The East Arnhem region has several airports, with Gove (Nhulunbuy) Airport – the region’s aviation hub – providing the most scheduled passenger movements in the area, welcoming over 58,098 passengers in 2019.
The coastal harbour at Melville Bay is a natural deep-water port on the northern coast of Australia having a strategical geographical advantage as the next major port between Cairns and Darwin. Boasting significant existing infrastructure, the industrial and bulk goods handling facilities are a unique industrial asset in the heart of remote Northern Australia.
The Gunyaŋara (Gove Port) Tourism Precinct project will improve marine tourism infrastructure as a critical enabler for growth in the tourism industry for the East Arnhem region.
The primary road access to the region is the 675 kilometre Central Arnhem Road, which runs from the Stuart Highway to Nhulunbuy and is a vital transport corridor for the region’s communities and homelands. Although large sections are unsealed, it is well-maintained.
Telecommunications are vital to the development of the region, which is serviced by the Telstra Arnhem Fibre Network and provides broadband telecommunication services. 4G mobile phone service is also available in all major towns and communities in East Arnhem, with Nhulunbuy also boasting Fibre to the Premise connections from NBN Co.
A critical part of East Arnhem’s history is the historic bark petition sent by clan leaders to the Australian Government in response to mining operations commencing on the Gove Peninsula in the 1960s. All of East Arnhem is recognised as Aboriginal land under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976.
Rio Tinto, via Nhulunbuy Corporation, manages the township of Nhulunbuy, including providing town services and operating and maintaining town infrastructure. The Northern Territory Government manages development approvals for subdivisions and land clearing outside of Nhulunbuy.
Nhulunbuy’s power is provided via Rio Tinto power generation facilities associated with the mine site, and retailed within the Nhulunbuy township and its Industrial Estate by Nhulunbuy Corporation. The Northern Territory Government provides essential services in all community hubs outside of Nhulunbuy.
The coastal centre of Nhulunbuy offers a range of rental and purchase of long term lease options, including commercial and residential property, some of which are held by the private sector.