Norman Daymirringu

NT
2023

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Norman Daymirringu is a proud Yolngu man from Ramingining in Arnhem Land. Norman is recognised as a Djirrikay: a senior cultural leader of his clan.


Norman is passionate about defending his country. For 27 years Norman has served in the Australian Army, as a Patrolman and Patrol Commander in the North West Mobile Force (NORFORCE). In this work, he follows in the footsteps of his grandfather, a famous Yolngu warrior, who served as a coast-watcher in World War Two. Norman proudly continues the miringu (warrior) tradition of the Yolngu. On border security patrols, he has protected his country from illegal fishing, hunting and smuggling. Norman has received several decorations for his service, including the Soldiers’ Medallion for his cultural leadership in commemorating the centenary of ANZAC in Turkey through Yolngu ceremony.


Alongside his Army service, Norman has worked in community development and as a public servant. For eight years, Norman was an Indigenous Engagement Officer, Government Engagement Coordinator and Cultural Advisor with the National Indigenous Australians Agency. In this role Norman made a significant contribution across the East Arnhem region. He was recognised for his work with a Secretary’s Award for Excellence in 2017. Recently, Norman transitioned from public service to work in community development with the Arnhem Land Progress Association (ALPA). In this role, he continues to connect Yolngu communities with opportunities.


Norman was a founding member of the Arafura Swamp Rangers Aboriginal Corporation; he has long served on the Board of Directors, including for a period as the Chairperson. Norman is excited about the potential of First Nations rangers but is also aware of the challenges they face. Norman has joined Michael in applying for a Churchill Fellowship to help rangers prepare for increasing environmental crime by drawing on the best international experience. 

Project

To study best practice for Defence collaboration with First Nations Rangers on cross-border crime

To study best practice for Defence collaboration with First Nations Rangers on cross-border crime

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