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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: Community shares rich history of Beswick through heritage trail

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TRAIL TALES: The next generation of Wugularr residents pose for a photo with Member for Arnhem Selena Uibo, Roper Gulf Regional Council Mayor Tony Jack, Chief Executive Officer Michael Berto, Director of Council and Community Services Sharon Hillen, and Council Services Coordinator Brenda Donges after the Beswick Heritage Trail was officially opened on July 6.

TRAIL TALES: The next generation of Wugularr residents pose for a photo with Member for Arnhem Selena Uibo, Roper Gulf Regional Council Mayor Tony Jack, Chief Executive Officer Michael Berto, Director of Council and Community Services Sharon Hillen, and Council Services Coordinator Brenda Donges after the Beswick Heritage Trail was officially opened on July 6.

The unique Indigenous and pastoral histories of the Beswick region will be shared with visitors to the Roper Gulf region after an interactive heritage trail was officially opened on July 6.

The push to create the 1.6-kilometre trail was led by Roper Gulf Regional Council after its Beswick Local Authority identified it as a potential community engagement project several years ago, and oral histories and information sourced from the Northern Territory Library have been used to create signage that tells the story of the establishment of Beswick Station, and the settling of local Indigenous families in the area.

Set among picturesque paperbark trees, the trail loops around a waterlily-filled billabong and lets visitors learn more about the remnants of the station that shaped the structural aesthetic of Beswick as it stands today.

Almost 100 Beswick residents converged on the community’s iconic Sidney Williams hut to watch Member for Arnhem Selena Uibo cut the ribbon spanning the trail.

Ms Uibo praised the Council’s municipal services team and Community Development Program participants, whose work creating the trail has ensured Beswick’s cultural and historical past has been preserved, and linked to the natural landscape.

“I think the trail is important, because the community has the pride to be able to share those stories and to pass them on,” she said.

“You can see there’s been a lot of work done on the trail.

“Having that local story and local knowledge being able to be shared with more than just the community is great.”

WUGULARR WALK: Member for Arnhem Selena Uibo tours the Beswick Heritage Trail with Roper Gulf Regional Council Chief Executive Officer Michael Berto and Mayor Tony Jack on Thursday afternoon.

Member for Arnhem Selena Uibo tours the Beswick Heritage Trail with Roper Gulf Regional Council Chief Executive Officer Michael Berto and Mayor Tony Jack on Thursday afternoon.

Mayor Tony Jack attended the opening and said keeping the stories of the Roper Gulf region alive was something the Council had thrown its full support behind.

“This history is very important to the Beswick community, so Council is happy to have worked with the Local Authority and residents to record these stories in a way everyone who visits can learn about,” he said.

“I’d like to see more projects like this across the region, because they help to promote cultural tourism that benefits our communities.”

The Beswick Heritage Trail was funded through a Federal Government Community Heritage Program Grant.

View the full Media Release here.

Media Release: Beswick oasis offers unexpected backyard bounty

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BESWICK BOUNTY: Robert Rickson, Ray Ashley and Shay Ladd tend to the pumpkins that have been planted in Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Beswick Nursery as part of a Community Development Program project.

BESWICK BOUNTY: Robert Rickson, Ray Ashley and Shay Ladd tend to the pumpkins that have been planted in Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Beswick Nursery as part of a Community Development Program project.

It is an inviting oasis that contrasts the surrounding ochre landscape and provides skill development and a bountiful, backyard source of fresh produce to the residents of Beswick.

What started as a Roper Gulf Regional Council Community Development Program project has quickly evolved into a source of pride in the community, which is about 110 kilometres east of Katherine, as participants nurture and cultivate a diverse range of fruit and vegetables for their friends and families to enjoy.

CDP participant Ray Ashley said he enjoyed the challenge presented by growing produce one would not usually find in Beswick.

“It’s good looking after the garden and nursery, and planting new growth,” he said.

“I also like knowing we’re helping feed the community.”

Recycled materials sourced from the community landfill were utilised during the construction of the Beswick Nursery, including discarded fridges that have been transformed from eyesores into novel pots adorned with hand-painted art, and unwanted bed frames that now act as trellises for succulent tomatoes.

WUGULARR WELCOME: It is impossible to miss the entrance to the Beswick Nursery after CDP participants added a splash of colour with painted scraps of corrugated iron.

It is impossible to miss the entrance to the Beswick Nursery after CDP participants added a splash of colour with painted scraps of corrugated iron.

The Council’s CDP Regional Manager, Janelle Iszlaub, explained that the keys to offering a well-supported project were community engagement and skill development.

“With the CDP program, it’s incorporated with work-for-the-dole, so we have to find activities on community that benefit the community,” she said.

“So, with this, we’re having a wonderful turnout, because it’s an activity that’s involving the whole community.

“It’s giving skills to the jobseekers, and it’s involving all the jobseekers.”

Chief Executive Officer Michael Berto congratulated staff and participants for developing a project that delivered a genuine benefit to Beswick, adding that he believed it proved the Council was leading the way with CDP innovation.

“What we’ve got here is something that’s making so much difference to people in Beswick,” he said.

“Not only is it creating engagement and skills participants didn’t have before the nursery opened, it’s also creating a sustainable, local and cost-effective way for community members to access fresh produce.

“These type of exciting projects show Council is breaking the stereotypical mould of work-for-the-dole programs by offering a way for participants to really learn new skills as they try to find employment.”

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.

FLOURISHING FRIDGES: CDP participant Ray Ashley explains to Director of Commercial Services Marc Gardner and CDP Regional Manager Janelle Iszlaub how fridges recovered from the Beswick landfill are helping the community’s nursery flourish.

CDP participant Ray Ashley explains to Director of Commercial Services Marc Gardner and CDP Regional Manager Janelle Iszlaub how fridges recovered from the Beswick landfill are helping the community’s nursery flourish.

 

Beswick (Wugularr) Floods

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IMG_0358Following heavy overnight rain in the headwaters of the Waterhouse River, the town of Beswick/Wugalarr is currently closed due to localised flooding of the Waterhouse River.

Current River height is 8.3 metres at the bridge on the Central Arnhem Highway and the local reports are that it is rising slowly. The Central Arnhem Highway is closed to all traffic west of Beswick. There has only been occasional light rain in the area this morning.Flooding is occurring in the low parts of the town and some evacuations began this morning. Police and SES are in the town as of 1100hours. Continue reading