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Nominations for 2018 Australia Day Local Government Awards now open

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COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Residents have until January 3, 2018 to nominate deserving members of their community for Roper Gulf Regional Council’s 2018 Australia Day Local Government Awards.

COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Residents have until January 3, 2018 to nominate deserving members of their community for Roper Gulf Regional Council’s 2018 Australia Day Local Government Awards.

Do you know someone who tirelessly goes above and beyond for the betterment of your community? Have you attended a community event in the past 12 months you think is worthy of recognition on January 26, 2018?

Nominations are now open for Roper Gulf Regional Council’s 2018 Australia Day Local Government Awards in Barunga, Beswick, Borroloola, Bulman, Daly Waters, Jilkminggan, Larrimah, Manyallaluk, Mataranka, Ngukurr and Numbulwar.

Until January 3, 2018 you can nominate someone in your community in one of three award categories:

To be eligible for Young Citizen of the Year, nominees must be aged 30 or younger on January 26, 2018.

For more information about what awards are up for grabs in your community, visit your local Council office. Nomination forms are available in every community, or by clicking on the above links.

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Media Release: CDP participants bring Ngukurr community closer to vital water upgrade

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SKILLS ON SHOW: After completing heavy vehicle training through Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Community Development Programme, Ngukurr resident Gene Daniels hoses down a sand pile as part of his new role as a water truck driver on the project delivering an upgraded water bore for his remote community.

SKILLS ON SHOW: After completing heavy vehicle training through Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Community Development Programme, Ngukurr resident Gene Daniels hoses down a sand pile as part of his new role as a water truck driver on the project delivering an upgraded water bore for his remote community.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion has today congratulated Roper Gulf Regional Council on its latest Community Development Programme (CDP) success.

The Council has worked with a Northern Territory-based earthmoving company to provide opportunities for CDP participants in Ngukurr to play an important role in delivering a much-needed water infrastructure upgrade for their community.

“Getting job seekers into real employment is a key component of the CDP,” Minister Scullion said.

“Jobs such as these are a great outcome to meet the needs of remote Australia so people can move from welfare to work, and make a contribution back to their community.”

With a multitude of construction projects in progress and scheduled in the vicinity of the remote Indigenous community, located approximately 640 kilometres south-east of Darwin, over the next few years, the Council has sourced training that will equip participants with the accreditation and confidence needed to secure employment opportunities as they arise.

Roper Gulf Regional Council has been working with participants to develop activities and training that produce job-ready participants, the most recent of which has allowed Gene Daniels and John Herbert to gain employment driving water trucks the day after completing a heavy rigid vehicle course in the Northern Territory capital.

Gene Daniels, Karla Daly, Neil Body, Hilroy Manggurra and Tristen Charlie are all smiles as they prepare to continue laying the pipeline for Ngukurr's new water bore.

Gene Daniels, Karla Daly, Neil Body, Hilroy Manggurra and Tristen Charlie are all smiles as they prepare to continue laying the pipeline for Ngukurr’s new water bore.

The pair is now carting water for NV Barrett Earthmoving as the Power and Water Corporation contractor lays a 6.2-kilometre pipeline that will connect Ngukurr to its new water supply.

In a bonus for Ngukurr’s CDP ranks, participants Hilroy Manggurra and Tristen Charlie have also been employed as labourers on the vital project to improve water accessibility.

Mr Daniels said he had learnt a lot from the training and was looking forward to securing additional work driving trucks on a more permanent basis.

“Getting this job is good for me and good for Ngukurr, because we are helping put the new bore in,” the 32-year-old explained.

“I’ll be able to drive a water cart on other jobs after this, so I’m very proud.”

NV Barrett Earthmoving Project Manager Neil Boyd congratulated the men on their work ethic in testing conditions and said they had slotted into the team seamlessly.

“Considering the temperature out here, they are doing a wonderful job,” he said.

He added that the Council’s approach was helping to develop a network of skilled workers in communities across its 186,000-square kilometre Local Government Area.

