Developing East Arnhem Limited (DEAL) is an independent not-for-profit established to facilitate investment and economic development opportunities in East Arnhem between Traditional Owners, local organisations and businesses, governments, and investors.
East Arnhem is transitioning from dependence on the long-term Rio Tinto mining operations, creating the potential for the development of a diversified economy that supports local jobs and infrastructure.
The region is steeped in Yolŋu history, culture and songlines making it one of the most culturally special and significant places in Australia. Yolŋu Traditional Owners have a strong vision and aspiration for the region, keeping towns, communities and homelands strong and enhancing economic development.
Discover the many opportunities available across this growing region.
In delivering on our mission, we focus on five key areas of activity:
- Industry Development and Investment Attraction
- Business Development and Support
The East Arnhem region, in Australia’s Top End, is home to the world’s longest continuing culture. Set against a spectacular natural environment, the region has a history of trade and entrepreneurship, and is connected with national and international markets. East Arnhem has a spectacular landscape, with rugged coastlines, remote islands and some of the world’s most biodiverse habitats.
There are eleven main communities in the region: Nhulunbuy, Yirrkala, and Gunyaŋara, (collectively referred to as the Gove Peninsula), Galiwin’ku, Gapuwiyak, Ramingining, Milingimbi and the Groote communities of Alyangula, Angurugu, Umbakumba and Milyakburra as well as more than fifty homelands and satellite communities across the region.