Government announcements

12th August: Testing & isolation of Qld arrivals to Groote

Date of notice or action: 
Thursday, 12 August, 2021
Notice text: 

[from Tanya Woodcock, Alyangula Police, 12th August 2021]

Good morning all, please note that travel is allowed from all of QLD again, however a BORDER ARRIVAL FORM must be completed by all interstate travellers:

Outcomes of our operation to isolate and test all QLD arrivals in the week prior to 8th August are:

  • 267 people tested onsite at GEMCO
    • 2 visited exposure sites
  • 91 people tested by the local health team (across Alyangula, Angurugu,
    • 20 Aboriginal people tested via POCT- all negative
  • All specimens processed by 1400 following day - ALL NEGATIVE
  • All specimens processed by POCT in the community NEGATIVE

Congratulations to the Top End Health Service team, GEMCO, and all service providers who participated in our response and the LEC meetings.

Arising from the debrief with the emergency management team, I have two points of concern to feed back to relevant agencies and staff:

  • Green zones must be identified for clearing of all local staff when the Rapid Assessment Team (RAT) or other external responders are arriving (Police/Health/GEMCO). Due to Delta variant virulence we need heightened attention to prevention of potential exposure to the ‘clean’ teams/staff.
  • MEG (Mask Eyes Gloves) should be worn by local staff at all times when in the presence of RAT or external workers.

Alyangula Police

[Revised 12th August] 11th August: Cairns & Yarrabah lockdown lifted

Date of notice or action: 
Wednesday, 11 August, 2021
Notice text: 

From 4pm Wednesday 11 August the Cairns and Yarrabah Local Government Areas lockdown will end. Some restrictions will remain.

ALC Cairns staff can return to the Cairns office from tomorrow. Please be Covid-safe; wash your hands, cover your sneezes/coughs, and practice social distancing.

Further details can be found at this link: Restrictions for Locked Down Areas – Cairns and Yarrabah | Health and wellbeing | Queensland Government (

Also please visit the NT Coronavirus link : Coronavirus (COVID-19)

[Update 12th August] As these areas are no longer current declared hotspots, people who arrive in to the NT from these areas after this date do not need to complete an Application for Approval to enter the NT form, however all interstate arrivals are still required to complete a Border Entry Form.

[NOTE: If you have been in any hotspot in the past 14 days, you cannot enter the NT unless eligible for an exception - see this page for the NT regulations and this page for details of the former Cairns hotspots].


ALC, Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet

9th August: Arrivals on Groote from Cairns must be tested

Date of notice or action: 
Monday, 9 August, 2021
Notice text: 

[from Groote Eylandt Police, 9th August 2021]

GROOTE EYLANDT community advice - COVID.

A Taxi driver in Cairns tested positive for COVID, and as a result Cairns has also been declared a Hot Spot.


For anyone who's flown from Cairns to Groote via Darwin or elsewhere (that is, not on a direct flight) - please contact Alyangula Health Clinic to give your details: 89876255. After testing, if the result is ‘negative’ (no virus detected) there is no need to isolate or restrict any movements.

There is a team of health workers arriving on Groote this morning, who will contact and arrange testing for all people who‘ve travelled from Cairns to Groote on any flights. They will be seen in our townships in the blue protection clothes and masks, attending houses to test travellers. Please reassure your friends and family that this does not mean we have COVID on Groote.

This testing is precautionary only. There is NO information that anyone on Groote has been infected with COVID, or has been in contact with an infected person. There is no need for lockdowns or the closure of any facilities on Groote.

For more information please check out the link:

Senior Sergeant Tanya Woodcock Officer In Charge | Carpentaria District | Northern Territory Police Force Groote Eylandt PO Box 397, Alyangula, NT, 0885 p...(08) 8987 6122 / Internal - 58726 I f...(08) 8987 6403 | e...


Groote Eylandt Police

8th August: Cairns hotspot, Rapid Assessment Team on Groote

Date of notice or action: 
Sunday, 8 August, 2021
Notice text: 

[From Groote Eylandt Police, 8th August 2021]

Cairns was declared a hotspot by the CHO at 12: 00 today, with the direction that anyone who’s travelled from Groote to Cairns since 29th July 2021 must isolate and be tested.

The CDC reports that this is a LOW RISK situation. Testing of all arrivals from the hotspot is precautionary, with no information that any Groote resident has been in contact with a COVID-positive person in Cairns.

The direction to isolate means a traveller returning from Cairns since 29th July should stay at home and not go out or have any unnecessary contact with any other people, until they’ve returned a negative COVID test. Once they test negative there is no requirement to limit their movements or contacts.

A Rapid Assessment Team will be on Groote early tomorrow morning, and will ensure that all travellers are contacted and tested quickly. This is quite a task as there are approximately 600 mine workers (already in isolation) and approximately 85 other persons who arrived on island in the relevant period.

I will have support team to liaise with ALC, GEMCO and Community stakeholders to advise on process. There will be more communication tomorrow, particularly with regard to informing our general community of the operation, and until then please reassure your families/employees/clients that the actions underway are precautionary only at this time, with no ‘lockdown’ or other measures required.


Tanya Woodcock, Alyangula Police

8th August: Hotspots declared for Cairns & Yarrabah

Date of notice or action: 
Sunday, 8 August, 2021
Notice text: 

Hotspots declared for Cairns and Yarrabah

The NT Chief Health Officer has declared a hotspot for Cairns and Yarrabah, Queensland for the purposes of travel to the Northern Territory effective at 12noon today, 8 August, 2021.

Hotspot locations include: City of Cairns and Aboriginal shire of Yarrabah. This is in addition to a number of hotspots already in place in South East Queensland.

Anyone travelling to the Northern Territory, who has been to the above hotspot locations and arrives in the Northern Territory after 12noon today will be required to undertake 14 days of mandatory supervised quarantine at the Alice Springs or Howard Springs quarantine facilities.

Anyone already in the Northern Territory who has been to a COVID-19 public exposure site in Cairns or Yarrabah since July 29, must isolate and get tested. You must stay isolated until you receive a negative result.

From midnight tonight, anyone from a declared hotspot is not permitted to travel to the Northern Territory without an approved exemption.

A list of declared COVID-19 hotspots can be found on the NT COVID-19 website. To book a COVID-19 test, book online or contact the COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484.


Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet, Northern Territory Government

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


Racheal Kleinschmidt, ALC CSP Manager

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


Groote Eylandt Police

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) (

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


Mark Hewitt, ALC CEO

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


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.


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.


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


Groote Eylandt Police


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