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Council offers Indigenous apprenticeship pathway to mechanical career

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CAREER OPPORTUNITY: Roper Gulf Regional Council is recruiting for an Indigenous apprentice to undertake a Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology.

CAREER OPPORTUNITY: Roper Gulf Regional Council is recruiting for an Indigenous apprentice to undertake a Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology.

Are you eager to learn and committed to gaining the skills needed for a successful mechanical career? Roper Gulf Regional Council is seeking a Workshop Apprentice to undertake a Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology in Katherine. The desirable candidate will:

• Be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent (this is an identified Indigenous position);
• Be willing to commit for four years and undertake the required training;
• Have a well-developed level of maths and English; and
• Hold a current Northern Territory driver’s licence (desirable).

The successful applicant will be required to live in Katherine and undertake remote travel to communities in the Roper Gulf region for work. They will be required to supply their own accommodation and transport to and from the Council’s mechanical workshop. Normal working hours will be Monday to Friday, from 8am until 4:30pm.

To apply, click here and speak to the team at Group Training NT.

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Media Release: CDP construction creativity to shine at 2017 Katherine Show

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GOING ON SHOW: Barunga residents Travis Tiati, Nathan Runyu and Ronald Blitner put the finishing touches on the bar that will be on display at the 2017 Katherine Show at part of a Roper Gulf Regional Council Community Development Program project.

GOING ON SHOW: Barunga residents Travis Tiati, Nathan Runyu and Ronald Blitner put the finishing touches on the bar that will be on display at the 2017 Katherine Show as part of a Roper Gulf Regional Council Community Development Program project.

An estimated 15,000 people will witness the skill and creativity of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Community Development Program (CDP) participants when gates open at the 2017 Katherine Show this week.

As anticipation builds ahead of Katherine’s biggest annual event beginning on July 21, CDP participants from Barunga, Beswick, Mataranka and the remote community of Numbulwar have been applying the finishing touches to the construction and art pieces they hope will secure top honours in their respective show categories.

The entries include an eclectic mix of woodwork and art, and are expected to turn the heads of show patrons when they are unveiled.

Numbulwar participants have created stunning lamps, coffee tables, television cabinets and woomeras as part of a joinery project, and Builder Trainer Miguel Zahoran said he was incredibly pleased with how the men had embraced utilising recycled materials in their work.

“It’s been great working with the men and seeing them so active and keen with this project,” he said.

“They are very talented with the tools and it’s impressive to see how their skills and confidence have grown.

“I love to see how proud they are about their projects and the workshop we built together.”

The sentiment was echoed by participant Leroy Nunggarrgalu, who explained that the project had allowed the men to develop a new skillset, while using the show to offer patrons a glimpse at life in Numbulwar.

“There is a good environment in the workshop, where we can learn, have fun and enjoy our work,” he said.

CATTLE CREATIVITY: Mataranka Community Development Program participants are all smiles as they show off the cattle skulls they have adorned with artwork to enter in the 2017 Katherine Show.

Mataranka CDP participants are all smiles as they show off the cattle skulls they have adorned with artwork.

While female participants in Mataranka have decorated cattle skulls with intricate artwork for the show, Beswick and Barunga participants have built clocks, and a one-of-a-kind bar using old pallets.

The bar will be hard to miss at the show, as it features transparent inserts that can be backlit.

Barunga participant Travis Tiati said he couldn’t wait to see the reaction of patrons when they saw the bar.

“We wanted to do something different,” he said.

“It will be good to let people at the show see what we are doing in Barunga.”

NUMBULWAR PRIDE: Stunning joinery created by Community Development Participants in the remote Roper Gulf community of Numbulwar will be on show – much to the delight of its proud creators – when gates open at Katherine’s biggest annual event on July 21.

Stunning joinery created by CDP participants in the remote Roper Gulf community of Numbulwar will be on show – much to the delight of its proud creators – when gates open at Katherine’s biggest annual event on July 21.

The Council’s CDP Regional Manager, Janelle Iszlaub, urged patrons to take the time to look at the participants’ creations while soaking up the atmosphere of the show.

“The Community Development Program is about finding employment for participants, but it’s also about helping them develop the skills and self-confidence they will need in the workforce, as well as undertaking projects that build the capacity and pride of remote communities,” she said.

“Show organisers have said there will be more than 15,000 people attending this year’s Katherine Show, so I can’t think of a better way to build that pride than by letting everyone who comes through the gate see what amazingly talented participants Council has.”

The Council runs CDP projects in its Local Government Area 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.

View the full Media Release here.

