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Media Release: Remote Territorians Celebrate Australia Day Honours

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Mataranka Young Citizen of the Year Tom Rixon, Community Event of the Year - Mataranka Dry Season Markets and Citizen of the Year Garry Willmett

Mataranka Young Citizen of the Year Tom Rixon, Community Event of the Year – Mataranka Dry Season Markets and Citizen of the Year Garry Willmett

Eighteen citizens from nine remote Top End communities were formally acknowledged for their outstanding community contributions at Australia Day ceremonies across the Roper Gulf region this morning.

Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year awards were presented in each community, with a range of local events also formally acknowledged. The Mataranka Dry Season Markets and Manyallaluk Church Group were among the winning events named this year.

While flooded roads proved a challenge in some areas, each community was still able to celebrate in a unique way. Barbeque breakfasts, thong throwing competitions, a disco and a week-long fishing competition were among this year’s highlights.

In her opening address at the Mataranka Australia Day ceremony, Mayor Judy MacFarlane acknowledged local traditional owners and called for an inclusive approach to the celebrations.

“As we all know, January 26 marks a significant and defining moment in our nation’s history – a day which is celebrated by many Australians,” she said.

“I’m sure it means something different to each of you here today.

“For me personally its a time to celebrate being Australian, and to unite as a community to acknowledge our outstanding local citizens.

“To those receiving an Australia Day Local Government Award this morning, I congratulate and thank you for your efforts.

“Each of you represent the spirit of community service and generosity that we so often see in our region.”

The 2018 Australia Day award winners for the Roper Gulf Region are:

Barunga:

  • Citizen of the Year:  Guy Rankin
  • Young Citizen of the Year: Lyric Hearn
  • Community Event of the Year: Roper Gulf Regional Council – Steam Train Renovation

Beswick

  • Citizen of the Year: Lorraine Bennett
  • Young Citizen of the Year: Dunstan Weetra
  • Community Event of the Year: Roper Gulf Regional Council Local Authority – Beswick Heritage Trail Opening

Borroloola

  • Citizen of the Year: Raymond Anderson-Mawson
  • Young Citizen of the Year: William Radovic
  • Community Event of the Year: Journey West Project – Bowarrala Aryah (Raymond Anderson-Mawson)

Bulman:

  • Citizen of the Year: Ewen Martin
  • Young Citizen of the Year: Annunciata Bradshaw
  • Community Event of the Year: Mimal Rangers – Weemol

Jilkminggan:

  • Citizen of the Year: Brian Farrar
  • Young Citizen of the Year: Tomisena Duncan
  • Community Event of the Year: No nominations

Mataranka:

  • Citizen of the Year: Garry Willmett
  • Young Citizen of the Year: Tom Rixon
  • Community Event of the Year: Mataranka Dry Season Markets

Manyallaluk:

  • Citizen of the Year: Ben Kleing
  • Young Citizen of the Year: Vinita Willika
  • Community Event of the Year: Manyallaluk Church Group

Ngukurr:

  • Citizen of the Year: Bobby Nunggumajbarr
  • Young Citizen of the Year: Matthew Rogers
  • Community Event of the Year: Roper Gulf Regional Council Youth Reconnect Team – Timomatic Event (Youth Services Team)

Numbulwar:

  • Citizen of the Year: Lathan Murrungun
  • Young Citizen of the Year: Joshioyn Wurramara
  • Community Event of the Year: 2017 Numburindi Festival

 

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Latest CDP Graduates Recognised at Barunga Ceremony

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CDP Graduates Gwyn Bulumbara and Robert Lee were all smiles after receiving their qualifications.

CDP Graduates Gwyn Bulumbara and Robert Lee were all smiles after receiving their qualifications.

The lingering monsoon trough did little to dampen the spirits of the Territory’s latest Community Development Program (CDP) graduates, who proudly received work-ready qualifications at an official ceremony in Barunga on Wednesday.

The 24 locals were awarded formal qualifications by the Batchelor Institute, after completing study units through the Commonwealth-funded CDP program. Under the guidance of Roper Gulf Regional Council staff, participants developed construction and machinery skills while working on a range of community projects – including restoration of a historic steam tractor, footpath installation, scaffolding and park upgrades.

Qualifications presented at the ceremony included Certificate II in Civil Construction (22 students), Certificate I in Construction (7 students) and Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations (15 students). Several participants received multiple certificates on the day, and a number have since found employment related to their studies.

CDP Regional Manager Janelle Iszlaub said it was pleasing to see such a large group of locals being recognised for their hard work and dedication.

“This is one of the biggest groups to graduate through the program in recent times and everyone taking part today were really excited about the event,” she said.

“To see this group receive a nationally-recognised qualification is so rewarding, because it really boosts their future employment prospects.”

Batchelor Institute Senior Lecturer Alvin Tan has been supervising the students for the past five months, and said there was a high level of enthusiasm among the group.

“They love it, especially when it comes to the machine tickets, it is something they really look forward to,” he said.

“Their confidence has grown too, before they were not wanting to sit on those machines, but now they are more confident.

“They can now get a job anywhere they want.”

CDP participant Jermaine Scrubby, who was awarded all three certificates, said the ceremony was a proud moment for all involved.

“Its really good to have a graduation out here at Barunga, with the participants and family,” he said.

“It was good to work with everyone, they are really happy to get their certificates too.”

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School meals program a recipe for success

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The Commonwealth funded School Nutrition Program is set to kick-off in the Bulman and Manyallaluk communities again this month, providing healthy and nutritious meals to school-aged children.

The program, administered by Roper Gulf Regional Council on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, provides breakfast and lunch five days per week to school children in both communities.  Each child enrolled in the program also receives a lunch box.

This important initiative aims to increase student engagement and attendance, while also providing employment and training opportunities for local Indigenous people. Around 45-50 children are expected to benefit from the program again this year.

The Term 1 program runs between January 30th – April 13th. Cost is $8.00 per day, paid through fortnightly Centrelink payments.

For more information about the program please contact the Council Community Services Regional Manager on 8972 8318.