Three Police Stations are strung out along the Roper River - Minyerri, Ngukurr and Numbulwar. They, along with the larger station at Borroloola, each put on an event over National Youth Week to reward students with rides in a Zorb Ball for their involvement in working on 'our voice, our impact' - the slogan for the Week this year.
Constable Marcus Tilbrook - CEPO, Carpentaria Region
In Minyerri, the senior class of the school created anti-bullying posters, the best posters were chosen and those students were presented with certificates by Remote Sergeant Adam Russell. There were about one hundred younger children who were very pleased to have their turn in the Zorb Ball. Sergeant Russell was collecting them from around the Community and said 'you should have heard their excitement when the Zorb Ball came into view!' Naomi Wilfred—the Community's Indigenous Engagement Officer told us that the children here had never seen anything like it, and neither had she.
The Ngukurr event was run by Constable 1/C Anthony Clarke with the Roper Gulf Regional Council at the football oval where there was a water slide and football activities. Well over one hundred children tried the Zorb Ball—with most of them saturated from the water slide- made for an even higher rate of slipping and sliding than usual.
Numbulwar Roper Gulf Regional Council sponsored National Youth Week on the foreshore of the Community. Regional Sergeant Sean Byrnes and Constable Christopher Masters helped with games for the smaller children and races for all ages, as well as a BBQ. The police car and the opportunity to be in the cage and to operate the lights and sirens were a particular draw-card. More than one hundred children had a turn the Zorb Ball before it was punctured - taking if out of circulation until it could be repaired.
The Borroloola event was on the last day of term. This allowed every child at the School to have a couple of turns in the Zorb- including the School Attendance Officers who were very taken by it.
In every community the most fun was had watching the others in the Zorb—whether they were going fast and outrunning those pushing it, or whether they were tumbling around inside with no control at all. How many rides one gets in the Zorb doesn't appear to matter. All-in-all it was a successful series of events for the youth and for the local police at each of the Stations.