Brightening up a remote community brings better job prospects

Numbulwar is a small, primarily Aboriginal community on the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory of Australia. Its remoteness means the community has to rely heavily on its own resourcefulness and resilience. Veteran ICV volunteer Allen has been sharing his skills and experience helping Numbulwar locals build infrastructure and restore important sites in the community.

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Numbulwar is a small, primarily Aboriginal community on the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Permanent settlement began in 1952 with the founding of the Rose River Mission by local Aboriginal communities and the Church Missionary Society. The Mission operated until the 1970s when community control passed to the Numbulwar Numburindi Community Council.

Numbulwar is now a thriving community of around 800 residents. It has two general stores, a health clinic, a police station, a community school, a mechanical workshop, and a post office.

Its remoteness means the community has to rely heavily on its own resourcefulness and resilience. The Numbulwar Community and Roper Gulf Regional Council are always seeking opportunities to build skills and job opportunities.

Veteran ICV volunteer Allen has been sharing his skills and experience helping Numbulwar locals build infrastructure and restore important sites in the community. Together they have built sturdy fences around the basketball court which has improved safety for local children, and around the mechanical workshop which has greatly improved security.

Local residents also wanted to freshen up the aged care building, to provide a more inviting respite centre and comfortable home for its elderly residents.

The community members are delighted with the results, and are hoping the new skills they have learned will improve their job prospects. They are so delighted that they have invited Allen back to Numbulwar to help on future projects.