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Media Release: Investment in heavy vehicle infrastructure seals road to Barunga growth

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ROAD TO RESULT: Roper Gulf Regional Council plans to invest $280,000 in a sealed heavy vehicle access road behind the new, soon-to-be-constructed Barunga store in order to provide a solution to heavy vehicle traffic management issues in the community.

ROAD TO RESULT: Roper Gulf Regional Council plans to invest $280,000 in a sealed heavy vehicle access road behind the new, soon-to-be-constructed Barunga store in order to provide a solution to heavy vehicle traffic management issues in the community.

Roper Gulf Regional Council has committed to investing in infrastructure that will both provide a solution to heavy vehicle traffic management concerns and pave a pathway to economic stimulation in Barunga.

The Council announced this week that it had been successful in securing $283,800 through the Northern Territory Government’s Regional Economic Infrastructure Fund to construct a private access road for trucks entering Barunga, approximately 80 kilometres east of Katherine, to deliver freight to the community store.

Heavy vehicle movements within the community have long been a cause for concern for residents and Council staff, with truck drivers currently required to navigate around pedestrian traffic and passenger vehicles before parking outside the entrance to the shop to unload.

With an upgraded $1.5 million store due to be built in the community in coming months, the Council’s Director of Council and Community Services, Sharon Hillen, explained that the private access road – which will link up to Council-operated local roads in Barunga – would allow heavy vehicles to stop and unload safely behind the new facility.

“One of the town priorities for the Barunga Local Authority is to address traffic management issues in the township, and one of the highest priority areas is the congestion around the store,” she said.

“We recognised the coming and going of heavy vehicles, and the unloading of food goods and freight, has not only ripped up the Council’s road, but it’s also creating even greater danger to pedestrians and other vehicle traffic.”

Mrs Hillen said that the Council was supportive of developing Indigenous businesses and thanked the NT Government for its foresight in approving the funding for a project that would not be controlled by the Council.

“The REIF funding covers the construction of the road on land that does not belong to the Council, and the Council will then connect that system to our road network,” she said.

“What we’re building is a private access road, and will be up to Outback Stores to maintain.”

HEAVY BURDEN: The private access road will allow heavy vehicles to unload freight for new community store away from other traffic and pedestrians, a situation which has been a cause for concern for Roper Gulf Regional Council and the Barunga Local Authority.

The private access road will allow heavy vehicles to unload freight for new community store away from other traffic and pedestrians, a situation which has been a cause for concern for Roper Gulf Regional Council and the Barunga Local Authority.

Outback Stores have partnered with the Aboriginal Investment Group (AIG) to construct the new facility through Federal Government funding.

AIG Chief Executive Officer Steve Smith said the project aligned with the organisation’s strategic objectives of fostering economic development, social dividend and community benefit in remote Indigenous communities.

“Working with Outback Stores and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet on this will assist in developing Barunga’s economy,” he said.

“This is about long-term community participation and investment in the store.”

Council CEO Michael Berto said the organisation was proud to be involved with delivering infrastructure for Barunga that would make a significant difference to its economic potential.

“Council is the Roper Gulf region’s biggest advocate, and part of that involves ensuring our communities receive the financial support required to drive growth and unlock development opportunities,” he said.

“This road is a much-needed piece of key infrastructure for Barunga that most people living in urban areas around the country would take for granted.”

The Council will consult with the community about the private access road over the next few months, with works scheduled to commence during the 2017 dry season.

View the full Media Release here.

Tidy Town Barunga bags 4 Gold Star Accreditation

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TIDY RESULT: Minister for Housing and Community Development Gerry McCarthy, Member for Karama Ngaree Ah Kit and Minister for Environment and Natural Resources Lauren Moss present Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Barunga/Manyallaluk Council Services Co-ordinator Ben Ulamari, Councillor Anne Marie Lee and Director of Council and Community Services Sharon Hillen with Barunga’s 4 Gold Star Accreditation on October 21.

TIDY RESULT: Minister for Housing and Community Development Gerry McCarthy, Member for Karama Ngaree Ah Kit and Minister for Environment and Natural Resources Lauren Moss present Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Barunga/Manyallaluk Council Services Co-ordinator Ben Ulamari, Councillor Anne Marie Lee and Director of Council and Community Services Sharon Hillen with Barunga’s 4 Gold Star Accreditation at the 2016 Territory Tidy Town Awards on October 21.

