Sport and Recreation

Delivering Sport and Recreation activities for residents of the Roper Gulf region


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.

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Our Vision

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.

Roper Gulf Active & Connected 

Roper Gulf Active & Connected (Sport and Recreation Masterplan) has been developed to assist Roper Gulf Regional Council and its partners in the delivery of sport and recreation services and infrastructure for the next ten years. It has been developed within the context that there are many organisations that will play a role in ensuring the successful delivery of Roper Gulf Active & Connected. Click the link below to view the Plan. 

Roper Gulf Active & Connected (Summary)

Roper Gulf Active & Connected (Full Version)

School Holiday Programs

Our school holiday programs are coordinated by Council’s sport and recreation staff and aim to work with communities to deliver free activities to young people every day over the school holiday period. Everyone is welcome to come along for an action-packed day!

Click here to view the June/ July 2024 School Holiday Programs