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.