Nhulunbuy Town Board

The Nhulunbuy Corporation facilitates a community advisory committee known as the Nhulunbuy Town Board. The role of the Town Board is to provide community and stakeholder feedback to the Nhulunbuy Corporation on how to improve the services and facilities the Corporation is responsible for within Nhulunbuy, the Industrial Estate and Gove Airport.

The operating parameters of the Town Board are set out in the  Town Board Constitution. The Board meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month and the public are welcome to attend meetings if they wish. Alternatively, residents are able to raise issues for discussion by contacting one of the Elected Members.

Town Board Election By-Laws


Town Board elections are generally held every two years with the next election to be held in March 2019. Voting for the Town Board is optional. The elected Members represent the entire population of Nhulunbuy and the Industrial Estate.

For more information:

  • Contact the Australian Electoral Commission on 13 23 26
  • Visit the Australian Electoral Commission’s website
  • pick up an enrolment form from the Nhulunbuy Post Office.


Zenel Bajraktari

Elected Member

Zen was elected to the Town Board in 2017. It is his aim to represent and advise all levels of the town’s residents, including rate payers and businesses alike.

Zen was born in Nhulunbuy in 1984 to parents Jocelyn and Skender who still reside in town. He completed his schooling and carpentry apprenticeship in Sydney. Zen is the director of Zenco Constructions Pty Ltd which was established in 2009. He then met and married his wifeTamara and they now have three beautiful children.

Zen is passionate about Gove and the surrounding areas. He wants to see his home town thrive and flourish. He brings his core values of fairness, integrity and hard work to the table, along with a strong drive to inject fresh ideas and youthfulness to progress Gove into the future.

He currently donates to several sporting clubs and individual events that benefit the town. In doing this he has been able to help the community on their achievements.

Zen is open to any concerns or suggestions regarding the Nhulunbuy Township. He wants nothing more than to help Nhulunbuy and support our growth into the future. He looks forward to residents contacting him with any queries.

Lynne Walker

Elected Member

Lynne was elected to the town board following a ‘by-election’ in January 2018. She previously served on the board for around 18 months in 2007-2008.

Lynne has been a resident of Nhulunbuy since 1990 and has worked as a high school teacher, community relations with NABACLO/Alcan/Rio Tinto and served in the Territory Legislative Assembly as the Member for Nhulunbuy.

During her time in Nhulunbuy Lynne has raised a family and served on many committees. Currently she is president of Gove Peninsula Festival, secretary of the Arnhemland Historical Society and a member of Gove Arts Theatre and the local RSL.

Her roles over the years have had a strong community focus and she understands the importance of strong representation.

At a time when Nhulunbuy transitions to a post-mining economy, Lynne is keen to make sure that the town is well-serviced and that constituents get best value for their annual “service fees” (rates). She is also keen to see that the transition includes moving to a model of local government which better represents the interests of rate-payers and to ensure the long-term future of Nhulunbuy with its rich social fabric. Lynne is happy to be contacted at any time by locals to raise matters of concern.



Jim Rogers

Northern Territory Government Representative

Melissa Cruickshank

Rio Tinto Representative

Megan Niven

Elected Member

Megan is an elected member of the Town Board who has a keen interest in the Town and enjoys being part of the sense of community that the town offers.

Having lived in Gove for 22 years Megan has had the opportunity to be involved in many volunteer and community groups and has held senior positions through employment opportunities which have allowed a deeper insight into Nhulunbuy and the workings of the town.

Megan, with husband and two children, enjoy living and working in the region and wants to see Nhulunbuy continue to thrive into the future through new and exciting prospects as the town changes and evolves.

Megan wants the community to know that they are more than welcome to contact her regarding any issues or concerns that they feel the Town Board need to aware of so that the community feel that they are being heard.

Chris Arnold

Elected Member

Chris was elected unopposed in February 2019 for a term of four years.

Originally from Cunnamulla I have always been a country girl. I moved to Nhulunbuy in June of 2018 and instantly fell in love with the community. I have worked in the Fishing Retail and Commercial Seafood Industry for over 35 years and now I am putting my skills to use to Manage Gove Tackle and Outdoors for Kelly and Jeff Murray. This has also given me the passion to be involved with the community where ever I can help out. I look forward to being the voice of the community and contributing where ever I can.



Town Board Minutes