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Media Release: CDP participants bring Ngukurr community closer to vital water upgrade

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SKILLS ON SHOW: After completing heavy vehicle training through Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Community Development Programme, Ngukurr resident Gene Daniels hoses down a sand pile as part of his new role as a water truck driver on the project delivering an upgraded water bore for his remote community.

SKILLS ON SHOW: After completing heavy vehicle training through Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Community Development Programme, Ngukurr resident Gene Daniels hoses down a sand pile as part of his new role as a water truck driver on the project delivering an upgraded water bore for his remote community.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion has today congratulated Roper Gulf Regional Council on its latest Community Development Programme (CDP) success.

The Council has worked with a Northern Territory-based earthmoving company to provide opportunities for CDP participants in Ngukurr to play an important role in delivering a much-needed water infrastructure upgrade for their community.

“Getting job seekers into real employment is a key component of the CDP,” Minister Scullion said.

“Jobs such as these are a great outcome to meet the needs of remote Australia so people can move from welfare to work, and make a contribution back to their community.”

With a multitude of construction projects in progress and scheduled in the vicinity of the remote Indigenous community, located approximately 640 kilometres south-east of Darwin, over the next few years, the Council has sourced training that will equip participants with the accreditation and confidence needed to secure employment opportunities as they arise.

Roper Gulf Regional Council has been working with participants to develop activities and training that produce job-ready participants, the most recent of which has allowed Gene Daniels and John Herbert to gain employment driving water trucks the day after completing a heavy rigid vehicle course in the Northern Territory capital.

Gene Daniels, Karla Daly, Neil Body, Hilroy Manggurra and Tristen Charlie are all smiles as they prepare to continue laying the pipeline for Ngukurr's new water bore.

Gene Daniels, Karla Daly, Neil Body, Hilroy Manggurra and Tristen Charlie are all smiles as they prepare to continue laying the pipeline for Ngukurr’s new water bore.

The pair is now carting water for NV Barrett Earthmoving as the Power and Water Corporation contractor lays a 6.2-kilometre pipeline that will connect Ngukurr to its new water supply.

In a bonus for Ngukurr’s CDP ranks, participants Hilroy Manggurra and Tristen Charlie have also been employed as labourers on the vital project to improve water accessibility.

Mr Daniels said he had learnt a lot from the training and was looking forward to securing additional work driving trucks on a more permanent basis.

“Getting this job is good for me and good for Ngukurr, because we are helping put the new bore in,” the 32-year-old explained.

“I’ll be able to drive a water cart on other jobs after this, so I’m very proud.”

NV Barrett Earthmoving Project Manager Neil Boyd congratulated the men on their work ethic in testing conditions and said they had slotted into the team seamlessly.

“Considering the temperature out here, they are doing a wonderful job,” he said.

He added that the Council’s approach was helping to develop a network of skilled workers in communities across its 186,000-square kilometre Local Government Area.

“We come and go from community being Power and Water contractors, so it’s important for us to know these guys are here, that they can do the job and that they are able to come straight out onto site skilled up for future work.”

Gene Daniels cuts a lone figure in his water truck as he drives along the 6.2-kilometre pipeline being installed by Power and Water Corporation contractor NV Barrett Earthmoving.

Gene Daniels cuts a lone figure in his water truck as he drives along the 6.2-kilometre pipeline being installed by Power and Water Corporation contractor NV Barrett Earthmoving.

Mayor Judy MacFarlane praised Ngukurr CDP Senior Employment Consultant Victoria Haig for facilitating the partnership between the participants and their new employer.

“This is just a fantastic outcome for these four men and Ngukurr in general,” she said.

“Our CDP staff across the Roper Gulf region are committed to providing training that allows for real upskilling and employment opportunities, and seeing the pride the men have in themselves and their community proves Council is leading the way in CDP delivery in some of the remotest parts of the NT.”

The Council runs CDP projects in its Local Government Area on behalf of the Commonwealth Government.

The Commonwealth 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: Ngukurr students saddle up to celebrate equine infrastructure unveiling

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EQUINE EXCELLENCE: Students, CDP participants and staff celebrate the official opening of the Ngukurr School equestrian yards on September 7 after a collaboration between the school and Roper Gulf Regional Council delivered the much-needed infrastructure.

EQUINE EXCELLENCE: Students, Community Development Program participants and staff celebrate the official opening of the Ngukurr School equestrian yards on September 7 after a collaboration between the school and Roper Gulf Regional Council delivered the much-needed infrastructure.

After stepping out of the saddle at the completion of their education, a group of men in Ngukurr have gone back to school to ensure future generations of students in the remote community have access to the infrastructure needed to advance their horsemanship skills.

Through its Community Development Program (CDP), Roper Gulf Regional Council has partnered with the Ngukurr School to construct a set of steel yards that will used by the 16 Year 9 to Year 12 students who learn about riding and equine management when they are not in the classroom.

