Media Release: Council tours $40m commitment to regional road infrastructure

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BRIDGING THE GAP: After a lengthy delay over the Top End’s extended wet season, work has started on concreting the deck of the new Roper River Bridge.

BRIDGING THE GAP: After a lengthy delay over the Top End’s extended wet season, work has started on concreting the deck of the new Roper River Bridge.

Roper Gulf Regional Council Elected Members and Executive staff have been given a first-hand look at the progress of the project that will improve wet season access to the remote communities of Ngukurr and Numbulwar.

Following the Ngukurr Local Authority Meeting on May 17, the Council accepted an offer from the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics (DIPL), and project contractor Sitzler, to inspect the new high-level bridges spanning the Roper and Wilton rivers.

The $40 million project is a joint undertaking between the Federal and Northern Territory Governments, with works scheduled to be completed by the 2017 wet season.

In addition to the bridges, the project includes sealing 7.3 kilometres of the Roper Highway, which provides the only vehicular access to two of the largest communities in the Council’s Local Government Area.

Roper Gulf Regional Council Elected Members and Executive staff tour the new bridges spanning the Roper and Wilton rivers following the Ngukurr Local Authority Meeting on May 17.

Roper Gulf Regional Council Elected Members and Executive staff tour the new bridges spanning the Roper and Wilton rivers following the Ngukurr Local Authority Meeting on May 17.

The existing river crossings are impassable for between 80 and 150 days each wet season, and Chief Executive Officer Michael Berto said the new bridges would provide multiple benefits for the region.

“Council has more than 1800 residents living in Ngukurr and Numbulwar, with another 100 in nearby Urapunga, so it was essential that the only road to those communities was upgraded to a standard that improved wet season access,” he said following the tour.

“Ngukurr and Numbulwar are two of the fastest-growing communities in the Roper Gulf region, and this new infrastructure complements Council’s $2.31m Growth Centre Transport and Freight Hub Project.

“Improving heavy vehicle access will open up economic and social development opportunities in both centres, so I commend the NT and Federal Governments for committing to constructing two new bridges to help facilitate that.”

Roper Gulf Regional Council Manager of Governance and Corporate Planning Amanda Haigh and Chief Executive Officer Michael Berto discuss the progress of the Wilton River Bridge with representatives from the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, and project contractor Sitzler on May 17.

Roper Gulf Regional Council Manager of Governance and Corporate Planning Amanda Haigh and Chief Executive Officer Michael Berto discuss the progress of the Wilton River Bridge with representatives from the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, and project contractor Sitzler.

Despite the recent wet season delaying the project, DIPL Regional Director of Infrastructure for the Katherine region Phil Harris said substantial progress had been made since work recommenced in April.

“Although the extended wet season has resulted in lengthy delays for the contractor to return to site, significant progress on the bridges has been noticeable since Easter,” he said.

“The Wilton River Bridge is now complete, with road works under way to finalise and seal the approaches.

“The placement of deck concrete commenced on the Roper River Bridge last week, and although road works have not commenced at this bridge, it is envisaged that both bridges will be opened before the onset of the next wet season.”

View the full Media Release here.

April edition of the newsletter is now available

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

– Ngukurr hip-hops on Right Path

– Staff immerse themselves in cultural lessons

– Council lifeguard graduates take to the water

– Dawn rises on Anzac Day commemorations

– CDP success fills Barunga Council crew

– Territorians reminded to enrol to vote

Read the April newsletter here.

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Satellite Session takes Territory’s top writing showcase to Borroloola

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FESTIVAL FUN: Roper Gulf Regional Council will host a 2017 NT Writers' Festival Satellite Session at the Borroloola Library on May 20.

FESTIVAL FUN: Roper Gulf Regional Council will host a 2017 NT Writers’ Festival Satellite Session at the Borroloola Library on May 20.

Roper Gulf Regional Council is thrilled to be bringing the magic of the 2017 NT Writers’ Festival to residents of Borroloola by livestreaming day one of the event via a Satellite Session on Saturday, May 20.

