Home' Tennant and District Times : 2015-0515 TDT Contents 8 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 15 MAY 2015
Tennant Creek PlayGroup
Every Monday from 9.30am onwards
Senior Citizens Hall, 49 Haddock street
$ 5 per visit per family
Every THURSDAY 10am
Tex’s Schnitzel House Eldorado Motel
Check our facebook website
for further events
All children must be accompanied and supervised by a parent/guardian at all times.
PO Box 834 TENNANT CREEK NT 0860
Facebook Page: Tennant Creek Playgroup
For details, contact Coordinator
Rebecca Way 0409 802 510
Phone (08) 8951 9876 128 Paterson Street, Tennant Creek
OPEN: Monday-Thursday 8am to 5pm Friday 8am to 2:30pm
TO ROLL OUT
CAR BATTERIES $125
Fitted and balanced
BEING in Tennant Creek this week and talking
with locals provided valuable insights about
the economic opportunities that are on the
horizon for the Barkly both in terms of major
private projects and government investment.
I congratulate the people of Tennant Creek on their
proactive efforts to attract new economic opportunities
to the region, including a possible gas pipeline and new
It was great to see such a big turnout of Barkly resi-
dents and business people at this week’s public informa-
tion forum about the proposed gas pipeline. It’s a sign
of the general buzz around town.
After years of neglect, the Barkly Region is now a hub
of activity, with a range infrastructure projects currently
underway including a new youth accommodation facil-
ity, a new pool, new subdivisions and police stations.
Tennant Creek has never looked better, it’s never felt
better and there’s a palpable excitement in the com-
munity about the opportunities ahead. It’s a dramatic
turnaround after a decade of neglect and disinterest
under the former Labor Government, where there was
no economic planning.
Incredibly, despite this local buzz, the Member for
Barkly is continuing to talk down Tennant Creek’s
At this week’s forum, Gerry McCarthy had nothing
positive to say about the huge economic opportunities
on the town’s horizon thanks to the hard work of locals
and the Territory Government.
He’s also ignored the huge regional investments we’ve
made as part of Budget 2015.
We have invested $12.5 million to strengthen six
bridges on the Tablelands Highway which is a key
economic road that will provide money back into the
local economy, boosting jobs and prosperity.
There’s another $5 million to replace the sewerage
system at Ali Curung to improve lives and amenity in
that important community.
It’s essential to assist in the construction industry and
support jobs growth by building land capacity. We have
announced $3.5 million to support subdivision works
and land release. We are subdividing 21 residential
lots in Peko Road and 12 industrial lots in Udall Road.
In the budget there’s a $700,000 investment to con-
struct a building to support nutrition and important
home economics programs at Alekarenge School, so
students can be provided with information to assist
with healthy lifestyle outcomes.
Motorsport in the Barkly is flourishing and will grow
further with an injection of $500,000 towards a new
tower, clubhouse and upgrade of the facilities at Ten-
nant Creek Speedway.
We’re growing tourism in the region and I have an-
nounced the establishment of a permanent exhibition
in Tennant Creek to commemorate Victoria Cross
recipient Albert Borella.
On top of all that, we are spending an additional
$2.5million on the Stuart Hwy this year to improve
conditions and safety which will see an expansion of
the open speed limit section of road to boost the current
economic benefits being reaped with vehicle testings.
It’s become very clear that Gerry McCarthy is a des-
perate knocker and desperately wants to ignore all the
exciting things happening in his electorate.
As a result no-one is listening to him, even his Labor
colleagues are working towards eliminating him from
The $3 million smelly Stella Maris deal where tax-
payers land was given away to Labor’s Union mates
has now been exposed for all to see, shredding the
credibility of Delia Lawrie and Gerry McCarthy and
eliminating their power within the Labor Party.
For his share in the scandal Gerry McCarthy was
dumped as Deputy Leader, and even more significantly,
he’s been overlooked as the Shadow Minister for Cen-
To be ignored as the Labor spokesperson for Central
Australia, when he’s the only one in Labor ranks who
lives here, sends a clear message that he no longer has
the support of his team.
He’s outside the tent and that’s bad news for people
in the Barkly.
To add insult to Gerry McCarthy, the latest Labor
Party Opposition Spokesperson for Central Australia
is Ken Vowles, who you’ll only see at the Markets in
Rapid Creek - that’s a long way from Tennant Creek.
I’m hugely excited about what the future has in store
for Tennant Creek and I look forward to working with
you all to make the most of the opportunities on offer.
Please feel free to email me anytime chief.minister@
Bright future for Barkly despite
dark clouds from McCarthy
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.
nortHErn territory Budget 2015-16 defines
the CLP: big taxing and big spending.
Following savage cuts to the public service in health,
education, youth and child protection over the last three
years, Budget 2015-16 comprises of little more than
Darwin and Alice Springs tourism infrastructure and
generous sport and recreation spending.
Revolving CLP Ministers since 2012 has fuelled the
NT fiscal debate with ‘gloom and doom,’ anxious for
approval over public service cuts, increased taxes and
education job losses and now they’re desperate to buy
back votes in Darwin and Alice Springs.
CLP fiscal scare mongering now abated sees Treasurer
Tollner counting the windfall of an extra $700 million
in GST, increased payroll tax, savage power and water
charges and public asset sales with revenue predicted
to top $2.5 billion by 2016.
However the CLP Budgets from 2012 to 2015 remain
deficits during boom time, despite the $34 billion Ich-
thys LNG project (INPEX), generating record economic
activity and growth, so what’s next?
The question for Chief Minister Giles is what follows
INPEX? As the signature economic project, what safe
guards are in place to protect the Northern Territory
against changes to Commonwealth funding, 80% of
which is GST?
The CLP Budget 2015-16 reflects wrong priorities
with more than $160 million in early announcements
for sports and recreation while beef producers and min-
ing exploration companies cite $1.7 billion investment
needed for developing Northern Territory roads.
With significant improvements in live cattle exports
and the recent completion of the AACo abattoir, I have
witnessed record numbers of heavy vehicle cattle move-
ments across both wet and dry seasons, predicted to
increase putting enormous pressure on road networks.
Minerals and resource sector share regional and
remote road networks for land access magnifying pres-
sure on deteriorating Territory highways and regional
CLP infrastructure investment 2015-16 targets Darwin
and Alice Springs tourism, abandoning high productiv-
ity primary industries and minerals sectors, raising the
argument for prioritising roads investment given the
value of product travelling the network.
The Barkly bread-basket of primary industries, re-
sources and mineral development received a modest
infrastructure spend with disappointing budget reduc-
tions such as the Canteen Creek airstrip up-grade which
is three years late, reduced from $2.5m to $700,000.
Giles talks down Tennant as ‘broken’ but I note critical
early childhood education and child care infrastructure
for the Chief Minister’s electorate with Tennant ignored
albeit $6m cut from preschool education and $13m
primary education in Budget 2015-16.
As former Arts Minister I acknowledge new visual
arts opportunities for Darwin, however in tight financial
times with failing road transport infrastructure across
the NT, can we afford $18.3m for a Darwin art gallery?
Health, education, child protection and local govern-
ment are struggling to deliver services on reduced an-
nual budgets and the rising cost of living for families
highlights the risk of the CLP pork barrelling following
the sale of Government buses, printing office, public
housing and TIO?
CLP politics favour Darwin and Alice Springs voters
in 2016 while neglecting critical investment in Territory
children, families, youth services and high productivity
infrastructure for Developing Northern Australia.
Member for Barkly
Budget 2015-16 is not all roses
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