Congratulations to Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Barunga team, which picked up a 4 Gold Star Accreditation at the 2016 Territory Tidy Town Awards at a gala function in Darwin on October 21.

Councillor Anne Marie Lee, Director of Council and Community Services Sharon Hillen, and Barunga/Manyallaluk Council Services Co-ordinator Ben Ulamari represented the organisation at the event, as well as at an Australia Day conference and Territory Tidy Towns forum preceding the award ceremony.

“The conference gave us lots of great ideas about developing Australia Day events and celebrations for our towns in 2017,” Mrs Hillen said.

“We also learnt a lot about waste management innovation at the forum.”

The 4 Gold Star Accreditation is for Barunga’s consistency in maintaining its service standard from year to year, and Mrs Hillen praised staff for their ongoing efforts.

“This award proves Barunga is the benchmark for how towns in the Roper Gulf region can be presented,” she said.

“I’m very proud of what the team in Barunga has been able to achieve.”

View the full list of award winners here.

Media Release: Unique Council project transforms more than unwanted junk

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DRUMMING UP PRIDE: Community Development Program participant Javin Harrison braves the build-up heat in Barunga to strip one of 80 donated 44-gallon drums back to bare metal for a furniture-building project on September 14.

An innovative project is creating more than one-of-a-kind furniture for the participants of a Roper Gulf Regional Council Community Development Program in the Indigenous community of Barunga.

The project involves transforming donated and recycled materials into head-turning furniture that can be utilised by participants and their families in the community, which is about 80 kilometres south-east of Katherine.

The community turned out in force to celebrate the project on September 14 as participants unveiled some of the furniture, created predominantly with 44-gallon drums donated by Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation (JAAC).

The drums stored aviation fuel in their previous incarnation but have been turned into a range of seats and tables that belie the humble beginnings of their materials.

Male participants are responsible for the construction of the furniture, while female participants spearhead a sewing effort to ensure the creations are comfortable as well as practical.

While the project is providing participants with new skills and a cost-effective furnishing solution for their houses, the biggest benefit is one that cannot be sat on.

Between grinding drums back to bare metal to allow the stunning transformation to begin, Javin Harrison explained that the project had provided him with a new-found sense of community and self-worth.

“It’s changed my life,” the 19-year-old said as he inspected his work.

“I love the activity because it’s different to the other ones.

“It’s a lot better than staying at home and makes you somebody.

“It makes you feel happy.”

Wayne Runyu, Francis Camphoo and Tony Walla proudly show off the 44-gallon drum seat Barunga CDP participants presented to Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation Chief Executive Officer John Berto.

Wayne Runyu, Francis Camphoo and Tony Walla proudly show off the 44-gallon drum seat Barunga CDP participants presented to Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation Chief Executive Officer John Berto.

There was dual cause for celebration at the unveiling as the organisations finalised a long-awaited partnership agreement that will enable CDP participants to work on country under the supervision of JAAC employees.

To mark the occasion, CDP participants presented JAAC Chief Executive Officer John Berto with a seat featuring a plaque and his organisation’s logo.

“I’m blown away by what they’ve built,” Mr Berto said as he sat in the seat for the first time.

Mr Berto added that he hoped more CDP projects in remote communities across the Northern Territory followed the Council’s innovative lead.

“I’ve been around here and there, to most communities in the Northern Territory, and have never seen anything like this,” he said.

“You’ve got to tell the rest of world this; they’ll want to know.”

Barunga and Manyallaluk CDP participants pose for a photo with Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation boss John Berto as he gets comfortable on his one-of-a-kind present.

Barunga and Manyallaluk CDP participants pose for a photo with Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation boss John Berto as he gets comfortable on his one-of-a-kind present.

Sommer Meadows is one of the Council’s CDP Senior Employment Supervisors and the impassioned brainchild behind the out-of-the-box projects in Barunga and neighbouring Manyallaluk, and described the creation of the furniture as “an amazing journey”.

“This is what community is all about,” she said.

“It’s going to help these men build furniture for their families and for their houses.

“It’s been a real group effort and I’m really proud of them.”

The Council runs CDP projects in 13 communities 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.