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Media Release: Local contractor begins temporary repair works on Rocky Creek causeway

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ROAD TO REPAIR: Roper Gulf Regional Council has announced that local construction company Cairns Industries will carry out the urgent temporary repairs needed for Borroloola residents to again use the Rocky Creek causeway, which was damaged by floodwater last week. PICTURE: ROPER GULF REGIONAL COUNCIL

ROAD TO REPAIR: Roper Gulf Regional Council has announced that local construction company Cairns Industries will carry out the urgent temporary repairs needed for Borroloola residents to again use the Rocky Creek causeway, which was damaged by floodwater last week. PICTURE: ROPER GULF REGIONAL COUNCIL

Roper Gulf Regional Council has announced today that Borroloola-based construction company Cairns Industries will carry out the urgent temporary repairs needed to reopen the Rocky Creek causeway.

The causeway, which links the northern and southern ends of Borroloola, was closed to vehicular traffic last week after sustaining damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Alfred.

Chief Executive Officer Michael Berto said the expediency with which the works commenced were testament to commitment of the Council and Northern Territory Government to ensure remote infrastructure was repaired as quickly as possible after an extreme flood event.

“The Rocky Creek causeway represents a vital link for the Borroloola community, and Council moved quickly to get urgent temporary repair works under way,” he said.

“I met and discussed the situation with Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics CEO Andrew Kirkman on February 24, and it was agreed that the Rocky Creek causeway needed to be reopened to vehicular access to allow Borroloola to get on with business.

“The fact a contractor has already been appointed to undertake the remediation works needed is a positive result for Council, the NT Government and the people of Borroloola.”

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Media Release: Borroloola welcomes newest citizens during Australia Day celebration

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CITIZENSHIP SMILES: Roper Gulf Regional Council Mayor Tony Jack congratulates Borroloola’s newest Australians, Lesley and Mark Wakeling, after the well-known couple took part in a citizenship ceremony in the remote community on Australia Day.

CITIZENSHIP SMILES: Roper Gulf Regional Council Mayor Tony Jack congratulates Borroloola’s newest Australians, Lesley and Mark Wakeling, after the well-known couple took part in a citizenship ceremony in the remote community on Australia Day.

There are few similarities between the bustling streets of London and the unhurried pace of life in the remote Roper Gulf community of Borroloola, but it is a contrast that has been embraced by two of Australia’s newest citizens.

As part of Australia Day festivities in the community, approximately 650 kilometres south-east of Katherine, Roper Gulf Regional Council hosted a citizenship ceremony at which British ex-pats Mark and Lesley Wakeling pledged their commitment to their adopted home.

Mr Wakeling, who is the Council’s Pool Municipal Supervisor in Borroloola and former professional soccer coach, explained that obtaining citizenship had been the final step in a journey that began when the couple first arrived in Australia in 1999.

“For us, becoming citizens was about being in the right place to settle down and get it done, and now’s the time,” he said.

While the tyranny of distance and wet season weather prevented the affable couple’s family from attending the ceremony, Mr Wakeling thanked the Borroloola community for welcoming him and his wife with open arms.

“It was special becoming citizens out here in front of our friends,” he said.

“We don’t have any family here for the day, but they were here in spirit.

“Citizenship kind of means that we belong now; this is our home now.”

Mayor Tony Jack said Australia Day was an opportune time to unite communities, learn from the past and forge a sustainable future for every Australian.

“January 26 means something different to every person who calls this part of the Top End home, but I truly think it is a day that we should take advantage of to strengthen our resolve and open an honest dialogue to create a greater community, both at a local level and as a country,” he said.

“Today will be remembered as an extra-special Australia Day celebration for two well-known members of the Borroloola community after they pledged their allegiance to Australia and became the Roper Gulf region’s newest citizens.

“On behalf of the Council, I’d like to congratulate Mark and Lesley on their decision, which is not one made lightly.”

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Roper Gulf Regional Council Deputy Mayor Judy MacFarlane is embraced by Member for Arnhem Selena Uibo on January 26 after being named Mataranka’s Citizen of the Year for her service to the community.

The celebration continued across the Council’s 186,000 square kilometre Local Government Area when recipients of the 2017 Australia Day Local Government Awards were announced.

Presented to the individuals and events that have provided outstanding contributions to their respective communities during the past 12 months, Mayor Jack said the awards recognised those who had been “prepared to step up because they understand that a community cannot reach its full potential if people sit on the sidelines”.

