The new subdivision at the bottom of Rainbow Street is almost complete. We’ve been supplying concrete to Yingwati who have been getting the subdivision ready. Power and water are in, the kerbs have been done, and now just the final touches on the concrete driveways and drainage are being made.
One of the new gutters
The subdivision 1 of 2
The subdivision 2 of 2
Unloading the truck
Timson and Lyndsay unload the concrete
Pouring the drains
The next step will be building the houses, with construction expected to start sometime in 2019. More housing will help reduce some of the over-crowding issues, in some cases with up to 14 or more members of one family sharing a 3 bedroom home.
We held our Annual General Meeting of Members yesterday, where we presented the Director’s Report to our Members and elected our Directors for the next two years. We followed it up with a Board Meeting of our new Directors.
We’re pleased to announce the following Directors were appointed to YMD’s Board. Each of the seven clans has two Directors and an Alternate / Proxy:
Alawa: Priscilla Dixon, Roland Lansen, Brian Robertson
Ngalakan: Roger Thompson, Cynthia Turner, Sammy Ponto
Ngandi: Owen Turner, Michael Thompson, Ammeretta Wesan
Mara: Grace Daniels, Melinda Thompson, Emmanuel Huddleston
Wandarrang: Gregory Daniels, Regina Rogers, Kevin Rogers
Nunggubuyu: Bobby Nunggumajbarr, Daphne Daniels, Ambrose Daniels
Ritharrngu: Laurie Wilfred, Benjamin Wilfred, Erica Wilfred
Congratulations to all those who are new faces on our board, as well as those who have retained their positions. We look forward to an exciting year ahead with lots of work for community in the pipeline.
Our first Board Meeting with the new Board.
We’re very proud of our Darlala Motel. Our 22 room motel has expanded to a total of 28 rooms with the addition of 6 extra rooms and a laundry building (offering a long-awaited guest laundry). We had originally applied for an ABA grant to fund the expansion but after 6 months of waiting, we were told our idea had merit but we should seek funding elsewhere. Ultimately, our Directors chose to rely on our own limited trust fund to cover the expansion ourselves.
While this decision will potentially limit what other opportunities we can pursue, the expansion will allow Yugul Mangi Development to take advantage of growing tourism opportunities within the region, as well as increased business as a result of the Wilton and Roper River Crossings. The building should re-pay itself within 5 to 10 years.
Thanks to Demountable Sales & Hire and Bill’s Crane Trucks who helped us make this expansion happen within a tight budget. We look forward to the new buildings being fully furnished and connected to utilities by early next year, ready for our guests.
For the 25th and 26th of September, the Strongbala Pipul Wanbala Bois Komiti met-up with other Stronger Communities for Children program participants in Darwin. The meeting is a regular conference that allows communities to talk about what is and isn’t working, and share ideas amongst each other.
Our Ngukurr Board presented what they had been up to with the Leadership Program, Ngukurr Story Project, and Community Engagement Study all being presented.
The Stronger Communities Program is Federally funded and designed to empower local community decision making to help address many of the issues that exist within remote Indigenous communities in Australia.
The Katherine Regional Directors of State Government came out this week to meet with Yugul Mangi as part of our Multi-Agency Partnership. The partnership is exploring a new way of working together, allowing Yugul Mangi to increase its capacity and improve local Indigenous employment.
Upcoming housing programs were discussed, along with roadworks and many other opportunities for employment in the area.
It’s been a weekend of Football, Basketball, Music & Fireworks at the Yugul Mangi Festibul 2018 this year.
Friday night kicked off with bunggul, a fashion show, a baby competition, local youth bands, and a disco – with prize vouchers for the best dancers (and all the cute babies).
Saturday was full of Football, locally made canoes that were given a trial run in the swimming pool, a spear throwing competition and a late, late night of bands running until 3 am and in the middle of it all, a great Firework display – a rare chance for the kids up in Ngukurr.
On Sunday it was all finals. The Ngukurr Cobras played off against the Ngukurr Eagles in the women’s Basketball, with the Cobras clinching victory – winning 38 to 32 in a tight match with scores level right up until last minute.
The Football Grand Final was next with Urapunga Power versus the Ngukurr Jets. The teams were evenly matched, with the game going into second over-time before Urapunga kicked the goal that would win the match. Ngukurr Jets scored 8 goals, 7 points for 55, with Urapunga 9 goals, 7 points, 61. You can watch the final minute of the match below.
It was an exciting weekend for everyone involved. We’d like to thank everyone who helped make Festival great this year, and we look forward to an even better Festival next year!
The Chief Minister and NT Government visited Ngukurr on Monday 28 May. They met with Yugul Mangi Development’s Directors and signed a Multi-Agency Partnership Agreement, committing to working together with Yugul Mangi Development and the people of Ngukurr to help grow and develop the Ngukurr community into a strong community.
They then held a Community Cabinet meeting at the Guluman Centre. Afterwards, there was a community BBQ which was well attended by community and gave local mob the chance to speak with their local member Selena Uibo and Government Ministers.