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Media Release: Council announces $1.42m Katherine commitment for October Business Month

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BUILDING A BASE: Director of Corporate Governance Greg Arnott and Chief Executive Officer Michael Berto check on the progress of the $1.14 million overhaul of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s new operational base at 2 Crawford Street with contractors Darren Adam, Stuart Sheridan and Pat Hill on October 18.

BUILDING A BASE: Director of Corporate Governance Greg Arnott and Chief Executive Officer Michael Berto check on the progress of the $1.14 million overhaul of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s new operational base at 2 Crawford Street with contractors Darren Adam, Stuart Sheridan and Pat Hill on October 18.

Roper Gulf Regional Council has used the Northern Territory’s annual celebration of enterprise, October Business Month, to reaffirm its commitment to local economic sustainability by awarding almost $1.5 million in tenders to Katherine businesses.

Work began on the multi-stage redevelopment of the 2 Crawford Street earlier this month after a trades joint venture led by Katherine Constructions won the $1.14m contract to transform the old Landmark site into the Council’s new operational hub.

More than six local businesses will directly benefit from the works, which will consolidate the Council’s Katherine property footprint and play a pivotal role in the long-term strategic management of its 186,000 square kilometre Local Government Area.

Future stages of the project include the construction of a purpose-built Council chambers and training centre.

The first two stages of the multimillion-dollar refurbishment of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s 2 Crawford Street headquarters incorporate a complete redesign of internal office space as part of a project that will consolidate the organisation’s Katherine operation.

The first two stages of the multimillion-dollar refurbishment of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s 2 Crawford Street headquarters incorporate a complete redesign of internal office space as part of a project that will consolidate the organisation’s Katherine operation.

Chief Executive Officer Michael Berto inspected the site with Director of Corporate Governance Greg Arnott on October 18 and said he was pleased to see so many Katherine businesses involved with a project that would solidify the organisation’s position as one of the largest employers in the region.

“Council is responsible for delivering a multitude of services and programs across a diverse Local Government Area, so it was important that we had a base to adequately support the current and projected operational needs associated with that objective,” he explained.

“As an organisation that employs more than 70 staff in Katherine, Council believes we have a social responsibility to contribute to the growth of the town and region by supporting local business wherever possible.

“To facilitate that, Council is in the process of adopting a Buy Local Policy that incorporates specified assessment weightings in favour of businesses based in the Roper Gulf and greater Katherine regions.”

The second tender, valued at $280,000, has been awarded to eMerge IT Solutions to upgrade computer hardware in the Council’s offices in Katherine and its nine remote service delivery centres.

The hardware upgrade was funded through a $239,636 Special Purpose Grant from the NT Department of Housing and Community Development.

IT Officer Alex Macpherson watches on as Procurement Coordinator Jerry Amato congratulates eMerge IT Solutions Operations Director Kevin Grey on the Katherine business winning a $280,000 tender to upgrade computer hardware across the Roper Gulf Local Government Area.

IT Officer Alex Macpherson watches on as Procurement Coordinator Jerry Amato congratulates eMerge IT Solutions Operations Director Kevin Grey on the Katherine business winning a $280,000 tender to upgrade computer hardware across the Roper Gulf Local Government Area.

Mr Berto said the emphasis on procuring local solutions to goods and service requirements aligned with current NT Government practices that realised best value in the Council’s operational footprint and for the Territory as a whole.

“Council is part of the Katherine community, and the awarding of these two tenders to businesses that support the livelihoods of local workers represents a much-needed injection of almost $1.5m towards the sustainability of the town’s economy,” he said.

Stages one and two of the 2 Crawford Street redevelopment are scheduled to be completed by February 2018.

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: Council to showcase animal health approach at inaugural municipal expo

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CONFERENCE CONSULTATION: Katherine Town Council Works Administration Officer Cheriece Fry and Acting Director of Works and Services David Moore discuss the schedule for the inaugural Northern Territory Municipal Operations Works Conference and Expo with Roper Gulf Regional Council Director of Council and Community Services Sharon Hillen after inspecting the Katherine Showground venue on April 28.

CONFERENCE CONSULTATION: Katherine Town Council Works Administration Officer Cheriece Fry and Acting Director of Works and Services David Moore discuss the schedule for the inaugural Northern Territory Municipal Operations Works Conference and Expo with Roper Gulf Regional Council Director of Council and Community Services Sharon Hillen after inspecting the Katherine Showground venue on April 28.

The success of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Animal Health Program will be in the spotlight when Local Governments from across the Top End converge on Katherine for the Northern Territory Municipal Operations Works Conference and Expo next week.

