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Borroloola matters : keeping Borroloola residents informed of Council matters because Borroloola matters



Borroloola matters : keeping Borroloola residents informed of Council matters because Borroloola matters

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Roper Gulf Shire Council


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Page 15 JANUARY 2013 - Provide creative industries training for local people to help promote regional media, arts and cultural tourism - Support the transfer of knowledge about local culture between elders and young people. Books in Homes $30,916 grant approved After seeking more information about the Books in Homes program after the last Board meeting, a grant has now been approved to support the program in the three Gulf Region Schools Borroloola, Robinson River and Kiana for 2013. This comes after an NT Government contract for the program ended in 2012. This program recognises that for children to have a positive attitude to reading they must be not only exposed to books but have access to owning them. All 400 children at the regional schools will receive books under the program to take home and keep. Subject to the outcomes for 2013, the Board will consider extending its support for Books in Homes. Mobile lighting towers $105,431 grant approved Four mobile lighting towers will be bought by MAWA with the support of the Trust. These are proposed to be used for night time sporting events on the oval and for annual community events such as the Borroloola Show, Borroloola Rodeo and NAIDOC and Boonu Boonu Festivals. The aim is to help provide after hours activities for youth and in so doing, reduce anti social behaviour. The availability of the towers will expand the options for family friendly social and sporting activities within Borroloola. Borroloola Streetscape Renewal Plan The Board has discussed a submission from Roper Gulf Shire Council for support for improving the roads in Borroloola and in the Garawa Camp, Marra Camp and Yanuala Road. The Board is considering the proposal but has a number of questions for the Council in regard to maintenance and scheduling with other civil works in Borroloola that need to be addressed before a decision can be made. Infofish Phase 3. The Board also considered a proposal from King Ash Bay Fishing Club for the third phase of work by Infofish for monitoring fish stocks in the McArthur River, Sir Edward Pellew Islands and estuaries along the coastline. During the meeting, representatives of Infofish provided a presentation on the outcomes to date of over 4,200 barramundi tagged and 4,200 fishing trips monitored over the 3 years the program has already been running. It found 60% of all fishing happens around the McArthur River delta and Carrington Island and the most fish found in Warren Inlet, Rutherford Creek, Chadwick Creek, Lousy Creek, Crooked Creek and the Borroloola Crossing. It also found barramundi stocks are in good shape but with fishing increasing in the region, they are keen to find out more about the barramundi, Golden Snapper and Mangrove Jack. The Board has raised a number of questions for the Club before a decision will be made regarding the funding request. Page 2 of 4