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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“The main waste management issues in the communities is that they are, in many cases, using outdated landfilling methods in landfills, which were improperly designed without separating recyclable and hazardous materials,” he explained.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.”

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Media Release: Funding partnership drives transport vision in remote Roper Gulf communities

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BARGE BOOST: Barges play a vital role in the delivery of freight to Numbulwar during the wet season, and they are set to receive improved landing access as part of a multimillion-dollar development of transport hubs in two Roper Gulf communities.

BARGE BOOST: Barges play a vital role in the delivery of freight to Numbulwar during the wet season, and they are set to receive improved landing access as part of a multimillion-dollar development of transport hubs in two Roper Gulf communities.

A $2.31 million plan to unlock the economic and social potential of the remote communities of Ngukurr and Numbulwar will be realised after Roper Gulf Regional Council secured the funding needed to proceed with the ambitious project this month.

Road transport delivers the majority of freight to Ngukurr and Numbulwar – 320 kilometres and 480km west of Katherine respectively – and both communities have been identified as growth towns by the Northern Territory Government.

As part of the Council’s push to develop freight infrastructure, both communities will receive purpose-built facilities that include sealed heavy vehicle routes, undercover lay-down areas for loading and unloading, and dedicated parking.

The project has been funded by all three tiers of Government, a partnership that reflects the importance of adequate freight and transport infrastructure to regional economic development.

The NT Government contributed $1m through its Regional Economic Infrastructure Fund, while the Federal Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development will add $999,500 to the project as part of its National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF).

The Council has committed more than $300,000 to ensure the Growth Centre Transport and Freight Hub Project becomes a reality.

Director of Council and Community Services Sharon Hillen said the project meant supplies vital to the operation of both communities would no longer have to be unloaded in “dustbowls” or “a paddock of mud”.

“Right now, we have heavy vehicles manoeuvring into these towns without adequate heavy vehicle infrastructure, and that includes when they are unloading freight in dustbowls or a big, open paddock of mud, depending on the season,” she explained.

She added that the facilities would help improve local area traffic management and safety in Ngukurr and Numbulwar, as well as open the door to more regular freight deliveries.

“The heavy vehicles are interacting closely with the public at the moment,” Mrs Hillen said.

“It means we have vehicles, kids, forklifts and dogs; everybody interacting, because there are no formal lay-down areas, formal access or formal car parking, which the freight industry requires.

“We worked with the freight industry on this, and we had some freight companies say they would actually provide greater services to these remote destinations if they had more formal freight depots there.”

FREIGHT FUNDING: Numbulwar’s crucial heavy vehicle infrastructure will receive a major boost after Roper Gulf Regional Council announced a $2.31 million project to construct transport and freight hubs in two remote communities this month.

Numbulwar’s crucial heavy vehicle infrastructure will receive a major boost after Roper Gulf Regional Council announced a $2.31 million project to construct transport and freight hubs in two remote communities this month.

Chief Executive Officer Michael Berto said it was hoped the new infrastructure would give Ngukurr and Numbulwar more opportunities to develop, and attract much-needed investment from the private and public sectors.

“This project is necessary for the growth of the region, and reflects the needs of residents and businesses in Ngukurr and Numbulwar,” he said.

“Council is doing everything it can to overcome the tyranny of distance and provide every opportunity for our communities to reach their economic potential.”

The project is expected to create eight full-time equivalent jobs during the construction phase, but Mr Berto said he believed the opportunities for new small businesses and the upskilling of locals offered the greatest promise.

“These hubs will provide opportunities for Indigenous Territorians in our remote communities to learn new skills they can use to strengthen the capacity of the local workforce, but I think we will also see plenty of small businesses start up as a result of the project.

“Once the infrastructure for heavy vehicles is in place, there is nothing stopping someone in Numbulwar buying a water truck and putting their hand up to tender for work in the region, for example.

“The more skills and small businesses we can attract to these communities, the more sustainable they will be.”

Mrs Hillen said the fact both the Federal and Northern Territory Governments were prepared to contribute almost $2m to the project was recognition that economic development in remote communities was not possible without the facilities required to support it.

“This is the beginning of Government’s recognition that there are many infrastructure projects that aren’t sexy, that aren’t what everybody else wants, but are what every town needs,” she said.

The project is scheduled to be completed by November 2018.

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Media Release: Grant lands colourful blow for youth engagement in Numbulwar

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YOUTH HIT: Excited youth in Numbulwar don their gloves to celebrate the arrival of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s new inflatable boxing ring in the remote community.

YOUTH HIT: Excited youth in Numbulwar don their gloves to celebrate the arrival of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s new inflatable boxing ring in the remote community.

The remote community of Numbulwar is the last place you would expect to be home to an eye-catching yellow and red inflatable boxing ring, but Roper Gulf Regional Council has made it more than a fantasy for local youth with help from the Northern Territory Government.

Council staff have made the most of a $10,000 Community Benefit Fund grant to purchase the boxing ring, in addition to a pool table, a television, a gaming console and tablets, to ensure the sport and recreation hall has become the place for youth to congregate in Numbulwar.

With the availability of engaging activities for youth always high on the agenda for communities, the Council’s Community Safety, Youth, Sport and Recreation Co-ordinator, Sam Nowicki, said the boxing ring had provided a safe and unique way for Numbulwar’s youngest residents to keep physically active and build their confidence.

“The bouncy boxing ring has received a good workout already, with the youth enjoying some fun boxing matches,” he said.

“It’s a really great workout, with the boxers having lots of fun in a safe environment.

“There has been lots of laughing, cheering and fun had with the new gear.”

View the full Media Release here.