Home' Tennant and District Times : 2014-1017 TDT Contents TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 17 OCTOBER 2014 5
TENNANT CREEK GALA BUSINESS DINNER
INDIGENOuS Territorians liv-
ing in remote communities, will
be given training and job op-
portunities as part of an Asbes-
tos Removal Program.
The NT Government project, worth
more than $19.5 million, has identified
public buildings containing asbestos
throughout the NT, including dozens
in Barkly communities such as Ali
Curung, Alpurrurulam, Ampilatwatja,
Murray Downs, Canteen Creek, Tara
Asbestos is a group of naturally oc-
curring silicates which was mined for
use by manufacturers and builders be-
cause it was cheap, heat resistant and
strong with good insulation properties.
Products including stipple, vinyl
floor tiles, putty, cement board, pipes
and flues, roofing sheets, fireproofing
and acoustic materials were strength-
ened with asbestos until its use in
Australia was phased out by the 1980s
and banned in 2003 due to associated
An audit of asbestos-containing
materials (ACM) in the Territory’s
remote communities was conducted
by building surveyors during the NT
Intervention in 2007.
The amount of ACM identified var-
ies between each of the seven Barkly
communities with one site of contami-
nation listed at Alpurrurulam, Ampi-
latwatja, Imangara and Wutunugurra.
Canteen Creek and Tara both had
three sites identified but Ali Curung
had 28 sites listed with the largest
amount of asbestos-containing materi-
als being at the school.
The removal program will not only
eliminate asbestos from the commu-
nities but offers people living in the
bush the opportunity for training and
Minister for Community Services
Bess Price said more than 200 Indig-
enous Territorians would be provided
with employment opportunities and
equipped with nationally accredited
training and skills.
“Panel contracts to the value of $4.3
million have already been awarded
to businesses in a number of remote
communities throughout the Territory
for the inspection, testing and removal
of asbestos,” she said.
“When participants complete train-
ing they will be transitioned into the
workforce with formal supervision
and mentoring before receiving for-
mal credit and recognition for their
asbestos removal skills.
“The program also improves com-
munity awareness of asbestos and how
it is managed.”
Under the Asbestos Removal Pro-
gram, the NT Department of Com-
munity Services is responsible for
the removal of asbestos from public
buildings in the remote communities
and re-inspection in 19 with planned
completion by the end of 2016.
Asbestos cloud reveals a silver lining
Playgroup for All Ages
(Toys, Crafts and Fun)
9.30am Start Every Monday
At Senior Citizens Building
9.30am Start Every Thursdays
At Eldorado Motel
Coffee available for Mums and Dads
Come and let the kids have fun!!
Contact Sally Maguire on 0437 545 106
or Rebecca Way on 0409 802 510 for details
and workers have the
opportunity to learn
about health and
safety in the work-
Two free seminars will
be held this month with
one offering the chance
to have a say on the Work
Health and Safety Legisla-
modifying the model
Codes of Practice to ac-
count for local condi-
tions, powers of health
and safety representa-
tives, and right of entry for
unions will be discussed at
a workshop on 28 October.
The following day, man-
aging safety will be dis-
Designed to help small
business owners under-
stand their work health
and safety obligations and
how to manage safety in
The seminars will be
presented by NT Work
Safe in Tennant Creek and
throughout the Territory as
part of October Business
Free seminars for local business
THE Northern Territory plans
to launch a publicly accessible
website featuring details and lo-
cations of convicted serious sex
It will include images, descriptions and
regional whereabouts of sex offenders in
the Northern Territory.
Announcing the website, the first of its
kind in Australia, Attorney General John
Elferink said the initiative would allow
individuals and families to familiarise
themselves with important details and be
more vigilant about named serious sex
offenders living in and around their area.
“Unfortunately the world is not a per-
fect place and sexual predators do exist,
however a parent is in a much better
position to protect their child when they
are armed with this detailed informa-
tion,” he said.
“While NT Police will continue to track
and monitor around 200 sex offenders in
the community, this tool is designed to
deliver information to the community
about the most serious offenders in an
easy, user-friendly way.
“As with most convicted criminals,
there is an end date to their prison sen-
tence where they will then be released
out into the community.
“We want the community to be well
informed and take necessary precautions
to protect their children from predators.”
The website legislation will be named
Daniel’s Law in memory of child sex of-
fender victim, Daniel Morcombe.
Daniel’s parents, Bruce and Denise,
have been calling for the introduction of a
national child sex offender register since
known sex offender, Brett Cowan, was
found guilty of their 13-year-old son’s
murder, indecent dealing with a child and
interfering with a corpse.
The Morcombes said every parent has
the right to know if there is a dangerous
sex offender living in their neighbour-
“While nothing can bring Daniel back
to us, we are honoured and humbled
that the Northern Territory Government
has committed to naming the legislation
Daniel’s Law,” they said.
“We truly hope that it will prevent an-
other family going through the pain and
grief we experienced following Daniel’s
The NT Sex Offender Public Website
(NTSOPW), which is based on a model
developed and operating in the US, will
be launched next year.
A few Tennant Creek child rapists they
can start with are: Ralph Rankine, Shane
Tennyson and Robert Grimley.
Sex offenders to
feature on new
STRANGER ALERT: Attorney General John Elferink announcing the launch of the
website with Daniel Morcombe’s parents, Bruce and Denise. The legislation will be
named Daniel’s Law in memory of the 13-year-old who was murdered by convicted
child sex offender, Brett Cowan.
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