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The Redistribution Committee, pursuant to section 141 of
the Electoral Act, invites suggestions on the redistribution of
the Territory into divisions under Part 8 of the Act.
Section 140 of the Act states the following:
140 Matters to be considered in redistribution
(1) For achieving the objects of a redistribution, the
Redistribution Committee and Augmented Redistribution
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contains a number of electors not exceeding, or falling
short of, the quota mentioned in section13(4) of the
Self-Government Act by more than one-fifth of the quota.
(2) In addition, the Committees must give proper
consideration to the following matters:
(a) community of interests in each proposed division,
including economic, social and regional interests;
(b) types of communication and travel in each
proposed division, with special reference to
disabilities arising out of remoteness or distance;
(c) the trend of population changes in the Territory;
(d) the density of population in each proposed division;
(e) the area of each proposed division;
(f) the physical features of each proposed division;
(g) the existing boundaries of the following:
(ii) local government areas and wards under the
Local Government Act and suburbs and towns;
(iii) Divisions and Subdivisions under the
(iv) areas of Aboriginal Land Councils
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Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976
of the Commonwealth;
(v) regions under the Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Commission Act
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sections 141 and 142.
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Borella Companion Riders Tim George and Janette Wilson.
Period costumes a highlight
of Borella ride re-enactment
IN last week’s Police Beat I comment-
ed on the achievements of our com-
munity in respect of reducing alcohol
In particular, I spoke of the voluntary Liquor
Restrictions which had been in effect over the
past 13 months and how they had been critical
to our success.
Sadly, the Local Liquor Accord made the
decision last week to remove the Voluntary
After much consultation, I am pleased to
say the Local Liquor Accord have reversed
their decision and reinstated the Voluntary
Restrictions within Tennant Creek.
I personally wish to commend each member
of the Accord on their most recent decision
and thank them for their courage in doing so.
I have no fear of contradiction in stating that
the decision of the Accord will contribute
greatly to making Tennant Creek a safe place
Police quick to act
FOLLOWING on from a number of un-
lawful entries at Graeme’s Place on
the 17 and 18 February, police have
since arrested four youths for their al-
A number of items were stolen from the
premises. Such items were inclusive of, but
not limited to electrical goods, clothing and
Police responded promptly to these crimes
by executing several search warrants in the
Tennant community. As a result of these ac-
tions, police were able to recover a number
of the stolen items.
The youths have since been charged with
multiple property offences and were bailed
to appear in court this March.
The crimes serve as a timely reminder for
business owners to ensure their security
measures are in place and functional. If you
have any concerns about the security of your
business, contact police for some advice.
with Officer-in-Charge DES GREEN
Alcohol restrictions back in effect
Chief Minister snubs Barkly MLA
THE grandson of a Territory
war hero left Tennant Creek
last week on a reenactment
journey, cheered on by
hundreds of locals, many
dressed in period clothing.
Richard Borella plans to retrace
the steps of Albert Borella whose
epic journey from Tennant Creek
to Darwin to enlist in World War
I has become entrenched in Aus-
Borella went on to become the
only Territorian, and one of only
100 Australians, to be awarded
the Victoria Cross for ‘most con-
spicuous bravery in attack’.
Accompanied by an Aboriginal
man called Charlie, Borella set off
on foot following the Overland
Telegraph line to Powell Creek
where he borrowed a horse from
He rode to Katherine where he
hitched a ride on a horse-drawn
mail buggy then caught the train
from Pine Creek to Darwin.
Borella found he couldn’t enlist
in Darwin so he caught a lift on a
boat to Townsville where he was
signed up with the 26th Battalion
and sent off to Egypt for training
and then on to Gallipoli.
The reenactment of Borella’s
journey is part of the Anzac Cen-
tenary celebrations so Tennant
Creek was drawn into the national
spotlight as the Borella family
and crew, organisers, dignitaries
and media converged on the town
for the event held at Nyinkka
Host was Ray Martin and dis-
tinguished guests included Chief
Minister Adam Giles, Member
for Lingiari Warren Snowdon,
Territory Senators Nigel Scullion
and Nova Peris, Barkly Regional
Council President Barb Shaw,
Borella’s 81-year-old son and
Victoria Cross recipient, Keith
Payne VC OAM.
Mr Payne, who was awarded
his VC for gallantry during the
Vietnam War, said young people
could learn a lot from Borella’s
“Even the most tremendous
of journeys, whether in war or
peace or through life’s challenges,
started off with a simple deci-
sion,” he said.
Borella’s only surviving son,
Rowan Borella, displayed his
grandfather’s Victoria Cross
medal and told the gathering his
famous relative would be amazed
at all the attention.
So not just one Victoria Cross
medal in Tennant Creek, but two
- for the first time ever!
A spectacular entry by skydiv-
ers bearing the Australian and
NT flags as the national anthem
played drew hearty cheers from
The Borella walkers spent the
first night at the Telegraph Sta-
tion and by Monday they had
arrived in Elliott where they were
welcomed by flag-waving school
The party is expected to arrive
in Darwin by Tuesday.
MEMBER for Barkly Gerry McCarthy was
looking forward to attending the Borella cer-
emony in his home town and electorate.
However, Chief Minister Adam Giles refused him a
seat on his charter flight to Tennant Creek.
Parliament hadn’t finished until 7pm the previous
night which meant there was no option other than for
Gerry to miss out on the event.
He said Mr Giles suggested he charter his own plane
however Gerry felt he could not justify the public-purse
So he regretfully missed out on the event that attracted
high profile guests from throughout Australia.
“I drive from Tennant Creek to Darwin to perform
my parliamentary duties to save on the expense of
flying,” he said.
“But it’s dangerous and well nigh impossible to drive
“Within governments throughout Australia, politicians
often show bi-partisanship by offering seats on their
VIP planes to members of the opposition when it’s an
“The flights are taxpayer funded after all.”
The Chief Minister said Gerry had asked for a lift on
Thursday night however Gerry said he had previously
emailed a request to Mr Giles and Hansard documents
reveal the request had also been made in Parliament
Mr Giles said Gerry should have been better organised.
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