With the early morning sun rise bringing promise of a hot October day to follow, Ampro Tuddaa Lavender became a new citizen of Australia at a ceremony held at Ngukurr at the end of October 2014.
Mrs. Lavender is the first person to undertake a citizenship ceremony in Ngukurr and the second person to undertake it with the Roper Gulf Regional Council. Ampro lives and works in Ngukurr, the iconic town on the banks of the Roper River and was thrilled to be able to take her oath in her home town.
Deputy Mayor Judy MacFarlane who conducted the ceremony said, “We are expecting more people to apply for citizenship ceremonies to be held in our Region and we are all excited about being able to welcome new Australians here in the Roper Gulf Region”, “Citizenship is our common bond uniting Australians whether your heritage is first Australian, Australian born or more recent arrivals. Our rich heritage stems from the contributions made by all of us. We join in welcoming new citizens,” she said.
The Roper Gulf Regional town of Beswick located about 110 kilometres east of Katherine has started a new horticultural training and development program. The neat little town, already an oasis in the area, will get new plantings of Indigenous fruiting and medicinal trees and bushes as an extra outcome of the employment training project to be run by the Roper Gulf Regional Council Remote Jobs in Community Program (RJCP) and the Bachelor Institute.
The project is already at the stage of preparing irrigation systems and large improved soil beds for planting of Indigenous medicinal herbs and bush tucker plants. It will be an ongoing part of the employment training program in the town. Continue reading →
Roper Gulf Regional Council will speed up improvement to the energy efficiency of its nine regional offices following the granting of just over $1/2 Million from the Australian Government.
The funding grant will pay for the upgrading of insulation, energy efficient lighting and air conditioning, timer switches and solar hot water. Improvements will provide both an improved working environment and long term cost saving in operating these facilities.
These energy efficiency improvements will also be a model demonstrating the benefits of improved energy management practices for both Council and the broader community. Linked with the installation of newer and more efficient materials and fit out will also be community education programs looking at both energy and water conservation. Continue reading →