About Beswick (Wugularr)
Approximately 512 People reside in Beswick with a median age of 23 years old.
The people of Beswick speak Rembarranga, Kriol and English.
Beswick Council office:
Phone: (08) 8977 2200
By road, the trip to Beswick takes approximately one and a half hours from Katherine on an all weather road. The single lane Central Arnhem Highway is sealed to the gateway of Beswick. Only during severe flooding which occurs only sporadically does the road become inaccessible. Please be advised that Beswick is a closed community; a Nothern Land Council (NLC) permit is required to visit this community.
Roper Gulf Regional Council provides a range of Local Government services in Beswick including road maintenance and repair, traffic management, rubbish collection, upkeep of parks, gardens and weed maintenance, community safety through Night Patrol, companion animal welfare and control, assets and fleet management, sport and recreation, governance support as well as providing access to Centrelink, community care programs for the elderly and the children on behalf of other government agencies. Roper Gulf Regional Council also operates the Community Development Program (CDP) in the community of Beswick.
Also located in Beswick are a Health Clinic, School, Store, Arts Centre, small motel and Police Station located at Maranboy.
There are currently two public telephones in Beswick and also Telstra 3G Telephone and Internet coverage. Digital television is connected to all homes and local radio is provided through Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Indigenous Broadcast Programs (IBP).
Local Government and Local Authority Meetings (Governance)
The Roper Gulf Regional Council provides local government in Beswick, which sits in the Nyirranggulung Ward. The Council’s Headquarters is located in Katherine, NT with a Service Delivery Centre located in Beswick.
An integral part of the community consultation process in the community of Beswick occurs through Beswick Local Authority Meetings. The Local Authority is made up of the Elected Member/s whom sit on Council for the Nyirranggulung Ward and nominated representatives from the community. All other stakeholders in Beswick are also invited to attend the Local Authority Meetings. The resolutions made at these meetings form the basis of all planning made by Roper Gulf Regional Council.
For more information on the Beswick Local Authority Meetings, its minutes and agendas, please click here.
The ‘Walking with Spirits’ cultural festival is held annually in late July and features Traditional Corroborree, songs, stories and dance. The location of this festival is the Beswick Falls, open to the public only once a year for this event. For more information, please visit their website >>
Beswick is the proud holder of the title ‘Territory’s Tidiest Town’ for 2011 and 2012. This award program, operated by Keep Australia Beautiful has ensured that the community members of Beswick are engaged and committed to caring for their environment whilst Roper Gulf Regional Council continue to deliver quality services such as waste management and parks and garden maintenance in the region.