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could well be one
of the high flyers to
pick up a prize at the
NT Young Achiever
Awards next month.
The digital media trainee
from Barkly Regional Arts
is one of ten finalists in the
Genesee and Wyoming
For the past two years,
Sean has worked on sev-
eral community-based arts
projects throughout the
Barkly including a series
of 15 video postcards for
ABC Heywire, recording
music and stories in re-
mote communities around
Tennant Creek, working
with Dion Beasley to de-
velop a digitised, interac-
tive topographical map
of Canteen Creek and
producing a documentary
Winners of the 12 catego-
ries will be in the running
to be announced as the
Channel 9 Overall Young
Achiever of the Year.
The Awards will be held
in Darwin in April.
Tennant & District
Local in running for
NT’s Young Achiever
Photo courtesy of BARKLY REGIONAL ARTS.
Sean Bahr-Kelly is in the running for the NT Young Achiever Award. Here here is pictured
with awards he won in a 2014 media festival for his camera work on the ‘Eleanor Dixon
ABC Heywire Video Postcard’.
OVER the last fortnight RSAS team members
from Tennant Creek have travelled to Ali Curung to
lend a hand to teaching staff and the local Yellow
Shirt Mob at Alekarenge School.
The extra help aimed to improve the student at-
tendance in the community.
While in Ali Curung, the Yellow Shirt Mob did
more than 45 follow-ups with parents and guard-
ians daily, trying to find out why the children
weren’t making it to school.
At first, numbers were higher mid-week, but due
to a funeral in Tennant Creek on the Friday for
a respected elder, school attendance dropped
considerably for that day.
However parents and carers are showing im-
proved initiative and have been notifying the
school when students are going away from the
community. This helps the school mark a student
away for a legitimate reason and not just absent
Salina Grant and Desmond Plummer are at
Supervisor Micky Burton’s side and look forward
to visiting families in Ali Curung and helping to
improve the attendance.
“The great work will continue this week again in
the community and with all of us working together
we hope to improve the attendance numbers of
Alekarenge School,” he said.
“I have a good team that really care about get-
ting kids to school and working with parents and
carers to get kids up in the morning.”
The principal, Shontell Dougherty, said his teach-
ing team were very supportive of the work being
done by the Yellow Shirt Mob and together he
hoped to improve attendance numbers.
Remember if the children in your care are away
from school, let the Yellow Shirt Mob know, so
they can let the school know.
“Every child at school, every day, the only way.”
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Extra effort in Ali Curung starts to pay off
Kids from the Ali Curung school paint a sign about the importance of going to
school (left). The School Attendance Officer team in Ali Curung (above).
6 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2015
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IN any community, the best way to re-
solve issues of law and order is through
Making Tennant Creek a safer place to live will
only work if the people who live here are willing
to be responsible and show the courage necessary
to make smart decisions for the greater good.
As we all know, the harm which can be attrib-
uted to alcohol in Tennant Creek is unacceptably
high. To combat these issues our community as a
whole has worked tirelessly to reduce this harm.
However, it would be fair to say that we still have
a very long way to go.
One initiative which has contributed greatly
to the reduction of harm in Tennant Creek has
been the voluntary liquor restrictions agreed to
by the local Liquor Accord (a group formed by
representatives of our local licensed premises).
Over the past 13 months, the restrictions have
played a critical part in the significant crime
reduction which has been experienced in Ten-
The most recently published NT Offence Sta-
tistics shows Tennant Creek to have experienced
a 48.1 per cent reduction in alcohol related
These figures are not only commendable, they
are some of the lowest ever recorded by our
So what do these figures mean in ‘real terms’?
In short, it means that Tennant Creek had some
270 less victims of assault compared to the
It also means many less hospital presentations
and many less families being exposed to trauma
and the cycle of violence.
If a community safety initiative protects only
1 person – then it is working. However, if it
protects 270 people then it is a commendable
The success over the past year could not have
occurred without the support of the local Liquor
Accord and their Voluntary Restrictions. In this
regard, I wish to thank them for helping to make
Tennant Creek a much safer place to live.
As of last week, the local Liquor Accord made
a determination that the Voluntary Restrictions
within our town would no longer apply.
As you could expect, there are implications
associated with this decision which have the
potential to affect our community.
It saddens me that these Restrictions have
Over the past 12 months, our partnership ap-
proach to alcohol-related violence has shown
Tennant Creek to be a leader in this sphere.
I genuinely do believe that Restrictions play a
critical part in reducing alcohol related harm in
I hope with continued engagement that the local
Liquor Accord can be proud of their achieve-
ments to-date and consider revisiting their com-
mitment to the restrictions.
with Officer-in-Charge DES GREEN
equal a safe community
for Tennant Creek
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