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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 youth empowerment project raises roof in Ngukurr

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ROCKING THE HOUSE: Timomatic captivates an audience of about 450 people during a live performance, which was part of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Right Path Project, in the remote community of Ngukurr on April 8.

ROCKING THE HOUSE: Timomatic captivates an audience of about 450 people during a live performance, which was part of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Right Path Project, in the remote community of Ngukurr on April 8.

Younger residents of a remote Roper Gulf community have heard from a star of the national hip-hop scene that past challenges do not impede future potential during a youth mentoring and empowerment project at the weekend.

Roper Gulf Regional Council hosted the Right Path Project in Ngukurr on April 8 and 9, an initiative which provided youth under 24 with access to a range of sport and recreation activities, information sessions and support services designed to increase engagement and self-esteem.

In a bid to boost participant engagement, the Council flew Nigerian-born Australian singer-songwriter Tim Omaji, aka Timomatic, to the community, about 300 kilometres east of Katherine, to talk about the challenges he had encountered on his journey becoming one of the country’s best-known hip-hop performers.

Timomatic is mobbed by youth after arriving in Ngukurr.

Timomatic is mobbed by youth after arriving in Ngukurr.

After being welcomed with traditional dance and a smoking ceremony on the Saturday, Timomatic chaired a series of mentoring sessions, during which he told youth they should not let obstacles dampen their ambition.

“A lot of you have had challenges, I know that, but don’t let that stop you doing what you want to do,” he said.

“The rest of your life starts right now.”

Following a community barbecue, Timomatic took to the stage in front of about 450 screaming fans for a concert that celebrated music and dance, youth empowerment and Indigenous culture.

Ngukurr youth listen to Timomatic discuss his life and the challenges he has faced on his journey to hip-hop success during a group mentoring session.

Ngukurr youth listen to Timomatic discuss his life and the challenges he has faced on his journey to hip-hop success during a group mentoring session.

The Council’s Director of Community and Council Services, Sharon Hillen, said the organisation was proud to have delivered a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Ngukurr residents through the Right Path Project.

“We want youth to be a part of our story and get involved in the decision-making processes of Council,” she explained.

“More than 50 per cent of Ngukurr residents are under 24, and many face problems or barriers, which for one reason or another lead them to be disengaged from community.

“In partnership with the Federal Government, through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy, Council has created a program which reaches out to these kids to help them to find the right path to realise their dreams and enter into areas of interest, whether it be sport, work, arts or culture.

“Having Timomatic in Ngukurr to talk to the kids about his own life and challenges, play sport with them and then perform a concert allowed Council to really drive home the message that youth are the future of communities.”

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Media Release: Australian hip-hop sensation set to empower remote Roper Gulf youth

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NGUKURR BOUND: Australian hip-hop star Timomatic is heading to the remote community of Ngukurr in April to mentor and empower youth as part of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Right Path Project.

NGUKURR BOUND: Australian hip-hop star Timomatic is heading to the remote community of Ngukurr in April to mentor and empower youth as part of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Right Path Project.

One of Australia’s biggest hip-hop stars will swap the bright lights of the stage for a more intimate performance mentoring at-risk youth in the remote Indigenous community of Ngukurr next month.

Nigerian-born Australian singer-songwriter Tim Omaji, aka Timomatic, will converge on the community, about 300 kilometres east of Katherine, on April 8 and 9 to host a series of empowerment workshops and mentoring sessions as part of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Right Path Project.

The project is targeted at youth under 24 from Ngukurr and Numbulwar, and will offer a range of sport and recreation activities, information sessions and support services designed to offer a pathway to increased engagement and self-esteem.

The excitement of participants will reach fever pitch on the Saturday night when Omaji gets Ngukurr dancing with a special live performance.

Omaji rose to fame after appearing on So You Think You Can Dance Australia as a contestant, before hosting rival program Australia’s Got Talent and going on to a successful recording career that has included supporting Nicki Minaj and Pitbull on their Australian tours.

The Council’s Community Services Regional Manager, Annalisa Bowden, said she believed youth would benefit from engaging with such a high-profile mentor in familiar surroundings.

