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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.

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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.

 

 

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

View the full Media Release here.