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Remote Jobs and Communities Program participants join the clean-up effort in Milingimbi

Posted: 2 March 2015

One hundred and twenty residents have registered to take part in the Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP) in Milingimbi since Tropical Cyclone Lam hit the Territory coast in February. 

The new and existing participants joined the response and recovery efforts in Milingimbi with seven supervisors and between 25 and 30 workers turning up consistently to help out each day.

The group has worked tirelessly cleaning up around the community in spite of the debris and damage around their own homes. So far the RJCP group has completed initial cleaning and rubbish removal from the school, health centre, strong women’s building and the RJCP office.

Some of the participants who are trained in chainsaw operations have also been out on the ground with chainsaws assisting crews to clear trees and debris to make access and common areas safe.

The RJCP participants have shown great community spirit and strength whilst still meeting their cultural obligations and assisting the community in spite of the extensive damage to their own living space.

While the recovery operation continues, a range of community and commercial services are beginning to operate in Milingimbi this week including aged care, the health centre, youth services, Centrelink and Council municipal services. 

The Milingimbi School has extensive damage, including water damage to all classrooms and is planned to reopen Thursday 5 March, a decision will be made this week.

The Territory Government is providing assistance to affected communities through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements. Payment teams will return to the Government Engagement Coordinator Complex, opposite Milingimbi School on Tuesday.

An Arnhem Recovery information hotline has been established and will be staffed between 8am and 6pm. For assistance please call 1800 457 033.