Services & Affiliations

Centrelink Access Point

The BCAC Administration Centre provides customers in the Binjari Community with general information and assistance on Centrelink payments and services.

Services include:

  • assisting with completing forms to apply for Centrelink support and services
  • providing information about the range of services and types of support available including Abstudy
  • acting as the principal contact point for community members requiring Centrelink assistance

Australia Post Agency

The Post Office provides a range of basic, standard postal services for the Binjari Community.

The postal agency is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm

Binjari Books

Binjari Community Aboriginal Corporation actively supports the Binjari Book project, a community-based project which has been going from strength to strength. The project involves a collaboration between women participants from Binjari and Denise Angelo, a linguist based at the Australian National University.

The Binjari Books project has a strengths-based approach which builds on the the Binjari women’s existing extensive talents and skills. Most are multilingual, speaking Kriol and English, often with knowledge of other traditional languages too. The Binjari Book project has tapped into this pool of language expertise and developed other skills, such as Kriol literacy, computer skills, kids story writing and book illustrating. It is hoped that this line of work will develop into a self-sustaining local enterprise.

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Health Clinic

Binjari Health Centre provides a range of health services to the Indigenous people of Binjari. The Health Centre operates Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8.30am – 4pm. Thursday the Health Centre is open 8.30am until midday and the afternoon is reserved for training and meetings. The Health Centre also offer a free bus service to Katherine for community members requiring specialist health appointments.

The overall management of the Binjari Health Centre has been provided by Wurli under an auspicing arrangement. Binjari now has 2 board representatives on the Wurli board to act as voice on behalf of the Binjari community members.

The centre is staffed by RNs, RAHPS and Doctors who have a strong background in providing clinical care. Specific programs are conducted regularly. These target men’s health, women’s health, child and maternal health, sexual health, and chronic disease management. Health promotion and education is significant in all these, focusing on substance misuse and excessive alcohol consumption, nutrition, smoking and physical activity.

CDP Programme

Binjari are actively involved in the Community Development Programme (CDP). CDP is a remote employment and community development service and management of the program has been contracted to the Roper Gulf Regional Council. The CDP supports job seekers in remote Australia to build skills, address barriers and contribute to their communities through a range of flexible activities. It is designed around the unique social and labour market conditions found in remote Australia and is an essential part of the Australian Government’s agenda for increasing employment and breaking the cycle of welfare dependency.

The CDP is flexible and focused on local decision making and local solutions. Under the CDP, job seekers with activity requirements are expected to do up to 25 hours per week of work-like activities that benefit their community. The CDP offers a broad range of flexible activities to not only increase job seekers’ skills but also contribute to their community.

Recently, CDP participants in Binjari have been using recycled pallets to create a range of chairs and have turned heads with their unique designs, including one modelled on the famous throne in the Phantom’s Skull Cave.

For further information, please contact the Communications Coordinator on 0427 674 212 or at roper.governance@ropergulf.nt.gov.au.

Municipal Services

BCAC sub-contracts to the Katherine Town Council for a broad range of Municipal Services including:

  • maintenance of the Binjari oval
  • maintenance of shared communal spaces
  • heavy waste disposal
  • lawn mowing
  • general carpentry

Bus Service

BCAC provides a bus transport service to and from Katherine. This service operates Monday to Friday, 9am – 11am and 12 noon – 2.30pm.
BCAC employ “H” endorsed drivers to ensure safe, affordable, accessible door to door transport for Community members.

Community Services Assistance (forms/enquires)

BCAC Administration provides Community members with assistance to complete forms and enquiries. This sometimes includes assisting with Proof of Aboriginality documentation to support study, enrolments, housing applications, photocopying, superannuation claims etc.

Domestic Violence - Member of Local Reference Group (LRG)

Katherine Domestic Violence – Local Reference Group

BCAC is actively involved in the Katherine Domestic Violence local reference group. These monthly meetings cover domestic violence issues with an aim to address and prevent the root causes of domestic violence. BCAC works collaboratively with other organisations such as Good Beginnings, The Crisis (Outreach) Centre and Wurli-Wurlinjang Health Service to provide a strong voice for Government.

