Yolngu Name: Barayuwa Mununggurr
English Name: He has one but prefers all people call him by his first Yolngu name Barayuwa.
Clan Group: Djapu
Skin Name: Gumarrang
Birth place: Yirrkala
Age: Closely guarded secret...
Barayuwa and his family are new to the tourist industry, but have for years informally welcomed visitors to their homeland Bukudal.
Barayuwa and his brothers now have their sights set on establishing a business that will flourish into a profitable business that will offer employment opportunities for the younger relatives and future generations.
Far from working alone on the development of Bukudal School Camps, Barayuwa has worked hard alongside his brothers to prepare the homeland for school group visits.
Barayuwa is fully involved with every aspect of the school group visits to Bukudal, and as the leader of the family, is responsible for ensure that all brothers participate in school group visits to the best of their ability.
Barayuwa has studied at Yirrkala, Darwin and Brisbane.
After studying in the Northern Territory Barayuwa attended the Biblical Training College in Brisbane from 1970 to 1973. He then successfully completed health care training and commenced work with the local health clinic in 1974.
Barayuwa loves learning and continues to teach himself. Sitting and talking with visitors at Bukudal about their experiences, he continues to build his knowledge of the wider world beyond Arnhem Land.
In 2005 Barayuwa was elected as Chairperson of Laynhapuy Homelands, a position which he currently holds.
The East Arnhem Shire Council appointed Barayuwa as a Councillor and he is involved with the Animal Welfare and Control Sub-Committee.
Barayuwa’s extensive community interests cover membership on the Board of Miwatj Health, the Yirrkala School Council, the Health Regionalisation Committee and involvement with the community program “Rapirri Rom.”
Barayuwa’s vision is for “Everyone to work together to create a healthy and safe community to live in, with more sport and recreational activities for the younger generation”.