The winners are:

Barunga
Young Citizen of the Year: Jeffrey McDonald
Citizen of the Year: Peter Wordsworth
Community Event of the Year: Joint Barunga and Manyallauk Community Development Program Katherine Christmas street party parade entry

Beswick
Young Citizen of the Year: Harrietta Forbes
Citizen of the Year: Leon George
Community Event of the Year: Walking with Spirits Festival

Borroloola
Young Citizen of the Year: Nikita Baker
Citizen of the Year: Jacky Green
Community Event of the Year: 130th anniversary celebrating the arrival of the Magistrate and Mounted Police in Borroloola

Bulman
Young Citizen of the Year: Cordell Scrubby
Citizen of the Year: Richard Forbes
Community Event of the Year: NAIDOC Week Festival

Jilkminggan
Young Citizen of the Year: Shadonia Baker
Citizen of the Year: Desmond George
Community Event of the Year: Jilkminggan School football competition

Mataranka
Citizen of the Year: Judy MacFarlane
Community Event of the Year: Mataranka Fishing, Sporting and Recreation Club barra competiton

Manyallaluk
Citizen of the Year: Alison Andrews
Community Event of the Year: Joint Barunga and Manyallauk Community Development Program Katherine Christmas street party parade entry

Ngukurr
Young Citizen of the Year: Alexis Roberts
Citizen of the Year: Kathy Huddleston
Community Event of the Year: Yugul Mangi Festival

Numbulwar
Young Citizen of the Year: Declan Murrungun
Citizen of the Year: Dale Murrungun
Community Event of the Year: Numburindi Festival

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Media Release: Working group offers fresh look at remote waste management potential

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ECONOMIC POTENTIAL: Big Rivers Waste Management Working Group Co-ordinator Liam Harte says a change of thinking about the operation of remote landfills in the Roper Gulf region has the potential to generate a positive cash flow for the Council.

ECONOMIC POTENTIAL: Big Rivers Waste Management Working Group Co-ordinator Liam Harte says a change in thinking about the operation of remote landfills in the Roper Gulf region has the potential to generate a positive cash flow for the Council.

The rubbish adding to landfills in the Big Rivers region could soon be providing financial and environmental benefits to its three Regional Councils, thanks to a collaboration driving a rethink on remote waste management.

The Big Rivers Waste Management Working Group (BRWMWG) comprises representatives of Roper Gulf Regional Council, Victoria Daly Regional Council and West Daly Regional Council, and was funded by the Northern Territory Department of Health, the Councils and in-kind support from Katherine Town Council.

BRWMWG Co-ordinator Liam Harte said its purpose was to assess how waste was being managed at landfills operated by the Regional Councils, and to provide expertise and support to improve operational practices for the betterment of communities and the environment.

“The main waste management issues in the communities is that they are, in many cases, using outdated landfilling methods in landfills, which were improperly designed without separating recyclable and hazardous materials,” he explained.

“Addressing this will go a long way towards improving the health and environmental outcomes from these sites.”

Resource recovery has long been overlooked at remote Waste Management Facilities due to the costs involved with transporting materials to a processing centre, but Mr Harte said he believed there was potential for the BRWMWG to lead a unified approach that would provide the economy of scale needed to make recycling financially viable.

“By collaborating, the group can achieve better economies of scale for recyclable materials, which otherwise may have been unfeasible to manage, and can more efficiently organise regional transport of waste,” he said.

Roper Gulf Regional Council Director of Council and Community Services Sharon Hillen said exploiting resource recovery opportunities would allow the organisation to create an additional revenue stream and boost local employment.

“Resource recovery can be a viable industry, and an employer of unskilled labour in remote areas, if we can identify a marketplace for the Big Rivers region’s Councils as a collective,” she said.

“There’s money to be made in resource recovery, and anything we can do to prevent material going into the dump is a cost recovery for Council, because that means we’re not having to rebuild, upgrade or extend a facility to take on more life.

“I think Roper Gulf could go it alone, but collectively, through the Big Rivers Waste Management Working Group, we’ve been able to attract the funding of Government, who recognise that our economy of scale across the region is far greater than us as individual Councils.”

DUMP DEVELOPMENT: Roper Gulf Regional Council has secured funding to assist with the decommissioning of Numbulwar’s existing dump and establishment of a new Waste Management Facility as part of an effort to make remote landfills under its control compliant with the Waste Management and Pollution Control Act.

Roper Gulf Regional Council has secured funding to assist with the decommissioning of Numbulwar’s existing dump and establishment of a new Waste Management Facility as part of an effort to make remote landfills under its control compliant with the Waste Management and Pollution Control Act.

As part of the BRWMWG initiative, every landfill in the Roper Gulf region will be inspected, with facilities in Borroloola, Ngukurr and Numbulwar set to undergo the most radical makeovers in order to be eligible for Environmental Protection Agency licencing under the Waste Management and Pollution Control Act.

The Council has secured several grants, which it will combine with its own sourced revenue to fund the upgrade of identified landfills within its Local Government Area.

Mrs Hillen said the grant allocation demonstrated that the Government recognised the importance of waste management in remote communities, adding that the creation of the BRWMWG had allowed the Council to prioritise changes to infrastructure and operations at its three largest landfills.

“Government understands the huge quantum leap Council has to make to get our dumps up to scratch,” she explained.

“It’s not only redesigning the physical infrastructure, but it’s changing people’s mindset about accessing the dump and improving their environmental and personal safety, and the use of dumps in the past.

“Council certainly would not be at this point today if we didn’t have the support and the level of technical expertise that the group has brought to the table.”

View the full Media Release here.