Remote Northern Territory community veterinarian required

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VET GROWTH: Roper Gulf Regional Council is seeking a veterinarian with an interest in public health and Indigenous culture to assist with the delivery of its rapidly-growing Animal Management Program.

VET GROWTH: Roper Gulf Regional Council is seeking a veterinarian with an interest in public health and Indigenous culture to assist with the delivery of its rapidly-growing Animal Management Program.

Do you have an interest in public health, animal welfare and Indigenous culture? Have you considered combining work and a PhD? Would you like to live in and help protect some of the most beautiful, untouched wilderness areas of the Northern Territory?

If so, this job may be for you.

Roper Gulf Regional Council is seeking a veterinarian to work in the remote communities within its Local Government Area (LGA). The Council currently employs a senior veterinarian and it is now time to expand.

The work involves:

  • Planning, coordinating and conducting animal health and control programs within the Roper Gulf LGA. The veterinary aspects of the programs consist of large-scale animal desexing, blanket anti-parasitic treatments, euthanasia of sick, unwanted or dangerous animals, and other treatments as requested or required. The work is largely small animals, although large animals and wildlife are also often encountered;
  • Working with community members to develop and conduct public awareness campaigns for zoonoses, animal welfare and animal control legislation at a household, school and community level;
  • Training and mentoring of Animal Management Assistant/veterinary nursing teams within communities;
  • Assisting with planning and delivering a fee-for-service model within the program to extend to residents living in some of the remotest communities within the Roper Gulf LGA;
  • Undertaking consultation and planning with key stakeholders in community to enable improved animal management and environmental health outcomes at a household, community and regional level;
  • Maintaining an accurate animal database for the Council;
  • Investigating and acting on animal complaints received by the Council; and
  • Collaborating with universities in sample collection for research related to zoonotic diseases. Samples are currently collected to further research into Strongyloides stercoralis, tick-borne parasites, canine-transmissible venereal tumour and MRSA. The Council is open to proposals that combine the advertised position with a research Masters or PhD as an adjunct to the program.

The successful candidate will be well supported, accompanied and mentored in the field by the incumbent veterinarian for a period of six up to months. The candidate may then be required to reside in a remote community and service the surrounding areas. New graduates will be considered for the position, however, a rapid development of sound surgical skills will be required to enable surgical sterilisation to take place in field situations.

A car will be provided for all work use.

To discuss this exciting opportunity further, contact Dr Samantha Phelan on 0428 818 244. To apply for the job, click here.

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Media Release: Santa sets up Barunga workshop to support CDP Christmas crown defence

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SANTA’S LITTLE HELPERS: Peter Yeralba, Nyirranggulung Ward Councillor Wayne Runyu and Tony Walla get into the festive spirit as they work on Roper Gulf Regional Council’s float for the 2017 Christmas in Katherine street party, which has been proudly constructed by Barunga staff and Community Development Program participants.

SANTA’S LITTLE HELPERS: Peter Yeralba, Nyirranggulung Ward Councillor Wayne Runyu and Tony Walla get into the festive spirit as they work on Roper Gulf Regional Council’s float for the 2017 Christmas in Katherine street party, which has been proudly constructed by Barunga staff and Community Development Program participants.

Santa Claus and Elvis Presley have been spotted in Barunga as Roper Gulf Regional Council Community Development Program (CDP) participants work furiously to retain their crown as the kings and queens of festive season floats.

With the 2017 Christmas in Katherine street party only one week away, it is all hands on deck in the community as the finishing touches are put on the inventive entry Council staff and CDP participants hope will earn them back-to-back wins for the best float in the annual Chamber of Commerce NT event.

After securing victory with their inaugural float in 2016, CDP Activity Supervisor Jermaine Scrubby said participants had embraced the North Pole theme of this year’s parade, and were throwing down the gauntlet to other entrants.

“We want to make it a bit brighter this year, and I think that will let us beat everyone else again and win two years in a row,” he laughed.

“I hope there are lots of good entries and people trying to beat Barunga to have the best float.”

He added that when the float begins its journey along Railway Terrace on December 7, he expected there to be plenty of boisterous support for the visitors.

“It was awesome riding on the float last year with everyone cheering for us and what we’d built,” he said.

“It’s really good for people in Katherine to see what we can do, and I think they will love our new float.”

CDP participants in Barunga are keeping the float they hope will win them back-to-back street party honours under wraps ahead of next week’s Christmas celebration in Katherine.

CDP participants in Barunga are keeping the float they hope will win them back-to-back street party honours under wraps ahead of next week’s Christmas celebration in Katherine.

CDP Senior Employment Supervisor Sommer Meadows said the craftsmanship that has gone into the float would turn heads, especially when the origin of some key components was revealed.

“We found an old building at the Barunga tip, and the guys had the idea to strip it and turn it into Santa’s house,” she explained.

“This has been a truly inclusive project, with the men constructing the float and the women creating banners for display during the parade.

“CDP is all about building the capacity of participants and their community, and building a float for one of Katherine’s most-loved annual events will allow the community see how creative, skilled and passionate people from Barunga are.”

Chamber of Commerce NT Katherine region Executive Officer Sue Jones said the Barunga crew had set a high bar for other entries.

“It’s fantastic to see the men and women from Barunga coming back with another float in 2017, especially after they won the prize for the best entry with their first attempt last year,” she said.

“I think there will be a lot of colourful entries on show behind the BP service station at 5.30pm on Thursday as community groups try to wrestle the best float title off Roper Gulf Regional Council.”

