West Arnhem

Major Communities

NamePopulationResource Centre
Jabiru500Jabiru Town Council
Warruwi380West Arnhem Shire Council
Gunbalanya (Oenpelli)1100West Arnhem Shire Council
Minjilang300West Arnhem Shire Council

Health Services in the West Arnhem Area

Gunbalanya – Onepelli

The Health Centre is staffed by a GP, 4 RNs and up to 5 Aboriginal Health Workers. Phone: (08) 8979 0178

Languages in the Region

The below languages have been noted to be present in this region. However it should be noted that as a result of colonisation, the growth of towns, and the transient nature of some Aboriginal peoples, there may be many different Aboriginal languages evident in a given area.

  • Burarra
  • Kriol
  • Kunwinkju
  • Warruwi – Goulburn Island – Maung, Walang

Kriol language

Kriol is the contact language now spoken as a first language by most Aboriginal people across the region. Kriol is spoken in the Barkly and further north, but not generally far south of Tennant Creek.


Gunbalanya – Onepelli

Accommodation for GPs is furnished 3BDR elevated house, fully equipped including white goods, phone internet and air-conditioning.

Contacts and Advice in West Arnhem

The following organisations and contact numbers may be useful in locating sources of advice. Care has been taken to ensure these details are correct, however unfortunately some may change or be unattended.

Demed Association Incorporated
PMB 89 OenpelliNT 0822
Ph: 08 8979 0144

Gunbalanya – Onepelli
West Arnhem Shire Council
GPO Box 4246 Darwin NT 0801
Ph: 08 8979 9444

[email protected]
West Arnhem Shire Council
GPO Box 4246 Darwin NT 0801
Ph: 08 8979 9444