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TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 10 JULY 2015 11
Gerry McCarthy MLA
Member for Barkly
Paterson St, Tennant Creek NT | PO Box 796, Barkly NT 0861
Phone: 08 8962 4641 | Fax: 08 8962 3008 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tennant & District Show Society on another great regional event.
Looking forward to celebrating the Show with our community.
TODAY! FRIDAY 10 JULY 2015
TODAY! FRIDAY 10 JULY 2015
~ Prevention is the Solution ~
Scabies is a big problem in Tennant
There are many babies, children and
adults in our community with early and
Treatment for advanced scabies
(infected sores stage) is very painful
and distressing for young children.
We as a community need to take action
and seek medical care early to stop the
spread of infection.
Scabies is harming our children,
making them very sick.
The scabies mite dig holes in our skin,
then live and lay eggs underneath the
This causes us to itch, causing a sore
which gets infected. Sores can allow
bacteria to enter the body causing
our blood to get infected leading to
Rheumatic Heart Disease which can
require monthly needles for up to ten
Scabies infections can also lead to
Scabies is serious.
Scabies spread person to person. If an
infected person shares towels, clothes
or bedding with another person, they
too can get scabies.
If anyone in your family has small lumps
on their skin (which can be itchy) they
must go to the health centre for early
treatment. Everyone living in the home
must also be treated.
The staff at the Health Centre are here
to help and support families to stop
this infection spreading throughout our
To prevent scabies, everyone must
wash bedding, towels and clothes
weekly then put them in the sun.
All pillows, mattresses, child car seats
and prams must be put in the sun every
week. The sun kills the scabies mite.
If anyone wants more information
please come to the clinic, we all need
to work together to stop scabies.
Scabies is serious – don’t let our
families get sick from scabies.
Scabies is serious SCABIESMITEIN SKIN
l Above: A model showing how the scabies mite burrows into the skin.
l Above left: Make sure to put your mattress,
pillows, blankets and sheets in the sun every week
to kill the scabies mite. Above right: Scabies causes
itching and infected sores.
~ Prevention is the Solution ~
Grow Well (Child and Maternal
Health Education Program)
THE Tennant Creek Show is a major
highlight on the calendar for me and I
can’t wait to meet with as many people
as possible this Friday at the Country
Liberal Party stand.
I am delighted to hear about the incredible
transformation in Tennant Creek with the
success of the Temporary Beat Locations
(TBL’s) at the bottle shops.
There can be no doubt that TBL’s are
helping reduce violent crime, assaults and
The strong links between alcohol and
violent crime in Tennant Creek are well
known. The alcohol consumption rate per
capita exceeds the Territory’s average and
is amongst the highest in Australia.
As a result of the hard work of police, the
Liquor Accord and the government’s poli-
cies including TBL’s, we have been able to
(maintain restrictions to) benefit the whole
community. Together with alcohol protection
orders, treatment and support services, we
can make meaningful changes to transform
lives and keep the community safe.
I am proud of Tennant Creek and the
tremendous recovery of the town, which
provides renewed confidence to advance in
other areas like tourism making this region
a ‘must do’ for visitors.
On Friday I will be officially re-launching
the Mine and Battery Tours at the Battery
Hill Mining Centre, which was supported
by a $235,000 grant from the Department
I am excited about the prospects for fur-
ther tourism opportunities on the back of
several successful and interesting tourism
experiences like the Battery Hill Mining and
Visitor Centre, or the popular free Wi-Fi at
the magnificent Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles).
Almost 80,000 overnight visitors come to
Tennant Creek each year, so my team wants
increased strategic tourism infrastructure
projects in the Barkly, and we can assist you
to develop the product and initiatives to grow
tourism in this region.
We are serious about tourism projects to
create employment and that’s why I have
established the $4.75 million Tourism In-
frastructure Development Fund to support
products and projects that attract more
visitors and encourage them to stay longer.
This fund is the largest government invest-
ment in tourism infrastructure in the Terri-
Come and talk to us at the Country Liberal
Party stand about our plans for tourism
or business, health , education ,sport and
recreation, connecting the territory, arts and
culture , developing the north or any other
policy direction you’d like to discuss.
