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TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2014 5
Sunday 7th December
Peko Park at 7.00pm
‘Safelight’ candles available for $2 ea
Tennant Creek Combined Churches and Barkly Regional Council present...
Come and be part of this great community event.
Featuring: Community Carol Singing, Musical Items & Christmas message.
Information & items: Pastor Mike Baker 0428 621 333 or Rev Peter Wait 0439 402 754
~ Prevention is the Solution ~
Tennant Creek, Northern Territory
Piliyintinji-ki Stronger Families Men’s Centre hosts
White Ribbon Day 2014
Helping to Stop Men’s Violence against Women
TUESDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2014
We invite all members
of the Tennant Creek
community to join
in the march from
9am - Northern
Land Council Office
(opposite Top of Town
cafe) to Peko Park
followed by a BBQ.
For more information please contact George Butler on
(08) 8962 3300 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
UP to 90 dogs were desexed
during the second half of a dog
health program recently held in
Barkly Regional Council’s Regional
Animal and Environmental Health Of-
ficer Brian Radovic said 30 male and 60
female dogs were desexed last week as
part of a two-week program promoting
awareness about dog health and respon-
sible pet ownership in town.
“It was a busy five days for the three
vets (Linda Bradbury, John Brown and
Jan Allen), vet nurse Graeme Narrier, the
Barkly Regional Council animal health
team - Scott Spurling and Dwayne Foster
and a crew of volunteers,” said Brian.
“They just didn’t stop.
“We had Cheeky Dog creator Dion
Beasley and his carer Joie Boulter go-
ing out with the animal health team to
collect dogs from Tennant Creek town
camps. Volunteers, Shirley Lewis from
Anyinginyi, Jackie Hingston and Jimmy
Noonan, were also invaluable, explain-
ing to pet owners that the operation was
important and their dogs would be safe
Organised jointly by Barkly Regional
Council and Animal Management in Ru-
ral and Remote Indigenous Communities
(AMRRIC), the two-week dog program
also had an educational component with
visiting ranger Brooke Connor deliver-
ing 13 education programs to classes
at the Tennant Creek Primary School,
Preschool and Child Care Centre during
the first week.
“Local children had the chance to work
on doggy friendly activities, such as
writing songs about caring for dogs and
creating finger puppets which were later
used in a performance,” said Brooke.
“The older kids ran some brainstorming
sessions on educating the public on how
to best care for their dogs with ideas such
as creating a dog park, having a free vet
day once a month and a dog day out.”
Brooke also engaged in discussions
with store owners about dogs being left
at home rather than brought to the main
“Locals really got behind the program
with a lot of people showing interest and
giving me a great deal of feedback with
regards an open forum on dog issues in
Tennant Creek,” she said.
Brian said Tennant Creek can expect
more dog health programs in the future.
“In the past much of our focus has been
out bush,” he said.
“But as dog health and control improves
in regional communities of the Barkly
we’re concentrating on letting the Ten-
nant Creek community know what the
council and AMRRIC are doing,” he said.
Dog health program success
FIXED UP: AMRRIC vet Jan Allen and vet nurse Graeme Narrier
operate on a local dog.
HELPING HAND: Volunteer Jackie Hingston in the doggie
A TENNANT Creek man who
was jailed for bashing his part-
ner had tracked her down after
she had spent a night out at the
Noel Jones had a domestic violence
order forbidding him from contacting
the woman whenever he had con-
sumed alcohol or drugs.
However, on the night of the assault
in January this year, he had drunk two
bottles of rum.
He knew his partner was out and fol-
lowing about 20 threatening calls to
her mobile, Jones drove along a back
lane knowing his partner would soon
be walking by.
When he spotted her with a relative
he pushed her to the ground, wind-
As she struggled to regain her breath
he kicked her several times to the
face, back and arms until Jones was
distracted by the woman’s relative and
she was able to flee.
The woman hid nearby as Jones got
back into the car and drove away.
Following surgery in Alice Springs,
the woman left town for some time
although she has since reconciled
Neither of them has consumed alco-
hol since the attack.
The Supreme Court in Alice Springs
heard the woman did not want her
partner to go to jail and had felt sad
during their separation.
Further Jones had discussed the mat-
ter with his family and had apologised
to his partner.
Justice Jenny Blockland said Jones
had a previous good character, ab-
sence of criminal history and had
taken the initiative towards his own
However, she said the Court must
consider the seriousness of the in-
juries sustained by the victim, the
prevalence of domestic violence and
alcohol related offending in Central
Australia and the need for both spe-
cific and general deterrence.
“While I agree his age, lack of pre-
vious convictions, his apologies and
plea of guilty at the earliest opportu-
nity are to some degree mitigating,
there are still the significance of the
injuries, serious harm, his seeking
out of the victim who was his partner
and that he was on notice by virtue
of a domestic violence order,” Justice
“The high rates of violence of this
kind perpetrated particularly on Ab-
original women by their husbands or
partners calls for the application in
some real way of both general and
Jones was sentenced to 15 months
jail, suspended after 3 months.
He will be monitored during an
operational period of 12 months after
his release and will not be able to
purchase or consume alcohol during
Woman tracked and bashed on way home
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