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Ayakwa : a publication of the Anindilyakwa Land Council



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Issue 11, October/November 2012 Edition

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CMYK SPOT A | 9 Ayakwa | October/ November 2012 Issue 11 Celebration in the air for Minister visit Record occupancy at resort Dugong beach resort enjoyed a record 95 per cent occupancy last financial year, largely due to accommodation demand for contractors working on the SIHIP program and GEMCos Groote Eylandt Expansion Project 2 (GEEP 2). However manager Dennis Winchester said much of the profits were reabsorbed into the business due to a major rectification program involving replacing rusting steel work. The resort is also working on a capital works project to remodel one of its fishing villages. This year has so far been another one of high occupancy as the GEEP 2 project continues. bIG aCHIEVEMEnT: Gordon Walsh cuts the ribbon to officially open the Lagulalya aboriginal Corporation business Centre. Stakeholders and local children help him in holding the ribbon as a symbol of commitment to the future growth of Milyakburra and its people. MILESTonE: Minister Jenny Macklin and nesman bara cut a cake to celebrate the new road. Milyakburra residents on Bickerton Island are taking charge in order to see a quicker turnaround of services, less dependency on government agencies to provide those services and more opportunity for employment of local people. The Lagulalya Aboriginal Enterprise, since starting up early this year, has taken over running the Milyakburra Store, the local womens centre and traditional shire services such as waste collection. It is also putting in a tender to provide local power and water services. And just as significantly, the Wurramara clan that owns Lagulalya has used its lease income to build an office and accommodation facility on Bickerton Island. The impressive new complex houses four business spaces and four one-bedroom apartments as well a joint kitchen, laundry, decking, conference rooms, a hut with barbecue area and disabled ramp. Its official opening in September was a proud moment shared by the whole community. Everyone felt very excited because its in Milyakburra, Lagulalya spokesman Joaz Wurramara said. People can go there and use the office, meaning it will take a lot of pressure off the shire council office. And it will create jobs for the locals. The opportunities that are now available from this centre will set Milyakburra and its people up to move forward with a greater self determination. He ackowledged Rebecca Buttler and Katrina Lucas for doing a fantastic job in organising the day. Minister Macklin started the visit on September 28 by meeting with ALC executives to discuss important issues on the island and then officially opened the ALC Rangers new Threatened Species Research and Education Centre at Pole 13. The Minister also announced $460,000 of Australian Government funding to support people with Summit paves the way for Milyakburras future a facility was opened, a new road celebrated and new funding announced when Families, Community Services and Indigenous affairs Minister Jenny Macklin visited Groote Eylandt in late September. a summit was held in Milyakburra in September to celebrate the change happening in the community. Machado Joseph Disease (MJD), which will be used for new projects including a womens camp on Groote Eylandt, which will bring together women affected by the disease with volunteer health professionals and researchers. Minister Jenny then met with a group of women to talk about some of the key issues in local communities, including education. Finally, she joined Nesman Bara in cutting a cake to celebrate the completion of the road upgrade from Angurugu to Umbakumba. ALC Chairman Tony Wurramarrba said many important conversations happened on the day and the ALC expected more good outcomes from the visit. ISSuES: Thomas amagula and Tony Wurramarrba discuss local issues with Minister Jenny Macklin. EConoMy