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Media Release: New Council gets right down to business in appointing Mayor

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NEW LEADERSHIP: Roper Gulf Regional Council Chief Executive Officer Michael Berto and Manager Governance and Corporate Planning Amanda Haigh help newly-elected Mayor Judy MacFarlane with her robes after she was appointed to the role on September 14.

NEW LEADERSHIP: Roper Gulf Regional Council Chief Executive Officer Michael Berto and Manager Governance and Corporate Planning Amanda Haigh help newly-elected Mayor Judy MacFarlane with her robes after she was appointed to the role on September 14.

Never Never Ward Councillor Judy MacFarlane has become Roper Gulf Regional Council’s second Mayor after being voted into the role by fellow Elected Members on September 14.

The new Council sat for the first time on Thursday following the August 26 Northern Territory Local Government election, with its inaugural order of business to appoint a Mayor and Deputy Mayor to lead the cohort of 13 Councillors for the next four years.

After a secret ballot, the Council resolved to make Mayor MacFarlane its Principal Member and Nyirranggulung Councillor Helen Lee its Deputy Mayor.

The appointments were made in accordance with section 45 (1) of the Local Government Act.

After a swearing in ceremony, the third Roper Gulf Regional Council sits for a formal photo with Executive staff during the first Ordinary Meeting of Council in Katherine.

After a swearing in ceremony, the third Roper Gulf Regional Council sits for a formal photo with Executive staff during the first Ordinary Meeting of Council in Katherine.

Mayor MacFarlane said her focus would be on ensuring each community under the Council’s jurisdiction received a “fair share” of funding and infrastructure development.

“It is an absolute honour to be elected Mayor of Roper Gulf Regional Council, and I thank my fellow Elected Members for putting their trust in me to lead this new team,” she said.

“One of my priorities is to make sure each community gets a fair share of the money being invested in the region by Council and Government, which will provide the infrastructure needed for them to grow and prosper.”

Chief Executive Officer Michael Berto welcomed the new Council and congratulated Elected Members on being successful in their bids to represent the 7100 residents of the 186,000 square kilometre Local Government Area.

“I congratulate all 13 Councillors on their election success, and believe they will provide experience and insight that will assist Council in achieving its strategic goals,” he said.

“Our new Council is a strong mix of old and new faces who have committed to being the voice of their communities and Wards until 2021.

“I’m looking forward to a continuation of the strong collaboration between Councillors and the senior leadership team that will allow the Council to deliver a sustainable, viable and vibrant Roper Gulf region for residents and ratepayers.”

As part of the Council’s commitment to robust governance and accountability, Elected Members took part in a comprehensive induction day prior to the Ordinary Meeting of Council which outlined the function of Local Government, their legislative obligations and what role they will play in working with staff to provide services and programs to one of the most diverse parts of the NT.

View the full Media Release here.

August edition of the newsletter is now available

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

– Staff showcase Council careers at Katherine expo

– Eight fresh faces for incoming Council

– Learning life stories helps Aged Care staff achieve best practice

– Communities speak up on Strategic Plan

– Numbulwar rolls out festival red carpet

– Online training platform offers development opportunities

Read the August newsletter here.

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Media Release: Ngukurr students saddle up to celebrate equine infrastructure unveiling

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EQUINE EXCELLENCE: Students, CDP participants and staff celebrate the official opening of the Ngukurr School equestrian yards on September 7 after a collaboration between the school and Roper Gulf Regional Council delivered the much-needed infrastructure.

EQUINE EXCELLENCE: Students, Community Development Program participants and staff celebrate the official opening of the Ngukurr School equestrian yards on September 7 after a collaboration between the school and Roper Gulf Regional Council delivered the much-needed infrastructure.

After stepping out of the saddle at the completion of their education, a group of men in Ngukurr have gone back to school to ensure future generations of students in the remote community have access to the infrastructure needed to advance their horsemanship skills.

Through its Community Development Program (CDP), Roper Gulf Regional Council has partnered with the Ngukurr School to construct a set of steel yards that will used by the 16 Year 9 to Year 12 students who learn about riding and equine management when they are not in the classroom.

The school supplied the materials for the ambitious build, with CDP participants providing the labour as they developed a new range of skills in metalwork, construction and project management under the watchful eye of the Council’s CDP Builder Trainer.

Witnessing the yards take shape had special meaning for several of the participants involved in the project who have a first-hand understanding of how important the horsemanship program is for fostering confidence and self-esteem in students.

Roper Gulf Regional Council CDP participant Donald Hall tells CDP Regional Manager Janelle Iszlaub what helping to build the yards means to him as a former student of the Ngukurr School horsemanship program.

Roper Gulf Regional Council CDP participant Donald Hall tells CDP Regional Manager Janelle Iszlaub what helping to build the yards means to him as a former student of the Ngukurr School horsemanship program.

Participant Donald Hall explained that as a former student in the program, he had jumped at the chance to give something back to the school.

“It makes me feel proud to have been in the horse program when I was at school, and now doing something to help the horse program,” he said.

CDP Regional Manager Janelle Iszlaub said she was thrilled to see how committed participants had been to growing their skillsets as part of a project.

“Council has had anywhere from 12 to 20 CDP participants at a time working on this project, and they have put countless hours into finishing it and making sure it is something Ngukurr can be extremely proud of,” she said.

After putting the finishing touches on the fabrication project, CDP participants watch Ngukurr School students try out their new horse yards.

After putting the finishing touches on the fabrication project, CDP participants watch Ngukurr School students try out their new horse yards.

“This was about showing the kids what the participants can do, which has been community involvement and teamwork, welding, machine operation, and preparing and managing the job from initial conception.”

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.

New Council revealed as NTEC declares election result

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ELECTION OUTCOME: Candidates, Roper Gulf Regional Council staff and Member for Arnhem Selena Uibo listen to the Northern Territory Electoral Commission advise which 13 people will represent the region for the next four years following the August 26 NT Local Government election.

ELECTION OUTCOME: Candidates, Roper Gulf Regional Council Executive staff and Member for Arnhem Selena Uibo listen to the Northern Territory Electoral Commission advise which 13 people will represent the region for the next four years following the August 26 NT Local Government election.

Eight new faces will help direct the growth of Roper Gulf Regional Council for the next four years after the Northern Territory Electoral Commission declared the result of the 2017 NT Local Government election on September 4.

NTEC representatives officially advised which 13 candidates had been voted in as Elected Members during a ceremony at the Council’s Katherine headquarters on Monday afternoon, with five incumbents successful in being re-elected for another term of Government.

The Elected Members are:

Never Never Ward – Judy MacFarlane, Annabelle Daylight and Ossie Daylight
Numbulwar Numburindi Ward – Edwin Nunggumajbarr and David Murrungun
Nyirranggulung Ward – Helen Lee, Selina Ashley and Wayne Runyu
South West Gulf Ward – Samuel Evans, Don Garner and Keith Rory
Yugul Mangi Ward – Eric Yelawarra Roberts and Owen Turner

A Mayor and Deputy Mayor will be chosen from within the group when the first Ordinary Meeting of Council is held on September 14.

Chief Executive Officer Michael Berto congratulated the incoming Elected Members and said the senior leadership team was looking forward to a continuation of the strong collaboration that would allow the Council to deliver a sustainable, viable and vibrant Roper Gulf region for residents and ratepayers.

“Our new Council is a strong mix of old and new faces who have committed to being the voice of their respective communities and Wards until 2021,” he said.

“I congratulate all 13 Councillors on their election success, and believe they will provide experience and insight that will assist Council in achieving its strategic goals.”

To view the full results from the 2017 NT Council election, click here.