Home' Tennant and District Times : 2015-0724 TDT Contents 4 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 24 JULY 2015
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TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 24 JULY 2015 5
NEXT Tuesday Tennant Creek will
host Dayne ‘the Frackman’ Pratzky
for a one-off free community screen-
ing of the award-winning Frackman
The screening is hosted by the Frack Free
NT Alliance, an umbrella group consisting
of a diverse coalition of community groups
across the Territory who are concerned about
the risks of fracking.
“As the unconventional gas industry is set
to expand across the Northern Territory, with
more than 90 per cent of the Territory cur-
rently under application or approval for un-
conventional gas mining, this story has never
been more relevant to Territory audiences,”
said Tanya Hall of the Alliance.
Frackman is an observational documentary
following ordinary Queenslanders caught up
in the “gas rush” to secure and exploit coal
Accidental activist Pratzky is building a
simple home in Tara, when the Queensland
Gas Company arrives, demanding to sink gas
wells on his property.
The company claims he has no legal rights
to refuse them access.
So begins his transformation from knock-
about pig-shooter to passionate activist, and
a David and Goliath battle against a $70 bil-
The filmmakers have followed his five-year
battle that reveals the shocking treatment of
landholders by some of the most powerful
companies in the world.
“It is an important opportunity for people
to come and hear directly from Dayne what
it was like living in the gas fields and about
the impacts of the industry on communities
The Frackman screens at 6:30pm at the
Civic Hall with Pratzky in attendance for a
Q&A following the film.
The screening is free of charge however do-
nations to support the campaign are welcome.
The Frack Free NT Alliance will also host a
BBQ from 6pm with all money raised going
towards the NT campaign.
The Frackman is coming to town!
LOCALS flock to
the Battery Hill
twice a month to
search for bar-
gains at the Night
Held on the first
and third Saturdays,
the event offers a
wide variety of wares
while locals and tour-
ists can take in the
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They call him the Wheeze...
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A MAN who hurled a pile of sticks at his sister
has been sent to jail for a year.
His uncle attempted to shield the woman from the
assault by extending his arms, but a blow from another
stick left him reeling in pain with a broken ulna.
Manrick Shannon, 28, had just arrived at the McLaren
Creek community when his sister greeted him by recall-
ing a previous argument.
She told him she had been waiting for an apology from
him, which prompted another argument.
When his sister picked up a stick, Shannon responded
by arming himself with a metre-long stick which he
threw at the woman with considerable force.
A second stick hit her shoulder and several more sticks
were pitched at her.
He told the court he was trying to scare his sister.
After he struck his uncle, Shannon drove off, however
he presented to the Tennant Creek Police Station a
couple of weeks later where he made frank admissions
about the assault.
He told police he was sorry about hurting his uncle,
saying it “was bad timing on him”.
Sentencing Shannon in the Alice Springs Supreme
Court, Justice Peter Barr said he had been in trouble,
on and off, for ten years.
Justice Barr said he agreed with the Prosecutor that
Shannon was a person who resorted to violence to
“That is a most unfortunate tendency on your part,”
“It is also unfortunate for you personally because
you are angry and its consequences will prevent you
realising your full potential, both personal and work.”
Shannon was sentenced to 21 months, backdated to
February. The sentence is to be suspended after 12
jail term on
ACCORDING to a very reliable source, Chris
Helmond became known as Wheezy from his
first foray into the school yard at Tennant
Someone cracked a joke, Mr Helmond cracked up and
the nature of his laugh led the pack of would-be fresh-
mores to crown him with the title.
In the business he is in, tag names are common and
useful in developing an identifiable persona.
There’s Slash, Flea, Animal and of course, The Edge,
and now the nether regions of Australia and the world
at large will be hearing and seeing more of the Wheeze.
He is just over twice as old as when he first arrived in
town but thousands of times wiser and with his band
Unbroken Expanse’s blessing, he’ll be settling into his
new digs in the big smoke of Melbourne as you read
“My entire teenage-cum-early-20s years have predomi-
nately been spent in Tennant Creek so I feel that this town
has given me what I have now,” Chris said.
“I would like to take things all the way with my band
and I know all of us are in the same head space.
“Sometime around the end of this year, or early 2016,
we intend to regroup in Melbourne and really give the
music scene our best shot.
“It’s exciting but I will be kidding myself if I said I
won’t miss Tennant and all the great friends I will be
leaving behind, but I assure you one and all; I’ll be back.”
Unbroken Expanse already have an EP (Extended
Play) and a full album under their belt and have played
at numerous festivals and city venues
Since 2007 when the band came into being, they’ve
managed to share the stage with some great Aussie acts
such as British India, Frenzal Rhomb, The Living End
and Violent Soho.
When they all finally move to the city, there undoubt-
edly will be a musical void to fill and a chance for a new
round of up and coming talent to follow in their footsteps.
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