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Family Open Day Saturday 11 July
BATTERY HILL MINING & VISITOR CENTRE
Battery Hill Peko Road Tennant Creek
& Cake stall
(proceeds to Tennant
Win a gold nugget
valued at $120
“The Battery” has survived
This would have been impossible without the support of so many
citizens, businesses, organisations
and government of Tennant Creek and The Territory.
While it impossible to thank everybody individually we must single out the following for
special acknowledgement: Stewart Pritchard (Territory Metals) & Kevin Craig, Chief
Minister Adam Giles and the depts. of—Chief Minister; Business; Mines & Energy; Cor-
rections; Tourism NT; REDF; Coffey Engineering, the Board of BHMC (all volunteers)
Mr Peter Davenport and Steve Baldwinand last but not least
Ms RODDY CALVERT, for her sterling efforts through so many difficult years,
Free Tours—90 minute duration through the mine and then around
the Battery. Depart 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30
Free Museum Entry—Museum open 9-5pm last entry 4:30pm.
Giveaways and show bags all day (while stocks last)
Trivia Quiz—$5 per entry. Completed Answers must be handed in by
4pm. Winner announced 4:45pm on site and Facebook.
OFFICIAL OPENING—A ceremony marking the official opening of the newly
renovated Battery and Mine will be held Friday 10 July 9-10am
Plant & Equipment Hire
Graders - Trucks - Loaders
Full contingent of Plant and Equipment for:
• Sealing of Roads
• Bulk Earthworks • Dam Building
• Pastoral Land Clearing
For enquiries please call:
Jim Phillips - 0417 834 574
Allan Hull - (08) 8962 2056
Ofce - (08) 8962 1039
THE Australian arts sector needs
support against drastic funding cuts
which costing jobs.
The arts sector nationally suffers chronic
underfunding and lack of credible, evidence-
based policy framework.
Federal Coalition and Territory CLP Gov-
ernments have failed to grow investment in
arts and culture with federal Arts Minister
George Brandis cutting $104.8m over 4 years
from the Australia Council establishing a
program under direct control as Arts Minister.
Federal cuts in addition to CLP reducing arts
and culture funding to 2010 levels puts ex-
traordinary pressure on artists, funding agen-
cies and philanthropists across the country.
Liberal Government funding cuts for the
arts seriously undermines the capacity of
the Australia Council and arts organisations
to leverage significant private investment for
small to medium companies.
Liberal policy risks significant damage to
the arts sector and communities across the
country with arts organisations demanding
urgent consultation with key stakeholders
including state and territory arts agencies and
Budget cuts to the arts ignore demonstrated
solutions for growing arts and culture across
the country where small to medium arts com-
panies risk losing jobs and cancelling annual
festivals, events and programs.
Federal budget cuts including 30 per cent
cut from the Australia Council directly im-
pacts on arts and culture grants for small to
medium arts organisations and individual
artists including Barkly Regional Arts!
Current federal government policy an-
nouncements cite not providing multi-year
operational funding for small to medium
companies with state and territory agencies
yet to confirm any commitment to multi-year
operational funding for the small to medium
This complete policy deficit disadvantages
arts organisations in planning and operating
annual festivals, events and arts programs
struggling in a funding vacuum with no
certainty from one year to the next.
The reality is that arts jobs and income
are at stake with festivals, arts and cultural
programs uncertain demonstrating we need
to get active and vocal to save the small to
medium sector from extinction.
Australia Council data demonstrates the six
year funding model with 11 Key Producer
companies 2008 - 2013 leveraged on aver-
age an additional $8 of income for every $1
invested by the Australia Council.
If $30 million investment by the Australia
Council in six year funding for small to
medium companies ceases the Australian
economy risks losing $240 million a year in
leveraged funds a staggering total of $1.44
billion over six years!
This equates to thousands of jobs lost in
communities across the country including
Territory regional and remote communities
where ‘grassroots’ arts centres and organisa-
tions represent real economic drivers.
With $38.3 million ‘parked up’ in CLP
budget books against renovating a Darwin
building and development of Indigenous
Culture Centre realistically costing $120
million, Chief Minister Giles could put the
money to work, saving jobs and community
Lend your support for the arts and culture
sector by writing or emailing federal, state
and Territory Arts Ministers and the Prime
Member for Barkly
Shout out against arts
sector funds cuts
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