Home' Tennant and District Times : 2014-1219 TDT Contents THREE councillors from Barkly Regional
Council have received high accolades from
their colleagues and peers.
Councillors Tony Boulter and Bob Bagnall were re-
cently presented with two awards each in recognition of
years of service and commitment to local government.
At a special ceremony in council chambers last Friday,
12 December, President Barb Shaw congratulated Crs
Boutler and Bagnall on their dedication and commit-
ment to local government, council and the communities
In local government for more than 30 years, Cr Boulter
was part of the original Tennant Creek Town Council
back in 1981.
He is still an active member in all community events,
including the Tennant Creek Show, with a passion for
planning and development for the town.
A former Vice- President of the Local Government
Association of the Northern Territory (LGANT), Cr
Boulter is also passionate about ANZAC and RSL.
work with,” Cr Boulter said.
Cr Bob Bagnall has served nearly 27 years in local
government with 17 years on the council in Elliott.
One of the original people to start Elliott golf course,
he sourced a new ANZAC statue for the town, was
heavily involved in a local book called In the Middle
of Everywhere and is a prime supporter of the charity
event, the Elliott Mardi Gras.
All jokes about Cr Bagnall perhaps one day wearing
high heels to the Mardi Gras aside, President Shaw
commended him for his huge contribution to Elliott.
“It is always nice to be recognised by your peers.
However, it is not about the recognition – it is about
getting results for our community,” Cr Bagnall said.
Additionally, Cr Timothy Price has been appointed
by the Minister for Community Services Bess Price
to be a member of the First Circles program which is
aimed at supporting and mentoring upcoming indig-
Cr Price, who met with members of the Central Aus-
tralian branch of the First Circles program last week,
receives a year of mentoring, development and engage-
ment with the NT Government.
Minister Price said First Circle members will put
forward ideas they are passionate about and develop
projects which will be supported by departmental staff
to make concepts a reality.
“Members will develop leadership skills while being
actively involved in decision making around indigenous
issues and have the opportunity to attend one Cabinet
meeting a year and work directly with Ministers, local
authorities and government agencies.
“The First Circles engagement program will increase
member’s knowledge and understanding of government
processes and build the confidence of members to help
them engage with community issues and improve the
participation of the community in local decision mak-
ing,” she said.
Last week’s workshop aimed to ensure members
understand the program, the importance of their role
and prepares them for a Cabinet meeting in early 2015.
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WIPING Muckaty off
the agenda as a site
for the country’s first
dump was a big win
for the Barkly.
But now the Federal Gov-
ernment has announced it
will begin a nationwide
voluntary site nomination
Landowners will be
asked to submit expres-
sions of interest from next
The Government has
acknowledged the multi
stage process will involve
consultation and ensure
safety and the protection
of human health and the
Environment groups are
now gearing up to be a
part of the consultations
in the hope they provide a
circuit breaker to the top-
down decision making that
has characterised radioac-
tive dump management for
Natalie Wasley from Be-
yond Nuclear Initiative
says the announcement
that public consultation
will be built into waste
from early in the design
acknowledges the twenty
plus years of community
resistance to the decide-
waste problems cannot
be forced out of site out
of mind and imposed on
unwilling remote com-
munities,” she said.
“We hope the public con-
sultations will act as a long
overdue circuit breaker
in what has been a pro-
tracted high-stakes debate
over the management of
have long been prepared
to go from the trenches to
the table to help facilitate a
measured and responsible
New alcohol plan
launched for town
DURING his stay in Tennant Creek this week,
the Chief Minister Adam Giles launched the
town’s new Alcohol Management Plan (AMP)
which strongly supports the continuation of
the voluntary sales restrictions and Tempo-
rary Beat Locations.
“Tennant Creek has come ahead in leaps and bounds
since the introduction of a range of alcohol management
measures in the town at the start of the year,” he said.
“A combination of voluntary grog restrictions and
tough new measures by Police targeting problem drink-
ers has made Tennant Creek a safer place to live.
“House break-ins have dropped 60 per cent over the
year to September - the lowest 12 month period since
the current records began.
“And in the same period alcohol related assaults
halved compared to the same time last year.”
Mr Giles said that was half as many women and chil-
dren being harmed by alcohol-fuelled violence.
“Temporary Beat Locations have been crucial to this
result with officers stationed outside bottleshops, stop-
ping people who intend to drink their takeaway grog in
dry areas,” he said.
“The Tennant Creek results are impressive and local
Police and the community deserve to be congratulated
for tackling this issue head-on.”
On Wednesday Mr Giles attended a meeting of the
Tennant Creek Alcohol Reference Group and received
a draft copy of the town’s AMP.
Current restrictions limit takeaway purchases to either
one cask of wine or two bottles of wine or two bottles
of spirits per person, per day.
The final AMP will be presented to Government for
endorsement next year.
Govt set to look for new nuke dump site
resolution to this ongoing
social and environmental
“We look forward to a
more open and evidence
base discourse about how
to manage this long-term
environmental and public
“However it is disap-
pointing that Minister
Macfarlane seems deter-
mined to once again only
consider single remote
sites for a waste facility
rather than examining the
range of management op-
Ms Wasley said Minister
McFarlane had previously
stated that any lasting res-
olution to this issue must
be based on community
consultation and consent
and be free from conflict.
“It is hoped that the
public consultations will
establish a set of guid-
ing principles that are
informed by the best avail-
able environmental crite-
ria and prioritise commu-
nity engagement processes
in designing management
plans for nuclear waste,”
ACCOLADES: Left: Councillors Tony Boulter and Bob Bagnall with their awards for
years of service and commitment to local government. Right: Councillor Timothy Price.
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