Home' Tennant and District Times : 2015-0320 TDT Contents 2 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 20 MARCH 2015
The Barkly Regional
Council has been
members of Elliott lobby
Federal and Northern
Territory Ministers to
help solve the housing
A meeting was held in
early February outlining
proposals from the three
levels of government to
give Elliot residents an
indication of how the
crisis will be resolved.
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
It’s been an exciting few weeks with
Tennant Creek drawn into the spotlight with
the Borella Ride launch and International
Women’s Day breakfast.
The Borella Ride launch on 20 February
There was such a great buzz in the town
as locals, many dressed in period clothing,
waved off a team of walkers on retracing
the journey of Territory war hero Albert
Richard Borella, along with a crew of
support riders, cooks and military historians,
retraced the footsteps of his grandfather,
whose epic journey from Tennant Creek to
Darwin to enlist in World War 1 has become
entrenched in Australian History.
TV Presenter Ray Martin hosted the event
with distinguished guests including Chief
Minister Adam Giles, Member for Lingiari
Warren Snowdon and Territory Senators
Nigel Scullion and Nova Peris attending.
Council was also given a plaque by the
Chief Minister to commemorate Borella’s
journey to enlist in the Great War 100 years
It is for the community of Tennant Creek
and we will find a suitable location for the
plaque so everyone can enjoy it.
On March 8 up to 200 locals came to
Nyinkka Nyunyu for a breakfast and
exhibition to celebrate International
Women’s Day, with a reporter from ABC
Radio Rural Hour covering the event.
It was a great turnout and my heartfelt
thanks goes out to young high school
student, Tshanka Storey, who gave an
Her plea for mentors dovetailed perfectly
into our theme of Connecting the
Generations – Make It Happen.
Council encourages opportunities to
engage with and listen to the community and
it is wonderful to see young people taking
up the mantle. An exhibition highlighting
photos of young women with their mentors
and a beautiful banner are also on display
in the gallery at Nyinkka Nyunyu.
with President Barb Shaw
l Construction of the new swimming pool complex in Tennant Creek began
on Monday, 16 February 2015 and is expected to be completed over a 32-
week period. Plans can be downloaded from barkly.nt.gov.au/tennant-creek-
l All the Presidents, Mayors and CEOs of local government organisations
right across the Territory will converge on Tennant Creek for three days in April.
The Local Government Association of Northern Territory (LGANT) will hold its
General Meeting at council chambers from 15-17 April.
l The Tennant Creek Local Authority has two vacancies, and there’s only
one more week left to nominate. It’s a great way to become engaged in the
community. To nominate for these vacancies, forms must be sent to the
CEO, Barkly Regional Council, by 4.30pm on Thursday, 26 March 2015. To
download the form go to: http://barkly.nt.gov.au/files/pdfs/Form_- _Local_
l Elected members take professional development seriously, especially with all
the policy reforms around local government. Councillors recently took part in a
workshop around professional roles and code of conduct, provided by LGANT’s
Sue Davy, People and Capacity Development Consultant, and BRC’s former
Acting CEO Rodney Donne.
l There’s still time to have your say on council’s Electoral Representation
Review. BRC is looking at whether the way voters are represented on Council
is the best and fairest way it can be. For more information and a copy of the
discussion paper go to barkly.nt.gov.au/electoral-representational-review
l Council has been consulting with all its Local Authorities for comment on the
Cemeteries Act legislation which is currently under review. A submission for the
NT Government has now been drafted by LGANT.
HIS week I was interviewed
by Radio National’s Fran Kelly
about the cuts to our Indigenous
Advancement Strategy (IAS)
funding, providing a great op-
portunity to explain the huge impacts that
this will have on the Barkly region.
Barkly Regional Council delivers com-
munity services in some of the remotest
communities in Australia and more often
than not council is the only employer in
some of these places, giving many In-
digenous people the opportunity for real,
But what we have here is NT Senator
Nigel Scullion, the Prime Minister Tony
Abbott and Joe Hockey, whose mantra is
jobs, jobs, jobs for all Australians, actually
delivering to the most vulnerable, poorest
and disadvantaged people in the country
a package of jobless, jobless, jobless.
Barkly Regional Council was notified
through the Federal Government’s IAS
last week that it will receive 35 per cent
less of its previous budget to deliver front-
line community services.
Council received funding for Night Pa-
trol, the School Nutrition Program, Elliott
Community Radio and Elliott Playgroup,
but youth development, workforce devel-
opment and animal management applica-
tions were not supported.
The NT has the highest level of Indige-
nous unemployment and earlier this week
Senator Scullion claimed the cuts would
not have an impact on frontline services
but what has happened is just that.
Our youth development has been com-
pletely shattered. Twenty-eight jobs, 27 of
them Indigenous, have been slashed from
Sport and Recreation. What will this do for
the 500 kids across the region, aged from
5 – 15, that use council community servic-
es everyday? Who will help them if we go?
Following the Abbott Government’s elec-
tion 18 months ago, Mr Abbott drafted the
Indigenous Affairs portfolio into the De-
partment of the Prime Minister and Cabi-
net and under his control.
He announced new targets to close the
gap, offering five main pillars, the key
three pillars being: getting to work, getting
children to school and making communi-
These funding cuts undermine the policy
element of Closing the Gap and under-
mine council’s ability to successfully de-
liver programs in remote communities to
reach these targets.
When all these frontline services go all
these kids out on those remote bush com-
munities will have nothing to do and the
impacts will be severe – a rise in sub-
stance abuse, anti-social behaviour, crime
and youth suicide.
We all know the sense of hopelessness
that you face when you don’t have em-
ployment or are not in a position to do
something meaningful for yourself and
your community, and that’s what these
workers who have jobs in the bush face.
I also expressed my bitter disappoint-
ment over the PM’s description of liv-
ing in remote communities as a “lifestyle
choice”. For the leader of this country to
make such a statement it is clearly evi-
dent that we have a long, long way to go
in closing the gap towards embracing and
achieving understanding and respect for
Aboriginal people and their culture in Aus-
To listen to the radio interview go to
Youth pay the price for Federal funding cuts
Barkly Regional President Barb Shaw.
A round-up of news in the community
Left: Chief Minister Adam
Giles presents Barb Shaw with
a plaque to commemorate
100 years of Anzac.
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