Home' Tennant and District Times : 2015-0529 TDT Contents 4 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 29 MAY 2015
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The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters is funded by the
Australian Government Department of Social Services
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
New Communities for 2015
Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY)
The Brotherhood of St Laurence, through HIPPY Australia, is
seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from organisations within
25 new communities to deliver HIPPY. The communities selected
have a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
The program currently operates in 75 communities across Australia. It is a
two year home-based early learning and parenting program that empowers
parents and carers to be their child’s first teacher. The program builds the
confidence and skills of parents and carers to create a positive learning
environment to prepare their child for school. It also offers some parents and
carers a supported pathway to employment and local community leadership.
Organisations wishing to apply should demonstrate:
l Experience working with families, children and the local community.
l Links to early childhood education, child care, schools and other
community, family and children’s services.
l Provide managerial support to the program coordinator,
l Provide office space and a child friendly group meeting space.
Interested organisations can download the EOI Application
forms from www.hippyaustralia.org.au
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HIPPY Australia is open Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm (AEST). Completed
applications must be received by 5pm (AEST) 26 June 2015 (Friday).
Only fully completed applications will be assessed.
NEW COMMUNITIES FOR 2015
Broome and Surrounds
Midland and Surrounds
Mooroopna and Surrounds
Nambucca and Surrounds
Cooktown and Surrounds
Northern Peninsula Area
Goonellabah and Surrounds
Wyong and Surrounds
WHILE my dislike for
our local MLA is very
well known, last week
he hit a new and dis-
It seems he now lives in
such a fantasy world that
even basic comprehension
also eludes him and it does
our town and efforts little
Last week Barkly MLA
Gerry McCarthy made
an incredibly moronic
comment (“MLA bites
back at Chief Minister’s
attack”, TDT 22/5/15)
that the Public Forum
ran was undertaken at a
time which ‘noticeably’
omitted working families
which was seemly aimed
at Chief Minister Adam
Giles and insinuated that
he or the TCMI Cross
Border Alliance had done
so on purpose or somehow
to avoid engagement.
What an insulting thing
for our Local Member to
say, and congrats, your
quip hit the mark with the
local volunteers and our
Well Gerry when exactly
was your public forum?
Where was your drive
for a project or private
What exactly are you
MLA criticism on public forum was insulting
For those unaware, the
Public Forum was organ-
ised by the Tennant Creek
Mount Isa (TCMI) Cross
Border Alliance, not the
The timing had every-
thing to do with the avail-
ability of the Mount Isa
delegates and nothing to
do with the locals or the
If Mr Giles had not made
himself available the pub-
lic forum, it would have
still taken place, and at the
He was nothing more
than a guest panellist, and
a very important one at
We thank him for taking
our group seriously.
This point was made in
the advertisements printed
in the Tennant & District
Times, and several times
throughout the forum.
The TCMI group has
been running for a little
over 12 weeks and we
have now run three public
forums on the potential
gas pipeline project.
Each time we have had
overwhelming press and
support, especially in
But how embarrassing
is it to have the Mount
Isa delegation make the
trip over at their own cost
and time and now have to
open our local newspaper
and see even a hint of
And as I say, it wasn’t un-
noticed, so hearty congrats
lationship with Mt Isa
couldn’t be more valu-
able, I couldn’t be more
We deserve so much
– Jason Newman,
A GROWING number of our neighbours will
face a lonely winter this year with as many
as seven per cent, or 1.5 million Australians
predicted to be considered isolated or very
Having friends around us makes us more resilient to
life’s knocks and challenges.
Red Cross helps people of all ages who are doing it
tough. We help isolated people reconnect with their
communities by assisting them to join social groups
and build new friendships. Red Cross also provides
free phone calls to thousands of elderly Australians
each day just to check they’re OK.
We help people who are homelessness or at risk of
becoming homeless, those with mental health issues
and disadvantaged families who want a better future
for their children.
Across the Asia Pacific region we are working to
provide clean drinking water and better sanitation, and
help rebuild lives after major disasters.
All our work relies heavily on the generosity of people
like you who donate to Red Cross.
I’m asking everyone to dig deep before the 30th June
to make sure Red Cross will always be there for our
friends and neighbours.
To make a tax-deductible donation by June 30 call
1800 811 700, go online or use your smartphone to go
to our website at redcross.org.au.
Robert Tickner, Chief Executive, Australian
Red Cross calls for help
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