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NORFORCE
The NORFORCE
NORFORCE
(North-West Mobile Force) is an infantry regiment of the Australian Army
Australian Army
Reserve. Formed in 1981, the regiment is one of three Regional Force Surveillance Units (RFSUs) employed in surveillance and reconnaissance of the remote areas of Northern Australia. It consists of a regimental headquarters, four surveillance squadrons, and an operational support squadron and training squadron.Contents1 History 2 Current organisation 3 See also 4 Notes 5 References 6 Further readingHistory[edit] In the late 1970s and early 1980s the need for a military presence in the north of Australia was recognised, with an integrated land, sea and air surveillance network developed in response
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F88 Austeyr
The Steyr
Steyr
AUG (Armee-Universal-Gewehr—"universal army rifle") is an Austrian 5.56×45mm NATO
5.56×45mm NATO
bullpup assault rifle, designed in the 1960s by Steyr-Daimler-Puch
Steyr-Daimler-Puch
and now manufactured by Steyr Mannlicher
Steyr Mannlicher
GmbH & Co KG. It was adopted by the Austrian Army as the StG 77 (Sturmgewehr 77) in 1978,[3] where it replaced the 7.62×51mm
7.62×51mm
StG 58 automatic rifle (a licence-built FN FAL).[4] In production since 1978, it is the standard small arm of the Austrian Bundesheer and various national police units
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Lake Evella
Gapuwiyak (called Lake Evella in English) is an Australian Aboriginal community located in north-eastern Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, 25 km south of the head of Buckingham Bay and about the same distance south-west of Arnhem Bay. It is adjacent to Lake Evella. The lake was seen by Harold Shepherdson from his aeroplane the Miles Hawk in 1935 and he named it Lake Evella after his wife Ella and Eva the wife of a fellow missionary Rev. T.T. Webb. The population is about 1000 people.(Pop - Grants Com1,412 - ABS Cdata 885 - ERP 977). The community is serviced by a barge from Darwin once a week that comes up the Buckingham River. Gapuwiyak means "brackish water". (Gapu water - Wiyak salty). The community comprises a vibrant mix of Aboriginal people from many different families or clans
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Maningrida, Northern Territory
Maningrida is an indigenous community in the heart of the Arnhem Land region of Australia's Northern Territory. Maningrida is 500 km (311 mi) east of Darwin,[1] and 300 km (186 mi) north east of Jabiru. At the 2006 census, Maningrida had a population of 2,068.[2] It is on the North Central Arnhem Land
Arnhem Land
coast of the Arafura Sea, on the estuary of the Liverpool River. The Kunibídji people are the traditional landowners of this country. The name Maningrida is an Anglicised version of the Kunibídji name Manayingkarírra, which comes from the phrase Mane djang karirra, meaning "the place where the Dreaming changed shape."[3] The town supports a population of 2,600 people, which includes those who live on the 30 homeland centres or outstations around Maningrida
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Wadeye, Northern Territory
Wadeye is a town in Australia's Northern Territory. Pronounced wod-air-yer or "wad-ayer", it was formerly known (and is still often referred to) as Port Keats. At the 2016 census, Wadeye had a population of 2,280.[1] Wadeye is the 6th most populous town, and the largest indigenous community in the Northern Territory.Contents1 Location and access 2 History 3 Description 4 Art and culture 5 Transport 6 ReferencesLocation and access[edit] The town is remote, situated on the western edge of the Daly River Reserve about 230 km by air south-west of Darwin
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Bathurst Island (Northern Territory)
Bathurst Island (2,600 km2 or 1,000 sq mi,[1] 11°35′S 130°18′E / 11.583°S 130.300°E / -11.583; 130.300) is one of the Tiwi Islands
Tiwi Islands
in the Northern Territory
Northern Territory
off the northern coast of Australia
Australia
along with Melville Island.Contents1 Description 2 History 3 Notes and references 4 External linksDescription[edit] The largest settlement on Bathurst is Wurrumiyanga (known as Nguiu until 2010), in the south-east, with a population of around 1,450.[2] Located on the south east corner of Bathurst Island, Wurrumiyanga is approximately 70 km (43 mi) north of Darwin. The second largest settlement is Wurakuwu, pop. 50, 60 km (37 mi) northwest of Wurrumiyanga
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Melville Island (Australia)
Melville Island, known in the Tiwi language
Tiwi language
as Yermalner, is an island in the eastern Timor Sea, off the coast of the Northern Territory, Australia. It is west of the Cobourg Peninsula
Cobourg Peninsula
in Arnhem Land
Arnhem Land
and north of Darwin, with a tropical climate. The largest community/town on the island is Milikapiti, pop. 559. The second village is Pirlangimpi (Pularumpi, formerly Garden Point), pop. 440, 27 km west of Milikapiti, on the west coast of Melville Island
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Broome, Western Australia
Broome is a coastal, pearling and tourist town in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, 2,240 km (1,390 mi) north of Perth. The urban population was approximately 16,000 at the 2016 Census [1] growing to over 45,000 per month during the tourist season.[2]Contents1 Geography1.1 Cable Beach 1.2 Roebuck Bay2 History2.1 1942 air attacks 2.2 1950s to 2000s 2.3 2012 Save the Kimberley campaign3 Climate 4 Paleontological significance 5 Media 6 Culture6.1 Pearling industry 6.2 Sport and recreation7 Industry 8 Transport 9 Footnotes 10 References 11 External linksGeography[edit] Broome is located in the tropical north of Western Australia's Kimberley coast on the east coast of the Indian Ocean
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Derby, Western Australia
Derby (/ˈdɜːrbi/ DUR-bee)[2] is a town in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. At the 2016 census, Derby had a population of approxiamtley 3,500, with about half of Aboriginal descent.[1] Along with Broome and Kununurra, it is one of only three towns in the Kimberley to have a population over 2,000. Located on King Sound, Derby has the highest tides in Australia, with the peak differential between low and high tide reaching 11.8 metres.[3]Contents1 History 2 Culture 3 Economy 4 Climate 5 References 6 Further readingHistory[edit] During World War II, Derby was bombed by Japanese planes because of an air base and jetty that was steadily used by Australian forces. More recently, refugees were housed at Royal Australian Air Force Base Curtin, however the detention center was closed in 2014.[4] Derby was famous in the 1920s as the terminus of the first scheduled aviation service in Australia, West Australian Airways
