The Council Office for the Ward is located in Yarralin and is the service centre for the nearby Indigenous communities of Lingarra (30km from Yarralin), Pigeon Hole (98km from Yarralin) and Top Springs Outstation (120km from Yarralin).
Yarralin Council Office employs 35 staff members, all of which are Indigenous. They provide the core functions of Parks & Gardens, Waste Management, Road Maintenance, Traffic Control and Administration; and deliver the services of Community Night Patrol, Aged Care, Child Care, School Nutrition, Remote School Attendance Program, Sports & Recreation, Remote Indigenous Broadcasting, Airstrip Maintenance and Centrelink services.
Yarralin is also known as the Walangeri community. The town is situated on the banks of the Wickham River close to the Victoria River. It is 380km southwest of Katherine.
Yarralin was part of the Victoria River Downs Station and was called Gordon Creek Station, until 1975. In 1972 the Ngarinyman people walked off the Victoria River Downs Station, just as their Gurindji countrymen did in 1966. After a 40 year long battle, the land was handed back to the Ngarinyman/Yarralin people in June 2016.
Culture and Heritage
Ngarinyman people are strongly represented at Yarralin, as well as Mudburra and Bilinara people. Ngarinyman and English are the main languages of this region.