Anindilyakwa Safe - Groote & Coronavirus

Friday, 2 July, 2021

Groote and Darwin/Alice Springs lifting of lockdowns

Date of notice or action: 
Friday, 2 July, 2021
Notice text: 

[2nd July 2021]

As advised by the Chief Minister today, the lockdowns in the Greater Darwin region and in Alice Springs will end from 1.00pm today, with some restrictions to remain in place for a further 7 days.

Note that anyone returning to Groote from Darwin or Alice Springs will be required to wear a mask in public on Groote for 7 days from 1pm today.

For full details, see the attachment.

Source: 

NT Government via Mark Hewitt ALC CEO

Thursday, 1 July, 2021

Wednesday, 30 June, 2021

Groote Eylandt stakeholder information [30-6-2021]

Date of notice or action: 
Wednesday, 30 June, 2021
Notice text: 

Groote Eylandt stakeholder information

[30th June 2021 3:45pm]

  • There is currently no COVID detected in Arnhem Land or the Groote Archipelago;
  • Government and service providers should still be operating as Business As usual;
  • There have been some people asked to stay home while we await COVID test results, who had travelled from interstate. They all tested negative and have no additional exposure risk factors;
  • Passengers on flights from QLD yesterday were instructed to return to QLD as an extra precaution due to the Brisbane hotspot announcement;
  • Darwin and Alice Springs are in Lockdown to ensure COVID is contained.

- Senior Sergeant Tanya Woodcock

Officer In Charge | Carpentaria District | Northern Territory Police Force

Groote Eylandt

Source: 

Groote Eylandt Police

Community Vaccinations Update: Thursday vaccinations will be at Angurugu

Date of notice or action: 
Wednesday, 30 June, 2021
Notice text: 

Community Vaccinations Update

[30-6-2021 6:15pm]

Please be advised due to South 32 Covid precautionary measures, the 100 vaccinations provided by South 32 for community will now be distributed at the Angurugu Clinic. There will still be buses running in both Umbakumba and Angurugu, transporting people to and from the Angurugu Clinic.

The 24 seater bus for Umbakumba will depart Alyangula at 8am, arriving in Umbakumba at approximately 9am and will lap community until full, before returning to Angurugu. The bus service in Angurugu will kick off at approximately 9.30am. The clinic will initiate vaccinations at 9.30am.

A BBQ will operate for those vaccinated!

Thank you to all those who have assisted in making these last minute changes happen.

We look forward to seeing plenty of TO’s faces tomorrow!

Feel free to call me should you require any further information.

Kind Regards

Racheal Kleinschmidt

Manager Community Support Program, Anindilyakwa Land Council

Ph 0436 691 177

Source: 

Racheal Kleinschmidt, ALC CSP Manager

Police update: Not true: rumours police locking down Umbakumba + Angurugu

Date of notice or action: 
Wednesday, 30 June, 2021
Notice text: 

[30/6/2021 Update from Senior Sergeant Tanya Woodcock, Alyangula Police]

  • There is no COVID on Groote Eylandt or in East Arnhem.
  • There are no closures of our services, no need for any extra controls.
  • Some residents and visitors flew into Groote and after they arrived, there were hotspots announced in the states they came from, but none of these people had been to those hotspots. Just to be sure, some of those travellers were asked to stay at home until they had a COVID test – and all were cleared with negative results.
  • Two GEMCO charter flights were in the air from Cairns when Brisbane was declared a hotspot. Even though none of these people had been to the places where COVID was listed, all of the passengers have been isolated overnight and are returning to Cairns today.
  • No-one who’s come to Groote recently has done the wrong thing, these extra precautions always happen when there’s been announcement from the government about new hotspots and border closures.
  • It’s fantastic to see support services in place for the extra vaccines and I hope all 100 are used. I had my second shot yesterday and feel really grateful that I can continue to work in out townships without being any risk to the people I come into contact with.

Separately, we have issued a NOTAM for the Darwin airport – only emergency aircraft are allowed to come from Darwin to Groote at the moment. Any flights other than Careflight or Police are only for Essential Workers, and their passenger list is checked and preapproved by Police and GEMCO prior to arrival.

Thanks again for your support and letting me know about this emerging issue. I’ll get some more messaging out this afternoon.

Cheers,Tanya

Senior Sergeant Tanya Woodcock

Officer In Charge | Carpentaria District | Northern Territory Police Force

Groote Eylandt

Source: 

Alyangula Police

Tuesday, 29 June, 2021

COVID 19 and Travel off Eylandt

Date of notice or action: 
Tuesday, 29 June, 2021
Notice text: 

Dear ALC staff,

I would like to update all staff in response to the evolving COVID situation in the Northern Territory.

As you would be well aware, the Northern Territory Government is continuing to test and monitor potential exposure sites within the Greater Darwin Area, and we are by no means in the clear yet.

For all of the latest updates, please visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) (nt.gov.au).

In light of this, I would like to advise all ALC staff of the following:

  • Anyone wanting to leave Groote Eylandt now should reconsider, as you may not be able to return until directed it is safe to do so.
  • For anyone who is currently off Groote Eylandt, please do not return to the Eylandt until we advise you that it’s safe to do so.
  • Please be advised that inbound Darwin-Groote flights are now restricted to be accessed only by Essential Workers and checked by NT Police prior to departure from Darwin.
  • If staff are approached by Groote Traditional Owners currently in Darwin please advise them we are not currently able to assist them to return to Groote Eylandt until the Darwin lockdown ends (currently at 1pm Thursday 1st July). Please refer them to Larrakia Nation staff in Darwin for assistance programs that are available.
  • If you are receiving calls from stakeholders wanting advice on how to proceed with COVID restrictions, please refer them to the NTG website and instruct them to follow the advice on the NTG website.

