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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.”

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Stakeholder information for Ngukurr road works 2016-17

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More than $700,000 worth of works to improve local roads and local area traffic management in Ngukurr will soon begin, and Roper Gulf Regional Council is committed to working with stakeholders to outline what the project will mean for them.

Find out more about the background and scope of the works, as well as what road closures will be required during the project, by clicking here.

For more information, stakeholders can contact Project Manager Garry Richards on 08 8972 0408, or Roper Area Manager Janeen Bulsey on 0417 030 670.

Media Release: $10,000 sporting equipment boost tackles alcohol demand in Ngukurr

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MAKING WAVES: The Roper Gulf Regional Council program utilises any sporting equipment – such as goggles and swim fins – that can be used to engage Ngukurr youth, in a bid to stop alcohol and other drugs being viewed as a form of entertainment.

MAKING WAVES: The Roper Gulf Regional Council program utilises any sporting equipment – such as goggles and swim fins – that can be used to engage Ngukurr youth, in a bid to stop alcohol and other drugs being viewed as a form of entertainment.

A Roper Gulf Regional Council alcohol action initiative in Ngukurr will use a $10,000 Northern Territory Government grant to further promote the benefits of healthy lifestyle choices for youth through the purchase of new sporting equipment.

The initiative was launched in a bid to stop youth in Ngukurr being drawn to alcohol and other drugs as a form of entertainment, and instead turn their attention to a range of physical activities co-ordinated by the Council.

Youth Development, Sport and Recreation Co-ordinator John Hickey said the funding would allow the Council’s Community Services team to continue its success in the remote community.

“What we’re trying to do is continue the momentum we already have in these guys improving their health and fitness on a daily basis,” he said.

“We need equipment to do that.”

He added that youth had embraced the initiative and were revelling in the opportunity to participate in activities they had not previously had exposure to, including mountain biking, weight training and agility courses.

“It’s about making sure that drugs and alcohol aren’t their entertainment,” Mr Hickey said.

“We’re helping to change their lifestyle to one of exercise and looking after themselves, and it’s making a big difference already.

“It’s a matter of them having a better image of themselves and who they are.”

Community Services Regional Manager Annalisa Bowden thanked the NT Government for recognising that combatting alcohol and other drugs often needed a unique approach.

“This funding means the Council will be able to buy more equipment for youth in Ngukurr to engage with as a form of entertainment, which means they will be kept active and make better life choices,” she said.

“That will lead to a decline in the demand for alcohol and other drugs in the community, and provide a flow-on effect for service providers in that field, as well as Ngukurr as a whole.”

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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.