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West Arnhem Shire Council Annual Report 2009 - 2010



West Arnhem Shire Council Annual Report 2009 - 2010

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West Arnhem Shire Council


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Where we have come from Page 23 Our Council logo of a sea turtle and a freshwater or long-necked tortoise indicates the coming together and unity of the coastal people and people from further inland up to the stone country of the Arnhem Land escarpment. The hands in the centre of the logo signify the partnership of indigenous and non-indigenous people working together for a better community. The actual location and story identified by custodians and Councillors where our story comes together is near Minjilang on Croker Island. As you go from the Minjilang Airstrip to the township, there is a very large floodplain called Warrawrlu. At the end of the floodplain, closest to the airstrip, there is a small ridge between the floodplain and the beach/ocean. This small ridge is where the story of West Arnhem Shire begins. In the dreamtime large sea turtles lived in the freshwater and freshwater tortoises lived in the ocean and because the sea turtles were fat, they decided to change the water they live in which is why sea turtles now live in the sea and the tortoises in the freshwater. They went down to the swamp Warrawrlu and the arrangement to change water types happened on the edge of that swamp. From the ridge and near the beach there are rocks on the road that are taken down to the beach and scattered into the water each year in the dry season. This is to make both turtles fat and provide nourishment for families. In the dry seasons, the salt water turtles start to mate and then lay eggs in the wet season (Barrah and Jimuru seasons). The importance of this is that it signifies the coming together and sharing of resources regardless of backgrounds and this is what embodies West Arnhem Shire Council. Our Logo

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