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Warruwi

Warruwi is the main township on South Goulburn Island, approximately 300km east of Darwin at the eastern base of the Cobourg Peninsula.

The mostly Indigenous community has a population of approximately 500 people, but this number grows during the wet season and drops during the dry, when people travel to visit family and country. A mission settlement was established on the island by Reverend James Watson soon after his arrival on 22 June 1916.

The traditional language of the island is Mawng, with people speaking other languages including Kunbarlang, Kunwinjku, Djambarrpuyngu, Galpu and English. English is typically people’s second or third language.

The island has a stunning mix of natural landscapes including pristine beaches, rocky outcrops and sweeping marshlands, harbouring an abundance of wildlife such as crocodiles, fish, dugongs, turtles, oysters, crayfish, mud crabs and stingrays.

West Arnhem Regional Council provides a range of local government services in Warruwi including road maintenance and repair, parks and gardens maintenance, sport and recreation services, and access to Centrelink, a crèche, community care programs and after-school care on behalf of other government agencies.

Warruwi Crèche

Warruwi Crèche provides a range of childcare services to children aged from 0 – 6 years for 2 – 12 children. Warruwi Crèche employs four local Aboriginal staff: a Childcare Team Leader; a Childcare Senior Officer; and two Childcare officers.

Out-of-Hours School Care

The Warruwi Out-of-Hours School Care program provides a range of activities to children from 6 – 12 years and employs one local staff member.

Community overview

Population:
423 (2011 Census).

Location:
290km north east of Darwin, 100km north east of Jabiru, off the Arnhem Land coast.

Languages spoken:
Mawng, Kunbarlang, Kunwinjku, Djambarrpuyngu, Galpu, English.

Services:
Warruwi is the main Aboriginal settlement on South Goulburn Island and has a school, health clinic, convenience store, arts centre and airport.

Recreation:
Fishing, community sports facilities and ovals, walking.

Access:
All-year round air access with FlyTiwi running a daily passenger service to Darwin; weekly barge services from Darwin for freight.

More information:
Warruwi Council Services Manager Kupa Teao 08 8970 3601.