AFL finals help bring community together in Maningrida.
Following recent community unrest, Maningrida Police, ably supported by officers from Ramingining, Katherine Traffic, Dog Operations Unit and the SAID team, were prepared and ready for the possibility of further trouble at last weekends AFL finals in the community. Although prepared for further unrest, police were very pleased with the outcomes on the day.
2,000 spectators cheered on their teams vying for the knock out win with the main event score being within one goal and the event went off without incident.
First Class Constable Paul Keightley said it was very pleasing to see an event of this magnitude take place without a hitch.
“The weekend was a great example of how working with elders and stakeholders can minimise harm. Following unrest out here a few weeks ago leading up to the finals, the AFLNT seriously considered their position in Maningrida, so we’ve all worked really hard to talk it out.
“Police have spoken at length with elders and community members as well as other stakeholder groups over the past few weeks to really send the message home that everyone plays a part in making these events successful and they determine whether or not AFL continues in Maningrida. The community took real ownership of the problem and responsibility for themselves and their actions. The community themselves made sure the final and the community remained trouble free.
Family was the word of the day with activities for the kids, dancing and other activities taking place between football matches.
“It was great to see so many families come out to just enjoy the day. It was a very quiet night in town the night prior to the match and after the final which was amazing and a testament to the whole community of Maningrida,” he said.