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ocal dignitaries, councillors and council staff
converged on Purkiss Reserve last Saturday
to celebrate the completion of the new change
Gerry McCarthy, the MLA for Barkly,
Vince Jeisman, electorate officer for the Federal
Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon, and Councillors
Narelle Bremner and Pat Braun joined myself, Jenni
Kennedy, Chair of the Tennant Creek Local Authority,
Steve Edgington, President of the BAFL committee,
Ross Williams, Chair of Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal
Corporation (AHAC), Marcus Maher, Sport and
Recreation Manager at AHAC, local builder George
Konedaris, Council CEO Edwina Marks, council staff -
Hilton Logan and Sanjeev Gounder – and interested
locals for the celebration.
Construction of the new change rooms, which cost
$890,000, started in mid-February with local builder
George Konedaris and his crew from GK Contractors
winning the tender.
Over the next four months GK Contractors rebuilt the
change rooms from the ground up with the roofing,
water proofing of the wet areas and soft-fits finished in
late June. Work was completed in late June and the
certificate of occupancy was granted in July.
It was wonderful to see that construction was undertaken
by George and his team. The quality of the work is equal
to anywhere in the world and the finishes can only be
described as first class.
The change rooms were in dire need of an up-grade and
with the Tennant Creek community-led Purkiss Reserve
Committee locals were able to have a say in what they
wanted. This is in keeping with Council’s continued
commitment to engaging more broadly with residents
around a range of critical projects.
This infrastructure project is an exciting development for
Tennant Creek and its inhabitants as well as community-
based Clubs and Associations and local organisations
like the Barkly Australian Football League (BAFL).
They will all have the opportunity to share in using
the change rooms to progress and promote sports and
Birth of a local landmark
l President Barb Shaw, left, and local builder George Konedaris, right, stand proudly outside the new change
rooms with a group of well wishers and community members.
recreation across the Barkly region.
The new change rooms also help to showcase the
sporting facilities we already have at Purkiss Reserve
and will serve our community well for a long time to
I would also like to express my thanks to the Australian
Government and Northern Territory Government for
committing funding to this project and of course the new
swimming pool which is part of the wider $3.6 million
community development project.
We all look forward to the opening of the swimming pool
later this year.
I am proud to formally welcome eight new Australian citizens to be part of the
At an Australian Citizenship ceremony in the Barkly Regional Council Chambers
in Tennant Creek in June, I officially swore in Mr Premodkumar Peethambaran, Ms
Babitha Pramodkumar and daughter Ms Diya Pramodkumar, Ms Cheryl Pelser, Mr
Binaya Kumar Sharma and daughter Miss Medhavi Sharma, Mr Martijn Johannes
Weezepoel and Mr Marseu Kopuri Nico Patrick Nakaora as Australian citizens in
front of their family, friends and peers.
Francine McCarthy presented a Welcome to Country for the ceremony, with
Councillor Joyce Taylor in attendance to celebrate this special occasion.
The final draft Alcohol Management Plan
(AMP) for Tennant Creek has been sent
to the Minister for Racing, Gambling and
Licensing Peter Styles.
As the Chairperson of the Tennant
Creek Alcohol Reference Group I can
reveal that the document was the result of
many community meetings, consultations
and feedback provided by community
organisations and members.
Combating alcohol-related harm is not
an easy thing to do and a large number of
strong people in Tennant Creek continue
every day to take action to reduce alcohol-
related harm in whatever way(s) they can.
People really want something done.
They have had enough of the anti-social
behaviour and the violence that comes
from the abuse of alcohol.
Community members want a lot more
health education delivered to the schools
about alcohol and the harm of alcohol
abuse, and they also want to consider
stronger measures to deal with pregnant
mums who drink.
The draft AMP outlines four key goal
areas: supply reduction, demand
governance, communication, monitoring
The Alcohol Reference Group, an
advisory group of members from industry
and community organisations, was
established in February 2014 to provide
expertise, advice and input into the
development, implementation, monitoring
and review of the AMP.
Once the draft AMP is endorsed by
Minister Styles, this will become the AMP
for Tennant Creek. For a full copy of the
draft AMP document go to the following
Barkly welcomes new citizens
Local leaders drive
alcohol reform in
l Premodkumar Peethambaran, Babitha Pramodkumar and daughter
Diya Pramodkumar with President Barb Shaw (centre back).
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THE Territory’s Environment Protection Au-
thority (EPA) is prosecuting a mining compa-
ny over waste discharge breaches following
claims that copper sulphide continues to leak
into a nearby creek, nearly 20 years after the
Redbank Operations owns the legacy copper mine
on the Barkly’s Wollogorang Station near Borroloola
that is allegedly responsible for leakage into the nearby
Hanrahan’s Creek that has caused high levels of metal
toxicants in the water and on the creek banks.
The EPA’s complaint details 26 counts of breaches by
Redbank of its waste discharge licence between April
last year and June this year.
Northern Land Council (NLC) CEO Joe Morrison
said traditional owners and the NLC have been voicing
concerns about environmental damage caused by the
mine for many years.
“Waste water from Redbank Mine has had disastrous
impacts downstream and Aboriginal traditional owners
have been distressed by the damage to their land and
waterways,” he said.
The matter has been listed for mention before the
Court of Summary jurisdiction later this month.
A FLEET of motor-
bikes led the cortege
to the graveside fu-
neral of one of the
town’s iconic charac-
ters last Friday.
Nyle Renfrey, known by
everyone as Knocker, was
a big man with a big heart
and a big laugh.
Born in Tennant Creek,
he was the only son of
pioneers Snowy and Beryl
Renfrey, both of whom
were local legends as well.
Knocker was a jack-of-
all-trades who ventured
off to South Australia as a
young adult before the call
of the Territory brought
him back to Tennant Creek
where he and his wife
Dookie raised their three
children - Terrine, Desley
A well-read bloke,
Knocker loved motor-
bikes, speedway, side-car
racing and sky diving and
was known as a good mate
and a loyal friend - even if
he did enjoy a punch-up
with them now and then.
Delivering the eulogy
at his funeral that his
daughter Linda wrote,
Jacqueline Bethel said she
remembered Knocker as a
big, burly man who was as
loud as he was large.
“He was a straight shoot-
er and said it how it was,”
“He told you things you
didn’t want to hear. But
that was the thing about
him - what you saw was
what you got.
“There was no pretend-
ing with Dad.
“Love him or hate him
for it, that’s how he was.”
The crowd who gath-
ered at the cemetery that
sweeps into bushland
laughed as Linda said that
while Knocker worked
in many places around
town, some bosses were
put off by knowing how
he farewelled terminating
“Usually a fight with the
boss and Dad punching
them,” she said.
Linda said that although
Knocker wasn’t always in
his children’s lives, they
always knew he loved
them and he was very
impressed with his eight
grandchildren and four
“While little children
weren’t really his favou-
rite thing, he was proud of
all his grandchildren who
each touched his heart,”
While Knocker ventured
far and wide, he always
called Tennant Creek
home, it was where he
felt most comfortable.
Snowy’s longing to be
buried at sea after almost
a lifetime in the desert was
fulfilled but Linda said
Knocker wanted to stay
on home ground.
“He’d be happy out at the
cemetery,” she said.
“His mother is there and
so are many of his old
“And while we already
miss him a lot, we know
he’d be right in his ele-
ment now - catching up on
funny yarns and tall tales.
“I’m sure that when I
listen carefully, I can hear
the laughing and carry-
on bouncing off those
tombstones at that dusty,
“And that gives me
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