Ngukurr

About Ngukurr

Population
973 People reside in Ngukurr with a median age of 23 years old.

Outstations
Boomerang Lagoon, Badawarka, Costello, Lake Katherine, Manbu Manbu, Ngaliwan, Namaliwirri, Ruined City, Turkey Lagoon, Wanmurri and Urapunga.

Languages
The people of Ngukurr speak Kriol, Ngalakan, Alawa and English.

Contacts
Paul Amarant – Ngukurr Council Service Manager (CSM)
Email: paul.amarant@ropergulf.nt.gov.au
Phone: (08) 8975 4656

Nathan Rosas – Government Engagement Coordinator (GEC)
Phone: (08) 8975 4387

Access
Ngukurr is accessible by road, air and water. The gravel section of the  Roper Highway ( the last approximately 60 kms  into Ngukurr) is well maintained and can be used by conventional cars during the dry season and 4WD during the wet season. Travel time by road is approximately 3.5 hours from Katherine. Air travel chartered from Darwin is two hours or one hour from Katherine. The airstrip is an all-weather strip and sealed. There is also a landing at Ngukurr for Barge travel. Only during severe flooding at the Roper and Wilton Rivers which occurs only sporadically does the road become inaccessible. New bridges over the Wilton and Roper Rivers  will replace to the old crossing in mid 2018.

Please be advised that Ngukurr is a closed community; a Nothern Land Council (NLC) permit is required to visit this community.

Ngukurr Services

Roper Gulf Regional Council provides a range of Local Government services in Ngukurr including road maintenance and repair, airstrip 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 Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP) in the community of Ngukurr.

Also located in Ngukurr are a Health Clinic, School, Store with fuel available, Arts Centre, motel, Airstrip, Boat Jetty, Government Office and Police Station.

There are currently two public telephones in Ngukurr 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 Remote Indigenous Broadcast Services (RIBS). If you would like a message to be broadcasted in Ngukurr, please complete this form.

Local Government and Local Authority Meetings (Governance)
The Roper Gulf Regional Council provides local government in Ngukurr, which sits in the Yugal Mangi Ward. The Council’s Headquarters is located in Katherine, NT with a Service Delivery Centre located in Ngukurr.

An integral part of the community consultation process in the community of Ngukurr occurs through Ngukurr Local Authority Meetings. The Local Authority is made up of the Elected Member/s whom sit on Council for the Yugal Mangi Ward and nominated representatives from the community. All other stakeholders in Ngukurr 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 Ngukurr Local Authority Meeting, its minutes and agendas, please click here.

Events
Annually, the Yugal Mangi Festival is held. This festival allows the community members to share their music, sporting and cultural successes with all those who attend.  For information on the Yugal Mangi Festival please  contact Bill Blackley on 0427 175 135.