Home' Tennant and District Times : 2014-1024 TDT Contents 2 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 24 OCTOBER 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: http://barkly.nt.gov.au
Barkly Regional Council News
attended a conference on Sustain-
able Economic Growth in Regional
Areas (SEGRA) in Alice Springs re-
cently, and one important outcome
was the Federal Government’s
continued commitment to the network
of 55 Regional Development Australia
At the conference, the Deputy Prime
Minister Warren Truss said the govern-
ment supported the committees and that
it would use their expertise in deliver-
ing $1 billion over five years to projects
that create jobs and business in regional
Mr Truss also said the first round of
Stronger Regions funding is open to
support investment in priority economic
and infrastructure projects from freight
and transport projects to convention
centres and major multi-purpose sports
and community facilities.
These investments will have a focus on
strengthening economies in Australia’s
regions by improving their productivity,
economic opportunity, employment, and
workforce skills, particularly in disadvan-
The Northern Territory Chief Minister
Adam Giles outlined the NT Govern-
ment’s commitment to improving op-
portunities for all Territorians and driving
change in his address to the conference.
He said by developing the north, the
Territory can realise its full economic
potential and open up vast areas of the
Territory to new business opportunities
and create jobs for everyone.
It was a challenging and inspirational
three-day conference and I was
particularly interested in many of
the sessions, talks and workshops
available, including indigenous business
development, indigenous economic
knowledge set, retail transformation in
regional Australia, and innovation and
entrepreneurship in regional Australia.
There were also sessions on govern-
ance in the 21st century and how to
build community resilience and research
papers delivered on recycling depend-
ency: the impacts of the ‘grant economy’
propping up regional, rural and remote
Australia and regional low carbon devel-
Another focus of the SEGRA confer-
ence was soft infrastructure investment.
Some examples in the Northern Ter-
ritory include better connectivity from
telecommunications for remote areas,
which allows people to connect to health
services, and potentially work that re-
quires that communication aspect. My
position as chair of the RDA NT commit-
tee, which was due to end in September,
was extended until December, 2014.
Driving the Barky region forward
Barkly Regional President Barb Shaw.
Power’s Brent Renouf, far right, with local kids and Power Community Ltd staff.
A design concept of
the skate park.
I am pleased to announce that the
construction of a new skate park in
Tennant Creek will start next week.
Four companies were contracted for
design and construction rates for skate
parks after Barkly Regional Council was
successful in gaining a Closing the Gap
Infrastructure Grant of $115,000.
Local students chose the design
provided by Sk8Scapes from Ulladulla
in NSW as the company offered a multi-
directional skate facility with a focus on a
range of ability levels.
Sk8Scapes, a management team of life-
long skaters, also provided best value
for money including a design option that
allows for the future upgrade of a half
pipe should funding become available.
The location of the new skate park
within Purkiss Reserve was chosen in
consultation with the Purkiss Reserve
Sk8Scapes will come to Tennant Creek
next week with a specialised crew of
three to four people. While formwork
and reinforcement will be transported
from interstate, all the concrete and
other construction consumables will be
This is exciting and welcome news for
the youth of Tennant Creek with many
According to research on skate parks
by Griffith University in 2008, skate parks
satisfy the leisure needs of youth, reduce
loitering and delinquency, and protect the
property and personal safety of members
of the community.
Skate parks also have considerable
potential as tourist attractions, as is
evidenced by the iconic skate park at
Bondi Beach in Sydney.
partnership with the community
development arm of Port Adelaide
Football Club has helped local
students realise their dreams.
Earlier this year, students from the
Barkly travelled to Alice Springs and
experienced the first AFL game to
be played for premiership points in
central Australia and later, in August,
Power members visited Tennant.
Students from five schools who
attendance and good behaviour were
rewarded in June with a trip, which
included a two-hour workshop on
healthy lifestyles and the opportunity
to form a guard of honour as the
Power team entered the field.
Jake Neade, the young Power
recruit from Elliott, was also there to
play in the game against Melbourne
and promote the theme, ‘When you
dream, everything’s possible’.
Then in August, the Power’s ruckman,
Brent Renouf, travelled to Tennant
Creek with Power Community Ltd staff
Paul Vandenbergh and Narelle Long
to deliver the WillPOWER program to
60 students from the Barkly.
The program, which encourages
students to tap into their willpower
and make the right choices in relation
to their health, education and future
goals, is part of a central corridor
strategy created by the Port Adelaide
Football Club and Power Community
The players and Power Community
Ltd have been able to expand their
reach into the Barkly thanks to the
support of the council and other local
organisations including Group Training
NT, Anyinginyi Aboriginal Health
Corporation, Scriven Exploration,
Elliott Local Authority, the Elliott store
and Tennant & District Times.
Partnerships are important. Together
we can all help local youngsters kick
New skate park for Tennant Creek
with President Barb Shaw
Kicking goals together
l Three new Australian citizens -
Mrs Jasvir Kaur Dhaliwal, her son
Harjasnoor Singh Chumber and Ms
Thembelani (Thembie) Ncube – were
welcomed to the Barkly.
l Fill in our customer satisfaction
survey at http://barkly.nt.gov.au
l The Community Grants Program
closes next Friday, October 31. Check
the website for details..
l Australia Day Nominations now open.
Check the website for details.
l Council has endorsed the Managing
External Complaints Policy. You can
find a copy of this policy, along with all
other adopted council policies, at http://
l Members of the Elliott Local Authority
are considering the completed Elliott
Feasibility study regarding the multi-
purpose business centre proposal to be
developed on one or two blocks.
l Council’s Barkly Buzz magazine (2nd
Quarter) out now.
l Like my Facebook page: Barkly
Regional Council President Barb Shaw.
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