A new year, an expanded and rejuvenated facility, a lot of great new funding partners, and within a few months, a new Chief Executive Officer. After two wonderful years leading the Godinymayin team and guiding our organisation’s growth and programming, I will be moving to the Blue Mountains and trading the tropical Territory heat for the cooler foothills, deep canyons, and sandstone formations of New South Wales.
I’ve accepted an arts and culture leadership role with the Katoomba-based Council, serving 27 village across 100km and surrounded World Heritage landscapes and valleys. My final day at Godinymayin is 16 February, and I will miss all of the people, natural wonders, and creative energy that have made the Top End such an amazing place to live, work, and play.
The search is now on for my successor, so if you know somebody who might be interested in serving as the next Godinymayin Chief Executive and Team Leader, please start with the application details here on our website. They will take over extraordinary facilities with a track record of diverse cultural programming, a hard-working staff and board, tens of thousands of annual visitors, and—later this year—Australia’s newest outdoor amphitheatre. It’s a pretty great gig.
Besides all of our current building works, the past year has also been about planning 2024 events and securing new resources so we can offer the community (and visitors) a wide range of performing arts events, meaningful exhibitions, cultural experiences, and creative community engagement projects. I’m happy to report good news on that front as well. Thanks to recent grants from the Gordon Darling Foundation, Katherine Club, Community Benefit Fund, the Northern Territory Government Office of Gender Equity and Diversity, McArthur River Mine Community Benefit Trust, BMD Group, and Northern Territory Major Events, our team are going to do all of that and more. And our organisation’s most significant partnerships—Arts NT at the Northern Territory Government and Katherine Town Council—have just been renewed for a long-term future that is all about community, creativity, and cultural celebration.
Godinymayin is a place that has enriched my life and will be very hard to walk away from. But I head to Katoomba knowing that the organisation is in good hands, remarkable growth and ambitious plans are afoot, and the next leader will have a golden opportunity to make a new mark in the Top End and lead one of the Territory’s most incredible destinations. Besides, I’ll need to take refuge from the Southern winters, and will be back to visit—and see my favourite place in action again.
To learn more about vacancy and how to express interest, click here.
— Eric Holowacz
Chief Executive Officer