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TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2014 3
The Barkly Regional Council has re-
futed claims that a clinic in the Utopia
homelands was left without a regular
CEO Dr Edwina Marks said the council was
informed by the health clinic in Urapuntja that
they had run out of water nearly a fortnight ago.
“The Council was notified at 4.05pm on Sun-
day and the tank was filled with water supplied
to the clinic just after 5pm,” Dr Marks said.
“The clinic bore at Urapuntja Health Service
Aboriginal Corporation on the Utopia Home-
lands failed some ten weeks ago during pump
“An adjacent bore was then inspected to see
if it could bear supply and it was reinstated.”
Dr Marks said both the clinic and the council
carried out water testings immediately and ad-
vised the Department of Community Services
about the issues.
“Both bores are very old and the immediate
issue was potable supply,” Dr Marks said.
“The council carted water every second day,
and pumping to an overhead tank was carried
out throughout that time.
“We have been carting water every second day
to ensure adequate supply of potable water. The
current bore supply is sufficient for washing, just
not drinking,” said Dr Marks.
“Council has worked over and above to
ensure that this supply is met and any issues
are resolved almost immediately regardless of
whether this is out of hours or not.”
Dr Marks said the council had been working
with the Department of Community Services
around potential options and also advising the
Department of Health about the results of any
testing. The council is also working closely
with the clinic about the most effective long-
The CEO said the Council is still carting wa-
ter and, along with the Urapuntja Clinic, has
obtained quotes in relation to capital options
to be implemented by the Northern Territory
“I met with the Department of Community
Services again on Wednesday (August 27) and
was advised that the Northern Territory Govern-
ment would consider emergency funding and
the potential option of installing a new bore,”
said Dr Marks.
“As all parties involved would be aware, the
underlying issue is that there is no guarantee
of long-term supply in relation to any water in
these remote conditions and as a result the NT
Government will look closely at any options
to ensure that it is a long-term robust solution.
“The Department of Health will meet with
Urapuntja clinic next week and the council will
liaise to meet with the clinic in person in the
“All personnel at the service centre continue to
work with the clinic and assist supply, and will
cart water for as long as necessary.”
Council refutes Utopia water shortage
THE Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP)
service provider in Tennant Creek and the Barkly re-
gion, Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation, has
The Australian Government introduced significant reforms to
employment participation and community development services
in remote Australia on 1 July 2013, combining the strengths
of Job Services Australia, the Disability Employment Service,
the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP)
program and the Indigenous Employment Program (IEP) in
order to help more people get into jobs and participate in their
Remote Australia is defined by RJCP as most of the mainland
west of a narrow strip of the East Coast which takes in all of
Victoria and Tasmania, the South East portion of South Australia
and the South West corner of Western Australia.
Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation is the single service
provider for the South East Barkly (Region 26) and North
Barkly (Region 28), two of the 60 identified remote regions,
giving job seekers, communities, employers and others a single,
local point of contact for employment and participation services.
A substantial investment of $1.5 billion over five years will
fund the Remote Jobs and Communities Program of which
$1.1 billion is allocated for demand-driven employment and
participation activities, including a Participation Account to
help buy goods and services to support job seekers.
Manager of the Barkly RJCP since May, Bill Trewlynn, is
happy to be settling in to the new premises.
“One major positive about this building is that it’s interior
space has been purpose built for participant interaction,” he said.
“There is outdoor space and one on one interview rooms which
is very important to our client’s cultural sensitivities.
“We now have the facilities to deliver employee training on-
site with a dedicated demountable for this purpose and a job
search workstation set up in the front foyer.
“As we roll out this program there will also be consultation
between potential employers, caseworkers and clients to maxi-
mise positive employment outcomes.”
RJCP is expected to deliver significant improvements to re-
gions like the Barkly with all RJCP providers required to have
a local presence.
In addition, jobseekers will only have to deal with a single
service provider, unlike previous arrangements where services
may have been delivered by two or more providers in a par-
The new office is situated at 179 Paterson Street, previously the
offices of the Council of Elders and Respected Persons (CERP).
New home for Barkly’s employment service provider
NEW HOME: RJCP’s Natalya Ransome, Manager
Bill Trewlynn and Marlene Bennett.
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