Arnhem Coast Clean-up is a community led initiative to clean up the coastal areas in East Arnhem Land. Working in collaboration with the Dhimurru Rangers, passionate volunteers run clean up events to minimise marine debris which washes up on the shores of East Arnhem Land. Volunteers are welcome to join, from near or far.
Dhimurru is an incorporated Aboriginal organisation established by Yolŋu land-owners in Northeast Arnhem Land, Australia. The office is located in Nhulunbuy (Gove). Yolŋu (Aboriginal people of Northeast Arnhem Land) are the traditional owners of lands consisting of approximately 550,000ha. The Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act of 1976 recognises Yolŋu as the owners of this land under Australian law. Dhimurru has jurisdiction over approximately 8,500km2 of this land.
Since time immemorial Yolŋu have managed the natural and cultural resources and have achieved a balance that ensured long term, sustainable resource use for the economic and social well-being of the landowners. The primary function of Dhimurru is to facilitate the protection, conservation and sustainable management of natural and cultural resource values, concentrating on those areas which are subject to recreational use. They want to effectively manage natural and cultural resources based on Yolŋu control and a community-based approach to planning.
The north-east Arnhem Land region is located in the north-eastern corner of the Northern Territory, approximately 1,050 kilometres from Darwin. This vast tract of nearly 100,000 square kilometres of Aboriginal-owned land is one of the last strongholds in Australia of a vibrant traditional Aboriginal culture.
With some of the most stunning coastline in all of Australia, the region’s beaches feature long stretches of powdery white sand bordered by the vivid blue waters of the Arafura Sea and Gulf of Carpentaria. Add in the rich red of the common bauxite shelves and you get jaw dropping landscapes of vibrant contrasting colours.
Along with its beaches East Arnhem boasts many spectacular freshwater streams, waterfalls and rivers including Wathuwuy (Latram River and Goanna Lagoon), Manaŋaymi (Scout Camp) and Guwatjurumurru (Giddy River)
Cape Arnhem, photo courtesy of Christine Riches
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