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Media Release: $1.5m sports facility to support youth activities in Borroloola

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BORROLOOLA BENEFIT: Looking over the plans for the new $1.5 million sporting facility in Borroloola are McArthur River Mine General Manager Sam Strohmayr, Roper Gulf Regional Council Councillor Don Gardner, Mayor Judy MacFarlane, Councillor Keith Rory, Northern Territory Government Trust Director Jake Quinlivan, and Councillor and MRM Community Benefits Trust Board Director Samuel Evans.

BORROLOOLA BENEFIT: Looking over the plans for the new $1.5 million sporting facility in Borroloola are McArthur River Mine General Manager Sam Strohmayr, Roper Gulf Regional Council Councillor Don Gardner, Mayor Judy MacFarlane, Councillor Keith Rory, Northern Territory Government Trust Director Jake Quinlivan, and Councillor and MRM Community Benefits Trust Board Director Samuel Evans.

A $1.5 million sporting facility will be built in Borroloola with a grant from the McArthur River Mine (MRM) Community Benefits Trust.

Built on the site of the old town basketball courts, the new facility will include covered multipurpose sports courts, seating, lighting, electronic scoreboard, car parking and pedestrian access.

Roper Gulf Regional Council applied for the funding to provide a much-needed facility for youth in Borroloola.

It is the largest single grant ever awarded by the MRM Community Benefits Trust.

MRM Community Benefits Trust Chair Greg Ashe said the provision of facilities for youth in Borroloola was a consistent need identified in Trust community consultations.

“We know there is a big need for a facility such as this to engage young people in healthy activities,” Mr Ashe said.

“This is a perfect example of how the Community Benefits Trust can make a difference to the lives of people in Borroloola and the Gulf region.”

Roper Gulf Regional Council Mayor Judy MacFarlane thanked McArthur River Mine for its contribution to the betterment of Borroloola, adding that delivering infrastructure that met community expectation required a strong partnership between Local Government, residents and key stakeholders like MRM.

“Borroloola has been identified as one of the fastest-growing towns in the 186,000 square kilometre Roper Gulf Local Government Area,” Mayor MacFarlane said.

“To ensure the wants of residents are met, Council needs to form solidified relationships with funding partners who have a vested interest in the social and economic development of the town, whether that is a Government entity or an enterprise like McArthur River Mine.

“The youth here are the future of Borroloola, so I thank MRM for having the long-term vision and commitment to provide the funding needed, through its Community Benefits Trust, for Council to build infrastructure that will promote health and physical activity in this town.”

McArthur River Mine General Manager Sam Strohmayr, Roper Gulf Regional Council Councillor and MRM Community Benefits Trust Board Director Samuel Evans, and Mayor Judy MacFarlane celebrate the announcement of the $1.5 million grant.

McArthur River Mine General Manager Sam Strohmayr, Roper Gulf Regional Council Councillor and MRM Community Benefits Trust Board Director Samuel Evans, and Mayor Judy MacFarlane celebrate the announcement of the $1.5 million grant.

The grant comes as the Trust celebrates 10 years of operations as a joint initiative of McArthur River Mining, the Northern Territory Government and the local community.

Over this time, the Trust has contributed $14.8 million to 83 separate programs.

Northern Territory Government representative on the Trust board Jake Quinlivan said he was pleased the Trust was able to fast track the project given its importance to Borroloola.

“From the funding application being considered by the board to reaching an agreement with Roper Gulf, the process has taken a matter of weeks – that’s great news for the community,” he said.

Construction is expected to begin early in the new year.

View the full Media Release here.

Media Release: School holiday fun as Council brings rodeo thrills and spills to Borroloola

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ROUGH RIDE: Ten-year-old Ricquelle Dixon experiences first hand the thrills and spills of the rodeo lifestyle at the Great Borroloola Cattle Workshop – presented through a partnership between Roper Gulf Regional Council and Territory Rodeo Services – during the school holidays last week.

ROUGH RIDE: Ten-year-old Ricquelle Dixon experiences first hand the thrills and spills of the rodeo lifestyle at the Great Borroloola Cattle Workshop – presented through a partnership between Roper Gulf Regional Council and Territory Rodeo Services – during the school holidays last week.

