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NAIDOC Week celebrations
kick off with main street march
A CROWD of around 200 Aborigi-
nal and Torres Strait Islanders
and supporters, gathered in front
of the Northern Land Council of-
fices on Monday to celebrate
NAIDOC Week 2015.
The celebrations started with a two kilo-
metre march from Paterson Street to the
Nyinkka Nyunyu Cultural Centre, lead
by four horsemen and a police escort.
Musicians from the Winanjjikari Music
Centre performed while the marchers
made their way into Nyinkka Nyunyu
performance space, located beside the
sacred ground of the spiky tailed goanna,
Ross Jakamarra Williams was the mas-
ter of ceremonies for the “end of march”
event and Member for Barkly, Gerry
McCarthy was a special guest speaker
The theme of this year’s NAIDOC was
“We all stand on Sacred Ground” and
there was a palpable sense of pride and
celebration as young and old alike con-
gregated on the home of the “Wirnkarra”
(ancestral being) around which the town
of Tennant Creek emerged in the second
half of the 20th century.
NAIDOC activities actually began on
Sunday with a children’s art competition
held on the basketball courts at Any-
inginyi Sport and Recreation complex.
A barbecue family fun day drew a big
crowd to Peko Park on Tuesday with
some great tunes pumping out of the
sound shell from solo entertainer, Ken
O’Shea, and a fascinating display of
boomerang and clap stick production
from David Duggie and Joseph Williams.
Aboriginal Elders were treated to a
respectful brunch at the civic hall on
Wednesday with a chance to catch up
with old friends and share stories and
knowledge from days gone by.
NAIDOC celebrations continued
throughout the Barkly with a spectacu-
lar festival at Ali Curung which ran from
Monday through to Thursday.
Traditional dancing, circus performers,
spear throwing, art exhibits and mask
making were all on the menu of activities
along with some great football action in
the battle for the NAIDOC Cup.
Every year, NAIDOC Week has been
growing in popularity, significance and
diversity of activities and 2015 has raised
the bar once again.
There was something to participate in
for all ages and interests culminating
with a sporting finale: a softball and
basketball sports challenge on Thursday
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Local youngsters made their mark on the Tennant Creek Skate Park with a graffiti art
project promoting Territory Day.
Up to 30 participants worked in collaboration with visiting artist, Narisha Cash, to design
and create a mural at the skate park to celebrate what is great about their community, the
Territory and being a Territorian.
It was fantastic to see young people enjoying the Tennant Creek Skate Park and having
the opportunity to create their own mural which further strengthens their connection and
ownership of this site.
It is an effective reminder of what they can achieve and now Tennant Creek has a vibrant
piece of community art by local youth.
It was also an honour for me to launch the artwork project, which was funded by a $5000
TIO Territory Day Community Grant, before the main celebrations on Territory Day.
ON YOUR MARKS, GET SET, GO: Kids take off on their scooters.
Youth mark their territory at skate park
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
Barkly Regional Council’s Regional
Plan and Budget 2015-16 is in draft
form and up on the website for
residents to have a look at.
I would really like to encourage the
public to come back to us and make
comments on this document before
the deadline of July 14.
It’s important to have your feedback
approach to its activities.
Click on http://barkly.nt.gov.au/
Plan-V-for-consultation.pdf for a
with President Barb Shaw
he Minister for Local Government and Community
Services Bess Price recently met with Barkly Regional
Council (BRC) representatives to discuss the housing
crisis in Elliott.
Council’s rotating Deputy President Joyce Taylor and
I also addressed the need for a housing renewal and upgrade
program for north and south camp in Elliott (Gurungu and
Minister Price has agreed to continue to negotiate with BRC
and the people of Elliott to come up with a solution to alleviate
the housing crisis.
Presidents and Mayors from other councils across the NT were
also at this housing meeting where we raised matters of concern
relating to service delivery.
Historically, repairs, maintenance and upgrade programs were
run through councils.
This was handed over to private contractors on the condition
that they hire local Indigenous employees.
What transpired at this meeting in June was this is not working.
The delay time in response to these contractors getting out to
communities to carry out repairs and maintenance is too long
and many local people have not been hired and, as a result,
have lost jobs.
Everyone agreed that we want repairs, maintenance and
upgrades to come back to our councils and we will lobby hard
for this in the future.
This is in keeping with BRC’s vision of ensuring that our
services are sustainable and that our region has a standard
consistent level of services.
We want to be able to sustain our environment – our
communities, our physical places, our people and our
Lobbying for change
Have your say...
Pool and football
change rooms update
I am pleased to announce that the
construction of the Purkiss Reserve
Football change rooms has been
Construction started in mid
February with local builder George
Konedaris and his team winning the
tender to build the new footy change
rooms. The building inspection was
due to be carried out on Thursday,
July 9, and we will keep you posted
about upcoming launch dates.
Over at the swimming pool, on-
site activities have recommenced.
Contractor Taylor Builders Pty Ltd
was off-site procuring materials
and suppliers. Workers have now
returned and are on schedule for
The Tennant Creek Swimming Pool
Complex is being built per agreed
specifications between the Barkly
Regional Council, the Tennant Creek
community-led Purkiss Reserve
Consultative Committee, the design
consultants, the contractor and
within the constraints of the $3.6
million community development
funding budget provided by the
This grant also included upgrading
the amenities at the town’s main
sporting oval at Purkiss Reserve.
For more detailed information go
commitee-meetings and scroll down
to Purkiss Reserve Consultative
Committee 2014 & 2015.
You can also download the monthly
Council agenda - http://barkly.
meetings - a public document
providing updates on the swimming
pool since February, 2015, under
the Executive Director Operations
For a look at the designs click on
l The Yapakurlangu Ward has been renamed to Kuwarrangu under a recent
electoral review of boundaries conducted by the NT Electoral Commission.
The new name for this Ward was endorsed by BRC after a period of public
consultation and included in a report to the Local Government Minister.
l Charity St Vinnies outlined a proposal at the June Council meeting to visit
remote communities in the Barkly with pop-up shops to sell goods at very low
prices. They have also advertised for a permanent part-time manager for their
Tennant Creek shop.
KICKING GOALS: New footy change rooms are a win for the community.
AS you read this story, Tennant’s beloved
switched off, then on again, then off again
weather radar station may well be switched
Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel
Scullion was in Alice Springs on Wednesday along with
the Federal Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce,
promoting the Federal Government’s white papers on
“Agricultural Competitiveness” (AC) and “Develop-
ing the North”.
ABC journalist Nathan Coates, asked Mr Joyce why
the AC white paper expressed a budgetary allocation
to achieve better weather forecasting while at the same
time the Bureau of Meteorology had only last week,
shut down the Tennant Creek weather radar.
Mr Joyce said that an extra $3.3m had been earmarked
in the AC white paper for improved weather forecast-
ing but deferred the question to the relevant minister.
Senator Scullion’s office issued a statement last week
that read, “the Tennant Creek Radar Station is no longer
viable as many of the parts needed to keep the system
maintained are no longer available and the Federal
Government will not compromise on safety.”
He then apologised to the people of Tennant Creek and
went on to say that “the worst thing that has happened
is that we closed it and now and we are consulting.”
Senator Scullion further said he was negotiating with
the Bureau of Meteorology to keep the radar facility
going as long as possible.
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