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Tonight, the very successful Youth Week Program.
The Court in town for the first time, and the opening of our wet season swimming pool.
But first of all, an update on the critical situation in Ramingining about the road conditions and the fuel for the power station.
Our special reporter..
Gerald Yawulkpuy (reporting in the field): It has been raining a lot and the roads around Raminginging are really bad. We are now driving to the barge landing to check the situation.
Tony Merkel: Through the amount of rain that we’ve had and really bad drainage on our roads, there’s a lot of sections that have bogged up and through heavy vehicle traffic it’s just created really big wash outs unable to pass at the moment. So bad through trying to get the rock in that’s just over there into the holes that the machines have been through – it’s just chewed it all up now and we really need to let it dry up for a bit. We need let it dry out a bit, we need to get the grader operating and then we can start doing things with the road – but until it starts to dry out a lot, it’s really bad.
Gerald Yawulkpuy: The local boys are helping and doing the best they can.
Joseph Smith: They’ve got the big helicopter coming in now with the drums. It’s dropping the empty drums off then getting the full drums back to the powerhouse because they can’t take the diesel truck on the road.
Gerald Yawulkpuy: The only option is flying the fuel drums to the power station with the helicopter. Richard will tell us more.
Hi Richard, so how many tonnes of diesel are you taking to the power station?
Richard: We’re going to take 60,000 litres there, that’s 100 trips of three drums, with a helicopter.
The road to the barge landing is the lifeline to our community. We all hope it will be fixed soon.
Gerald Yawulkpuy: Thank you. Last week was the national youth week with a lot of sport and education for the youth in our community. Here is the story with Rico.
Rico (Gerald Yawulkpuy character): Hi, my name’s Rico and I’m here with Bruce he’ll be telling some stories about youth sport.
Bruce Thomson: We had a volunteer come out from Darwin, Curtis, and he ran the archery and we had an archery competition with some young kids about as big as this right up to the boys with the hunting bow. So that was good fun.
Right now this is a grand final day, which is a round robin competition of sport. We’ve got soccer, touch and we’ve got basketball.
Rico (Gerald Yawulkpuy character): There’s Bruce, organising the youth sport, thanks Bruce.
All day, kids were enjoying playing basketball, touch rugby, and also soccer. After the games, the best team received their prizes and Bruce is very happy.
Bruce Thomson: We’ve had over 120 participants in the sport. We’ve had people who’ve play sport for seven days, we’ve had a lot of rain, people have been playing when it’s been raining every day. We’re having trouble getting fuel and food into the place but we’re still playing sport, we’re still having fun.
We’ve got the disco coming up and everyone’s really enjoying themselves. So hopefully it’ll be the same for next year. 2012, guys, National Youth Week!Rico (Gerald Yawulkpuy character): The day is ending with the dancing competition and the disco. My name is Rico – back to you, Gerald.
Gerald Yawulkpuy (in studio): It is hard an expensive during the wet season to go to Minimurra for the Court. So our local policeman, Rob, organized the Court to come from Darwin to Ramingining for a full day. This was really successful, and we hope the court will come back more often. A story to follow.We just received pictures of our first swimming pool in Ramingining. It’s around five metres wide and 10 metres long. But it won’t last long, so hurry up kids, and don’t forget: Kids alive, do the five.
Our picture of the week was sent by Joseph. It is called The mud is good for your skin, but not for your truck. Thank you Joseph for the great picture.It is time for the weather forecast with Djaba Da Daaaa Da Da.
Djaba Da Daaaa Da Da (Gerald Yawulkpuy character): (In language – weather forecast) So we need to celebrate dry season. Please, dry season, we’re waiting for you.
Gerald Yawulkpuy (in studio): Thank you, Djaba Da Daaaa Da Da. Well, this is the end of our program for this week. Thank you for watching Ramo News. My name is Gerald Yawulkpuy (language sign off).