Kids, cattle and dust flew as lifelong loves of rodeo were solidified during a school holiday workshop Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Youth Reconnect team held in Borroloola last week.

As part of its youth engagement strategy in the isolated town, 660 kilometres south-east of Katherine, the Council partnered with Territory Rodeo Services (TRS) to deliver the Great Borroloola Cattle Workshop, which comprised three two-day sessions for participants up to the age of 24.

With more than 60 youth learning about cattle handling and riding techniques, the workshop became a whole-of-community event as family members took up positions around the arena to throw their support behind participants.

The workshop included a range of lessons and games designed to entertain participants as they learnt the skills needed to compete at rodeos and ultimately seek employment in the Northern Territory cattle industry.

Devendro Johnson, 7, bursts out of the chute with a little bit of assistance.

Devendro Johnson, 7, bursts out of the chute with a little bit of assistance.

The variety of fun activities was appreciated by some of the younger participants, many of whom have family members who are well-known names on the NT rodeo circuit.

“It was a lot of fun,” 12-year-old Sonny Dixon said.

“We were riding calves and horses, and learning how to balance when riding.”

Borroloola Youth Services Coordinator Ilan Bermeister explained that the inclusive nature of the workshop allowed participants to learn in an environment they felt completely comfortable in.

“The kids have come out in great numbers, even supporting the other age groups when they were participating,” he said.

“The atmosphere has been vibrant, colourful and enthusiastic, and the youth were respectful and showed great aptitude and attitude.

“I am amazed at how brave these kids are to participate in the sport of rodeo, and the young boys and girls of Borroloola have again proved that the future of this town is a bright one.”

TRS owner Tara Craigie praised participants and said the Borroloola region had a proud tradition of producing top-level stockmen and rodeo riders.

“We are honoured for the opportunity to work with the younger generation to inspire them to follow in the footsteps of the men and women before them,” she said.

Borroloola youth Lawrence Johnston, 8, Quartaya Miller, 7, and Rickeisha Rory, 7, discuss the finer points of horsemanship in the middle of the town’s rodeo arena during the Great Borroloola Cattle Workshop.

Borroloola youth Lawrence Johnston, 8, Quartaya Miller, 7, and Rickeisha Rory, 7, discuss the finer points of horsemanship in the middle of the town’s rodeo arena during the Great Borroloola Cattle Workshop.

Director of Council and Community Services Sharon Hillen said the workshop was further evidence of what could be achieved in remote towns like Borroloola when stakeholders collaborated to deliver programs and services that boosted the liveability of the Roper Gulf region.

“Council is committed to supporting remote training and employment opportunities, and the sustainability of towns in its Local Government Area as part of its strategic objectives,” she explained.

“For these goals to be achieved, all stakeholders need to be working together harmoniously towards a common vision that benefits the people who call our communities home.

“This event is an example of that collaboration, and Council is proud to have led a diverse group of stakeholders from Borroloola and further afield to make it an overwhelming success that was embraced by the youth who participated in it.”

The event was sponsored by the Northern Territory Government as part of its Alcohol Action Initiatives.

View the full Media Release here.

Media Release: Students show off fabrication skills to assist Borroloola recycling development

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COLLABORATIVE CLEAN-UP: Roper Gulf Regional Council Roper Area Manager Janeen Bulsey discusses how the 12 recycling baskets, which have been fabricated through a collaboration between the Council and Borroloola School, will aid rubbish recovery in the remote community with Principal Max Agnew, Trade Trainer Peter Tornaros and students involved in the innovative project.

COLLABORATIVE CLEAN-UP: Roper Gulf Regional Council Roper Area Manager Janeen Bulsey discusses how the 12 recycling baskets, which have been fabricated through a collaboration between the Council and Borroloola School, will aid rubbish recovery in the remote community with Principal Max Agnew, Trade Trainer Peter Tornaros and students involved in the innovative project.

Recycling is a subject not often given due attention in remote parts of the Northern Territory, but talented students from Borroloola School are working with Roper Gulf Regional Council to put it at the forefront of the community’s mind.