Katherine Safety Committee Member

BCAC is a member of the Katherine Safety Committee and is committed to promoting safety in the construction industry and advancing the objectives of the safety association at a regional level. The committee works hard to identify regional and trade-specific health and safety training needs, as well as developing solutions to safety problems in the construction industry, particularly at a local level.

Service Provider Liaison within the Katherine Community

Various service providers within the Katherine Region contact BCAC on a regular basis offering their services to Binjari. This often creates opportunities for Binjari residents to be involved in programs such as:

  • Catholic Care
  • Anglicare
  • YMCA school holiday program
  • Church Services of various denominations
  • Training programs from different organisations
  • Christmas in Katherine campaign
  • Sporting Events

Community Members are able to access advice on personal matters relating to Legal matters/Consumer problems etc.

Housing & Maintenance Reporting - NTG Housing

The Northern Territory Government Department of Housing works through the Roper Gulf Shire Council for all housing repairs and maintenance. Tenants contact BCAC Administration to report repair and maintenance issues and these issues are in turn reported to assigned remote housing managers.

The Provision of Housing Maintenance is delivered in accordance with the Residential Tenancies Act; the Remote Public Housing Management Framework; the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing and other legislation and Territory Housing policy and procedures relevant to the provision of the Services.

If tenants are unsure who to contact for repairs and maintenance, they should call Territory Housing’s remote housing free call number on 1800 104 076

Correctional Services – Community Work Order Provider

A community work order is a sentence that requires offenders to complete unpaid work which is of benefit to the community. If a person is placed on a community work order they are required to:

  • follow all reasonable directions of the probation and parole officer
  • perform community work in a satisfactory manner as directed
  • finish the community work hours within the time frame written on the order
  • tell their officer if they change address within two working days
  • follow all other conditions set by the court.

If a person is placed on a community work order they must not:

  • break the law while on the order
  • leave the Northern Territory (NT) without permission from the probation and parole officer
  • breach the conditions of their order.

Accommodation Services (GBM Complex)

Accommodation Services and Hire of Facilities

BCAC provides tenants such as contractors, trainers and government bodies with quality, comfortable accommodation at good value for money.
BCAC also hires out a number of facilities. For more information, please contact the BCAC Administration Office.

BUILDING NAME BUILDING TYPE / DESCRIPTION CASUAL / DAILY RATE LONG TERM WEEKLY RATE CLEANING FEES
HACC BUILDING ( BOTTOM CAMP ) SEMI-COMMERCIAL KITCHEN, 2 LARGE SPACES APPROX 86M2 & 60M2, 3 TOILETS & 1 SHOWER, WASHING MACHINE, 8 LARGE SEWING/ WORK TABLES, 2 LOCKABLE ROOMS FOR OFFICE, STORAGE OR ACCOMODATION $150 inc GST $250 inc GST IF BUILDING NOT LEFT AS FOUND A CLEANING FEE OF $75 PER HOUR WILL BE CHARGED TO HIRER
CONFERENCE ROOM FULLY AIR CONDITIONED MEETING ROOM APPROX 60M2 WITH LARGE BOARDROOM TABLE, SMALL KITCHEN WITH SERVERY $100 inc GST N/A "
STAFF / ACTIVITY ROOM FULLY AIR CONDITIONED ACTIVITY ROOM APPROX 60M2 WITH SINK & COFFEE MAKING FACILITY. APPROX 45M2 $85 inc GST $200 inc GST "
GEC BUILDING ACCOMODATION ACCOMMODATION COMPLEX WITH 4/ AIR CONDITIONED ROOM WITH ENSUITES, SHARED KITCHEN, LOUNGE & REC AREA. $55 inc GST $275 inc GST "
BOTTOM CAMP SHED LARGE SHED WITH POWER $55 inc GST $275 inc GST "
BASKETBALL COURT & DISCO CONTAINER FULL SIZE COVERED BASKETBALL COURT WITH MALE & FEMALE TOILETS / CHANGE ROOMS, CONTAINER WITH PA SYSTEM & DISCO LIGHTS $100 inc GST N/A "
SPORTS OVAL FULL SIZE GRASSED OVAL WITH AUSSIE RULES GOAL POSTS $100 inc GST N/A "

Machinery and Equipment Hire

Please contact BCAC Administration for information on hourly, daily and weekly hire rates.