The Council runs CDP projects in its Local Government Area on behalf of the Commonwealth Government.

The Commonwealth Government initiative assists jobseekers in remote communities to find employment as they contribute to their communities and gain new skills in the process.

View the full Media Release here.

 

Nominations for 2018 Australia Day Local Government Awards now open

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COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Residents have until January 3, 2018 to nominate deserving members of their community for Roper Gulf Regional Council’s 2018 Australia Day Local Government Awards.

COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Residents have until January 3, 2018 to nominate deserving members of their community for Roper Gulf Regional Council’s 2018 Australia Day Local Government Awards.

Do you know someone who tirelessly goes above and beyond for the betterment of your community? Have you attended a community event in the past 12 months you think is worthy of recognition on January 26, 2018?

Nominations are now open for Roper Gulf Regional Council’s 2018 Australia Day Local Government Awards in Barunga, Beswick, Borroloola, Bulman, Daly Waters, Jilkminggan, Larrimah, Manyallaluk, Mataranka, Ngukurr and Numbulwar.

Until January 3, 2018 you can nominate someone in your community in one of three award categories:

To be eligible for Young Citizen of the Year, nominees must be aged 30 or younger on January 26, 2018.

For more information about what awards are up for grabs in your community, visit your local Council office. Nomination forms are available in every community, or by clicking on the above links.

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Media Release: CDP participants bring Ngukurr community closer to vital water upgrade

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SKILLS ON SHOW: After completing heavy vehicle training through Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Community Development Programme, Ngukurr resident Gene Daniels hoses down a sand pile as part of his new role as a water truck driver on the project delivering an upgraded water bore for his remote community.

SKILLS ON SHOW: After completing heavy vehicle training through Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Community Development Programme, Ngukurr resident Gene Daniels hoses down a sand pile as part of his new role as a water truck driver on the project delivering an upgraded water bore for his remote community.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion has today congratulated Roper Gulf Regional Council on its latest Community Development Programme (CDP) success.

The Council has worked with a Northern Territory-based earthmoving company to provide opportunities for CDP participants in Ngukurr to play an important role in delivering a much-needed water infrastructure upgrade for their community.

“Getting job seekers into real employment is a key component of the CDP,” Minister Scullion said.

“Jobs such as these are a great outcome to meet the needs of remote Australia so people can move from welfare to work, and make a contribution back to their community.”

With a multitude of construction projects in progress and scheduled in the vicinity of the remote Indigenous community, located approximately 640 kilometres south-east of Darwin, over the next few years, the Council has sourced training that will equip participants with the accreditation and confidence needed to secure employment opportunities as they arise.

Roper Gulf Regional Council has been working with participants to develop activities and training that produce job-ready participants, the most recent of which has allowed Gene Daniels and John Herbert to gain employment driving water trucks the day after completing a heavy rigid vehicle course in the Northern Territory capital.

Gene Daniels, Karla Daly, Neil Body, Hilroy Manggurra and Tristen Charlie are all smiles as they prepare to continue laying the pipeline for Ngukurr's new water bore.

Gene Daniels, Karla Daly, Neil Body, Hilroy Manggurra and Tristen Charlie are all smiles as they prepare to continue laying the pipeline for Ngukurr’s new water bore.

The pair is now carting water for NV Barrett Earthmoving as the Power and Water Corporation contractor lays a 6.2-kilometre pipeline that will connect Ngukurr to its new water supply.

In a bonus for Ngukurr’s CDP ranks, participants Hilroy Manggurra and Tristen Charlie have also been employed as labourers on the vital project to improve water accessibility.

Mr Daniels said he had learnt a lot from the training and was looking forward to securing additional work driving trucks on a more permanent basis.

“Getting this job is good for me and good for Ngukurr, because we are helping put the new bore in,” the 32-year-old explained.

“I’ll be able to drive a water cart on other jobs after this, so I’m very proud.”

NV Barrett Earthmoving Project Manager Neil Boyd congratulated the men on their work ethic in testing conditions and said they had slotted into the team seamlessly.

“Considering the temperature out here, they are doing a wonderful job,” he said.

He added that the Council’s approach was helping to develop a network of skilled workers in communities across its 186,000-square kilometre Local Government Area.

“We come and go from community being Power and Water contractors, so it’s important for us to know these guys are here, that they can do the job and that they are able to come straight out onto site skilled up for future work.”

Gene Daniels cuts a lone figure in his water truck as he drives along the 6.2-kilometre pipeline being installed by Power and Water Corporation contractor NV Barrett Earthmoving.

Gene Daniels cuts a lone figure in his water truck as he drives along the 6.2-kilometre pipeline being installed by Power and Water Corporation contractor NV Barrett Earthmoving.

Mayor Judy MacFarlane praised Ngukurr CDP Senior Employment Consultant Victoria Haig for facilitating the partnership between the participants and their new employer.

“This is just a fantastic outcome for these four men and Ngukurr in general,” she said.

“Our CDP staff across the Roper Gulf region are committed to providing training that allows for real upskilling and employment opportunities, and seeing the pride the men have in themselves and their community proves Council is leading the way in CDP delivery in some of the remotest parts of the NT.”

The Council runs CDP projects in its Local Government Area on behalf of the Commonwealth Government.

The Commonwealth Government initiative assists jobseekers in remote communities to find employment as they contribute to their communities and gain new skills in the
process.

View the full Media Release here.