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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

Media Release: Local contractor begins temporary repair works on Rocky Creek causeway

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ROAD TO REPAIR: Roper Gulf Regional Council has announced that local construction company Cairns Industries will carry out the urgent temporary repairs needed for Borroloola residents to again use the Rocky Creek causeway, which was damaged by floodwater last week. PICTURE: ROPER GULF REGIONAL COUNCIL

ROAD TO REPAIR: Roper Gulf Regional Council has announced that local construction company Cairns Industries will carry out the urgent temporary repairs needed for Borroloola residents to again use the Rocky Creek causeway, which was damaged by floodwater last week. PICTURE: ROPER GULF REGIONAL COUNCIL

Roper Gulf Regional Council has announced today that Borroloola-based construction company Cairns Industries will carry out the urgent temporary repairs needed to reopen the Rocky Creek causeway.

The causeway, which links the northern and southern ends of Borroloola, was closed to vehicular traffic last week after sustaining damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Alfred.

Chief Executive Officer Michael Berto said the expediency with which the works commenced were testament to commitment of the Council and Northern Territory Government to ensure remote infrastructure was repaired as quickly as possible after an extreme flood event.

“The Rocky Creek causeway represents a vital link for the Borroloola community, and Council moved quickly to get urgent temporary repair works under way,” he said.

“I met and discussed the situation with Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics CEO Andrew Kirkman on February 24, and it was agreed that the Rocky Creek causeway needed to be reopened to vehicular access to allow Borroloola to get on with business.

“The fact a contractor has already been appointed to undertake the remediation works needed is a positive result for Council, the NT Government and the people of Borroloola.”

View the full Media Release here.