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  • Bulman Barrel of Laughs Review

    23 October 2013

    Eighty people and about twenty dogs gathered last Friday in the evening heat on the dusty edge of the small central Arnhem town of Bulman to laugh, dance and cheer at the “Bulman Barrel of laughs” a special event held in the small town located about 320 kilometres east of Katherine.

  • First Australians Welcome New Australians

    21 October 2013

    For the first time in the five years since formation, the Roper Gulf Shire Council formally welcomed a new Australian by hosting its first Citizenship ceremony. Twenty five relatives and friends attended the ceremony held in Mataranka, in the heart of the “Never Never,” to witness long term...

  • The Bulman Barrel of Laughs

    18 September 2013

    Three men and a horse walked into a bar… Why did the bush turkey cross the road…? Did you hear the one about…? No I am just gammin, the script may be still being written, but for sure laughter will ring out in Bulman at the inaugural Bulman Barrel of Laughs - a free comedy and fun event to be held...

  • Youth Leadership in Community Conference

    17 June 2013

    ‘Stand up goodbala wai’ – voices from the youth of Roper Gulf Shire will be heard at the inaugural Roper Gulf Shire Council Youth Leadership in Communities Conference - 25-26 June 2013. Roper Gulf Shire Mayor Tony Jack has announced an important initiative to be sponsored by the Roper Gulf Shire in...

  • RGSC Tony Jack – The Only Indigenous Representation on the ALGA Board

    17 June 2013

    Roper Gulf Sire Council’s Mayor Tony Jack is currently a Vice President of the Local Government Association of the Northern Territory and a Director of the Australian Local Government Association. His representation on this board provides for an increased opportunity to raise national recognition of...

  • New Rubbish Compactors

    15 June 2013

    Roper Gulf Shire Council has taken delivery of the first two of four new state of the art Rubbish compactor trucks. The trucks costing around $145,000 each are part of a $600,000 replacement program for older waste pick up vehicles and come with new state of the art operating and safety features...

  • Co-Location of Gas Pipeline

    31 May 2013

    Roper Gulf Shire Mayor Tony Jack has welcomed the recent announcement from pacific alumina and the NT Government that they are planning to start construction of a gas pipeline across the top end from Port Keats to Nhulunbuy.

  • Winners in Nyirranggulung Ward

    31 May 2013

    The NT Electoral Commission has released the declaration of the results of the recent By Election held in the Nyirrunggulung Ward. Roper Gulf Shire Town Beswick/Wugularr has won the National Tidy Towns Award for Culture and Heritage whilst the Beswick Solar Lights formed the basis for a...

  • It's All In The Numbers

    24 May 2013

    Anybody who has driven or flown across the Roper Gulf Shire knows how big it is. Horizon to horizon, from the Gulf of Carpentaria to west of the Stuart Highway, from just north of Elliott to the southern edge of Kakadu, from the Queensland border to 100 kls from the East Arnhem coast, which ever way...

  • Current Grog Policy is Killing our People

    23 May 2013

    Two more deaths on the Central Arnhem Highway in the Roper Gulf Shire region occurred last night and Mayor Jack said “this is a clear indicator that the grog restrictions are not working”. He continued on to say “this is a tragedy and a direct result of poor government policy. When is government...

  • Beswick Shines Through a Time of Darkness

    21 May 2013

    Beswick’s newly set up solar street lights shone like beacons during the recent flood despite being inundated and mains power being switched off. Shire Services Manager at Beswick Mal Fox said the lights illuminate what was a very dark and potentially dangerous part of the road linking the old and...

  • LGANT Welcomes Referendum to Recognise Local Government

    9 May 2013

    The Local Government Association of Northern Territory (LGANT) welcomes today’s announcement by the Prime Minister that a referendum on constitutional recognition of local government will be held in conjunction with the federal election on 14 September 2013.

  • Beswick, A Community Built on Resilience, Floods Once Again

    2 April 2013

    The waters of the Waterhouse River rose on the weekend. Twelve properties in the 'old suburb' in Beswick were evacuated to the designated emergency shelter ('new school') over the weekend. A few of these houses were inundated with low levels of water and residents of these properties remain housed...

  • Beswick Local Man is celebrating his 102 Birthday

    14 February 2013

    Major Taylor was born on the 1st January 1911, near Elliott in the Northern Territory, then part of South Australia. In January 2013 he turned 102, a rare age for an Australian and even rarer for an indigenous Australian.

  • Bulman

    11 February 2013

    The “black hole” in digital communications in Bulman, a town of around 300 people on the Central Arnhem Highway, is to be discussed at a high level meeting between Telstra, Roper Gulf Shire, Sunrise Health and key service organisations in Bulman this coming Wednesday.

  • Roper Gulf Wins Tidy Towns Four Years in a Row

    22 October 2012

    The Roper Gulf Shire again took out the highly coveted award of Territory Tidiest Town in the 2012 Awards, the fourth year in a row for the Roper Gulf Shire. Beswick has now won the award back to back as did Barunga two years in a row in 2009 and 2010.