Ramingining Community

Ramingining is a vibrant aboriginal community, and is the area in which the films Ten Canoes and Charlies Country were filmed with Rolf De Heer and David Gulpilil. The community has a strong arts culture, with an active arts centre, and also hosts the yearly Bakbididi music festival. There are approximately 800 people living on the community, with 10 main clan groups and 7 surrounding homeland communities.

Ramingining is located in north-east Arnhem Land, west of the Glyde River, 445km from Darwin by air or 559km by road in the dry season by four wheel drive. An alternative route via the Central Arnhem Rd is 818km in length, but allows access to the community 11 months of the year.

Ramingining Contact History

In the 1880s the MacCartney family started Florida cattle station on the Goyder River. There were constant clashes with Aborigines and the station was abandoned in 1893.

In 1903 the Eastern, African and Cold Store Company acquired a 50,000 sq km lease covering all ‘vegetable, animal and mineral’ rights to Arnhemland. With Captain Joe Bradshaw using his steamer, White Star, and five thousand head of cattle being driven overland from stations on the Roper River, the Arafura cattle station was established on land around the Glyde and Goyder Rivers. Chinese cultivated cotton, maize and vegetables on the floodplains and on Maroonga Island. Within five years the venture failed; the cattle roamed and were speared, and the Europeans left, but not before organised reprisals of shooting and poisonings.

Chronic water shortages at Yurrwi especially in 1962, lead to the conversion of Ngangalala from an outstation to a community. (Ngangalala was the original landing site on the Glyde River for the Arafura cattle venture. On aviation maps it is still marked as White Star landing.) It took nine years for the mission to be granted a lease on the area despite desperate water shortages on Yurrwi.


By late 1971, 200 people had moved to Ramingining. By then Murwangi Pastoral Association had been registered as an Aboriginal organisation but had yet to gain funding. Murwangi, located south of Ramingining on the lower reaches of the Goyder, has had a difficult history but still operates as a cattle station.

Ramingining is now the major community and Ngangalala is now a sizable homeland community, 8 km to the north east of Ramingining.


Ramingining RSAS Program
The Ramingining Remote School Attendance Strategy team is funded by the Australian Government department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to help kids get to school in the mornings and increase school attendance. Providing employment for local people, the Ramingining RSAS program has been one of the most successful in the country at increasing school attendance, through working with families within the community.
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ALPA Ramingining Store
ALPA is the only supermarket on the community, delivering a wide range of food and products, as well as contributing to many local initiatives and local events, giving back to the community through an established benevolent program. ALPA is also one of the main employers of the community, providing real jobs for a dedicated workforce of Yolngu people. 90% of the workers at the ALPA Ramingining store are Yolngu and the store has been successful at delivering training to staff to ensure they have the appropriate qualifications needed for their work. There is also a small takeaway store run out of the ALPA store. All freight for the ALPA store is barged to the community on a weekly service. The barge landing is located on the north coast 30 km from the community.Ramingining ALPA Store Contact
PMB 176, Winnellie NT 0822
Ph: 08 8979 7921
Fax: 08 8979 7913
Email: ramingining@alpa.asn.au
Dinybulu-Logo-2000x2000-transparentDinybulu Regional Services
Dinybulu Regional services run by ALPA provide a range of services to the Ramingining and surrounding homelands area. This includes a mechanical workshop training indigenous staff, a small accomodation lodge, hire of equipment and labour for trades services as well as homelands maintenance services. The organisation has a strong focus on indigenous employment and training for sustainable development.
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ALPA CDP Ramingining
The ALPA Community Development Program at Ramingining is funded by the Australian Government department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to deliver training and employment placement services for local job seekers. Our innovative approach recognised as one of the leaders in Australia has included trades training in partnership with Swinburne University, as well as media training and literacy training through the Ready For Djama (Work) program developed by ALPA.
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East Arnhem Regional Council
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