued to thrive despite adversity.

I think we have a great story to tell on a national level.

Thanks to Michael Stimpson, Mikey Rogers and Jezza Kee for making the pilgrimage to Darwin to receive this award on behalf of the club.

Nhulunbuy should be very proud. Bring on the national award in October 2018!!!!!!!!

Prince Charles wanders into a monarchist hotbed in Arnhem Land

You might think that in the heart of Arnhem Land, where anger about colonisation fomented the Aboriginal land rights movement, the public mood towards a visiting British royal would be considerably cooler than the blistering tropical heat, but you’d be wrong.

Seated in a shady patch out of the midday sun, Eunice Djerkknu Marika couldn’t wait to catch a glimpse of the Prince of Wales, her defiantly independent Yolngu people’s likely future king.

“He’s so clever; he’s so beautiful; he’s so awesome,” she gushed. “This is something different, something good for all black people. He’s like a king, we worship him.”

‘I feel better already’ says Prince Charles after spiritual blessing by didgeridoo master

The Prince of Wales declared he felt “better already” after being given a spiritual blessing by the world didgeridoo master in Australia.

On a tour of the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arts Centre in Gove, which showcases the work of the area’s indigenous people, Charles took part in a Yidaki healing ceremony, where a didgeridoo was blown close to his chest.

World-renowned didgeridoo master Djalu Gurriwiwi performed the 30-second blessing, after which Charles smiled and said: “I feel better already!”

Prince of Wales Inn Yirrkala

During a two-day stay, Prince Charles will fly to Nhulunbuy on the Gove Peninsula in north-east Arnhem Land, where he will receive a traditional welcome to country.

The Prince is also expected to meet traditional owners of the region.

He will then visit artists and see artworks at the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre in the small Indigenous community of Yirrkala, before flying to Darwin.

Nhulunbuy space project naysayers will deter investors to Arnhem land, Indigenous group warns

Negative commentary about plans for Australia’s first commercial space centre could dissuade other prospective investors to the East Arnhem land region, a local Indigenous group has warned.

Independent Member for Nhulunbuy Yingiya Mark Guyula criticised the NT Government for pushing the project, claiming “people out there [around Nhulunbuy] are not interested”.

“There’s enough trouble in the homelands out there already without this industry coming in that’s providing big dollar signs to the rest of the world … to Australia.”

Now Gumatj Aboriginal Corporation’s Klaus Helms has warned other investors from various industries are likely to be watching.

Gove Online Looking For News and More

In response to the unfortunate demise of Gove’s only source of local news, The Arafura Times, I decided to offer an alternative source for our community news, views, articles, events, advertisements, photos, videos and other assorted items of interest.

It is important to not only inform and promote our region, particularly during this period of transition but also to leave a record of local life for future generations. Whether you call it an electronic newspaper, an e-mag or newsletter, Gove Online is a free online news resource dedicated to our amazing region.

What is different about an electronic version? Quite simply, the cost. There are no costs involved for premises to house large and expensive printing equipment, paper or ink. There are no reporters or editors on the payroll and no delivery costs. Residing in cyberspace and freely accessible the world over, 24/7/365, our modest electronic newspaper is the logical step from costly traditional paper. However, there are plans to publish a regular hard-copy ‘newsletter’ in the future.

The existing range of content currently includes familiar sections covering local news, the business sector, sports, clubs & associations, public notices and community events. Plans are underway for a dedicated junior section to serve as a much-needed platform for the younger generation to voice their opinions and showcase their achievements. Gove Online is also looking into the delivery of a range of material in Yolŋu Matha.

What would you like to see? Please let me know.

I also encourage you, your business, club or organisation, your family and friends, to contribute news, views, articles, events and anything else you think might be useful. Please also share your photos, videos and drone footage too. Simply email your content to hello@goveonline.com.au

All the best

The Editor