Boat Ramp Now Open

Nhulunbuy’s Community Boat Ramp OPEN

10 November 2018

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, today officially opened the new and improved Community Boat Ramp at Melville Bay in Nhulunbuy.

The $556,677 (incl GST) upgrade to the boat ramp was funded through the Territory Labor Government’s $50 million investment in recreational fishing, which was an election promise.

The upgrade, which provided work for local contractors and was driven by the Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club (NRFSC), also includes two new fishing platforms.

The project involved several stakeholders, including the local Police, Border Force, tourism and fishing charter operators, the Dhimurru Rangers and the Gumatj people.

Quotes from Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles:

“The Territory Labor Government is investing in recreational fishing because it creates jobs, injects millions of dollars into our economy and is a huge part of our Territory lifestyle.

“This is a prime example of different stakeholders working together to achieve an outcome beneficial to the whole community. The fantastic efforts of the NRSFC must be recognised, especially the huge amount of work put in by project coordinator Peter Cox.

“Several different groups will use the ramp for different reasons, so the completion of this project is a win for the whole community.

“Already today we’ve seen a large turnout use the ramp for a family fishing competition, and there is no doubt it will prove a popular, all-tide facility that provides safe access to the water for a range of users.”

Quote from Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club President, Anthony Bergamo:

“The completed facilities have secured all-tide, all-weather, safe access to Melville Bay for recreational anglers and tourist operators.

“We are very grateful for the support from the Traditional Owners and Northern Territory Government in helping us achieve this fantastic result.

“All construction works have been completed by local contractors and it has been a real boost to the local economy.

“We are very confident the community will enjoy this facility for many years to come.”

Media Contact: Leanne Hudson 0427 687 079

Community cooperation for peaceful Gove AFL Grand Final

The Gove AFL Grand Final was held in Yirrkala on Saturday, 1 September with an incredible turn out by the East Arnhem Community.

Following consultation with the Rirratjingu and Gumatj Aboriginal Corporations, the traditional owners requested licensees implement takeaway alcohol restrictions during the grand final weekend.

Officer in Charge of Nhulunbuy Police, Senior Sergeant Daniel Whitfield-Jones said the community wanted to maintain order and enhance community amenity, social harmony and wellbeing. As a harm reduction initiative, police, in collaboration with all licenced premises in Nhulunbuy, were able to negotiate a reduction in takeaway hours and supply amounts.

“The initiative was a tremendous success, with no domestic violence or other alcohol-related violence or antisocial behaviour being recorded over the weekend. We would like to thank the community for their support during this period,” he said.

“This is a great example of what our community can achieve when we all work together.”

Sunday Golf Term 2 Celebrations

The final session of Term 2 junior golf was a celebration of all the juniors achievements so far this year.

Community Instructor Katelyn Rika and Naomi Rika, presented certificates to another 7 GIRLS with their MYGOLF ROOKIE AWARDS.

Community Instructor Mitchell Barrett presented 13 BOYS with their MYGOLF ROOKIE and STAR AWARDS.


A big thank you to our role model youth: Katelyn Rika, Naomi Rika and Mitchell Barrett for your help every week with running the junior golf sessions in providing lots of fun through golf.

Congratulations also to the following juniors: Mitchell Barrett, Rigby Campbell, Chloe Budja, Dean Budja, Katelyn Rika, Naomi Rika and Hannah Rika. They are heading to Palmerston for the NT JUNIOR MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT AND COACHING CLINICS, which will be held 2-6th July.

Melville Bay Community Boat Ramp Project Update

The Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club wishes to advise that the final stage of the Melville Bay Community Boat Ramp Project is now underway.

Over the next 3 months there will be periods of total exclusion of this area due to the operation of heavy machinery. During the ramp closure periods, the access roadway will be barricaded west of the Seaswift entry gate. At no time will the Seaswift yard entry be closed during normal working hours.

Only emergency services and freight delivery will be permitted during the following times : 15 – 19 June, 13 – 18 July, 11 – 15 August. Access and use of the ramps outside of these dates may be restricted in some way.

For your own safety, the general public is asked to follow the instructions of authorised site contractors and all signage and bollards that have been deployed. Please call 0417 879 031 for all enquiries.

Gopu Football Club Supporting NHS Students

Gopu Football Club supporting 9 x Nhulunbuy High School students financially in the NT AFL under 15yrs championships in Darwin.
Taking it a step further, with supplying each student with each the following a –

– Gopu footy bag for game day
– Gopu water bottle
– Gopu key chain
– and toiletries for the girls and boys

Gopu Football Club would like to thank Lee Gordan, Nhulunbuy High School, their students for attending the training sessions, the photos taken by Leicolhn McKellar, and a special mention to our major sponsors Gumatj Corporation and board member Djawa Yunupingu for his support.

Gopu committee / team and the Gumatj Families, would like to wish the students the very best for the championships.


Gopu FC Chairman
Daniel Bromot

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!!!!!!!!

