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Grass-roots government in Ramingining
In the heart of Arnhem Land the Ramingining Local Authority is a shining example of the effectiveness of local decision making at work in remote communities. Supported and guided by its elected members Councillor Rose Wurrguwurrgu and Councillor Peter Djumbu, the eleven-member Ramingining committee has set the bar high by maintaining a 100 percent successful meeting record in 2016-17. Full quorums have been achieved at the five meetings held this year, which have all run on time due to the commitment and dedication of the members led by Chair, Ronnie Garrawurra.
The Ramingining Local Authority is responsible for determining how East Arnhem Regional Council can best support the community with its share of annual Local Government grant funding. The community’s completed projects include building shade shelters at the barge landing, gates and fencing at the cemetery, and the purchase of outdoor cinema equipment and a waterslide.
The Ramingining Local Authority was just seven months old when the region was devastated by Cyclones Lam and Nathan in February and March 2015 but played an important role in sharing information about the emergency response and recovery process, which helped cement its place in Ramingining as the voice of the community.