“We come and go from community being Power and Water contractors, so it’s important for us to know these guys are here, that they can do the job and that they are able to come straight out onto site skilled up for future work.”

Gene Daniels cuts a lone figure in his water truck as he drives along the 6.2-kilometre pipeline being installed by Power and Water Corporation contractor NV Barrett Earthmoving.

Gene Daniels cuts a lone figure in his water truck as he drives along the 6.2-kilometre pipeline being installed by Power and Water Corporation contractor NV Barrett Earthmoving.

Mayor Judy MacFarlane praised Ngukurr CDP Senior Employment Consultant Victoria Haig for facilitating the partnership between the participants and their new employer.

“This is just a fantastic outcome for these four men and Ngukurr in general,” she said.

“Our CDP staff across the Roper Gulf region are committed to providing training that allows for real upskilling and employment opportunities, and seeing the pride the men have in themselves and their community proves Council is leading the way in CDP delivery in some of the remotest parts of the NT.”

The Council runs CDP projects in its Local Government Area on behalf of the Commonwealth Government.

The Commonwealth 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.

Media Release: $1.5m sports facility to support youth activities in Borroloola

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BORROLOOLA BENEFIT: Looking over the plans for the new $1.5 million sporting facility in Borroloola are McArthur River Mine General Manager Sam Strohmayr, Roper Gulf Regional Council Councillor Don Gardner, Mayor Judy MacFarlane, Councillor Keith Rory, Northern Territory Government Trust Director Jake Quinlivan, and Councillor and MRM Community Benefits Trust Board Director Samuel Evans.

BORROLOOLA BENEFIT: Looking over the plans for the new $1.5 million sporting facility in Borroloola are McArthur River Mine General Manager Sam Strohmayr, Roper Gulf Regional Council Councillor Don Gardner, Mayor Judy MacFarlane, Councillor Keith Rory, Northern Territory Government Trust Director Jake Quinlivan, and Councillor and MRM Community Benefits Trust Board Director Samuel Evans.

A $1.5 million sporting facility will be built in Borroloola with a grant from the McArthur River Mine (MRM) Community Benefits Trust.

Built on the site of the old town basketball courts, the new facility will include covered multipurpose sports courts, seating, lighting, electronic scoreboard, car parking and pedestrian access.

Roper Gulf Regional Council applied for the funding to provide a much-needed facility for youth in Borroloola.

It is the largest single grant ever awarded by the MRM Community Benefits Trust.

MRM Community Benefits Trust Chair Greg Ashe said the provision of facilities for youth in Borroloola was a consistent need identified in Trust community consultations.

“We know there is a big need for a facility such as this to engage young people in healthy activities,” Mr Ashe said.

“This is a perfect example of how the Community Benefits Trust can make a difference to the lives of people in Borroloola and the Gulf region.”

Roper Gulf Regional Council Mayor Judy MacFarlane thanked McArthur River Mine for its contribution to the betterment of Borroloola, adding that delivering infrastructure that met community expectation required a strong partnership between Local Government, residents and key stakeholders like MRM.

“Borroloola has been identified as one of the fastest-growing towns in the 186,000 square kilometre Roper Gulf Local Government Area,” Mayor MacFarlane said.

“To ensure the wants of residents are met, Council needs to form solidified relationships with funding partners who have a vested interest in the social and economic development of the town, whether that is a Government entity or an enterprise like McArthur River Mine.

“The youth here are the future of Borroloola, so I thank MRM for having the long-term vision and commitment to provide the funding needed, through its Community Benefits Trust, for Council to build infrastructure that will promote health and physical activity in this town.”

McArthur River Mine General Manager Sam Strohmayr, Roper Gulf Regional Council Councillor and MRM Community Benefits Trust Board Director Samuel Evans, and Mayor Judy MacFarlane celebrate the announcement of the $1.5 million grant.

McArthur River Mine General Manager Sam Strohmayr, Roper Gulf Regional Council Councillor and MRM Community Benefits Trust Board Director Samuel Evans, and Mayor Judy MacFarlane celebrate the announcement of the $1.5 million grant.

