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Media Release: Santa sets up Barunga workshop to support CDP Christmas crown defence

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SANTA’S LITTLE HELPERS: Peter Yeralba, Nyirranggulung Ward Councillor Wayne Runyu and Tony Walla get into the festive spirit as they work on Roper Gulf Regional Council’s float for the 2017 Christmas in Katherine street party, which has been proudly constructed by Barunga staff and Community Development Program participants.

SANTA’S LITTLE HELPERS: Peter Yeralba, Nyirranggulung Ward Councillor Wayne Runyu and Tony Walla get into the festive spirit as they work on Roper Gulf Regional Council’s float for the 2017 Christmas in Katherine street party, which has been proudly constructed by Barunga staff and Community Development Program participants.

Santa Claus and Elvis Presley have been spotted in Barunga as Roper Gulf Regional Council Community Development Program (CDP) participants work furiously to retain their crown as the kings and queens of festive season floats.

With the 2017 Christmas in Katherine street party only one week away, it is all hands on deck in the community as the finishing touches are put on the inventive entry Council staff and CDP participants hope will earn them back-to-back wins for the best float in the annual Chamber of Commerce NT event.

After securing victory with their inaugural float in 2016, CDP Activity Supervisor Jermaine Scrubby said participants had embraced the North Pole theme of this year’s parade, and were throwing down the gauntlet to other entrants.

“We want to make it a bit brighter this year, and I think that will let us beat everyone else again and win two years in a row,” he laughed.

“I hope there are lots of good entries and people trying to beat Barunga to have the best float.”

He added that when the float begins its journey along Railway Terrace on December 7, he expected there to be plenty of boisterous support for the visitors.

“It was awesome riding on the float last year with everyone cheering for us and what we’d built,” he said.

“It’s really good for people in Katherine to see what we can do, and I think they will love our new float.”

CDP participants in Barunga are keeping the float they hope will win them back-to-back street party honours under wraps ahead of next week’s Christmas celebration in Katherine.

CDP participants in Barunga are keeping the float they hope will win them back-to-back street party honours under wraps ahead of next week’s Christmas celebration in Katherine.

CDP Senior Employment Supervisor Sommer Meadows said the craftsmanship that has gone into the float would turn heads, especially when the origin of some key components was revealed.

“We found an old building at the Barunga tip, and the guys had the idea to strip it and turn it into Santa’s house,” she explained.

“This has been a truly inclusive project, with the men constructing the float and the women creating banners for display during the parade.

“CDP is all about building the capacity of participants and their community, and building a float for one of Katherine’s most-loved annual events will allow the community see how creative, skilled and passionate people from Barunga are.”

Chamber of Commerce NT Katherine region Executive Officer Sue Jones said the Barunga crew had set a high bar for other entries.

“It’s fantastic to see the men and women from Barunga coming back with another float in 2017, especially after they won the prize for the best entry with their first attempt last year,” she said.

“I think there will be a lot of colourful entries on show behind the BP service station at 5.30pm on Thursday as community groups try to wrestle the best float title off Roper Gulf Regional Council.”

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: CDP construction creativity to shine at 2017 Katherine Show

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GOING ON SHOW: Barunga residents Travis Tiati, Nathan Runyu and Ronald Blitner put the finishing touches on the bar that will be on display at the 2017 Katherine Show at part of a Roper Gulf Regional Council Community Development Program project.

GOING ON SHOW: Barunga residents Travis Tiati, Nathan Runyu and Ronald Blitner put the finishing touches on the bar that will be on display at the 2017 Katherine Show as part of a Roper Gulf Regional Council Community Development Program project.

An estimated 15,000 people will witness the skill and creativity of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Community Development Program (CDP) participants when gates open at the 2017 Katherine Show this week.

As anticipation builds ahead of Katherine’s biggest annual event beginning on July 21, CDP participants from Barunga, Beswick, Mataranka and the remote community of Numbulwar have been applying the finishing touches to the construction and art pieces they hope will secure top honours in their respective show categories.

The entries include an eclectic mix of woodwork and art, and are expected to turn the heads of show patrons when they are unveiled.

Numbulwar participants have created stunning lamps, coffee tables, television cabinets and woomeras as part of a joinery project, and Builder Trainer Miguel Zahoran said he was incredibly pleased with how the men had embraced utilising recycled materials in their work.

“It’s been great working with the men and seeing them so active and keen with this project,” he said.

“They are very talented with the tools and it’s impressive to see how their skills and confidence have grown.

“I love to see how proud they are about their projects and the workshop we built together.”

The sentiment was echoed by participant Leroy Nunggarrgalu, who explained that the project had allowed the men to develop a new skillset, while using the show to offer patrons a glimpse at life in Numbulwar.

“There is a good environment in the workshop, where we can learn, have fun and enjoy our work,” he said.

