Maningrida Indigenous Community

Maningrida is one of the largest Aboriginal towns in the Northern Territory. It is situated approximately 500km east of Darwin in Arnhem Land, at the mouth of the Liverpool River. A permanent settlement was established there in the late 1940s, originally as a trading post with Aboriginals in the area, and this was converted into a mission during the 1950s.



Maningrida is one of the largest Aboriginal towns in the Northern Territory. It is situated approximately 500km east of Darwin in Arnhem Land.

School-based Action Planning Workshops

School-based Action Planning Workshops

About Maningrida

According to the Northern Territory Place Names Committee, 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."

A diverse cultural area

Maningrida is a multi-language area similar to Gunbalanya with 12 or more language groups. There are 3 main language dialects that are spoken, they are: Djebenna, Burrada & Kunwinku. Its main totem is Djormi dreaming which is little children dreaming.

Small-scale tourism ventures, including cultural tours and fishing expeditions, operate out of Maningrida. Apart from the town's population of approximately 2300, Maningrida also services about 30 outstations or homelands in the region.

Local industry

These days, the town is the major service centre for the region, with a school, health clinic, multiple food outlets and two supermarkets, service station, arts centre, creche, and a tarmac airport, with commercial flights operating daily to Darwin.

In Maningrida there are quite a few organisations including West Arnhem Shire, Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation (BAC), Maningrida College, Centrelink office, Maningrida Progress Association (MPA), Dhukulldji Aboriginal Corporation (Traditional Owners), Malaba Health Service, GYS (Youth Centre), Djelk Rangers, Police Station and Community Night Patrol.

MPA runs a shop, hotel, fuel and Hasty Tasty take away food and organise barge food delivery for the community. BAC runs the homelands service delivery also overseas land and sea management through Djelk Rangers. GYS youth centre provide children’s activities and other programs. Maningrida has ARPNet research team members based in town.

29 November 2017

Team Member Reflection: Terry Moore

Team Member Reflection: Terry Moore

​I joined the team in April 2016, just in time for the team meeting at Tennant Creek, where it was realised that the team needed someone to analyse the data that was being generated across the different communities.

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