“This is going to be a tremendous opportunity for children from Ngukurr and Numbulwar to meet one of their music heroes in their own backyard,” she explained.

“They have seen Timomatic on television and sung along to his music, so bringing him to community to meet with them face to face and talk about youth issues and empowerment as part of the Right Path Project is a perfect extension of that familiarity.

“During the event, participants will have an opportunity to access information and support services on a range of topics, including alcohol and other drugs, mental health, antisocial behaviour and employment, as well as listen to positive messages from Timomatic about the challenges he has overcome to now be a household name in Australia.”

View the full Media Release here.

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: Investment in heavy vehicle infrastructure seals road to Barunga growth

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ROAD TO RESULT: Roper Gulf Regional Council plans to invest $280,000 in a sealed heavy vehicle access road behind the new, soon-to-be-constructed Barunga store in order to provide a solution to heavy vehicle traffic management issues in the community.

ROAD TO RESULT: Roper Gulf Regional Council plans to invest $280,000 in a sealed heavy vehicle access road behind the new, soon-to-be-constructed Barunga store in order to provide a solution to heavy vehicle traffic management issues in the community.

Roper Gulf Regional Council has committed to investing in infrastructure that will both provide a solution to heavy vehicle traffic management concerns and pave a pathway to economic stimulation in Barunga.

The Council announced this week that it had been successful in securing $283,800 through the Northern Territory Government’s Regional Economic Infrastructure Fund to construct a private access road for trucks entering Barunga, approximately 80 kilometres east of Katherine, to deliver freight to the community store.

Heavy vehicle movements within the community have long been a cause for concern for residents and Council staff, with truck drivers currently required to navigate around pedestrian traffic and passenger vehicles before parking outside the entrance to the shop to unload.

With an upgraded $1.5 million store due to be built in the community in coming months, the Council’s Director of Council and Community Services, Sharon Hillen, explained that the private access road – which will link up to Council-operated local roads in Barunga – would allow heavy vehicles to stop and unload safely behind the new facility.

“One of the town priorities for the Barunga Local Authority is to address traffic management issues in the township, and one of the highest priority areas is the congestion around the store,” she said.

“We recognised the coming and going of heavy vehicles, and the unloading of food goods and freight, has not only ripped up the Council’s road, but it’s also creating even greater danger to pedestrians and other vehicle traffic.”

Mrs Hillen said that the Council was supportive of developing Indigenous businesses and thanked the NT Government for its foresight in approving the funding for a project that would not be controlled by the Council.

“The REIF funding covers the construction of the road on land that does not belong to the Council, and the Council will then connect that system to our road network,” she said.

“What we’re building is a private access road, and will be up to Outback Stores to maintain.”

HEAVY BURDEN: The private access road will allow heavy vehicles to unload freight for new community store away from other traffic and pedestrians, a situation which has been a cause for concern for Roper Gulf Regional Council and the Barunga Local Authority.

The private access road will allow heavy vehicles to unload freight for new community store away from other traffic and pedestrians, a situation which has been a cause for concern for Roper Gulf Regional Council and the Barunga Local Authority.

Outback Stores have partnered with the Aboriginal Investment Group (AIG) to construct the new facility through Federal Government funding.

AIG Chief Executive Officer Steve Smith said the project aligned with the organisation’s strategic objectives of fostering economic development, social dividend and community benefit in remote Indigenous communities.

“Working with Outback Stores and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet on this will assist in developing Barunga’s economy,” he said.

“This is about long-term community participation and investment in the store.”

Council CEO Michael Berto said the organisation was proud to be involved with delivering infrastructure for Barunga that would make a significant difference to its economic potential.

“Council is the Roper Gulf region’s biggest advocate, and part of that involves ensuring our communities receive the financial support required to drive growth and unlock development opportunities,” he said.

“This road is a much-needed piece of key infrastructure for Barunga that most people living in urban areas around the country would take for granted.”

The Council will consult with the community about the private access road over the next few months, with works scheduled to commence during the 2017 dry season.

View the full Media Release here.