Home' Tennant and District Times : 2015-0402 TDT Contents I HAVE lost count of the number of people
who have talked to me or emailed my office to
remark on the turn-around Tennant Creek has
experienced over the past year.
I know that the recent re-enactment of the Borella Ride
was hugely popular with locals and promoted a great
sense of community pride.
Albert Borella is one of the Barkly’s greatest sons
and this first class event was a great way of honouring
Attending the start of the Borella ride was an honour
and brought huge media attention to the town.
There was a great atmosphere and I think its evidence
of the town’s positive new outlook.
Since my Government introduced a comprehensive
range of alcohol management measures in Tennant
Creek we have seen the town become a much safer
place to work and live.
Tennant Creek is well and truly on the NT map for all
the right reasons.
After a decade of neglect, the transformation of Ten-
nant Creek has been achieved through a combination of
voluntary alcohol restrictions and tough new measures
by NT Police.
I couldn’t be more proud of the achievements of our
NT Police and the basing of officers outside of the
The Temporary Beat Locations identify people likely
to buy alcohol for consumption in restricted areas and
stop them before they are able to stock-up.
Alcohol-related assaults are down 60% over the year
That means the number of women and children who
are victims of alcohol-fuelled violence has more than
Break-ins have also plummeted over this time.
These results are nothing short of spectacular and
we are seeing a revitalised Tennant Creek turn into a
pleasant and attractive place once again.
The voluntary Alcohol Management Plans are also
presenting the local community with another tool to
tackle problem drinking.
The tenacity of your Tennant Creek community
in tackling anti-social behaviour head-on should be
The Government’s efforts to clean up the centre of
Tennant are laying the ground work for sustainable
economic development in the town.
The proposed East Coast Gas Interconnector presents
exciting potential for the Barkly.
The route for this $1 billion gas pipeline to the eastern
states is yet to be confirmed but Tennant Creek to Mt
Isa is a definite possibility.
A gas pipeline from Tennant Creek would mean hun-
dreds of jobs and thousands of dollars pouring back
into the local economy.
It would also see upgrades to roads, infrastructure and
A strong, vibrant town needs a Government that is
committed to growing the economy in the regions and
the CLP brings that can-do attitude.
I’m excited about what the future holds for Tennant
Creek and I look forward to talking to you more over
the months ahead.
Please feel free to email me anytime chief.minister@
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Anyinginyi Sports ‘n’ Rec
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10am: Fun and Games
1pm-4pm: Mystery Tour
10am: kids kitchen
1pm-4pm: water fun
5pm: 3 on 3 basketball
10am: fun & games
1pm-4pm: BBQ at the dam
TONIGHT Thursday 2 April
Disco from 6pm-9pm on courts
Wednesday 8 April
Movie @ Civic Centre
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10am: Crafts & Indoor activities
1pm-4pm: quiz time
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Chief Minister excited
about Tennant’s future
Chief Minister Adam Giles portfolio includes Minister for Tourism, Minister for Northern and Central
Australia Minister for Economic Development and Major Events Minister for Indigenous Affairs.
ART TALKS: Jessica Wraight with the art and books sourced
locally for the exhibition.
Amazing art found in homes
ART works from people’s homes and a collection of art books to
browse through were the subject of a recent exhibition at a pop-up
gallery in the Marks Arcade.
The Public Arts Book Room, run by Jessica Wraight and Emma Newman drew
on content that already existed in town.
“Just one to a few visitors at a time was ideal for a quiet reading room so the
exhibition did not require critical mass in an audience to work,” explained Jes-
sica who had spent weeks sourcing pieces for the display.
Following recommendations, she went from house to house sourcing books
and special art works that people brought with them to town, curious handmade
objects from people you didn’t expect to be artists and art works that linked
people to former lives.
The exhibition catalogue was made up of anecdotes about each art piece, written
by the array of contributing participants which included police officers, teachers,
artists and community workers.
Emma ran knitting circles in the space each weekend, creating a series of knitted
squares that will later become part of a public installation in town.
An arts talk event on the closing night of the exhibition gave the community
a chance to hear more about the experiences and art practices of residents with
a special late edition talk from Garth Robertson who brought his 400-year-old
block-printed Lutheran Bible to show and tell, while discussing his vast collec-
tion of previously banned political books from South Africa.
Jessica said the project was well received from the people who were keen to
share art and books, the visitors who were happy to have a space to sit in and
read other people’s books, the social knitters and those who continued to pop in
and add more books, art and stories to the collection.
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