The inaugural event, which is being held on May 3 and 4 at the Katherine Showground, is being hosted by Katherine Town Council and the Local Government Association of the NT (LGANT), and will provide an opportunity to discuss the latest innovations in the delivery of municipal services, as well as keynote addresses on issues impacting Local Government in the NT.

Local Government plays a major role in the NT’s economy, with 17 Councils collectively employing about 3000 Territorians as they receive and invest more than $400 million every year.

More than 30 exhibitors will be in attendance at the expo and Katherine Town Council’s Acting Director of Works and Services, David Moore, said it was hoped the event would overcome the tyranny of distance for many delegates by placing suppliers in front of buyers.

“To have this many exhibitors from all over Australia in one place for Council representatives to access is a unique opportunity that there’s a definite need for,” he said.

“In addition, there will be a range of speakers presenting on topics specific to Local Government at the conference.”

Director of Council and Community Services Sharon Hillen and veterinarian Dr Sam Phelan will present a keynote address on the success of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s new Animal Health Program on day two of conference and expo.

Director of Council and Community Services Sharon Hillen and veterinarian Dr Sam Phelan will present a keynote address on the success of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s new Animal Health Program on day two of conference and expo.

Roper Gulf Regional Council Director of Council and Community Services Sharon Hillen will talk about the challenges involved with animal management in remote communities, and how the organisation has managed to record year-on-year improvements through the implementation of its Animal Health Program.

“Animal management in our remote towns is something the Council has had significant success with over the past few years, and we now have a full-time veterinarian on staff to spearhead our Animal Health Program,” she explained.

“At the conference, I will be outlining how the Council tailored the program, and what was required to manage service delivery and community expectation.

“I congratulate Katherine Town Council and LGANT on coordinating this event, as it will give Local Governments in the region a chance to speak to experts and suppliers in a face-to-face environment that would have otherwise been impossible.”

View the full Media Release here.

Media Release: Council adds strength to Katherine flood response

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IN THE KNOW: Katherine Emergency Committee Acting Chair Superintendent Lauren Hill and Roper Gulf Regional Council Director of Council and Community Services Sharon Hillen familiarise themselves with the new Flood Safe Katherine guide at the Council’s 2 Crawford Street site, which has been designated as an emergency vehicle compound in the guide.

IN THE KNOW: Katherine Emergency Committee Acting Chair Superintendent Lauren Hill and Roper Gulf Regional Council Director of Council and Community Services Sharon Hillen familiarise themselves with the new Flood Safe Katherine guide at the Council’s 2 Crawford Street site, which has been designated as an emergency vehicle compound in the guide.

Roper Gulf Regional Council has furthered its commitment to the Katherine community by providing its 2 Crawford Street site as an emergency shelter during flood events.

With the wet season now upon Katherinites, the Council confirmed that the site – which was purchased this year and will be redeveloped into the Council’s operations hub – had been formally designated as an emergency location and vehicle compound in the new Flood Safe Katherine guide.

Director of Council and Community Services Sharon Hillen explained that the organisation had a large footprint in Katherine, and an obligation to assist the community in emergency situations.

“We have 87 staff in Katherine who are Katherine residents, and who are all willing to pitch in and assist in the time of an event,” she said.

“Council has been involved with the Katherine Emergency Committee (KEC) since its inception.

“Being outside the flood zone, the site is a strategic location for us as an organisation in preparing our remote communities that are flood and cyclone prone, but also for us to provide significant support to Government agencies, Katherine Town Council and residents of Katherine when the town does flood.

“The yard at 2 Crawford Street has historically been the laydown area for people’s domestic vehicles, and agency vehicles and plant, and we expect that we will be able to provide that same level of support to the community of Katherine.”

In addition, the organisation’s Technical Services and Contracts Workshop, located at 63 Chardon Street, will be used as an overflow emergency location if the Katherine Town Council pound – the primary animal shelter listed in the Flood Safe Katherine guide – is overwhelmed by pets.

The guide includes information on flood warnings and what to do in the event of an emergency, and KEC Acting Chair Superintendent Lauren Hill said it was imperative that Katherinites were familiar with its contents.

“Any area across Katherine that has general public access will have these flood brochures available,” she said.

“My mantra for this is to plan, prepare and survive, so know your flood plan, get your emergency kit together and be prepared to evacuate yourself, or ensure you and your family are safe.

“Extreme thanks to Roper Gulf Regional Council for making available the old Landmark site for the residents of Katherine.

“It’s really important that people who need to remove and secure their assets from their home have a place that they can safely secure those assets.”

The Flood Safe Katherine guide is available at several locations in the town, including Roper Gulf Regional Council headquarters at 29 Crawford Street, the Katherine Civic Centre and the Katherine Visitor Information Centre.

View the full Media Release here.