Official opening of Ramingining and Gapuwiyak Police Station

26 November 2013
Ramingining Police Station and Gapuwiyak Police Station were officially opened by Chief Minister Adam Giles on November 20, 2013.
Guests at Ramingining opening ceremony
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Ramingining Police Station and Gapuwiyak Police Station was officially opened by Chief Minister Adam Giles on November 20, 2013.

Commissioner John McRoberts, Northern Command Commander David Proctor, Arafura Division Superintendent Michael White, Remote Policing Command Acting Superintendent Robert Jordan (Master of Ceremonies), Tri-Service Chaplain Cally Faithful and Ms Larisa Lee, Member for Arnhem also travelled to Ramingining and Gapuwiyak to celebrate the event.

Arriving in Ramingining, the guests were met by OIC Remote Sergeant Ben Schultz, Constable Adam Goldsmith and Constable 1/C Shane McCormack.  They were taken on a tour of the new facility by ACPO Barbara McClelland and CEPO Constable 1/C Paul Keightley.

The opening ceremony began with ‘Welcome to Country” spoken by local Elder Judy Ramingining and interpreted by Norman Daymirrimgu.  Senior student Mel Gaykamangu from Ramingining Community Education Centre spoke about how much the students enjoy the community engagement activities the police organise, including blue light discos and basketball, they look forward to continuing to learn about policing and laws and teaching the police about the Yolngu people.

“The establishment of this new state-of-the-art facility enables the Northern Territory Police to consolidate its permanent policing presence at Ramingining and enhance the capacity at the nearby community of Milingimbi.”  Commissioner of Police, John McRoberts said.

The facility was officially opened by the cutting of a ribbon by Chief Minster Adam Giles and Elder Judy Ramingining.  Members of the community, health centre, school, arts centre were also in attendance, joining together for morning tea after the official opening.

Arriving in Gapuwiyak the guests made the short walk from the landing strip to the police station accompanied by OIC Remote Sergeant Ray Musgrave, Constable 1/C Simone Anderson,  Senior Constable Donald Garner and ACPO Farrah Flowers.

Elder Jimmy Marrkula began the ceremony with ‘Welcome to Country’ followed by a speech by Donald Wunungmurra a local Indigenous Engagement Officer.    

While at Gapuwiyak Commissioner John McRoberts had the opportunity to present Remote Sergeant Ray Musgrave with a National Police Service Medal for 25 years of service and Constable 1/C Simone Anderson with a New Zealand Citation medal for her deployment after the Christchurch earthquake in 2011.

Tri-Service Chaplain Cally faithful gave the traditional blessings to the two new NT Police Stations.

The station was officially opened by the Chief Minister and guests had the opportunity to tour the facility including equipment of the established NTES volunteer unit in Gapuwiyak, followed by an afternoon tea for all guests and the community to enjoy together.

The Closing the Gap National Partnership Agreement between the Commonwealth and Northern Territory Governments provided funding for the establishment of a permanent police station within Ramingining and Gapuwiyak.

“This is a facility for the community, the NT Police may reside here but it is place where everybody in the community can come, seek refuge, ask for help and are welcome here.” Commissioner John McRoberts.