Applications open for round one of 2017-18 Community Grants Program

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Are you an individual, group or organisation seeking funding of up to $3000 to undertake a project that will better the community?

Applications are now open for round one of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s 2017-18 Community Grants Program, and close at 11.59pm on August 27, 2017.

The Council is seeking applications for projects within the Roper Gulf region that benefit economic development, the physical or natural environment, or community activities.

Applicants may apply for up to $1000 for minor projects, and up to $3000 for major projects.

For more information about the Community Grants Program, click here, or contact the Grants Coordinator by calling 08 8972 9038 or emailing grants.ropergulf@ropergulf.nt.gov.au.

May/June edition of the newsletter is now available

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Roper Gulf Regional Council Newsletter May-June 2017-page-001In the May/June edition of the Roper Gulf Regional Council newsletter:

– Council outlines Borroloola project plan

– Hip-hop star Timomatic prepares to make Roper Gulf return

– Date for caretaker mode looms for Council

– WHS team celebrates 250-day milestone

– Mataranka explores lure of the Never Never

– Indigenous Aged Care expertise on show in Darwin

Read the May/June newsletter here.

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Media Release: Binjari books reinforce Indigenous languages matter

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NEW CHAPTER: Through Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Community Development Program, Binjari resident Marilyn Firth has created a book in Kriol called Fishing – lenimbat ola biginini, which will teach children about fishing in the Indigenous language.

NEW CHAPTER: Through Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Community Development Program, Binjari resident Marilyn Firth has created a book in Kriol called Fishing – lenimbat ola biginini, which will teach children about fishing in the Indigenous language.

With many traditional dialects languishing across Australia, the NAIDOC Week 2017 theme of “Our Languages Matter” is being lived in the community of Binjari as part of a Roper Gulf Regional Council Community Development Program (CDP) project sharing Kriol with the next generation.

For the past two years, female CDP participants have been training to use the Kriol spelling system with Australian National University linguist Denise Angelo, and their determined efforts have paid off with the announcement that nine of the children’s books they have written will be distributed through the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF).

In June, the ILF supported artist and illustrator Julie Haysom to visit the community, about 15 kilometres west of Katherine, and work with the women to create three board books, three picture books and three chapter books.

The six aspiring authors had additional creative support from fellow participants Karen Manbulloo, Halrisha Hodgson, Daniella Carlton, Natasha Waterloo, Tasiana Douglas, Sylvia Birdum, Rozelle Frith, Sarah Lewis and Marisa Smiler-Cairns, who provided paintings and sketches to illustrate the books.

Binjari CDP participants Bernadine Booth and Sylvia Birdum inspect the progress of their books with artist and illustrator Julie Haysom.

Binjari CDP participants Bernadine Booth and Sylvia Birdum inspect the progress of their books with artist and illustrator Julie Haysom.

Chief Executive Officer Michael Berto said the project had allowed the CDP participants to develop self-confidence through literacy, adding that he was thrilled to see the final drafts of the books.

“The women speak Kriol mostly as a first language, but like the majority of Kriol speakers, they did not learn to read and write the language at school,” he explained.

“This project has provided an introduction to the way Kriol is written, and the ladies’ confidence with written Kriol has increased as the books took shape.

“I’m extremely proud of what they have achieved, because it is helping to build capacity for their community, and that’s exactly what the Community Development Program is designed to do.”

The books are:

Board books

  • Olkainawan kalawan loli (Lollies of All Different Colours) by Milly Raymond
  • Yakai! Beibigel! (Baby Girl! Stop!) by Maureen Hodgson
  • Ola kala en namba (Colours and Numbers) by Bernadine Booth

Picture books

  • Moli det bigibigi (Molly the Pig) by Karen Manbulloo
  • Tudei en longtaim (Now and Then) by Stella Raymond
  • Fishing – lenimbat ola biginini (Fishing Know-How – Teaching Children) by Marilyn Frith

Chapter books

  • Roki det kenggurru (Rocky the Kangaroo) by Maureen Hodgson
  • Hanting gada biliken (Hunting with Billycans) by Maureen Hodgson
  • Hanting gada trekta en treila (Hunting with a Tractor and Trailer) by Maureen Hodgson
Daniella Carlton and Natasha Waterloo are just two of the Binjari illustrators whose work will be published in nine children’s books by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Daniella Carlton and Natasha Waterloo are just two of the Binjari illustrators whose work will be published in nine children’s books by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Once the books have been published, ILF will distribute copies to CDP participants and other community members in Binjari, as well as to schools, childcare centres and health services across the Katherine region.

The Council runs CDP projects in its Local Government Area 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.

View the full Media Release here.