Home' Tennant and District Times : 2015-0619 TDT Contents 6 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 19 JUNE 2015
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WHAT a year it has been for the Remote Student Attendance
Strategy team (RSAS - the Yellow Shirts) and the Parent
and Community Engagement Program (PaCE).
School attendance has improved at the majority of schools
across the Barkly region and more children are attending
school on a daily basis.
Most of our schools in the region are now in the top 10
rating for attendance.
This is a great achievement because at the start of the
RSAS and PaCE programs, we were mostly in the bottom
All credit to the workers on these programs.
There is still plenty of room for improvement, but it is a start.
Micky Burton and his team at Ali Curung have almost
doubled the school attendance from this time last year
from 38 per cent to 70 per cent. Congratulations to them
and a great job by the RSAS team and the community of
Epenarra is another community which has improved its
attendance and all credit goes to the Yellow Shirts and PaCE
team for all the hard work they have done.
A big thank you must go to the Epenarra principal for
her support in aiding in this program to achieve greater
attendance for her school.
Tennant Creek Primary and High Schools have increased
attendance and enrolments over the past 12 months. A
great job has been done by all.
To finish off the term, special events are happening at most
the hard work
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of the schools across the Barkly, including school open days,
movie nights and discos and BBQs.
The highlight for the Tennant Creek good attenders is the
fluoro disco on tonight (19 June) at the Civic Centre.
The Yellow Shirts and PaCE team are planning an enjoyable
night for all.
Keep an eye out for next week’s paper for all the great
photos of the night.
The Yellow Shirts will take a two-week break and then
return for training to improve their skills.
They will be out and about visiting homes on the last
week of the holidays to remind children and parents when
school starts and see where they can help to make sure
every child attends school every day.
END OF TERM CELEBRATION: The RSAS and PaCE teams have worked hard this semester to bring school
attendance numbers up. The last week has been filled with end-of-term celebrations of that achievement for
the team and students alike.
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THE NT Government
plans to crackdown on
the distribution and use
of methamphetamines -
more commonly known
In laws that will be passed
in Parliament sittings later
this year, police will have
more powers to search for
drugs in vehicles and to de-
clare specific roads as ‘drug
Chief Minister Adam Giles
said the laws were aimed at
getting drugs off the streets
before more people become
is a growing threat to our
community with users often
becoming violent and ag-
gressive, and many resorting
to property crime to support
their addiction,” he said.
“The NT Government is de-
termined to do everything we
can to stop ice from taking
hold in our community and
these new laws will help po-
lice keep Territorians safe.”
Attorney General John Elf-
erink said an estimated 80
per cent of the Territory’s
ice supply came from other
“Once a road is declared a
drug transit route, police will
then have enhanced powers
to stop drivers they suspect
may be trafficking dangerous
drugs and search their cars
without needing a warrant.
“Make no mistake – these
new laws will make it clear to
drug traffickers they are not
welcome in the Territory and
we will do everything we can
to shut them down.”
The new laws follow the es-
tablishment of a Federal and
Territory Government Joint
Law Enforcement Ice Strike
Force earlier this year and
a Parliamentary inquiry on
is due to report in September.
NT Govt plans to crackdown on ice
From page 5.
“Contrary to these views, the ethos of
CatholicCare is that the more remote we
become, the better we believe the service
ought to be.”
In 2004, CatholicCare was invited by Father
Joseph Pullanappillil from the local parish to
support the delivery of a youth program in
Tennant Creek, with Claire Dreaver as the
Claire was soon joined by Pat Braun, who
still works at CatholicCare today.
Staff levels were increased through the
Community Development Employment
Program with a pledge to provide real jobs.
A successful grant application for $500,000
the following year solidified CatholicCare’s
involvement in the community.
The service started out in the old Youthlinx
building at Purkiss Reserve and in 2005,
expanded to include an office complex in
What was meant to be a temporary home
in the Paterson Street building lasted for
When Bishop Hurley moved into the Dar-
win diocese in 2007, he was immediately
confronted about the difficulty of securing
He was supportive of the idea of a purpose
built community hub in Tennant Creek and in
2011, CatholicCare raised sufficient funds to
purchase the land in Schmidt Street.
A successful application from the Depart-
ment of Children and Families for a $500,000
establishment grant to set up a family centre
two years later, made the possibility of a new
building a reality.
Probuild started construction on the new
complex in August last year and by last
month were ready to hand over the keys.
“This building represents the commitment
that Catholic Care has to the community of
Tennant Creek,” Director of CatholicCare,
Jayne Lloyd said.
“CatholicCare is here for the long haul
and this service is a great example of what
partnerships between organisations like
CatholicCare and Government can achieve
for the community.”
CatholicCare launches new premises
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