Home' Tennant and District Times : 2014-0912 TDT Contents 4 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2014
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BRADAAG Chairperson Georgina Bracken.
Board member Mike Baker.
THE first group to try to deal with lo-
cal alcohol and drug issues has cel-
ebrated a milestone, the 30th anniver-
sary of its Sobering Up Shelter.
The Barkly Region Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Advisory Group (BRADAAG) hosted an
event at its outreach centre in Paterson Street
NT Minister for Health and Alcohol Re-
habilitation Robyn Lambley, was guest of
honour at the event which was also attended
by Member for Barkly Gerry McCarthy.
Speakers included BRADAAG Chairper-
son Georgina Bracken, board member Mike
Baker, past board member Jean Civitarese and
current CEO Stewart Naylor.
The inaugural manager of the facility, Yvon
Magnery, has recently left Tennant Creek but
his efforts over nearly three decades were not
He received a plaque in honour of his efforts
along with Mike Baker who has been a board
member for about 27 years.
Stewart said Yvon had poured a strong foun-
dation for the organisation.
“Without such a solid footing and the hard
work that followed, we wouldn’t be in the
position we are today,” he said.
“It wasn’t easy back then.
“The budget only allowed for part time
wages for Yvon, even though he worked full
time and overtime.
“He had to subsidise his wages by doing a
bus run out to Warrego Mine.
“Yvon related well to the clients but he
wasn’t a pushover, he established ground rules
and was well respected for it.
“BRADAAG gained a lot of credibility for
its successes, thanks to Yvon.
“After nearly 20 years on the job he handed
over the managerial reins to Sharon Kinraid
but he continued to support BRADAAG as a
board member until his retirement this year.
Stewart said Mike had also put in a mam-
moth effort as a board member.
“His commitment is outstanding,” he said.
“Board members work in a voluntary ca-
pacity so the work Mike has put in is pure
dedication and commitment to making the
community healthier and better.”
Stewart said BRADAAG’s history is full of
such examples of dedicated workers.
He cited Sharon Kinraid as another person
who worked tirelessly over the years.
“Sharon worked at BRADAAG for a whop-
ping 16 years,” Stewart said.
“I think it would be hard to find another
organisation where there have been such
dedicated efforts over such extended periods.”
The Sobering Up Shelter was established in
1984 as an 11-bed facility with a further five
beds added in future years.
A counselling service operated from the
same premises until 1993 when BRADAAG
opened a residential centre in Staunton Street.
The move was a major new direction for
the organisation and soon it had grown even
bigger with the addition of three houses across
from the centre.
The Transitional Aftercare and Outreach
Service in Paterson Street added another
dimension to BRADAAG and now provides
education about alcohol and other drugs
to families locally and in Canteen Creek,
Epenarra, Ali Curung, Murray Downs, Elliott
and Newcastle Waters.
A purpose-built sobering up shelter was
welcomed in 2012 but this year the Territory
Government revoked the lease to transform
the facility into one of its Mandatory Alcohol
BRADAAG won the tender to operate it and
has since moved the sobering up shelter to its
Staunton Street premises.
The Mandatory Alcohol Treatment Centre
begins operation next week.
Lenora Plummer welcomed guests to country.
BRADAAG past board member Jean Civitarese.
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