While this may cause inconvenience for some, it is important that we all follow the health advice in order to keep our community safe.

If you have not already done so, I encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible, as this is our best defence against the virus! It is planned to offer an accelerated vaccination program for the rest of this week through the Alyangula GEMCO Vaccination Centre. Bus services will be available to pick up and return for community members with a barbeque meal provided at the Cen

Source: 

Mark Hewitt, ALC CEO

Community Vaccinations available this Thursday & Friday

Date of notice or action: 
Tuesday, 29 June, 2021
Notice text: 

Subject: Community Vaccinations

It is with much gratitude we announce South 32 has made available 100 Covid Vaccinations for community residents. The vaccinations will be available this Thursday and Friday at the GEMCO Vaccination facility at the Alyangula ASEC Hall.

ALC will be operating return bus services for both Angurugu and Umbakumba communities and the Sealink bus service will operate a free service on these days also.

The Clinic will have doctors and nurses, familiar to community working alongside the GEMCO staff.

A BBQ will be available at the ASEC Hall for those receiving their vaccinations.

Whilst a bus service will be operating, due to the limited number of vaccinations, I encourage you to prioritise those of your community staff/board members and elders within your circles to bring them in early Thursday to ensure they receive their vaccination.

Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions.

Thank you to all those involved, who are making this possible.

Kind Regards

[Racheal Kleinschmidt]

Source: 

Racheal Kleinschmidt, ALC CSP Manager

Groote Police Front Counter notices - unofficial COVID-19 update

Date of notice or action: 
Monday, 28 June, 2021
Notice text: 

Groote Police Front Counter notices - unofficial COVID-19 update

COVID UPDATE - DARWIN IN LOCKDOWN UNTIL 1PM FRIDAY.

Please let everyone know that if you go to Darwin you will not be allowed to return to Groote Eylandt, Bickerton Island, Numbulwar, or other remote townships, until after 1pm on Friday.

THIS LOCKDOWN COULD BE EXTENDED AGAIN.

If any of us travel to Darwin, we could be unable to come home when we want to.

Also, if things change again you might need to go into 14 days of quarantine before coming home, and this can cost you a lot of money.

There are people in Darwin who have COVID and are in quarantine or isolation.

We DO NOT have any COVID in remote areas, and we are working very hard to keep it that way.

PLEASE DO NOT TRAVEL TO DARWIN UNTIL WE KNOW IT IS SAFE AGAIN.

We will send out more information to you as soon as we have updates.

Source: 

Groote Eylandt Police

Monday, 28 June, 2021

Travel restrictions - All ALC Staff

Date first filed: 
Monday, 28 June, 2021
Date of document or action: 
Sunday, 27 June, 2021
Description: 

[27/6/2021] Advisory to all ALC staff that that no ALC staff are to travel to Groote from interstate nor internally from the greater Darwin region.

Upcoming meetings wil be postponed or held online.

See attached document for details.

Source: 

ALC CEO Mark Hewitt

Groote Archipelago COVID-19 ADVICE #51 – 28 June 2021 - COVID-19 Update: Lockdown restrictions in place

Date first filed: 
Monday, 28 June, 2021
Date of document or action: 
Monday, 28 June, 2021
Description: 

A 48 hour lockdown is in place for Darwin, Palmerston and Litchfield.

At this stage, there are no cases of COVID-19 in the East Arnhem region.

To prevent COVID entering the region, the following changes to transport have been implemented:

  • Flights out of Darwin into the region only for essential workers
  • Road checkpoints have been set up on the Stuart and Arnhem Highways to ensure that no one from the areas in lockdown travels into East Arnhem by road.
Source: 

NT Government, Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet

Sunday, 27 June, 2021

COVID-19 Update: Lockdown restrictions in place (Darwin area)

Date first filed: 
Monday, 28 June, 2021
Date of document or action: 
Sunday, 27 June, 2021
Description: 

From 1.00pm on 27th June 2021, the Darwin, Palmerston and Darwin rural areas will enter a full lockdown for 48 hours.

This follows confirmation of four new covid-19 positive cases all linked to the Tanami mine case.

Residents from Darwin, Palmerston and the rural areas must stay at home for the 48 hour lockdown.

See the attached document for details.

Source: 

NT Government

Thursday, 24 June, 2021

Tuesday, 22 June, 2021

Thursday, 17 June, 2021

Akirarrkajungwunama ngarna akina-langwa COVID-19 dakardarra - Prepare for your COVID-19 vaccine

Date of notice or action: 
Thursday, 17 June, 2021
Notice text: 

Poster about getting the vaccine, in Anindilyakwa. Translation by Judy Lalara.


Download the poster

Source: 

Groote Eylandt Language Centre, NT Government

Monday, 14 June, 2021

Groote vaccine rollout details - UPDATED

LATEST POSTERS WITH VACCINE ROLLOUT DETAILS FOR GROOTE COMMUNITIES

These posters show the revised rollout dates for Angurugu, Umbakumba and Milyakburra (as of 11th June) and are approved by the Clinic Manager:

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