The grant comes as the Trust celebrates 10 years of operations as a joint initiative of McArthur River Mining, the Northern Territory Government and the local community.

Over this time, the Trust has contributed $14.8 million to 83 separate programs.

Northern Territory Government representative on the Trust board Jake Quinlivan said he was pleased the Trust was able to fast track the project given its importance to Borroloola.

“From the funding application being considered by the board to reaching an agreement with Roper Gulf, the process has taken a matter of weeks – that’s great news for the community,” he said.

Construction is expected to begin early in the new year.

View the full Media Release here.

Media Release: Carers Week 2017 shines spotlight on Council aged care success

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ARTISTIC ENDEAVOURS: Beswick Commonwealth Home Support Program client Norman Lane gives Roper Gulf Regional Council Community Services Regional Manager Annalisa Bowden some artistic advice during Carers Week 2017.

ARTISTIC ENDEAVOURS: Beswick Commonwealth Home Support Program client Norman Lane gives Roper Gulf Regional Council Community Services Regional Manager Annalisa Bowden some artistic advice during Carers Week 2017.

The chorus of laughter emanating from the aged, smiling faces around the table provides unquantifiable-yet-irrefutable proof of the success Roper Gulf Regional Council is having in providing aged care and disability support services to clients in some of the remotest parts of the Top End.

The source of the chortling are Beswick residents Barry Weston, Norman Lane, Tony Johnson and Tom Kelly, who are regaling Council staff with stories about their formative years, which included working with heavy machinery during the development of the area and as stockmen on Beswick Station.

Two weeks ago, two of the men were living in a derelict building in the community, located 110 kilometres east of Katherine, while the other two were staying with family in overcrowded premises.

The quartet is now renting units in a Council-owned property, and receiving daily meals and assistance through the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP).

The Council provides CHSP services to clients in six communities across the Roper Gulf region on behalf of the Federal Government as part of a larger suite of aged care and disability services.

Mr Weston said the move from the dilapidated single men’s quarters to his new unit – which is outside the community’s flood zone – represented a life change he struggled to put into words.

“It’s a lot better than that other place we were in,” he explained during an October 20 barbecue to celebrate Carers Week 2017.

“Down there was not safe and too noisy; this place is quiet for us old fellas.”

In addition to improving safety and quality of life, the move has paved the way for the men to undertake regular recreational projects.

“We’re looking forward to doing outings and fishing, and we’re gonna clean up a space in the yard to put in veggies,” Mr Weston said.

“Then, we’ll have fresh veggies for us and people who want them.”

Community Services Officer Revonna Urban and Community Services Regional Manager Annalisa Bowden take time out during a Carers Week 2017 barbecue in Beswick to speak to Commonwealth Home Support Program clients Tom Kelly, Barry Weston, Norman Lane and Tony Johnson.

Community Services Officer Revonna Urban and Community Services Regional Manager Annalisa Bowden take time out during a Carers Week 2017 barbecue in Beswick to speak to Commonwealth Home Support Program clients Tom Kelly, Barry Weston, Norman Lane and Tony Johnson.

The Council used Carers Week 2017 to showcase the benefits of its diverse range of aged care and disability services, including providing training and employment opportunities for local people.

Revonna Urban is the Council’s Community Services Officer in Beswick and said helping the older generation of residents provided her with a sense of accomplishment.

“Looking after these old people makes me feel good,” she said.

“They are all my family, so I’m glad I can work for Council and help make sure they are taken care of.”

Community Services Regional Manager Annalisa Bowden travelled to Beswick for the barbecue and said positive outcomes like the relocation of the men were at the core of the Council’s strategic direction.

“Council’s mission is to work as one towards a better future, and this great result in Beswick is proof of that,” she explained.

“That we are able to provide tailored support that lets ageing clients remain in their own home is one thing, but the delivery of our aged care and disability services is also contributing to an increase in upskilling and job opportunities for people living in remote communities within the Roper Gulf Local Government Area.”

View the full Media Release here.