Funding for AFL Games in NT locked in for five more years

The Territory Labor Government will invest $1.7 million a year over the next five years to work with the AFL to secure annual Australian Football League (AFL) Premiership games in the NT from the 2019 AFL season onwards.

An additional $600,000 a year will be invested in to AFLNT managed programs that increase participation rates of women in AFL and deliver grass-root football programs to remote areas.

Treasurer Nicole Manison said the funding would see Government continue to partner with the AFL to bring games to Territory from 2019 to 2023.

“Budget 2018 will create more jobs and attract more people to the Territory and one of the ways we can do this is to continue bringing top-class sporting events here,” Ms Manison said.

“Territorians love their footy and AFL games with quality teams provide are a real boost for Territory lifestyle, which is so important in keeping people living in the NT.

“This year the Melbourne Demons play the Adelaide Crows in Alice Springs and the Demons will also go head to head with the Freemantle Dockers in Darwin, and we look forward to hosting more Premiership games in the NT in the next five years.

“AFL is not just a sport for us in the NT, it’s a great social, economic and cultural contributor that brings communities together and provides important opportunities for so many Territorians.

“Hosting national sporting events such as the AFL showcases the fantastic sporting culture and the facilities we have here in the Territory.”

Cyclones didn’t stop Nhulunbuy riders competing at Australian BMX titles

Cyclone Marcus’ wrath was felt far and wide across the Territory but it did not stop a group of talented Territory BMX riders recently competing at the Australian BMX titles in Bunbury, Western Australia.

“We had a group of riders due to fly out of Nhulunbuy on Saturday 17 March, but Cyclone Marcus forced the cancellation of all flights out that day and it meant that our riders didn’t think they’d make it to the titles in time to compete,” Nhulunbuy Club President, Paul Mery said last week.

However, Marcus did not stand in their way and the group arrived in the early hours of Monday morning to join the team of 29 Territory competitors who raced at the events.

BMXNT Chair, Kylee Carter, said four Territory BMX clubs had riders at the event including Nhulunbuy (6 riders), Jingili (Darwin) – 15 riders, Satellite City (Palmerston) – 6 riders and Red Centre (Alice Springs) had 2.

“We had 12 female riders and 17 male riders competing in categories from ‘Sprockets’ (5-7 year olds) to riders in the 50 years plus class,” she said.

“Competing at the National Championship is a big deal as it is the largest event on the Australian BMX calendar with just over 1300 race nominations.

Mrs Carter said, that after months of training and preparations, attending this event was quite daunting – but also very exciting – for many of the NT competitors.

“A national championship event like this one gives our riders the opportunity to challenge themselves and reach new personal goals.

“Equally important are the life skills the riders get from their training, goal-setting, budgeting and travelling to new places. The perseverance and dedication these riders have shown is a credit to their clubs and parents,” she said.

BMX riding is classified as an extreme sport but the NT competitors were lucky enough to largely escape without too many serious injuries.

“Poppy Goat injured her elbow, Taj Sartori broke an arm and Jacob Mery was hurt in a crash early in the week, but we came home largely unscathed,” Kylee said.

Nhulunbuy BMX Club President, Paul Mery said he was proud of the team’s efforts at the event.

“We didn’t land a medal place at the event but what the kids (and parents) experienced in Bunbury was more than worth all of the time, cost and planning it took to get there,” he said.

The team’s next big event will be the NT Titles to be held in Nhulunbuy (October 3-6) on the club’s new track and facilities generously provided by a grant from the Northern Territory and Australian Governments.  Information on this event is available at


BREAK out box:

The NT athletes that made it into the main final of their class (listed from the most successful at the top):

  • Mickayla Perkins 15 year Girls. 2nd Oceania 20″ bikes, 1st Nationals 24″ bikes, 5th Nationals 20″ bikes.
  • Ian Orr 13 year Boys 2nd Oceania 20″ bikes. 3rd National 20″ bikes.
  • Caitlin Jong 13 year Girls 1st Oceania 20″ bikes.3rd National 24″ bikes,  2nd Nationals 20″ bikes.
  • Yasmin Ford 13 years Girls 2nd Oceania 20″ bikes.3rd Oceania 24″ bikes,  6th Nationals 24″ bikes, 7th Nationals 20″ bikes.
  • Catherine Carter 13 years Girls 7th Oceania 20″ bikes, 3rd Oceania 24″bikes, 7th Nationals 24″bikes.
  • Jason Eecen 50+ years Men 4th Oceania 20″ bikes, 3rd Oceania 24″ bikes, 6th Nationals 24″ bikes.
  • Kyla Sartori 10 year Girls 8th Oceania 20″, 5th Nationals 24″ bikes.
  • Maddison Walker 8 year Girls 5th Oceania 20″ bikes.
  • Isabel Spooner 13 year Girls 4thOceania 24″.
  • Taj Sartori 9 year Boys 8th Oceania  20″ bikes.
  • Hayden Russell 15 year Boys 6th Oceania 24″ bikes.


Story by Kylie Abood Images Courtesy BMX Australia