Media Release: Tropical Cyclone causes postponement of Mataranka Ordinary Meeting of Council

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Heavy wet season inundation and the emergence of a Tropical Cyclone in the Gulf of Carpentaria has forced Roper Gulf Regional Council to postpone the Ordinary Meeting of Council it was set to hold in Mataranka on February 22.

Chief Executive Officer Michael Berto said the postponement was unavoidable due to the weather conditions created by Tropical Cyclone Alfred.

The Council will announce the date of the rescheduled meeting, which will still be held in Mataranka, in coming weeks.

View the full Media Release here.

January edition of the newsletter is now available

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Roper Gulf Regional Council Newsletter January 2017-page-001In the January edition of the Roper Gulf Regional Council newsletter:

– New vet outlines big plans for animal health

– Beswick youth hit road to learn more about anti-drug message

– Roper Gulf region welcomes latest citizens on Australia Day

– Borroloola AFL scores $44,650 upgrade

– Council boosts first aid responder ranks

– Ngukurr sizzles up salute to carers

Read the January newsletter here.

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Council has say on shortwave radio service abandonment

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As part of its commitment to improving the liveability of its Local Government Area, Roper Gulf Regional Council has made a submission to the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee Inquiry into Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Rural and Regional Advocacy) Bill 2015.

Following the ABC’s controversial decision to switch off its shortwave radio  service on January 31, Mayor Tony Jack said the Council wanted to present a case to the Committee on why the move was detrimental to many Roper Gulf region residents.

“The decision to turn off the shortwave radio service represents another blow for the Council’s residents and staff, who already have to contend with substandard telecommunications options like hundreds of kilometres of radio and mobile telephone black spots, and appallingly slow internet speeds,” Mayor Jack said.

“Without the availability of the shortwave radio service, many living and working in the Council’s Local Government Area now have limited real-time access to critical information on natural disasters, road conditions and disruptions to electricity supply.”

Read the Council’s submission here.

The Committee has until March 22 to report its findings.


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Community vet visit dates announced

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TREATMENT TIME: Roper Gulf Regional Council has released the 2017 calendar of services for its animal health program, which is headed by veterinarian Dr Sam Phelan.

Want to know when Council vet Dr Sam Phelan will be visiting your community as part of the animal health program this year?

Check out the 2017 calendar of veterinary services and mark the dates in your diary to ensure your pet doesn’t miss out on being treated.

Download your copy of the calendar here.

For more information about the Council’s animal health program, speak to the Council Services Co-ordinator in your community.

2017 Calender of Services