Home' Tennant and District Times : 2014-0926 TDT Contents 2 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2014
Proud supporter of local communities
Ali Curung, Alpurrurulam, Arlparra, Ampilatwatja, Elliott, Tennant Creek, Wutunugurra
BARKLY REGIONAL COUNCIL
PO Box 821, Tennant Creek NT 0861
1 Peko Road, Tennant Creek NT 0860.
Tel: 08 8962 0000 Fax: 08 8962 1801 Web: https://barkly.nt.gov.au
Barkly Regional Council News
s the President of the Barkly
Regional Council, I attend a
range of meetings, commit-
tees and public engagement
In February of this year I was appointed
by the Northern Territory Government to
chair the Tennant Creek Alcohol Refer-
ence group (ARG).
We have been meeting monthly since
April, and last week we held two work-
shops regarding the draft Alcohol Man-
agement Plan (AMP) discussion paper.
The purpose was to document out-
comes and action strategies using data
derived from the consultation and dis-
cussion paper and complete the initial
Members also provided recommenda-
tions on further engagement processes
with the community of Tennant Creek
Like other groups, the Tennant Creek
draft alcohol management plan is based
on principles of harm minimisation.
This acknowledges that alcohol is a
lawful activity but looks at how consump-
tion can be carried out in a safer way.
The AMP aims to minimise the nature
and extent of harm caused by the con-
sumption of alcohol, through using an
integrated approach which includes sup-
ply, demand and harm-reduction strate-
Supply reduction aims to reduce alco-
hol consumption and related harm by
managing availability, accessibility and
convenience of alcohol supply.
Demand reduction looks at changing
individual attitudes, personal knowledge
and behaviours to drinking alcohol as
well as changing the community’s toler-
ance of irresponsible and risky drinking
Harm reduction aims to inuence safe
drinking choices and drinking environ-
ments to reduce harm to individuals and
the community through the provision of
interventions that prevent further harm.
Our next step is to review any changes
to the draft which will include actions
that community members and service
providers have raised.
Once agreement has been reached by
everyone, the Tennant Creek ARG will
then provide the plan to the NT Govern-
It is a long journey but with the support
of the community and service providers
great things are possible.
As the American cultural anthropologist
Margaret Mead said: “Never doubt that
a small group of thoughtful committed
citizens can change the world.
“Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever
Tackling the harm caused by alcohol
Barkly Regional President Barb Shaw.
The old African mahogany tree was felled for public safety.
It was a sad day when the beautiful old African mahogany tree
standing outside the Government Centre in Peko Road was felled
I certainly felt distraught over the decision to see one of the town’s
oldest shady trees removed.
However, under the Barkly Regional Council’s duty of care to
the community the tree was unstable and causing damage to the
footpath and had to be removed.
Council had sought advice from an arborist who said the tree was
unsuitable for its location and should either be removed or severely
If the tree was pruned it would have to be kept under six metres
tall to prevent footpath damage arising again. That would have
negated the shade advantage and possibly led to disease or white
Council plans to landscape the area and to plant a suitable
replacement tree. We are all aware that we live in a harsh climate
and we want to make sure there are lots of shady trees in our town.
Barkly Regional Council has gone through two
major government reforms while at the same
time working hard to continue providing local
government services to all its communities.
In 2008, we became a supershire and then
from January 1, 2014, this structure was
replaced by a new local governance system of
regional councils and local authorities and we
became Barkly Regional Council.
Managing and consolidating an effective
working framework as a result of the two
government reforms has been, at times, difcult
and has entailed a lot of hard work from council
staff and elected members.
Nevertheless, we have managed to ensure
the effective delivery of local government
services as well as reviewing and changing
policy throughout this period.
Council is also required under the Local
Government Association of the Northern
Territory (LGANT) to have corporate governance
best practice meet legislative standards, one of
these being establishing and maintaining an
Audit Committee and an independent external
I’d like to let the community know that we
have successfully gone through the process
of establishing an Audit Committee and have
appointed an independent chair, Mr Rex
Part of the local government reforms has also
been to establish local authority boards in all of
the wards, including Tennant Creek.
These boards are made up of community
people who have been nominated and I’d like
to congratulate Jenny Kennedy who was voted
as chair of the Tennant Creek Local Authority
Board and Mitch Healy as deputy chair. I wish
them well in their new roles.
Farewell to an old friend
Navigating local govt reform
with President Barb Shaw
I am proud to let people know that Barkly Regional Council was successful in receiving grant
money from the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) for a new swimming pool and an
upgrade to Purkiss Reserve in Tennant Creek.
We called for expressions of interest from the community to form the Purkiss Reserve Consulta-
tive Committee and the 10 members have already met a number of times this year.
On September 9, Hames Sharley presented the 25 per cent concept design to Purkiss Reserve
committee members to highlight and discuss the proposed functional layout of the pool complex
and the football change rooms.
The swimming pool is now open to the public for the start of the 2014/15 swim season, and con-
struction of the new complex is scheduled to begin around February 2015.
Barkly Regional Council was also fortunate in this RDAF round to secure funding to build water
parks in both Ali Curung and Elliott.
The Council was also instrumental in negotiations with the Tennant Creek Women’s Refuge to
donate a section of Kathleen Park to create a garden area for the refuge.
As a ministerial appointee to the RDA Northern Territory committee, it has been exciting to see
the council so successful in it applications.
Creating community committees, like the one for the Purkiss Reserve upgrade, is part of Council’s
way of showing its commitment to listening to and involving the community and seeking feedback,
allowing residents the opportunity to enhance Council’s decision making to benet everyone.
Engaging with community
The Tennant Creek Local Authority Board.
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