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.
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.”