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Ramingining

Population: 675
Location: 400km east of Darwin
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Access is by road or air. The community is located 435km west of Nhulunbuy and 30km inland from the East Arnhem coast. Travel time by road to Ramingining from Nhulunbuy is 8 hours - access is available only during the Dry Season. There is an airstrip located at Ramingining. Flights are available daily (Monday to Saturday) from Darwin and Nhulunbuy.

Facilities include a general store and take-away (part of the Arnhem Land Progress Association chain), a health clinic (staffed by full-time nurse, Aboriginal Health Workers and a visiting GP), Knowledge Centre (library), a garage and Aboriginal ranger program.

Ramingining was established in the early 1970s, following the movement of a number of Yolngu clan groups from nearby Nangalala. Ramingining is well-known for its art. The community-owned agency Bula-Bula Arts buys art from local artists and sells on the national and international markets, with significant success. It is also the home of actor David Gulpilil.

The main language used is Djambarrpuyngu, but Gupapuyngu and Ganalbingu are also spoken.

Ramingining school is paired with a sister school in Victoria, Cockatoo Primary School. Exchange visits are organised where groups of Year 5 pupils and accompanying teachers visit Ramingining for a week, followed by a reciprocal trip the following week.

There are 217 students enrolled.

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