We share an optimistic vision for the future of East Arnhem. The region is well placed to meet new challenges over the next fifteen years, building on progress to date.
Economic and community indicators have been used to understand East Arnhem’s progress towards our 2035 economic development vision.
The East Arnhem region is known for its rich and diverse culture. It is home to the Yolŋu, the Aboriginal traditional owners of East Arnhem, who practise the longest continuing traditional culture in the world. Residents and visitors to the region are drawn to its beaches, culture, lifestyle and trails. The town of Nhulunbuy, on the Gove Peninsula, is the largest centre in the region. A vibrant community with a high standard of services, Nhulunbuy operates as a service and business hub for the region.
The six other main communities in the region are Milingimbi in the Crocodile Islands, Galiwin’ku on Elcho Island, Ramingining on the edge of the Arafura Swamp, Gapuwiyak on the shores of Lake Evella, and Yirrkala and Gunyaŋara on the Gove Peninsula. These communities have schools, shops, clinics, airports and other facilities and services. They provide services to the surrounding network of more than 50 Yolŋu homelands.
The East Arnhem region has a history of trade and entrepreneurship, and is connected with national and international markets. The region of East Arnhem Land is an inviting prospect for investors looking for unique opportunities.
On the Gove Peninsula, Nhulunbuy is making a successful transition from a mining town into a regional town, as a result of entrepreneurial businesses and regionalisation of services. Across the region, innovative Yolŋu-led economic and community development initiatives are promoting employment, capability and empowerment.
Numerous economic prospects exist across the region including partnership opportunities with individuals and organisations seeking to turn their business ideas into reality. A range of business and economic development supports are available for those looking to invest or expand in East Arnhem.
The East Arnhem region, in Australia’s Top End, is home to the world’s longest continuing culture. The region has a spectacular landscape, with rugged coastlines, remote islands and some of the world’s most biodiverse habitats.
The East Arnhem Land website will help you plan your trip to the region.