The school supplied the materials for the ambitious build, with CDP participants providing the labour as they developed a new range of skills in metalwork, construction and project management under the watchful eye of the Council’s CDP Builder Trainer.

Witnessing the yards take shape had special meaning for several of the participants involved in the project who have a first-hand understanding of how important the horsemanship program is for fostering confidence and self-esteem in students.

Roper Gulf Regional Council CDP participant Donald Hall tells CDP Regional Manager Janelle Iszlaub what helping to build the yards means to him as a former student of the Ngukurr School horsemanship program.

Roper Gulf Regional Council CDP participant Donald Hall tells CDP Regional Manager Janelle Iszlaub what helping to build the yards means to him as a former student of the Ngukurr School horsemanship program.

Participant Donald Hall explained that as a former student in the program, he had jumped at the chance to give something back to the school.

“It makes me feel proud to have been in the horse program when I was at school, and now doing something to help the horse program,” he said.

CDP Regional Manager Janelle Iszlaub said she was thrilled to see how committed participants had been to growing their skillsets as part of a project.

“Council has had anywhere from 12 to 20 CDP participants at a time working on this project, and they have put countless hours into finishing it and making sure it is something Ngukurr can be extremely proud of,” she said.

After putting the finishing touches on the fabrication project, CDP participants watch Ngukurr School students try out their new horse yards.

After putting the finishing touches on the fabrication project, CDP participants watch Ngukurr School students try out their new horse yards.

“This was about showing the kids what the participants can do, which has been community involvement and teamwork, welding, machine operation, and preparing and managing the job from initial conception.”

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: Remote Aged Care staff achieve best practice through life story learning

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LIFE LESSONS: Roper Gulf Regional Council Aged Care staff Helen Sambo, Kaylene Wurramarrba and Ernie Andrews talk to Ngukurr client Helen Harrison about her life in a service delivery move that has garnered national attention in the Aged Care sector.

LIFE LESSONS: Roper Gulf Regional Council Aged Care staff Helen Sambo, Kaylene Wurramarrba and Ernie Andrews talk to Ngukurr client Helen Harrison about her life in a service delivery move that has garnered national attention in the Aged Care sector.

In the strictly-regulated environment of Aged Care, taking the time to discover the lives clients led before requiring assistance often takes a back seat to ensuring the support provided complies with legislative requirements.

But putting a focus on learning about and recording the stories of clients in its remote Aged Care facilities is providing Roper Gulf Regional Council with best-practice results that are being recognised at a national level.

The Council delivers Aged Care services in seven remote Indigenous communities scattered across its 186,000 square kilometre Local Government Area, meaning the tyranny of distance is often assumed to be the biggest challenge for both staff and clients.

While isolation can play a part in the success or failure of service delivery, Community Services Regional Manager Annalisa Bowden explained that the simple act of getting to know clients was allowing the Council to overcome the hurdle of remoteness.

“The biggest challenge we face is not distance or isolation, it’s about failing to recognise the lives our clients lived in their younger years,” she said.

“Aged Care is not just providing a service, it’s about listening to their story – it goes beyond quality care.”

As part of the unique approach, staff are documenting every client’s story to provide key information about what they did in their working life, their family, and the cultural role they played and continue to play in their community.

Ngukurr Acting Aged Care Coordinator Kaylene Wurramarrba and Community Development Program participant Dianne Thompson prepare to deliver meals to clients as part of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s innovative approach to remote Aged Care.

Ngukurr Acting Aged Care Coordinator Kaylene Wurramarrba and Community Development Program participant Dianne Thompson prepare to deliver meals to clients as part of the Council’s innovative approach to remote Aged Care.

After the Council passed a triennial Department of Health quality review following changes to service delivery requirements in the sector, Mrs Bowden and her team were invited to talk about their success at the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency’s Better Practice 2017 conference in Darwin in May.

On the back of this, Mrs Bowden then travelled to Canberra in June as part of a group that met with Federal Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt to discuss the changes and how the Council had tailored its service delivery model.

Mrs Bowden said the model facilitated a closer connection with clients, in addition to creating training and employment opportunities for local Indigenous staff.

“Our dedicated staff are building relationships, inspiring social change, empowering people and ultimately challenging the status quo when it comes to Aged Care,” she said.

“The client’s story is the most important thing you can provide your staff, and I think the positive outcomes Council has recorded recently prove this.”

Ngukurr-based Acting Aged Care Coordinator Kaylene Wurramarrba, who oversees the delivery of the program in the remote community, agreed with Mrs Bowden’s assessment.

“We have to get to know these old people to care for them well,” she said.

“To me and to staff, it is good to get these histories so they can still be somebody.

“It’s about respect and letting them know we won’t forget about them just because they are old now.”

View the full Media Release here.

 

 

 

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.