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Ngukurr Airport closure

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NO ACCESS: Ngukurr Airport will be closed from May 26 until June 1 to allow a resurfacing of the runway, taxiway and apron to be completed.

Airservices Australia has requested a NOTAM be issued for Ngukurr Airport (YNGU) to close the facility to all fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft from 6am on May 26 until 6pm on June 1.

The closure will allow contractors to resurface the runway, taxiway and apron, in addition to the reinstatement of line markings.

The access restriction does not apply to emergency services aircraft.

Alternative airstrips at Urapunga (YUPG) and Roper Bar (YRRB) will remain accessible during the closure.

For more information, contact the Ngukurr Aerodrome Reporting Officer on 0448 961 472.

Media Release: Council tours $40m commitment to regional road infrastructure

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BRIDGING THE GAP: After a lengthy delay over the Top End’s extended wet season, work has started on concreting the deck of the new Roper River Bridge.

BRIDGING THE GAP: After a lengthy delay over the Top End’s extended wet season, work has started on concreting the deck of the new Roper River Bridge.

Roper Gulf Regional Council Elected Members and Executive staff have been given a first-hand look at the progress of the project that will improve wet season access to the remote communities of Ngukurr and Numbulwar.

Following the Ngukurr Local Authority Meeting on May 17, the Council accepted an offer from the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics (DIPL), and project contractor Sitzler, to inspect the new high-level bridges spanning the Roper and Wilton rivers.

The $40 million project is a joint undertaking between the Federal and Northern Territory Governments, with works scheduled to be completed by the 2017 wet season.

In addition to the bridges, the project includes sealing 7.3 kilometres of the Roper Highway, which provides the only vehicular access to two of the largest communities in the Council’s Local Government Area.

Roper Gulf Regional Council Elected Members and Executive staff tour the new bridges spanning the Roper and Wilton rivers following the Ngukurr Local Authority Meeting on May 17.

Roper Gulf Regional Council Elected Members and Executive staff tour the new bridges spanning the Roper and Wilton rivers following the Ngukurr Local Authority Meeting on May 17.

The existing river crossings are impassable for between 80 and 150 days each wet season, and Chief Executive Officer Michael Berto said the new bridges would provide multiple benefits for the region.

“Council has more than 1800 residents living in Ngukurr and Numbulwar, with another 100 in nearby Urapunga, so it was essential that the only road to those communities was upgraded to a standard that improved wet season access,” he said following the tour.

“Ngukurr and Numbulwar are two of the fastest-growing communities in the Roper Gulf region, and this new infrastructure complements Council’s $2.31m Growth Centre Transport and Freight Hub Project.

“Improving heavy vehicle access will open up economic and social development opportunities in both centres, so I commend the NT and Federal Governments for committing to constructing two new bridges to help facilitate that.”

Roper Gulf Regional Council Manager of Governance and Corporate Planning Amanda Haigh and Chief Executive Officer Michael Berto discuss the progress of the Wilton River Bridge with representatives from the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, and project contractor Sitzler on May 17.

Roper Gulf Regional Council Manager of Governance and Corporate Planning Amanda Haigh and Chief Executive Officer Michael Berto discuss the progress of the Wilton River Bridge with representatives from the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, and project contractor Sitzler.

Despite the recent wet season delaying the project, DIPL Regional Director of Infrastructure for the Katherine region Phil Harris said substantial progress had been made since work recommenced in April.

“Although the extended wet season has resulted in lengthy delays for the contractor to return to site, significant progress on the bridges has been noticeable since Easter,” he said.

“The Wilton River Bridge is now complete, with road works under way to finalise and seal the approaches.

“The placement of deck concrete commenced on the Roper River Bridge last week, and although road works have not commenced at this bridge, it is envisaged that both bridges will be opened before the onset of the next wet season.”

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.”

View the full Media Release here.

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.

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.