Home' Tennant and District Times : 2015-0206 TDT Contents 4 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 6 FEBRUARY 2015
Come and say goodbye to the old Tennant Creek
Pool this evening.
After more than 50 years, the iconic town pool
will be no more as we make way for an innovative,
more patron friendly design.
Residents and visitors alike will have many fond
memories of the pool, so come along tonight for
one final dip and say farewell to an old friend.
There will be a BBQ, starting from 6.30pm, and
the pool will stay open until 9pm. Entrance is free.
Barkly Regional Council News
New pool complex poised to make a big splash
Public consultation is being undertaken by Barkly Regional Council to allow interested members of the community to
express their views on the key issues which will determine the future composition and structure of Council.
In March 2015, the council will report to the Department of Local Government about any recommendations for
changes to the ward structures boundaries, and the number of elected members that could stand to represent the
Accordingly, Barkly Regional Council will invite submissions from the public with regards that process. From those
submissions to the council, any proposed changes can then be put into effect before the next local government
elections in 2017.
I had a wonderful time on Australia Day,
attending the official ceremonies at
Battery Hill in the morning followed by an
afternoon of family fun at Lake Mary Ann.
It is always an honour to welcome a new
citizen to the community and to hand out
the local Australia Day awards.
The Barkly’s newest citizen is Avinash
Singh and Citizen of the Year went to
Duane Fraser, who is involved in sporting,
community and cultural development.
Young Citizen of the Year was awarded
to Telita Braun, who has been hailed as
a positive role model for Tennant’s youth,
and Community Event of the Year went
to the Desert Harmony Festival (25th
Anniversary) which has been run by Barkly
Regional Arts since 2009.
There was also a morning ceremony in
Elliott with Citizen of the Year going to
Christopher Neade, Young Citizen of the
Year to Josiah Nuggett and Community
Event of the Year to the Big Morning Tea,
run by Elliott Women’s Group.
In the afternoon I joined the crowds at
Lake Mary Ann, helping councillors with
the free BBQ and joining our CEO, Edwina
Marks, in the tug of war.
Our team didn’t win but that’s not what
it’s about. It’s about locals letting their hair
down and having fun and joining in a spirit
of camaraderie that is unique to Tennant
So many community members came
along and took part in the novelty games,
from thong throwing and egg catching to
the leaky bucket and raft races.
Volunteer drivers with Tennant Creek
Transport were flat out ferrying locals to
and from Lake Mary Ann. In all my years I
don’t think I’ve seen such a crowd. It was
a truly special day.
Farewell Pool Party
with President Barb Shaw
am pleased to announce
that the construction of
a new pool complex and
sport facilities in town will
commence this month.
Barkly Regional Council (BRC)
awarded a contract to design a
new pool complex and adjacent
football change rooms to Hames
Sharley, the same company that
previously worked on the ANZAC
Oval redevelopment in Alice
Springs and the Adelaide Oval
Last October, Hames Sharley
delivered the 95 per cent concept
design and documentation to the
Purkiss Reserve Consultative
Committee for review and
approval, followed by calls for
a tender for construction of the
swimming pool complex and for
the football change rooms.
Builders Pty Ltd has been
awarded the tender for the
construction of the swimming
pool complex with local firm GK
Painting Contractors winning the
tender to upgrade amenities at
Purkiss Reserve, including the
football change rooms.
The projects have been able
to move forward after securing
funding of $3.6m from the Federal
The submission we put through
to the Commonwealth 12 months
ago was focused on a positive
outcome for the community,
providing a healthy focus for the
community in terms of recreation
as well as other health-related
This project includes the
innovative design of arranging
a 25m lap pool, a learn-to-swim
pool and a toddlers’ pool into
a single structure, addressing
accessibility issues with a beach-
style entry for all patrons.
There will also be a water park,
upgraded change rooms, and
a new administration building
incorporating office, first-aid,
kiosk and mechanical water
This project will also see the
construction of new modern
change rooms, umpire’s area,
first aid centre and canteen at
the town’s main sporting oval at
The Tennant Creek swimming
pool is more than 50 years old
and the football grounds have
been in great need of a brand
significantly improve the town’s
The pool will close today
(Friday, 6 February) to prepare
the site for construction, which
is scheduled to begin mid to late
INNOVATIVE DESIGN: The new pool complex includes a beach style entry for all patrons, lap pool, toddlers’ pool, water park and upgraded change rooms, below.
A wonderful Australia Day
HEAVE HO: President Barb Shaw and her team mates in tug of war.
Silver Sponsors: Foodbarn, Hal & Donna Ruger, Mr Perry’s Ice Creamery, Tennant Creek
Transport, T&J Contractors, Wan’s Thai Massage. Bronze Sponsors: Barkly Butchers, Barkly
Hardware & Gas, Barkly Plumbing, Bluestone Motor Inn, Centrepoint Food and Fuel, Gerry
McCarthy, MLA Barkly, Katerina’s Café, Lavery Plumbing, Outback Outfitters, Tennant Creek Tyre
Centre. Iron Sponsors: Jen’s Edible Images, Mike Nash Electric, Top of Town, Rocky’s Pizza.
A huge thank you to all our sponsors and the community of Tennant Creek for making this Australia Day so incredible.
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