Media Release: Council WHS team clocks up 50,000 remote kilometres to sell safety message

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SAFETY FOCUS: Part of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s success in notching up a 100-day recordable injury free milestone can be attributed to taking the Work, Health and Safety message to staff with a roadshow during National Safe Work Month in October 2016.

SAFETY FOCUS: Part of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s success in notching up a 100-day recordable injury free milestone can be attributed to taking the Work, Health and Safety message to staff with a roadshow during National Safe Work Month in October 2016.

Keeping 400 staff and 1300 Community Development Program participants scattered across 186,000 square kilometres of the Northern Territory safe is a logistical problem that would be a nightmare for most organisations, but Roper Gulf Regional Council has overcome the challenge with innovation and the equivalent of one-and-a-quarter trips around the earth.

With 12 sites in its Local Government Area, the Council’s Work, Health and Safety (WHS) team spent the past year tailoring the delivery of procedures and training programs to a culturally diverse workforce.

Acting WHS Co-ordinator Renae Jarrett said the key procedural change had been the implementation of the Take 5 risk assessment booklet, which provided staff with a user-friendly tool for identifying potential hazards.

“The beauty of Take 5 is that it is an easy-to-use system for staff to asses a job’s risk before they start it,” she explained.

“The pocket booklet walks staff through the five steps needed to undertake a task safely, including spotting hazards and making changes to work practices to circumvent identified risks.

“Take 5 has allowed the WHS team to nurture a cultural change that means safety is at the forefront of everything our people do.”

TAKING FIVE: The Take 5 risk assessment pocketbook has helped Roper Gulf Regional Council overcome the tyranny of distance as it developed a culture focused on the importance of Work, Health and Safety in its 186,000 square kilometre Local Government Area.

The Take 5 risk assessment pocketbook has helped the Council overcome the tyranny of distance as it developed a culture focused on the importance of Work, Health and Safety in its 186,000 square kilometre Local Government Area.

The success of the approach can be measured by the fact that 2016 was the safest on record for the Council, a result highlighted by a milestone 100-day recordable injury free run and five months without an incident reported.

Face-to-face training was identified as the most effective way to drive home the WHS message, with driving the key word as the team clocked up more than 50,000 kilometres on some of the NT’s remotest roads in 12 months.

During National Safe Work Month alone, the team drove 10,000km in order to present a roadshow that transformed a barbecue into an interactive learning experience for staff.

Chief Executive Officer Michael Berto said the staggering statistic demonstrated the Council’s commitment to safety.

“WHS is a critical part of any organisation’s operation, but managing it in an area as remote as the Roper Gulf region presents a unique challenge,” he said.

“We have been able to get around it by hitting the road to deliver onsite training, because staff told us they preferred to discuss things like alcohol and other drugs in a face-to-face environment.”

“It’s taken an incredible commitment and a rethink on how we do things as a Council, but the results speak for themselves.”

View the full Media Release here.

 

December edition of the newsletter is now available

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roper-gulf-regional-council-newsletter-december-2016-page-001In the December edition of the Roper Gulf Regional Council newsletter:

– Council welcomes new addition to family

– 100-day safety milestone notched up

– CDP makes community invitation to Senator

– NT Deputy Chief Minister inspects key Council site

– Power and Water Corporation offers water leak advice

– Seven share $15,000 in Community Grants

Read the December newsletter here.

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Media Release: Food security, tourism and youth sport big Community Grant winners

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GAME ON: Netballers from the remote community of Ngukurr will receive training and a once-in-a-lifetime sporting trip to Melbourne thanks in part to a $2000 funding windfall through Roper Gulf Regional Council’s 2016-17 Community Grants Program. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

GAME ON: Netballers from the remote community of Ngukurr will receive training and a once-in-a-lifetime sporting trip to Melbourne thanks in part to a $2000 funding windfall through Roper Gulf Regional Council’s 2016-17 Community Grants Program. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

A sports camp for some of the Northern Territory’s most isolated children and a garden-to-table sustainability plan in Ngukurr are two of the seven projects that will share $15,000 in funding through round two of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s 2016-17 Community Grants Program.

The Council announced the recipients at its final Ordinary Meeting of 2016 on December 14, with the NT branch of the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association (ICPA) set to receive a $3000 major grant that will assist with running a two-day sporting event that will offer a “sense of community” for rural families.

ICPA Katherine branch President Kerrie Scott said the inaugural sports camp, which will be held in Mataranka in April 2017, would bring distance education students together to try their hands at team sports they would have otherwise had no exposure to because of geographic isolation.

“This much-needed camp will focus on team sports that remote children have very little exposure to,” she explained.

“It will develop gross motor skills, introduce team building, promote physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices, promote good mental health through social interaction with peers, promote equality in sport, encourage collaboration between organisations, and most importantly, instil a sense of community for isolated families.”

Mrs Scott added that the grant would allow families to make the journey to Mataranka without some of the financial burden associated with long-distance travel.

“It is always our aim to make our events accessible to every child without adding further financial pressure to families,” she said.

“It is not just a 10-minute drive on a Saturday morning for our kids to participate in sport; some of these families will travel long distances across dirt roads, and may be the only sporting activity they can be involved in.

“I would sincerely like to thank the Roper Gulf Regional Council for awarding us $3000 through the Community Grants Program that will enable us to hold our very first ICPA sports camp in Mataranka.”

The Ngukurr community is also celebrating its success in the round two allocations after the school and netball team received major grants of $3000 and $2000 respectively to help fund a food security project and a once-in-a-lifetime netball trip to Melbourne.

The Council’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael Berto, congratulated recipients and said the diverse range of projects that were successful in securing funding were at the core of what the Community Grants Program aimed to facilitate.

“The Community Grants Program is a way for Council to provide financial assistance for projects that will enhance the liveability, economy and environment of the Roper Gulf region,” he said.

“The fact that Council has contributed $30,000 to 12 projects in just two rounds demonstrates how successful the program is, and that organisations see it as a trusted pathway to securing the funding needed to turn community project concepts in remote areas into a reality.”

The seven recipients are:

Major funding category (up to $3000)
• Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association NT branch – 2017 sports camp ($3000)
• Ngukurr School – Sustainable Garden to Table project ($3000)
• Mataranka Tourism Working Group – Stay, Play and Explore Mataranka and Surrounds project ($3000)
• Minyerri Arts and Cultural Centre – Young Makers project ($2000)
• Ngukurr netball team – netball training and trip to Melbourne ($2000)

Minor funding category (up to $1000)
• Never Never Festival Committee – Stay, Play and Explore Mataranka and Surrounds project ($1000)
• Big River Hawks – participation of girls’ team in under-18 NTFL competition ($1000)

Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Community Grants Program provides financial assistance of up to $3000 for projects that will benefit community events and activities, economic development, or the physical or natural environment.

The next round of applications will be announced in July 2017.

View the full Media Release here.

 

2016 festive season office and municipal service changes

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With the 2016 festive season almost upon us, Roper Gulf Regional Council would like to advise of the following changes to office operating hours and the delivery of municipal services in communities in its Local Government Area.

The Elected Members and Council staff would like to wish all residents and ratepayers a safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Year.

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