Australian hip-hop sensation set to empower remote Roper Gulf youth

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NGUKURR BOUND: Australian hip-hop star Timomatic is heading to the remote community of Ngukurr in April to mentor and empower youth as part of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Right Path Project.

NGUKURR BOUND: Australian hip-hop star Timomatic is heading to the remote community of Ngukurr in April to mentor and empower youth as part of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Right Path Project.

One of Australia’s biggest hip-hop stars will swap the bright lights of the stage for a more intimate performance mentoring at-risk youth in the remote Indigenous community of Ngukurr next month.

Nigerian-born Australian singer-songwriter Tim Omaji, aka Timomatic, will converge on the community, about 300 kilometres east of Katherine, on April 8 and 9 to host a series of empowerment workshops and mentoring sessions as part of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Right Path Project.

The project is targeted at youth under 24 from Ngukurr and Numbulwar, and will offer a range of sport and recreation activities, information sessions and support services designed to offer a pathway to increased engagement and self-esteem.

The excitement of participants will reach fever pitch on the Saturday night when Omaji gets Ngukurr dancing with a special live performance.

Omaji rose to fame after appearing on So You Think You Can Dance Australia as a contestant, before hosting rival program Australia’s Got Talent and going on to a successful recording career that has included supporting Nicki Minaj and Pitbull on their Australian tours.

The Council’s Community Services Regional Manager, Annalisa Bowden, said she believed youth would benefit from engaging with such a high-profile mentor in familiar surroundings.

“This is going to be a tremendous opportunity for children from Ngukurr and Numbulwar to meet one of their music heroes in their own backyard,” she explained.

“They have seen Timomatic on television and sung along to his music, so bringing him to community to meet with them face to face and talk about youth issues and empowerment as part of the Right Path Project is a perfect extension of that familiarity.

“During the event, participants will have an opportunity to access information and support services on a range of topics, including alcohol and other drugs, mental health, antisocial behaviour and employment, as well as listen to positive messages from Timomatic about the challenges he has overcome to now be a household name in Australia.”

View the full Media Release here.

February edition of the newsletter is now available

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

– CDP participants pave right path in Barunga

– Rocky Creek causeway begins road to recovery

– Game of Thrones inspires sharp creativity in Binjari

– Management Challenge team hits road for consultation

– Council policy changes get green light

– CSC safety initiative takes the cake

Read the February newsletter here.

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Game of Thrones gives Binjari CDP project cutting edge

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DEADLY DIRECTION: Binjari Community Development Project participant Ashley Farrell, seated, proudly shows off this Game of Thrones-inspired pallet chair as he is congratulated by fellow participants on.

DEADLY DIRECTION: Binjari Community Development Project participant Ashley Farrell, seated, proudly shows off this Game of Thrones-inspired pallet chair as he is congratulated by fellow participants.

The cult television series Game of Thrones has influenced creativity in every corner of the globe, and now an Indigenous community near Katherine can be added to the list.

After watching the hit program, Roper Gulf Regional Council Community Development Program (CDP) participant Ashley Farrell decided to take the sword to his latest project, literally.

CDP participants in Binjari, 15 kilometres south-west of Katherine, have been using recycled pallets to create a range of chairs over the past few months and have turned heads with previous designs, which included one modelled on the famous throne in the Phantom’s Skull Cave.

Wanting to set a new bar for ingenuity, Mr Farrell carved a range of knives, swords and daggers out of leftover material to adorn his chair with.

The 23-year-old said he “winged it” when asked about planning the stunning design.

“I’ve done chairs before, but I wanted to do something with knives, because I like Game of Thrones,” he explained.

“I didn’t have a design in mind when I started building it – I just winged it.”

The plan is now to have the head-turning chair displayed in a Katherine art gallery.

The Council’s Acting CDP Regional Manager, Barbara Maddern, said she was continually surprised by what participants came up with.

“It’s absolutely amazing,” she said.

“These men have such creative and artistic minds, and it’s fantastic to see them able to put that ability into incredible furniture.

“I’m so proud of what participants in our communities have been able to achieve as part of pallet furniture projects.”

The Council delivers CDP projects in 10 communities on behalf of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

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

For further information, please contact the Communications Coordinator on 0427 674 212 or at roper.governance@ropergulf.nt.gov.au.

 

 

 

 

Have your say about what is important to your community

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Roper Gulf Regional Council is about to begin community consultation to determine which town priorities will be included in the 2017-18 Regional Plan.

Each community within the Roper Gulf region is different, and town priorities give community members the opportunity to show what is important to them and the areas in which they would like to see improvement.

Consultation is done every year with residents, Elected Members and Local Authority Members to make sure the priorities listed for each community are the ones that still matter the most.

It’s your community. It’s your future. Have your say.

Community consultation meetings will be held on the following dates as part of regular Local Authority Meetings:

Borroloola
March 8 at 10am

Bulman and Weemol
March 9 at 3pm

Numbulwar
March 14 at 10am

Ngukurr and Urapunga
March 15 at 10.30am

Minyerri
March 16 at 11am

Barunga
April 4 at 3pm

Jilkminggan
April 20 at 10am

Mataranka
April 20 at 5.30pm

Daly Waters
April 21 at 12pm

Larrimah
April 21 at 3pm

Beswick
May 8 at 10am

Manyallaluk
May 8 at 2.30pm