The students unveiled 12 mesh recycling baskets last week, which were installed by the Council at strategic locations across the community in time for the 2017 Borroloola Show, including at the venue itself.

As the Council’s push for viable rubbish recovery programs in its 186,000 square kilometre Local Government Area gathers momentum, Borroloola School Trade Trainer Peter Tornaros said the students had embraced the opportunity to develop their fabrication skills on a project that benefitted the community.

“A great need was discovered for materials to be recycled, so the school has worked with Council to design and manufacture the baskets, which have been put around Borroloola for residents to utilise,” he explained.

“The project has helped instruct the students in the safe use of hand tools and welders, and they have taken great pride that something they have created will help to push the community in the direction of a recycling mindset.”

Mayor Tony Jack praised the school for its support of the Council’s plan to minimise the amount of recyclable materials being sent to Waste Management Facilities across the Roper Gulf region.

“Council is committed to creating sustainable rubbish recovery practices in remote communities, which will allow those materials that can be recycled to be reused, and lessen the amount of waste going into landfills,” he said.

“These kids are the future of Borroloola, so I’m proud to see them doing their part to make sure the community is clean, and to get people into the habit of thinking about their rubbish and what can be recycled.”

View the full Media Release here.

Media Release: Borroloola Show secures bright future with infrastructure upgrade strategy

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SHOW SECURITY: Roper Gulf Regional Council Municipal Officers Bart Isaac and Kenneth Rory show Roper Area Manager Janeen Bulsey the new toilet block that has been installed ahead of the 2017 Borroloola Show as part of a $100,000 commitment to upgrade ageing infrastructure at the venue that hosts the annual event.

SHOW SECURITY: Roper Gulf Regional Council Municipal Officers Bart Isaac and Kenneth Rory show Roper Area Manager Janeen Bulsey the new toilet block that has been installed ahead of the 2017 Borroloola Show as part of a $100,000 commitment to upgrade ageing infrastructure at the venue that hosts the annual event.

Residents in Borroloola have notched up a show time win before the fun of sideshow alley has even arrived in the remote Gulf of Carpentaria town thanks to a legacy infrastructure upgrade at the venue that hosts the annual event.

Ahead of the 2017 Borroloola Show – which will run from June 30 until July 1 – Roper Gulf Regional Council has replaced the toilet block at the community’s showground as part of an upgrade project funded by the Borroloola Local Authority.

Director of Council and Community Services Sharon Hillen explained that replacing ageing infrastructure had been identified by the Local Authority as a town priority, and that Council staff had worked fast to ensure the new toilet block was operational before gates opened on Borroloola’s biggest event.

“Council owns and operates the Borroloola and Gulf District Sports Ground that hosts the annual Borroloola Show, and with the Local Authority, recognised that much of the legacy infrastructure in place was nearing end-of-life and in need of upgrading to meet the demand of facility users as the town goes through a growth phase,” she said.

“To achieve this, more than $100,000 is being allocated to the sports ground.

“The show is an extremely important social and economic event for the community and surrounding district, so Council is working closely with the Local Authority and other stakeholders to make sure older infrastructure is upgraded or replaced as the needs and expectations of the community evolve.”

In an additional boost for the town, the Council has utilised its strong working relationship with the Northern Territory Government to identify a funding opportunity the Borroloola and District Show Society (BDSS) will use to upgrade legacy buildings at the venue.

The $25,000 grant will allow show organisers to install more lighting and electrical outlets, as well as improve stormwater flow and enclose the main shed.

BDSS Vice-President Trish Elmy praised the Council and NT Government for their commitment to providing Borroloola residents with ever-improving facilities at the showground.

“The show brings everyone from around the region into town, so it’s crucial that infrastructure at the showground continues to be upgraded, especially the older items,” she said.

“The show society will use local contractors for the upgrades to the buildings, and that work will add to the improvements the Council has already made with the new toilet block.”

Mrs Hillen said the Council looked forward to an ongoing partnership with the show society and congratulated committee members on their long-term vision for the Borroloola Show.

“Council is happy to support the show society’s self-determination and direction for the event, and strives to foster strong support and advocacy roles to volunteer organisations who contribute community benefit to towns in the Roper Gulf region,” she said.

View the full Media Release here.

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.