Home' Tennant and District Times : 2015-0529 TDT Contents 2 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 29 MAY 2015
There’s always a lot of activity at the
Tennant Creek swimming pool which is
wonderful news. Recently, workers finished
spraying concrete on to the base of the
pool and the sides.
It was a pretty dirty job from the looks of
things and the concrete has since been left
That’s all finished and I’ve heard that the
team will be back next week to prepare the
pool for tiling.
Construction of the administration building
at the swimming pool complex is also well
underway with the external blocks finished
and the internal partitions going up next
week. I’m pleased to see the boat mural on
the original office has also been left intact.
Over at Purkiss Reserve, the roofing
for the football change rooms has been
completed and work is scheduled to be
finished in mid to late June.
These are exciting developments for the
town of Tennant Creek and I look forward to
sharing more updates with the community.
Workers spraying the concrete on to the sides and floor of swimming pool complex.
Workers make a big splash
at swimming pool complex
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 is with great pleasure that I announce that the youth funding slashed
under the Federal Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS)
has been reinstated.
Barkly Regional Council talks with the Department of Prime Minister
and Cabinet (PM&C) to renegotiate IAS funding, including youth-related
activities, have been hugely successful with nearly $2m extra put on the
table for a two-year period.
Since the announcement in February that 27 Indigenous jobs with Sport
and Recreation were on the line, council has been renegotiating with the
local office of the PM&C to recover the shortfall from the original application.
We explained that the amount offered was not nearly enough to deliver
frontline services for youth-related activity in a land mass as big as the
state of Victoria. Jobs were still on the line if any of the funding went.
Final IAS figures showed that council received $1.9m extra to deliver a
whole range of programmes, including youth-related activity.
Council’s IAS funding includes 2.5 years for delivery of night patrol and
two years for the school nutrition program, Elliott community radio, youth
transition and the Elliott playgroup bringing the total IAS funding stream to
The Minister for Local Government and Community Services Bess Price
has agreed to meet with Elliott residents to discuss the housing crisis.
At a meeting held in early February several proposals were outlined to
give Elliott residents an indication of how the crisis will be resolved.
The proposals included meeting with Ms Price, sending out a technician
to assess houses, liaising with Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation
(JCAC) with regards more workers for housing maintenance and funding
an environmental officer position in the community and looking for money
to fund a condition report.
with President Barb Shaw
he push for a gas pipeline
from Mt Isa to Tennant Creek
gained more momentum at a
recent public forum.
Around 50 people packed
into the Barkly Regional Council cham-
bers for the forum in which the Tennant
Creek Regional Economic Develop-
ment Committee (TCREDC) invited the
Mt Isa members of the Tennant Creek
Mount Isa (TCMI) Alliance to join us in
making history in Tennant Creek.
I had the honour of formally opening
the forum and welcoming our special
guests, including the Chief Minister
Adam Giles, the Mayor of Mount Isa
Tony McGrady and the member for
Mount Isa Rob Katter.
In February this year a cross border al-
liance between Mount Isa and Tennant
Creek was formed to improve the eco-
nomic, cultural and social development
of the two regions.
Members of the group come from a
wide range of backgrounds and or-
ganisations including local government,
business, NGOs, peak bodies and
elected members. Each of the Tennant
Creek representatives is also a mem-
ber of ministerial appointed TC REDC.
The group aims to be the conduit be-
tween major projects and business to
ensure that during construction of any
future project the capacity and capabil-
ity of both townships are utilised to the
Their first priority has been to lobby for
the North East Gas Interconnector to
be constructed between Tennant Creek
and Mount Isa, which was highlighted
at the forum.
It is estimated that the NT has more
than 200 trillion cubic feet of gas re-
sources in six onshore basins, poten-
tially enough gas to power Australia for
more than 200 years.
Mr Giles talked about the advantages
of a $90 million Tennant Creek to Mount
Isa gas pipeline, in particular the poten-
tial for new mines to be developed ei-
ther side of the proposed pipeline.
He congratulated the people of Ten-
nant Creek on their proactive efforts to
attract new economic opportunities to
the region, including the proposed gas
pipeline and new rail corridor.
Mr Giles said the TCREDC and TCMI
Alliance have both been active in calling
for an infrastructure corridor to Mount
Isa that would help unlock potential for
mining, increase tourism and jobs and
A decision is expected to be made
in September by gas and infrastruc-
ture company APA Group as it weighs
up its options, including connecting to
the East Coast Gas Grid from Tennant
Creek to Mt Isa.
Alliance pushes for new gas pipeline proposal
President Barb Shaw at a public forum highlighting new economic opportunities.
Council wins push
for bigger slice of
IAS funding pie
Lobbying for change
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