It's been a busy few months for the Adjumarlarl Rangers with the commencement of pre season burns and invasive weed spraying. The team has attended fire meetings and various training programs in preparation for the coming fire season.
Images below starting from left going clockwise:
Nipper working on an incendiary machine. This is also called the rain dancing machine
Jethro identifying invasive weeds in Gunbalanya
Blurred image of Nipper carry out training about feral pigs . Click image If you wish to see the photos of a dissection.
Rangers carrying out training on small engines
Basil carrying out weed spraying
New Machinery- NLC Stimulus
Demed was awarded funding through the Northern Land Council (NLC) stimulus grant to purchase new machinery. The new assets include (as pictured below):
NLC have provided Demed with a fantastic opportunity through this grant by growing our machinery fleet which will improve services on homelands and provide valuable opportunities to train and upskill our Indigenous work force.
The prime mover will reduce the cost of crawling our machinery to homelands, with the benefit of savings being injected back into homelands services. The other machinery will be used across a variety of projects.
Demed and Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation (BAC) have entered into a sub-contractor agreement to grade the road from Cahill's Crossing to Three-ways (Coburg Turnoff) and parts of Cobourg Peninsula.
This agreement between two Indigenous corporations ensures that local residents are part of and guide improvements within their own communities while gaining job opportunities.
Demed has also entered into an sub-contractor agreement with West Arnhem Regional Council (WARC) to complete a maintenance grade on Murganella Road which leads into Cobourg Peninsula, commencing in June 2021.
This work is made possible by the support of the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) who approved an Aboriginal Benefit Account (ABA) to purchase a new grader and tipper truck with contribution from Demed. Feedback received so far regarding the quality of work has been very positive and a compliment to our Indigenous workforce who completed 100% of the machinery operations.
Images below are from the first grade of Cahill's crossing to Three-ways with the new grader.
Leader of the Opposition- Tidy Towns
We had the pleasure of receiving a letter of congratulations from the leader of the opposition, Lia Finocchiaro MLA, in relation to the 2020 Territory Tidy Towns Sustainable Community Awards for Araru Point.
This acknowledgement recognizes that a strong and reliable partnership between homelands and the service providers can produce amazing outcomes.
New Dwellings- Araru Point
As we strive to improve the quality of life for our residents on homelands, we have set a goal to install 1-3 new cyclone proof dwellings on homelands each year.
The cyclone proof home is made from a 20ft container, which consists of a large open dining/bedroom with an ensuite connected. Each unit comes with their own hot water unit.
Our first homeland to receive a new dwelling is Araru Point which won the outstation of the year for 2020. As more residents are returning to their country, additional dwellings are in high demand on all homelands.
The dwelling was transported and secured in the dry of 2020; services will be connected once access roads open in the dry of 2021. Demed has fully self-funded the purchase and installation of these dwellings as there is no available grant for this project. If you wish to help with this endeavor, please contact for more information.
MESSPG Grants Awarded
Demed has been successful in a number of grants for our Homelands. Through the MESSPG grants, funded by the NT Government, we are able to provide homelands with much needed projects to commence in the dry season 2021.
Malgawa: Supply and install an ablution block and 2 pit toilets
Malgawa: replace 2 new septic tanks and reln drains
Gunbalanya- New water truck
Gamagawan- Lay new waterlines from Tank to all dwellings.
Manmoyi- Replace 2 reln drains
New Office- Darwin
A key part of Demed's growth and expansion has been the addition of an office base in Darwin. The newly acquired space has three offices and a boardroom which is available for hire.
If you require more information on the boardroom please contact
Stronger Presence on Homelands
As part of Demed's strategic planning process, a goal to more efficiently respond to and service homelands residents was identified. To reach this goal and provide a stronger presence, our first office/home building has been acquired for a Demed representative to reside on homelands.
The building is quick and easy to erect, making this the perfect solution to transport and station on remote homelands. With this new addition, Demed is able to provide enhanced and faster support to residents.
Tidy Towns Best Outstation Award 2020
Tidy Towns has been running nationally since 1990, and began in Western Australia in 1968. These awards encourage, motivate and celebrate sustainability achievements of rural and regional communities across Australia.
Araru Point was crowned the Tidy Towns Best Outstation of 2020, which acknowledges the hard work and collaboration shared between Araru Point residents and Demed. Congratulations Araru Point!
Completed ABA Grants
Due to the dedication and hard work of our employees during a very difficult year, Demed was able to finish two of the three ABA grants in the 2019-20 funding round before wet season commenced: solar system upgrade at Gummarrinbang outstation and new solar bore and water tank installation at Manmoyi outstation.