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ANYINGINYI BOARD, MANAGEMENT & STAFF wish you and your
families our best wishes for a safe and happy festive season.
We would like to advise that our service is available
throughout the Christmas and New Year period as shown:
23rd December: 8am-5pm
24th December: Closed
25th December: Closed
26th December: Closed
1st January: Closed
2nd January: Reopen 8am -5pm
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Management and staff at the
Tennant Creek Regional Office
Department of the Prime
Minister and Cabinet
THE OFFICE WILL CLOSE
Wednesday 24th December 2014 at 12pm
Reopening Friday 2nd January 2015 at 8am.
wish the Tennant Creek & Barkly Community
a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.
BARKLY Regional Council (BRC) is set
to lobby the Minister for Indigenous
Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion, to help
tackle the growing housing crisis in El-
liott and Newcastle Waters.
Aboriginal housing in Elliott (Gurungu and
Wilyugu) and Newcastle Waters (Marlinja) has
reached a crisis point.
Councillor Bob Bagnall said that in March this
year a delegation of residents addressed Council
at its Elliott ordinary meeting, raising issues of
housing and the need for housing replacement.
“Many houses are over 30 years old and most
are past their economic life,” he said.
“No new stock has been built for more than 15
years. There has been minimal maintenance and
upgrade funding to the houses in these areas,
resulting in many houses now considered to be
Councillors also attended a meeting with the
Northern Land Council in August about housing.
Land tenure and housing maintenance continued
to be the main issue.
As a result BRC resolved at its December meet-
ing to facilitate a meeting between councillors
and stakeholders and to lobby the Minister for
Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion.
BRC also recommended lobbying the North-
ern Territory and Commonwealth governments
for funding for a housing renewal and upgrade
program for the north and south camps of Elliott
and Malinja outstations.
Council currently receives funding for mainte-
nance of houses from the Department of Com-
However, this is rationalised at around $2500
Given the state of housing in north and south
camps of Elliott, this is little more than a ban-
Cr Bagnall said in order to undertake the work
at the lowest cost possible, more than 50 per
cent of the budget supports the wages of the
“If specialised services are required, the cost
plus travel, can easily take up the entire annual
allocation for one house in just one visit,” he
Quotes sourced by BRC 18 months ago for
basic urgent repairs for more than 20 houses in
Elliott ranged from more than $1000 to $46,000.
“It must be said that most of these houses are
at the end of life,” said Cr Bagnall.
“At post 20-year construction in the NT with
materials that are not durable, most are beyond
In addition, white ant activity is becoming a
major issue as these houses deteriorate and any
pest control sits outside the funding scope.
For example, the cost of pest prevention costs
around $1500 to $3500, depending on the size
and infestation, plus $4000 travel from the clos-
est contractor in Katherine.
Council also recommended to facilitate a meet-
ing between the relevant range of stakeholders
(BRC, NLC, Traditional Owners, Housing Ref-
erence Group and community) in early 2015 to
progress this issue.
Council calls for action on housing crisis in Elliott
This year has been a big one for the
council’s Dog Health program with
3900 health treatments delivered and
900 desexing operations carried out
on dogs in communities throughout
Dogs in AlI Curung and Arlparra are
in good condition, with 70 and 62
per cent of dogs desexed in those
A two-week education and desexing
program recently delivered to
Tennant Creek was another success
story with all major stakeholders on
board and 59 per cent of dogs now
The Animal Health Team has
also been sent on three training
trips to Sydney University, in NSW,
Kalumburu in WA and Darwin.
The President’s Facebook page is becoming more
popular with a recent post on Councillor Pat Braun
attracting a lot of attention.
Cr Braun was runner-up in the Chief Minister’s
Award for Enriching our Society after being
nominated as part of the NT Correctional Services
for the Elders Visiting Program.
We held a special ceremony for her on behalf of
the council and shared the good news on Facebook.
The page reached 595 people, with 24 likes and
six comments – our best post yet.
I would like to congratulate the former Council President
Rosalie Kunoth-Monks for being awarded the Northern
Territory Australian of the Year.
Ms Kunoth-Monks (pictured with Chief Minister Adam
Giles), who grew up in the Utopia homelands, was
elected President of the formerly named Barkly Shire
Council in 2007, serving until 2012. She is well known
as an outspoken advocate for indigenous people and for
defending her traditional way of life.
