TDC Update

Our Mission at TDC is to develop all commercial opportunities on behalf of the clan members throughout the Region to advance our key aims of providing local jobs for local people and, in the long term, ensuring every child has a chance of a full life.

Message from the CEO

Some days the best laid plans can go off the rails and the frustration can build at not being able to get the job done because something else pops up.

In our roles with TDC and in the community it is important to re-mind ourselves that the job we have to do will take time, will be hard, and to not get frustrated at the little things. Control your reactions, think before you act, don’t assume the worst in people, empathize and act in a manner that contributes to a good outcome. Also, don’t walk past something that needs to be done. It’s the old saying “The standard you walk past is the standard you accept”. Don’t leave the work to someone else, get in and help out.

This week I was just thinking things couldn’t get any worse, then we found dog poo on the carpet in the office (thanks Bear!). The fellas were all worried about who would get asked to clean it up. Well, I found it, so I fixed it. And look, it could have been worse, I wasn’t the person who stepped in it with bare feet! Have a great week.

Youth Diversion and Men’s Shed Team Up

Tom and Peter have been working with the fellas, collecting the Mulk from the iron wood trees to patch up didgeridoos. They will be starting to make fishing spears soon for the fishing boys.





Living with Snakes

Mark Crocombe has been doing some snake identifying, helping the Rangers to differentiate the good guys from the bad guys.

Ku Puwung (below), or Keelback is a hero. It eats lots of small cane toads, but it does not get sick from eating them. Ku Puwung has full length lines or keels; it lives in wet swamp country. Ku Puwung does not hurt people.

Ku Tharingkin below, is the Northern Brown Snake. It is a relation to the King Brown and is deadly.

A reminder that people are not encouraged to handle snakes, if you see a snake in the bush, leave it alone. Snakes are generally shy, and most will not attack unless provoked, so it’s best to let them be.

If you see a snake inside your home, calmly get people and pets out of the room, shut the door and fill the gap underneath with a towel, then call an experienced snake catcher for assistance. Thanks to Mark and Chris for sharing these images and information.

Ranger Recycling

A reminder that recycling is every Friday and is a great way to tidy up country and earn some cash at the same time.

A big shout out to the Ranger Women for working hard to sort out the rubbish recycling. Large bags come into the shed mixed with all sorts of bottles and packaging and the ladies sort through it all by hand on a large grading rack.

H&C Refurbs All Go

H&C are currently refurbishing 6x Remote Community Houses in Wadeye. Paul Nudjulu and Michael Kurawul are some of our Local Kardu Indigenous Trades Assistants working on the project.

Paul recently moved from WDRC to H&C (this Monday!) and is enjoying his role so far, he is fitting in great with the team. Michael was an OLSH work experience student who is now moving towards full time employment, he comes to work every day, works hard and is always making the crew laugh!

New Builds

The H&C team have been busy building 4 houses on Airport Drive and the rate of progress has been staggering. The roofs are on, and the boys are painting, and they were quick to point out the color scheme was not their choice but specifically requested!

OrangeSky New Team Member

Welcome to Alexandria Chula, Sophia Kundjil, Helena Warnir & Louise Dumoo who have all joined TDC this week!

Alexandria and Sophia have joined the OrangeSky and Healthy Homes cleaning team, and Helena and Louise have joined the Village cleaning team, to help keep up with high demand in all three areas!

With the help of CDP, we are advertising for more OrangeSky drivers, if you can think of anyone who may be interested, please let them know!


Shannon and Mitch are brushing up on their ServiceM8 skills while doing some work in the Top Office.

ServiceM8 is an app that is widely used by trade contractors to book, track, capture and invoice jobs, and has recently been rolled out in the Housing and Construction department.

Service M8 is being rolled out in the Workshop and other areas where tracking and billing of jobs occurs.

A big thanks to Sarah G and the TCA team for all the work in rolling out the new systems and training our team.

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