  • 2010 COASTER OMNIBUS
  • FORD RANGER UTILITY
  • TOYOTA LC MILITARY TROOP CARRIER
  • 8X5 GALVINISED BOX TRAILER (WITH CAGE)
  • HONDA QUAD BIKE (WITH SPRAY PACK)
  • KUBOTA 68HP TRACTOR 4CYL DIESEL 4WD
  • ISUZU TIPPER 5T
  • KUBOTA 72" BUCKET
  • KUBOTA PALETT FORKS
  • DIGGA POST HOLE BORER 3PT LINKAGE
  • KUBOTA 32HP ZERO TURN LAWNMOWER
  • POLARIS RANGER CREW CAB BUGGIES
  • STANDARD RIDE ON MOWERS
  • HONDA PUSH MOWERS
  • HONDA WHIPPER SNIPPERS \ BRUSH CUTTERS
  • 4000 PSI DIESEL PRESSURE WASHER
  • HEAVY DUTY CAR TRAILER
  • 8X5 TANDEM FIRE FIGHTING TRAILER
  • 4000PSI DIESEL PRESSURE CLEANER & TRAILER WITH CLEANING GEAR
  • PETROL CEMENT MIXER WITH TRAILER & CONCRETING GEAR
  • MAKITA DEMOLITION HAMMER
  • SMALL TOOLS BETWEEN $100 - $1000
  • COMPRESSOR
  • MANITOU
  • BOBCAT

Construction Building/Training Programme

Binjari Community Aboriginal Corporation provides core building and construction services to the residents of Binjari while striving to continually improve its capability to deliver quality external services. BCAC has worked extremely hard to develop non-funded revenue streams, recently partnering with a project management company to assist them in reaching their full potential. With a strong focus on providing local Indigenous employment BCAC has been successful in winning numerous Northern Territory Government tenders to provide remote communities throughout the Northern Territory with housing refurbishments and upgrades. BCAC have taken the initiative to employ Indigenous community members to work with qualified tradespeople in the aim to create an independent Indigenous workforce, eliminating the need for outside funding. BCAC will soon provide Indigenous people with an opportunity to take on trade apprenticeships. Apprentices will be employed either directly to BCAC or through BCAC’s building partner.

BCAC has expanded its network of willing businesses, who have partnered with them through the growth of the construction arm. BCAC remain client focussed and strive to deliver services to a high standard whilst remaining dedicated to supporting local suppliers for the mutual benefit and growth of the remote areas it operates in.

BCAC has a genuine commitment to training and with assistance from the Department of Business and Carey Training, BCAC has delivered several Certificate 2 courses in Construction, Certificate 2 in Horticulture / Land Management. Through RJCP they have delivered Certificate 3 in Safety Training to 15 Community members. BCAC also provides ongoing non-accredited training in all areas of Construction, including Welding, Land Management, Office Administration etc.

BCAC continues to allocate funds to create opportunities and pathways to all Community members with a desire to improve their ability to engage in mainstream employment and personal advancement.

STEVE WOOLCOCK, commenced with Binjari Community Aboriginal Corporation in 2014. Steve has over 30 years’ experience in the building industry, particularly commercial construction and plays an integral role in BCAC’s construction and training arm.

Steve Woolcock
Project Manager and Licensed Builder
NT: 134837CR
QBSA: 734 713
Phone: 08 8971 2709
Fax: 08 8972 1738
Mobile: 0418 667 228
Email: buildingmanager@binjari.org.au

2016/17 Projects

  • Roper Gulf
  • Country Wide
  • Gunbalanya
  • Ngukurr
  • Minyerri
  • Pigeon Hole
  • ALPA Milingimbi
  • ALPA Gunbalanya
  • ALPA Galiwinku

2015/16 Projects

  • Roper Gulf
  • Country Wide
  • Weemol/Bulman-Bulla/Amanbidji)

2014/15 Projects

  • Roper Gulf