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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.”

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.