West Australian Airways
Ltd
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Kalumburu, Western Australia
Kalumburu (postcode 6740) and Kalumburu Community (formerly Drysdale River Mission) are both bounded localities within the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley Western Australia. Kalumburu Community is the northernmost settlement in Western Australia. According to the 2011 census, it has a population of 467 people[1] and is inhabited mostly by Aboriginal people from the Wunambal and Kwini language groups. Kalumburu Community is remote from any main roads — the nearest is the Gibb River Road, 270 km to the south via the Kalumburu Road. It was the site of a World War II airbase, which was attacked by Japanese planes in 1943.Contents1 History1.1 World War II 1.2 Post-war 1.3 Medical services2 Town planning 3 Climate 4 References 5 Further readingHistory[edit] In 1905, the Order of Saint Benedict (OSB) decided to establish a mission near the Drysdale River
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Kununurra, Western Australia
Kununurra is a town in far northern Western Australia located at the eastern extremity of the Kimberley Region approximately 37 kilometres (23 mi) from the border with the Northern Territory. Kununurra was initiated to service the Ord River Irrigation Scheme. Kununurra is the largest town in Western Australia north of Broome, with the closest town being Wyndham, 100 kilometres (62 mi) away. Kununurra is 3,040 kilometres (1,889 mi) from Perth via the Great Northern Highway. The town is situated in among the scenic hills and ranges of the far north-east Kimberley Region, having an abundance of fresh water, conserved by the Ord River Diversion dam and the main Ord River Dam. The tropical agriculture crops grown in the Ord River Irrigation Area (ORIA) have changed over the years
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Wyndham, Western Australia
Wyndham is the oldest and northernmost town in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, located on the Great Northern Highway, 2,210 kilometres (1,373 mi) northeast of Perth. It was established in 1886 as a result of a gold rush at Halls Creek, and it is now a port and service centre for the east Kimberley with a population of 800. Wyndham is split into two areas. The original town site of Wyndham Port is situated on Cambridge Gulf, while Wyndham's Three Mile area is the residential and shopping area of the town. Wyndham is part of the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley.Contents1 History 2 Wyndham Meatworks 3 Geography 4 Climate 5 Facilities 6 In popular culture 7 References 8 External linksHistory[edit]Wyndham from the air, 1962The first European to visit the area was Phillip Parker King in 1819. He was instructed to find a river 'likely to lead to an interior navigation into the great continent'
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Nhulunbuy
Nhulunbuy
Nhulunbuy
is a township that was created on the Gove Peninsula
Gove Peninsula
in the
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Milingimbi Island
Milingimbi Island, also Yurruwi, is the largest island of the Crocodile Islands group off the coast of Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia.Contents1 Location 2 History 3 Language 4 Facilities 5 Notable locals 6 Notes6.1 Citations7 Sources 8 External linksLocation[edit] Milingimbi lies approximately 440 kilometres (270 mi) east of Darwin and 200 kilometres (120 mi) west of Nhulunbuy.[1] History[edit] Aboriginal people have occupied this area for more than 40,000 years. It was an important ritual centre for the great ceremonies conducted by aboriginal peoples of this area.[2] A settlement was established on the island in 1923 by the Methodist Overseas Mission.[1] The Mission attracted aboriginal people from eastern clan groups to the island. These included Gupapuyŋu and Djambarrpuyŋu, as well as Wangurri and Warramirri speaking people
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Jabiru, Northern Territory
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory
Northern Territory
of Australia. It was originally built in 1982 as a closed town to house the community living at Jabiru East near the Ranger Uranium Mine
Ranger Uranium Mine
eight kilometres away. Both the mine and the town are completely surrounded by Kakadu National Park. At the 2006 census, Jabiru had a population of 1,135.Contents1 Overview 2 Population 3 Climate 4 Recreation 5 ReferencesOverview[edit] Jabiru Township is thirteen square kilometres in size. The town is owned as freehold by the Director of National Parks and Wildlife, from which a head lease is held by the Jabiru Town Development Authority (JTDA). The JTDA subleases to the mining company, government agencies and private business. The head lease expires in 2021. The JTDA has delegated local government responsibility to the Jabiru Town Council
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Numbulwar, Northern Territory
Numbulwar is a small, primarily Aboriginal community on the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory of Australia. The major language group of the community is Nunggubuyu and their language, Wubuy, is used by older generations. Kriol is also widely spoken. Permanent settlement began in 1952 with the founding of the Rose River Mission by local Aboriginal communities and the Church Missionary Society.[2] The Mission operated until the 1970s when community control passed to the Numbulwar Numburindi Community Council.[2] The community consists of a general store, a police station, a community school, an engine repair shop, a post office and about 670 residents. Mission Aviation Fellowship has a base in Numbulwar which provides air services for the community. References[edit]^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Numbulwar (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-11-29.  ^ a b "Bushtel: Numbulwar". Northern Territory Government
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