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2 3 (L-R) Ian Gumbula (CDEP coordinator, Galiwinku community), Audrey Hodgson (Minyerri TCU employee), Leonie Raymond (Minyerri TCU employee), Raelene Ratja (Milingimbi TCU supervisor), Sheila Joshua (Minyerri TCU employee), Gillien Limmen (Minyerri TCU employee) Barbara, David Djalangi (TCU Board member from Galiwinku), Alfie (Gapuwiyak community representative), Micky Wunungmurra (Chairman, TCU board from Gapuwiyak) Minyerri Movements The opening of a new Traditional Credit Union office in Minyerri was an important day for the community. TCU has opened up a number of offices across the Top End in the past decade and has been nationally recognised for its achievements. Well done to Leonie Raymond, Audrey Hodgson, Sheila Joshua and Gillien Limmen from Minyerri who have been training for some time in preparation for the new office. It was great to see the Milingimbi band Djambang at the event to help celebrate with Minyerri. The road into Minyerri is a big concern for residents and I will be working with our new Roads Minister Delia Lawrie on highlighting those concerns. Thankyou to the students at Minyerri school for raising your issues with me. I will certainly see what I can do. I am also aware of the requests for more police presence in Minyerri and will work with the new Police Minister Chris Burns regarding this issue. Policing update - Numbulwar The Red Flag Dancers welcomed visitors and guests to the official opening of the $1.3 million police post at Numbulwar. It was opened by then Police Minister Paul Henderson, Police Commissioner Paul White and Council President Samuel Ngalmi. The police post is staffed by two Aboriginal Community Police Officers (ACPOs) who work closely with police on Groote Eylandt. A Constable attends Numbulwar on a rostered basis from Groote. I am aware of housing concerns for police at Numbulwar and will keep working with the current Police Minister Chris Burns and Housing Minister Elliot McAdam on the issue. And while on policing, a warm welcome to Greg Dowd who has moved from Darwin to take on the position of Commander Katherine and Northern Region. Commander Dowd has worked extensively across the Northern Territory in his 27 years in the NT police force. Bulman Business The $1.7 million Wilton River bridge is under construction, much to the relief of Gulin Gulin and Weemol residents and no doubt all who travel the Central Arnhem Road. I had the pleasure of taking NSW Minister for Family and Community Services Reba Meagher with me to Bulman recently and showed her the Wilton River construction campsite and we visited the Bulman school. Principal Annette Miller, students and staff welcomed us to the school and told us how the student numbers were increasing, so much so that the staff room is now being used as a class room. Lazarus Murray and Lisa Jelenic also took us on a visit to their homeland at Baghetti, around 50 kilometres south of Bulman along the Wilton River. Thankyou Lazarus and Lisa and little Lazarus for showing us the special sites on your homeland. It is good to see the newly sealed Bulman airstrip is completed and I know lights are next on the list of requests (along with Ramingining, Milingimbi and Numbulwar airstrips). I joined with the Hon. Paul Henderson and Commissioner Paul White in the ceremony by the Red Flag Dancers, led by Samuel Ngalmi, to open Numbulwar Police Post. On my left is ACPO Robbie Joran and on my right is ACPO Jeffrey Simon. Since the opening Robbie has been joined by ACPOs Samson Ngalmi and Duwayne Murrungun replacing Jeffrey. New South Wales Minister Reba Meagher and I had a great time visiting Annette Miller and her staff and her students at Bulman School.