Lirrwi Tourism Partners

We place great value on the contribution by our partners and supporters and now have a group of dedicated, professional people who believe passionately in the Yolŋu people, our culture, Lirrwi and the Masterplan. All our partnerships are based on mutual respect, mutual responsibility and two-way learning. This is the right way.

Tourism Masterplan Partners

Australian Government
The Department of Tourism provided significant support through a Strategic Tourism Investment Grant (STIG) under TQual grants for Indigenous Tourism Development. This enabled Lirrwi to launch the Masterplan with confidence. 

Adventure Junky is a Sydney based adventure marketing agency providing assistance to Lirrwi in the areas of branding, online development, social media and newsletters. 

Amalgamated Holdings Ltd (AHL) is one of Australia’s leading hospitality, entertainment and leisure companies. They own Rydges Hotels and Resorts and the newly developed QT Hotels and are a Masterplan Partner through the provision of funding and room nights at Rydges and QT properties. 

Commonwealth Bank of Australia has provided Lirrwi with three to four corporate group visits per year since 2011. Both the former and current CEOs have taken a personal interest in Lirrwi and lent their support to helping develop other corporate relationships. 

Ethics Matters is a company run by Robyn Neasmith who is one of Australia’s leading risk management specialists. Ethics Matters is providing Lirrwi with a broad ranging risk management strategy. 

Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers provide Lirrwi with an ongoing range of pro-bono legal advice in relation to Service Agreements, employment contracts, tour waivers, land tenure leases, intellectual property and other legal issues. 

Jawun Indigenous Corporate Partnerships works with Lirrwi by seconding highly skilled business consultants and corporate executives to work through priority programs such as financial management, business plan development for homeland businesses, feasibility studies for tourism infrastructure developments and various mentoring activities with Lirrwi staff. 

MG Media is a public relations company specialising in travel and tourism organisations and provides Lirrwi with a range of PR services. 

MH Carnegie & Co is a major finance organisation that supports many social enterprises such as Lirrwi. They fund a number of school and university visits each year to East Arnhem Land through Lirrwi and also offer low interest social loans. 

Northern Territory Government through various departments and agencies has provided operational funding to Lirrwi for equipment, accreditation advisory services and assistance for website development. 

Qantas Airways provides flights for Masterplan-related travel which has been critical to Lirrwi’s ability to secure partners and attend meetings and conferences across Australia. Qantas will also assist with promotion of Arnhem Land through their various communications channels. 

Rio Tinto provides funding towards Yolŋu staff costs and regional travel expenses to engage with communities and homelands. 


Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation is part of the Bunuwal Group, which is based in Yirrkala. The Rirratjingu Clan are major beneficiaries of Gove Agreement Mining Royalties. RAC has always been highly supportive of Lirrwi, but have recently reinforced that relationship by becoming Masterplan Partners via funding contributions over three years. 

Tourism Australia provides support to Lirrwi and the Masterplan through international marketing, specialised Indigenous tourism research and sponsorship of visiting media, photography and social media marketing. TA has included Lirrwi in its Indigenous Tourism Champions Program following accreditation approval. Tourism Australia is highly engaged with the Tourism Masterplan as they see it as an exciting new destination for Australia with significant potential interest from international markets. The level of support from Tourism Australia will increase significantly once Lirrwi moves into consumer tours (2nd half of 2014). 

National supporters and collaborators 

  • Aboriginal Benefits Account (ABA)  
  • Avana Group 
  • Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre 
  • Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) 
  • Indigenous Business Australia (IBA)  
  • Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) 
  • Savannah Guides  
  • Service Skills Australia (SSA)
  • Tourism NT  
  • Wayne Quilliam