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
As part of my role as
President of the Barkly
Regional Council I attend
a range of meetings
and public engagement
Some of the highlights over the past
four weeks have included the ABC
Garden Awards presentations, meeting
with students of Elliott School to
address the importance of education,
International Women’s Day meeting,
Skate Park Launch and the Chamber
of Commerce Christmas reception.
I was also honoured to attend the
recent Tennant Creek High School
Awards Night where I presented the
Barkly Regional Council’s Civic and
Citizenship Award to Year 12 student
Brandon Wilson and the High School’s
Australia Day Student Citizen Award
for 2014 to Shania Holt.
Congratulations to all the hardworking
students who were rewarded for their
efforts throughout the year.
Other meetings attended during
the last month include Regional
Development Australia (NT), Regional
Economic Development Committee
Tennant Creek, Local Government
Association of the Northern Territory
(LGANT) meeting, the International
Day of People with a Disability
breakfast, Finance and Operations
Committee and Tennant Creek Local
I am also continuing with my role as
Chair of the Tennant Creek Alcohol
Reference Group (ARG), an advisory
group representing the broader
community, and we are a step closer to
implementing an alcohol management
plan for the town.
The Department of the Chief Minister
has received our discussion paper,
which includes suggestions such as
continuing current restrictions.
The Tennant Creek ARG met with
the Chief Minister Adam Giles on
Wednesday and now we begin the
hard work of formulating an alcohol
Highlighting the importance of civic pride
Success for Animal Health Program
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with President Barb Shaw
l The NT Government has proposed that the next Council elections be
deferred until 26 August, 2017 because of Federal and State elections.
l The NT Government has called for submissions and consultation for the
Cemeteries Act legislation currently being reviewed. Council will consult with
all its Local Authorities for comment.
l Council recently conducted a cultural communication pilot program with the
aim of developing a cultural awareness framework for the Barkly.
l Council has decided to make landfill access free during the Christmas
and New Year period. This is a thank you to ratepayers and residents for
contributing throughout the year and also to mitigate illegal dumping.
l AMRRIC vet Jan Allen operating on a dog in Tennant Creek.
l Australia Day Student Citizen Award recipient
Shania Holt with President Barb Shaw.
l Civic & Citizenship Award recipient
Brandon Wilson with President Barb Shaw.
l Runner-up for the Chief Minister’s
Enriching Our Society award Cr
Braun and President Barb Shaw.
l Council has adopted a new financial sustainability and revenue policy to
help better govern council in coming years. You will find a copy of this policy on
l Barkly Regional Council will join with MacDonnell Regional Council as part of
the current aged care delivery tender.
l Council has updated the fees and charges. You can find the updated
document on http://barkly.nt.gov.au/about-the-council/publications-resources/
l The results of funding for the Federal Government’s Indigenous Advancement
Strategy will not be known until March 2015.
l Council is taking part in a youth project where youngsters can paint four
wheelie bins. It has also launched a graffiti design contest at the new skate park
in Purkiss Reserve. Deadline for skate park entries is 28 January, 2015.
Phone 8962 2678
Fax 8962 2004
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The Chief Minister also handed over a cheque worth
$3,938 to the Tennant Creek Little Athletics Club to
improve their infrastructure.
He said while the seniors of Tennant Creek were
harnessing the sun, the young athletes would purchase
mobile shade units to use during their meets.
“Little Athletics training is held at the Primary School
oval every Sunday between October and May,” he said.
“Sadly, there hasn’t been any shade for children
waiting in line for their turn at the long jump, javelin
or track events.
“This is a huge safety issue when temperatures reach
into the 40s and we’re thrilled to be offering this grant
so they can get some relief from the heat.”
Susan Wright from Little Athletics said the club has
about 80 members who would benefit from the shade
“The mobile shade structures will protect the children
from the effects of excessive heat and sun burn,” she
“In addition, when the Primary School holds its annual
sports carnival, the structures will be available for use.”
The Community Benefit Fund receives money from
levies imposed on the operation of electronic gaming
machines in licensed hotels throughout the Northern
Mr Giles said all community and non-government
organisations were encouraged to consider applying
for the next round of grants.
Giles brings the spirit of giving to the Barkly
CHIEF MERRYMAKER: Chief Minister Adam Giles brings a smile to members of the
Tennant Creek Senior Citizens and Pensioners Association.
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