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July edition of the newsletter is now available

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Roper Gulf Regional Council Newsletter July 2017-page-001In the July edition of the Roper Gulf Regional Council newsletter:

– Katherine campdrafters score CDP creativity

– Roadshow provides local election information

– Manyallaluk switches on to mobile

– Barunga rocks to youth empowerment beat

– Dog owners urged to take a fresh look at By-Laws

– Public consultation begins for new Strategic Plan

Read the July newsletter here.

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Council selection race begins for 23 candidates

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NEW COUNCIL: Twenty-three candidates will contest 13 vacant Elected Member positions across five Wards when voters in the Roper Gulf region go to the polls this month.

Following today’s declaration of nominations by the Northern Territory Electoral Commission, here are the 23 candidates – and their position on the ballot paper – who will contest Roper Gulf Regional Council’s 13 vacant Elected Member positions at the 2017 NT Local Government election on August 26:

Never Never Ward (three positions vacant)
1 Annabelle Daylight
2 Ossie Daylight
3 Judy MacFarlane
4 Ian Daylight Snr

Numbulwar Numburindi Ward (two positions vacant)
1 Edwin Nunggumajbarr
2 Hubert Rami
3 David Murrungun
4 Kathy-Anne Numamurdirdi

Nyirranggulung Ward (three positions vacant)
1 Lorraine Bennett
2 Selina Ashley
3 Deanna Kennedy
4 Wayne Runyu
5 Daryl Watson
6 Patricia Curtis-Forbes
7 Richard Miller
8 Helen Lee
9 Andrew Hood

South West Gulf Ward (three positions available)
1 Burton Willis
2 Samuel Evans
3 Keith Rory
4 Don Garner

Yugul Mangi Ward (two positions vacant – both candidates automatically elected)
1 Eric Yelawarra Roberts
2 Owen Turner

To get the latest election news, visit the NTEC website, or search for the #NTLGvotes2017 hashtag on social media.

Remote voting will be completed in communities across the Roper Gulf region from August 14 until August 25.

Download the full remote voting schedule here.

Media Release: Visiting vets help Council share remote animal health message

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NEW APPROACH: Roper Gulf Regional Council veterinarian Dr Sam Phelan gets a helping hand to treat a puppy.

NEW APPROACH: Roper Gulf Regional Council veterinarian Dr Sam Phelan gets a helping hand to treat a puppy in the remote community of Bulman as part of the organisation’s new-look Animal Health Program.

It is a scene more commonly associated with a school fundraiser or sporting carnival, but a production line buttering bread is one element of an innovative strategy that is improving animal health outcomes in remote communities across the Roper Gulf region.

The novel approach is part of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s new Animal Health Program, which was rolled out in late 2016 under the guidance of in-house veterinarian Dr Sam Phelan.

Previously, the Council engaged a private veterinary service to carry out biannual community visits within its 186,000 square kilometre Local Government Area, but the switch to the new format is already paying dividends on several fronts, including owner education and local employment.

As part of the program, Dr Phelan is training Animal Management Assistants (AMA) who can assist her during remote visits, and also provide local support and treatments when communities are cut off during the wet season.

“Because I don’t have a vet nurse working with me like you would in a traditional vet practice, this program opens up the door for Indigenous employment in communities,” she explained.

Animal Management Assistant Kaylene Runyu injects buttered bread with a parasite treatment.

Animal Management Assistant Kaylene Runyu injects buttered bread with a parasite treatment.

“The community feedback has been really good, because having an AMA available to each community during the wet means there will be someone there to treat animals for tick burden when that water comes up, which will create better outcomes for animals and owners.”

The success of the program was on show in Barunga, Beswick and Bulman earlier this month when Dr Phelan was joined on the road for five days by AMA Kaylene Runyu, and two vet volunteers, who travelled to the Northern Territory through the Council’s partnership with not-for-profit group Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC).

Using buttered bread soaked with a parasite medication is being utilised as the preferred treatment method by Dr Phelan, who said that it let the team cover the dog population a lot faster than if an invasive treatment technique was used.

She added that having the vet volunteers available to lend their expertise meant more of a focus could be put on educating owners about their obligations to their pets.

“We’re finding a lot of the desexing has already been done by the vets who were previously contracted to do the program, which frees up time for education, and that’s the next phase,” Dr Phelan said.

“Part of that education is getting a photo, medical record and history of each dog in a community and putting it into the Council’s database, which is an iPad-compatible app donated by AMRRIC.

AMRRIC vet volunteer Dr Linda Bradbury updates animal data in Roper Gulf Regional Council’s mobile database during a house-to-house visit with Dr Sam Phelan.

AMRRIC vet volunteer Dr Linda Bradbury updates animal data in Roper Gulf Regional Council’s mobile database during a house-to-house visit with Dr Sam Phelan.

“It’s helping to build familiarity between me, the animals and their owners, and that helps a lot with improving dog health and identifying problem dogs.

“Council is committed to improving the health of animals in remote communities, and the comments we are getting from owners during our visits so far suggest the new Animal Health Program is on the right path to achieving that.”

View the full Media Release here.

NTEC announces remote voting schedule for 2017 NT Council election

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Ahead of the 2017 NT Council election on August 26, the Northern Territory Electoral Commission has announced the dates officials will be in communities across the Roper Gulf region to let voters have their say.

NTEC’s remote voting team will be on the ground from August 14 until August 25, starting in Never Never Ward and finishing in Numbulwar Numburindi Ward.

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To get the latest election news on social media, just search for the #NTLGvotes2017 hashtag.

Download the full remote voting schedule for the Roper Gulf region here.

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.