We are listening to your ideas about im-
proving the region and I want to see the
Barkly thrive and prosper under my govern-
ment’s direction. Together we can build a
stronger future for all the regions.
I’ll see you this Friday at the Tennant Creek
Show. Please feel free to email me anytime
Chief Minister Adam Giles’ portfolio includes Minister for Tourism, Minister for Northern and
Central Australia Minister for Economic Development and Major Events Minister for Indigenous Affairs.
Chief Minister in town for Show
AT today’s Show, the
Tennant Creek Vol-
unteer Unit of the
(NTES) will celebrate
40 years of service to
However, as you’ll see
at the outdoor stall, the
unit has a much longer
history in the town.
It all started in the late
1960s when the late Les
Liddell put up his hand
to volunteer for Civil
Defence - the precursor
to the NTES.
Armed with some train-
ing in counter disaster, a
ute, trailer, lighting and
hydraulic rescue gear,
Les spent years as the
Barkly’s sole member.
He attended vehicle
accidents and helped
to search for missing
people, a lone volunteer
on call at all hours of the
day and night.
It took one of the coun-
try’s biggest natural
disasters to motivate
others to jump on board
Volunteers the real stars of the Show
In the days following
Cyclone Tracy, Les
called a public meeting
and soon a reception
centre was established
where evacuees from
Darwin could receive
clothing and meals.
Residents were encour-
aged to offer overnight
provide fuel, tyres and
other necessities so the
weary travellers could
continue their south-
Residents felt good
about being able to help
and so a local unit was
formed, although num-
bers ebbed and flowed
over the years to come.
In 1996, when two local
men went missing, the
community was called
on to help and groups
were transported out
to the search sites in
police paddy wagons.
Afterwards, a meeting
was called at the police
social club to encourage
new members to join
and a resurrected NTES
unit was formed under
The group continued
to grow along with
its equipment inven-
tory and so the Tennant
Creek Volunteer Asso-
ciation was formed for
Rescue and lighting
trailers, RCR equip-
ment, radios and even
a boat were purchased
with funds provided
by the EMA, DREVF
and NT Government,
grants and donations
from community groups.
And by now, Karl Her-
zog had taken over the
reins. He took the unit to
a new level, offering ac-
credited training in com-
and navigation, land
and air search tech-
niques, 4WD skills and
flood boat operation.
Further, Karl designed
two rescue trailers and
revamped the group’s
He also adapted map-
ping software to suit
land, air and water
based search opera-
tions - a method so suc-
cessful it has since been
introduced in other parts
of the Territory.
member, Philip Merry,
was recognised for his
contribution to the NTES
at the recent Queen’s
Philip received an
Medal for making a dis-
to emergency services
in the Northern Territory.
He has been involved
with the TC Volunteer
Unit for nearly 20 years
and for about nine years
has served as deputy
While the Tennant
Creek Volunteer Unit
has proved to be crucial
during accidents, disas-
ters and searches that’s
not all the members do.
The unit is involved in
most community events
including Australia Day,
Anzac Day, Desert Har-
mony and Carols By
Candlelight and have
turned their hand to as-
sisting with catering for
hungry Variety Bashers
who stayed the night in
town and at army stag-
A visit to the TC Volun-
teer Association stall is
a must-do on your Show
There’s not only a fas-
cinating history to learn
about but a big future
And by joining up as a
volunteer, you could be
a part of it all.
l Local NTES crew John Wright, Age Calyun, Laura Wright, Karl Herzog, Derek McPadden and Kevin Stout.
Voice of the day
SHOW day is never complete
without a good commentator,
guiding patrons towards the
next big attraction or just keep-
ing people informed as to what
is where and the odd cameo
interview with prominent visitors.
For years, David Mills com-
manded the spruiker’s position
and when he finally left for
greener pastures, Peter Dav-
enport and more recently Mick
Adams held the fort.
This year the baton has been
passed to Chris “Wheezy” Hel-
mond who is sure to provide
some entertaining commentary.
“I am looking forward to the
challenge but this is my first
time,” he said.
“The show is such a great lo-
cal event. People will hear me
wherever they are on the show
grounds, but I will be following
the “Barkly Bush Track”, looking
for clues and answering ques-
tions until the last “Dagwood
Dog” has been consumed and
every “Showbag” desire has
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