Council’s Sport and Recreation programs allow for increased opportunities for residents of regional and remote communities to participate in regular, structured sport and active recreation activities.
With a focus on youth participation outside of school hours, the programs aim to build strong and cohesive communities. The programs facilitate employment and development opportunities for local residents which enhance the skill base and capacity of their community.
Council is supported by both the National Indigenous Australians Authority (NIAA) and the Northern Territory Government to deliver Sport and Recreation programs in Barunga, Beswick, Borroloola, Bulman, Jilkminggan, Manyallaluk, Mataranka, Ngukurr, Numbulwar and Urapunga.
The objective of the Sport and Recreation programs is to ensure that residents of the Roper Gulf region enjoy similar levels of physical, emotional, and social wellbeing as those enjoyed by other Australians. This is achieved through the delivery of sport and recreation activities which provide diversions from antisocial or harmful behaviours to improve community cohesion.
Regular and popular activities undertaken during the programs in the various communities include sport and active recreation such as basketball, football (all codes), gymnastics, cricket, swimming, fishing and movie nights in addition to cultural bush cooking, arts & crafts, singing, dancing and discos.