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The community is located at the mouth of the Rose River on the western coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria, and adjacent to the extreme SW coast of Groote Eylandt. Numbulwar is approximately 400 km east of Katherine, 570 km south east of Darwin and 250 km south west of Nhulunbuy. During the dry season the community can be accessed by road. Travel time from Darwin via Katherine along the Roper Highway is approximately 10-12 hours via the Roper River and Ngukurr communities. Travel time from Nhulunbuy via Walker River and Harris Creek is approximately 4-6 hours. In both cases a 4wd is essential.
Numbulwar is also accessible by air and has an all weather, sealed airstrip linked to the community via a 5 km dirt road which can become impassable at times during the wet season. Travel time to Alyangula, Groote Eylandt: 30 min, to Nhulunbuy 1 hour. There is a fortnightly freight barge service from Darwin to Numbulwar.
Aliases: Rose River
Access: A regular air transport service “Numburindi Air´ is operated by Mission Aviation Federation (MAF). The service is provided 4 days per week i.e. Tuesday & Thursday Nhulunbuy (Gove)/Numbulwar (which also delivers the mail); Monday & Friday Numbulwar/Groote Eylandt return (Which connects with Vincent Aviation services to Darwin). Numbulwar has resident pilots, employed by MAF and charters are also available. Many other services operate to surrounding communities. Road access is possible from May to December by 4WD vehicle to Katherine via Ngukurr and the Roper Highway.
Languages Spoken: Wubuy, Anindilyakwa, Mara, Wandarrang, Waagilak/Ritharrngu, Ngalakan, Ngandi, Rembarrnga, and Djambarrpuyngu, although the younger generation speaks Kriol, an English-based Creole. English is the third or fourth language spoken by students
Alcohol Restrictions: the community is dry
Outstations: 9 with residents. There are several other Outstations, which do not have residents living permanently, and movement to these is not anticipated in the future, The Outstations with residents are Wuyagiba, Andanangki (Walker River), Yillila, Dharrari, Alharrgan, Yimidarri (Wandu), Wumajbarr, Markalawa, Waldharr (Harris Creek).
- Roper Gulf Shire: see Roper Gulf Shire Business Plan 2009/10
- Core and Agency Service: see Roper Gulf Shire Business Plan 2009/10
- JSA – ITEC
- GBM – Mary English
Funding provided by:
- AG - Community Patrol
- DEWHA - Regional Arts and Culture
- DEWHA - BRACS
- DoHA - Sport & Recreation
- FaHCSIA - CDEP Operational
- FaHCSIA - Family Violence Program
- FaHCSIA - Indigenous Women
- NTG CHIP - Funding
- NTG - Municipal Services
Northern Territory Government:
- NT Carers
- Corrective Services
- Environmental Health
Other Non – Government Organisations
- Language Centre (operates as part of the school program)
- NAAJA (Legal)
- Northern Land Council
Law and Order:
A Police station is located in the Community near the Shire Council Office. It is known as a Taskforce Themis station. The station also houses the Community Patrol vehicle, the Community Patrol has a separate office located within the Shire Council Office. The Community Patrol provide regular patrols of the township and provide a high level of preparedness and capacity to coordinate, manage and respond to emergencies so as to improve community confidence about safety and security.
Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services (NTPFES) is a tri-service organisation comprising the Northern Territory Police Force (including the Police Civil Employment Unit), the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service and the Northern Territory Emergency Service. The mission of the agency is to work with the community to reduce crime and the effects of emergencies and disasters.
Night Patrol: A community patrol service is provided through the Attorney General’s department and staffed by local people. The Community Patrol provide regular patrols of the township and provide a high level of preparedness and capacity to coordinate, manage and respond to emergencies so as to improve community to reduce crime and the effects of emergencies and disasters. 4 staff, 2 men and 2 women operate this service under the guidance of the Regional Coordinator Community Safety
Housing: 86 Houses make up the Numbulwar Community. Several of the houses require some form of renovations and upgrades. Pest treatment is carried out twice a year or when requested, usually once before the start of the wet season and once after the wet season. One home within Numbulwar is known as having asbestos, there may be more. Most of the houses have two bathrooms but not all. The houses range in age with many built in the 70s, 80s, or 90s and up until this year.
Services in the community:
Schools – pre-school, Primary and secondary to Year 12
Locational Supported Playgroup
Meals on Wheels and Community Aged Care Program
Australia Post – mail delivery only – no sales of stamps etc.
Youth, sport and recreation program,
Newtown Store and Takeaway (private business)
Selected contacts for Numbulwar;
Shire Service Manager – Office number (08) 8975 4675 – mobile 0428 814 496
Housing Service Manager - Office number (08) 8975 4675 – 0429 637 765
Police Station – OIC (08) 8975 4183
Newtown General Store & Takeaway
Numbulwar Homelands Council Assoc Incorp – (08) 8975 4005
Community Store – (08) 8975 4083
Health Clinic - (08) 8975 4670
School – (08) 8975 4650
Government Business Manager – 0437 492 014