CATTLE CREATIVITY: Mataranka Community Development Program participants are all smiles as they show off the cattle skulls they have adorned with artwork to enter in the 2017 Katherine Show.

Mataranka CDP participants are all smiles as they show off the cattle skulls they have adorned with artwork.

While female participants in Mataranka have decorated cattle skulls with intricate artwork for the show, Beswick and Barunga participants have built clocks, and a one-of-a-kind bar using old pallets.

The bar will be hard to miss at the show, as it features transparent inserts that can be backlit.

Barunga participant Travis Tiati said he couldn’t wait to see the reaction of patrons when they saw the bar.

“We wanted to do something different,” he said.

“It will be good to let people at the show see what we are doing in Barunga.”

NUMBULWAR PRIDE: Stunning joinery created by Community Development Participants in the remote Roper Gulf community of Numbulwar will be on show – much to the delight of its proud creators – when gates open at Katherine’s biggest annual event on July 21.

Stunning joinery created by CDP participants in the remote Roper Gulf community of Numbulwar will be on show – much to the delight of its proud creators – when gates open at Katherine’s biggest annual event on July 21.

The Council’s CDP Regional Manager, Janelle Iszlaub, urged patrons to take the time to look at the participants’ creations while soaking up the atmosphere of the show.

“The Community Development Program is about finding employment for participants, but it’s also about helping them develop the skills and self-confidence they will need in the workforce, as well as undertaking projects that build the capacity and pride of remote communities,” she said.

“Show organisers have said there will be more than 15,000 people attending this year’s Katherine Show, so I can’t think of a better way to build that pride than by letting everyone who comes through the gate see what amazingly talented participants Council has.”

The Council runs CDP projects 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.

Media Release: Barunga’s mining past steams into future through CDP innovation

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MOVING HISTORY: A crane lifts Barunga’s iconic 1904 Avery steam tractor onto a purpose-built slab on March 30 in the first stage of a Roper Gulf Regional Council Community Development Program project to revitalise the machine.

MOVING HISTORY: A crane lifts Barunga’s iconic 1904 Avery steam tractor onto a purpose-built slab on March 30 in the first stage of a Roper Gulf Regional Council Community Development Program project to revitalise the machine.

Patrons attending the 32nd Barunga Festival will notice a colourful change to the community’s iconic park dweller when they arrive to celebrate Indigenous culture over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June.

As part of a community beautification push, Roper Gulf Regional Council Community Development Program (CDP) participants are undertaking a transformation of the dilapidated 1904 Avery steam tractor that has remained motionless in Heritage Park for more than four decades.

The machine is identifiable to anyone who has ever visited Barunga, but the Council is hoping its makeover will help to promote the link between the community and the region’s rich mining past.

Community members operated the steam tractor at the nearby Maranboy tin mine until it closed in 1946, before it was dragged by a grader through the bush and across a creek for about 10 kilometres to its current location in 1974.

The refurbishment began on March 30 when the 14-tonne piece of Barunga’s history was craned onto a purpose-built slab in Heritage Park in front of dozens of excited onlookers.

COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The Barunga community turned the move into a community celebration, which began with performances by school students and traditional dancers from neighbouring Beswick.

The Barunga community turned the move into a celebration, which began with performances by school students and traditional dancers from neighbouring Beswick.

Council Municipal Services officer and Barunga artist Owen Henry will play a crucial role in the final step of the transformation by leading the team that will repaint the steam tractor in a combination of traditional colours and stunning Indigenous artwork.

The 28-year-old said he was thrilled to be involved with a project that would preserve the role Barunga played in the mine’s operation.

“It’s been sitting there for so long, it’s going to be nice that it’s going to be turned into something good,” he said.

“It’s got trees growing through it at the moment, so to be able to display it for other people to see when they come in for the festival is going to be good, because people will see it a bit differently and learn what it means to the community.”

STEAMING AHEAD: Barunga Community Development Program participants celebrate with Council staff and other stakeholders after the steam tractor, which has remained untouched for more than four decades, was craned into its new position in front of dozens of excited residents on March 30.

Barunga Community Development Program participants celebrate with Council staff and other stakeholders after the steam tractor, which has remained untouched for more than four decades, was craned into its new position in front of dozens of excited residents.

Work on the steam tractor is scheduled to be completed before the Barunga Festival begins on June 9, and CDP Senior Employment Supervisor Sommer Meadows said there was an air of excitement around the community about the revitalisation.

“It’s of big significance to the community, because it’s basically taking back ownership of something that was theirs many years ago, because they had a milling station down at the Maranboy mine,” she explained.

“A couple of men relocated it along the back tracks from the old mill, and that’s where it’s always sat [in the park] since.

“This project is going to leave a permanent mark on Barunga and allow visitors to learn more about what community members did at the mine when it was running.”

The Council delivers CDP projects in 10 communities 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.

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.