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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.”

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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: 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.

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Media Release: Tropical Cyclone causes postponement of Mataranka Ordinary Meeting of Council

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Heavy wet season inundation and the emergence of a Tropical Cyclone in the Gulf of Carpentaria has forced Roper Gulf Regional Council to postpone the Ordinary Meeting of Council it was set to hold in Mataranka on February 22.

Chief Executive Officer Michael Berto said the postponement was unavoidable due to the weather conditions created by Tropical Cyclone Alfred.

The Council will announce the date of the rescheduled meeting, which will still be held in Mataranka, in coming weeks.

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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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