THE need for a community morgue was one of the first items raised at the first meeing of the newly formed Maningrida Local Authority, held at the West Arnhem Regional Council (WARC) offices in Maningrida on 16 July. The Maningrida Local Authority members elected Baru Pascoe as Chairperson and Bernadette Yibarbuk as Deputy Chair. Local Authority meetings are also due to be held in Gunbalanya on 2 July and Warruwi and Minjilang on 6 August. WARC provides secretarial assistance at the meetings and lends a close ear to the concerns of the community. Through the meetings, the Local Authorities have a direct say in how council funds are spent in their communities.
JABIRU locals are rallying around local firefighter Mick Hutton as he prepares to join a round- Australia trek in the Black Dog Ride, raising money for Lifeline and awareness of depression and suicide prevention. On July 26, Mick will be one of 65 motorcyclists setting off from Shelly Beach in Sydney.