Hodgson Downs our Tenth Local Authority

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PHOTO_Hodgson Downs LA MembersThe first meeting of the Hodgson Downs Local Authority on the 20th August has marked the completion of the establishment of 10 Local Authorities in the Roper Gulf Regional Council.

The Northern Territory Government’s Regional Governance Review in 2013 directed Local Government to establish Local Authorities in their regions to represent local communities in planning and local issues.

Roper Gulf has a been a leader in establishing Local Authorities and first meeting of the Hodgson Downs Local Authority (known also as Minyerri) completes the list of Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Local Authorities to be established. Continue reading

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Ngukurr Pool Chemical Shed Construction has started

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PHOTO_Ngukurr Pool Chemical ShedAn urgent request to build a Chemical storage shed for the Town swimming pool at Ngukurr has been answered by the RJCP Certificate 2 in Construction team.

Storage of Pool chemicals was identified as an urgent Work health and Safety issue and for the last few weeks the local fellas doing the Cert 2 in construction have been hard at it laying foundations for the shed under the supervision of Zac Phillipot and Dan Romeyn.

Zac Phillipot who is the RJCP Employment Coordinator at Ngukurr is impressed with the quality of the work being done. He said of the fellas, “The team work has been great stuff… and the job has been done well” Continue reading

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Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

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Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander people is back on the Federal Government’s agenda and the Joint Select Committee appointed by the Australian Parliament to research, consult and prepare a report for the Parliament sat for one day in Katherine in August to consult and take evidence. Evidence was heard from Local government and a number of Indigenous organizations in the region.

Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Director of Council Services and Infrastructure, Sharon Hillen addressed the Committee and told them that Roper Gulf Regional Council supported the move to recognize Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander in the Constitution and the repeal of racially discriminating clauses from the Constitution. Continue reading

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Jilkminggan’s “Jamboree Mob” gets “Heywire” funding for new project.

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GRAPHIC_Jilkminggan_HeywireOn Wednesday 13 August the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) announced that the Jilkminggan Youth Activities group was successful in getting funding under the ABC’s FRRR Heywire program. This funding will enable the Jilkminggan Youth Group, known as the Jamboree Mob, to run a program of locally devised and produced community performances to raise awareness of issues that affect their community.

The Heywire Youth Innovation Grant is an annual national grants program supported by FRRR and the ABC that supports original and locally focused projects of importance to younger people. This year 12 grants were awarded across regional and rural Australia including the Jilkminggan project.

“We want to use fun and humour to highlight some of the damaging effects of alcohol and gaming on our community. We think that a mobile locally devised show would be accessible and non-threatening but still able to get a message across.” said Holly Gosden, Jilkminggan Sport and Recreation worker who is working with the core group of 15 young people ranging from 13 to 16 years old.

“We also think working together on this will also build our group and individual strengths.” “We have a pretty solid community that is supportive of each other but we do have problems with drinking and gambling. Some of our mob are passing away too young due to bad life choices. Depression and suicide is too common in our community.” Continue reading

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Safety Leaders Awards Announced

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August 2014The first recipients of the Roper Gulf Regional Council Safety Leadership Awards were announced by CEO Michael Berto at the recent Managers meeting held in Katherine.

Marc Gardner, Director of Contracts and Technical Services and Lara Brennan, Regional Manager Community Services were the first winners.

Marc was noted by Matthew Galloway, Work Health and Safety Coordinator, for his application and willingness to,

“…do the business and his attention to good workplace safety. He has strongly communicated the safety message and undertaken field surveys. His safety leadership is cascading down through his department” Continue reading

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