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Galiwin'ku Night Patrol Staff go beyond the call of duty

Date posted: 13 April 2017

Galiwin'ku Night Patrol members, Don Wininba, Julieanne Gondarra, Daphne Gondarra, Lisa Yawungmarra, Asher Bradbury and Ross Wunungmurra have gone beyond their call of duty to help contain a recent rise in volatile substance misuse. Based on Elcho Island, off the north coast of Arnhem Land, Northern Territory (NT); the team of five worked with police to identify areas within the community where some locals had reported concerns about volatile substance misuse.

The five member Night Patrol team and their coordinator understood the danger to the individuals and to the community of an increase in fuel sniffing and decided to help, spending a month working dusk to dawn every night of the week patrolling the problem areas in the communities. At the end of the month the team were exhausted but proud of the fact that there was a significant decrease in reported break ins where the substances had been stored.

The team earned praise from police, local Aboriginal corporation Marthakal and from the East Arnhem Regional Council, which delivers the night patrol service across nine sites in Arnhem Land and Groote Eylandt.

'The hours worked by the Night Patrol members were above and beyond the call of duty and Galiwin’ku community owes them much respect for their efforts,' Sergeant Ian Hamblyn of the NT Police said.

Australian Government officials were also very impressed with the enthusiasm and dedication of the Night Patrol members and are working with local stakeholders to further support the Galiwin’ku Night Patrol and give the Night Patrol team a well-earned break.

Source: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet


Last updated: 1 June 2017
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