All the practical stuff
Telstra is the only service provider with mobile coverage here.
Home internet is ADSL2+ or NBN via satelite however you have to be very persistent with telstra to get connected.
As the houses are steel clad mobile internet and phone reception will be poor indoors.
Address for your mail:
C/ Shepherdson College
Via Winnellie 0822
Bring stamps with you, as you can drop post in our mail bag at the front office.
Get an account with Seaswift (1800 424 422) or Barge Express (08) 8947 4960 to send over any bulky things.
Coles, Woolworths, Greenies (and most shops in Darwin) will deliver to the barges.
Galiwin'ku is a dry community so don’t try to bring in grog, it doesn’t end well.
On school days Henry will collect any barge orders on Tuesday for you, just ask the office to let him know it's coming.
Crocodiles are common, take care around water.
Jellyfish are also deadly.
Snakes are few, due to the cane toads, but take care.
You will need to lock or lose anything that can be locked or moved.
Dogs are mostly friendly, but if they get cheeky just pick up a rock, you probably don’t even need to throw it.
Melioidosis is rare, boils scabies and other tropical infections are common but minor issues. However a tropical boil on a joint or your head is SERIOUS seek medical advice.
Miwatj clinic offer a free medical service, however you are advised to see your regular GP and get scripts filled while on break.
There is no chemist, so stock up on cold & flu pills, etc. in Darwin.
See Staff Handbook for details about housing expectations
If your contract extends beyond 6 months the department will organise an uplift, so keep receipts if you bring over more than your initial allocation such as a vehicle.
Your house has been through two category 4 cyclones in 2015 and is fine, just stock up on a week's worth of water and torch batteries during cyclone season, and a can opener. You will have a chest freezer, but the power will be lost in a cyclone, so freeze lots of water beforehand to keep it cool.
There is no pool in Galiwin'ku and swimming in the ocean can be a dangerous affair. Bring a hose and a bucket.
When you have your contract you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to organise your transport and possibly an uplift (for contracts that extend over 6 months.)
Map of Galiwin'ku with Lot Numbers