Local Governments across the Top End are joining forces with the NT Writers’ Centre to showcase all things creative during the festival, with Satellite Sessions allowing those living in remote areas the opportunity to participate in the fun from Alice Springs.

The Satellite Session will hosted by the Council’s Community Services team at the Borroloola Library from 9.15am until 5.15pm, and it’s absolutely free to attend.

As a special treat, a Borroloola book – Gulf Country Songbook: Yanyuwa, Marra, Garrwa and Gudanji Songs – will feature in the festival spotlight at 3pm.

To participate in the live Q&A, SMS your questions, beginning with your name and location, to 0475 918 400.

For more information about the Borroloola Satellite Session, check out the Council’s Facebook page.

 

 

Media Release: Council to showcase animal health approach at inaugural municipal expo

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CONFERENCE CONSULTATION: Katherine Town Council Works Administration Officer Cheriece Fry and Acting Director of Works and Services David Moore discuss the schedule for the inaugural Northern Territory Municipal Operations Works Conference and Expo with Roper Gulf Regional Council Director of Council and Community Services Sharon Hillen after inspecting the Katherine Showground venue on April 28.

CONFERENCE CONSULTATION: Katherine Town Council Works Administration Officer Cheriece Fry and Acting Director of Works and Services David Moore discuss the schedule for the inaugural Northern Territory Municipal Operations Works Conference and Expo with Roper Gulf Regional Council Director of Council and Community Services Sharon Hillen after inspecting the Katherine Showground venue on April 28.

The success of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Animal Health Program will be in the spotlight when Local Governments from across the Top End converge on Katherine for the Northern Territory Municipal Operations Works Conference and Expo next week.

The inaugural event, which is being held on May 3 and 4 at the Katherine Showground, is being hosted by Katherine Town Council and the Local Government Association of the NT (LGANT), and will provide an opportunity to discuss the latest innovations in the delivery of municipal services, as well as keynote addresses on issues impacting Local Government in the NT.

Local Government plays a major role in the NT’s economy, with 17 Councils collectively employing about 3000 Territorians as they receive and invest more than $400 million every year.

More than 30 exhibitors will be in attendance at the expo and Katherine Town Council’s Acting Director of Works and Services, David Moore, said it was hoped the event would overcome the tyranny of distance for many delegates by placing suppliers in front of buyers.

“To have this many exhibitors from all over Australia in one place for Council representatives to access is a unique opportunity that there’s a definite need for,” he said.

“In addition, there will be a range of speakers presenting on topics specific to Local Government at the conference.”

Director of Council and Community Services Sharon Hillen and veterinarian Dr Sam Phelan will present a keynote address on the success of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s new Animal Health Program on day two of conference and expo.

Director of Council and Community Services Sharon Hillen and veterinarian Dr Sam Phelan will present a keynote address on the success of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s new Animal Health Program on day two of conference and expo.

Roper Gulf Regional Council Director of Council and Community Services Sharon Hillen will talk about the challenges involved with animal management in remote communities, and how the organisation has managed to record year-on-year improvements through the implementation of its Animal Health Program.

“Animal management in our remote towns is something the Council has had significant success with over the past few years, and we now have a full-time veterinarian on staff to spearhead our Animal Health Program,” she explained.

“At the conference, I will be outlining how the Council tailored the program, and what was required to manage service delivery and community expectation.

“I congratulate Katherine Town Council and LGANT on coordinating this event, as it will give Local Governments in the region a chance to speak to experts and suppliers in a face-to-face environment that would have otherwise been impossible.”

View the full Media Release here.

March edition of the newsletter is now available

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

– Ben leads way to Council’s top 2016 honour

– Barunga’s mining past steams into future

– Youth buck into engagement with rodeo school

– Borroloola playground to tackle grog

– Council shows support for Queensland cousin

– Wildfire burns through competition for second

Read the March newsletter here.

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