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IN a first for Tennant Creek - or at
least a first in many years – the
Central Australian Aboriginal Le-
gal Aid Service (CAALAS) board
will meet here next week.
Principal Legal Officer Mark O’Reilly
said the seven-member board planned to
meet with local Aboriginal organisations
and residents to encourage community
involvement in the legal service.
“CAALAS’ connection to Tennant
Creek and the Barkly goes back a long
way,” he said.
“The organisation has been representing
locals since it was first established over
40 years ago.
“We have an office in Paterson Street
with a resident lawyer, field officer and
“They provide criminal, civil and fam-
ily legal services as well as community
“We also have a close association with
While the board is Alice Springs-based,
it wants to become more proactive about
engaging with the more remote commu-
nities it serves.
Mark said the board sees the Tennant
Creek meeting as an opportunity for the
board to meet the public, raise concerns
and to become active members.
“We’d definitely like to see more
members from Tennant Creek and we’ll
be having an active membership drive
during the two-day meeting,” he said.
“Anyone who’s Aboriginal, over 18
years old and a resident of Central Aus-
tralia can sign up.”
Board members, who will be in Ten-
nant from 9-10 September, have invited
representatives of Aboriginal organisa-
tions to meet with them on Wednesday
followed by an open forum at Karguru
in the afternoon.
All concerns and advice raised by the
community will be discussed at the board
meeting on Thursday.
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meet in Tennant Creek
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TWO of the Barkly’s best loved pets have
been callously slaughtered with a bow and
Fourex-loving Twinkles the camel and her best mate,
CC the donkey, were shot at Banka Banka Station early
on Tuesday afternoon by a highway traveller.
The iconic couple had just been relocated to their new
home as the lease at Muckaty changed hands.
Banka Banka manager Bob Warde described the
shooting as gut-wrenching, disgusting and sub-human.
“It was terrible, something I’ll never forget,” he said.
“They had just arrived about an hour or so before
and we were looking forward to them becoming part
of the place.
“I planned to let them settle-in near the front pad-
dock by the caravan park before moving them around
“When I passed a short time later I saw CC on the
ground kicking her leg about and I thought she was
having a roll in the dirt.
“As I got closer I could see she was actually in the
throes of dying, having been shot at close range with
an arrow which was lying beside her.
“Twinkles was nearby in the long grass, already dead.
“It was devastating.”
Bob believes he caught a glimpse of the shooters who
were driving a late-model dark blue or black 4WD,
perhaps a Pajero.
“From a distance I saw someone getting into the car,
he had something red in his hand,” Bob said.
“But I didn’t think for moment that the animals had
Twinkles and CC had become best friends as they
grew up together at the Wauchope Hotel.
Truly believing they were superstars rather than
invasive species, the two were tame and popular with
tourists, greeting them on arrival and relaxing on the
shady verandah in a bid to escape the midday heat.
Bob said as the two got bigger their friendly natures
were a bit intimidating to tourists and their welcoming
gestures made them something of a traffic hazard on
the busy highway.
And so Twinkles and CC were packed off to Muckaty
to stay with pastoralist Ray Aylett where Twinkles
would regularly join the workers for a cold beer after
a long day on the land.
The pair were treated like animal royalty, enjoying
the vast sun-drenched scrublands during the day and
heading back to the homestead in the evenings to catch
up with Ray and the other station workers.
Ray said the Twinkles and CC were like family to him.
“They were great together. Sometimes CC would run
off with the horses but she’d come back after a few days.
Twinkles would give her a bit of a touch up for leaving
her but they’d get over it and would get on with being
best friends again,” he said.
“It was lovely to watch them together, they were full
With Ray’s lease on Muckaty at an end, he thought
he had found the perfect new home for Twinkles and
CC on the neighbouring station.
“They would have loved it there with all the tour-
ists,” he said.
“It would have been the perfect place for the old girls
to spend their twilight years.”
But their new beginning was all over in less than
Elliott Police, who have taken away the arrow as evi-
dence, believe the animals were shot with a compound
bow which is a controlled weapon in the Northern
Investigations into the matter continue.
Meanwhile Bob and Ray have offered a $1,500 reward
for information about the killer.
“We’d definitely like to see the culprit brought to
justice,” Bob said.
“Those two animals suffered a lot and it was a willful,
sadistic act and we’d like to know who it was.
“Anyone with information can call the Police on 131
444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
“And if they don’t want to speak to Police, then please
call the RSPCA on 8999 8520.”
Gut-wrenching shooting of beloved Barkly pets
A MAN who suffered a broken arm when his
wife bashed him pleaded with the courts to
let her come home with him.
However, Darlene Miller was jailed for 18 months
for her actions during a drunken argument.
Her husband had accused her of seeing her ex,
prompting the mother-of-six to swing a piece of wood
at his head.
He blocked the blow with his arm which is how it
ended up broken.
Sentencing Miller in the Alice Springs Supreme
Court recently, Justice Graham Hiley acknowledged
Miller’s remorse and thought she had good prospects
He also mentioned that she had been hospitalised
often following bashings by her previous husband.
However, he said the offence was serious and Miller
had to realise she must not engage in such violence
“Your sentence must also be strong enough to show
other people who do what you did ... that they must
not behave that way otherwise they too will be sent
to jail,” he said.
Miller’s sentence was suspended for eight months
on the proviso that she make an effort to deal with
her alcohol problem.
She has been on remand since April during which
time the youngest of her children have been cared for
by her mother in Ali Curung.
• Meanwhile, a young woman with a toddler who
stabbed her husband has been given a suspended
Sinita Anderson had become angry with her husband
after she spotted him talking to another woman.
She was punched in the head and challenged to fight
by her drunken husband and when he tripped on the
gutter and fell to the ground, she took the opportunity
to stab him in the back of his knee.
The man suffered perennial nerve damage and was
medivacced to Adelaide for treatment.
Justice Hiley said Anderson had been exposed to
domestic violence as a young child which prompted
her grandparents to take her into their care.
The Supreme Court in Alice Springs heard that An-
derson had entered a residential rehabilitation centre
to help deal with her alcohol problem although she had
found it difficult to be separated from her daughter.
Justice Hiley sentenced Anderson to 18 months jail,
suspended on several conditions, including that she
stay out of Tennant Creek unless necessary.
Woman faces court over
domestic violence charges
POLICE say they will look into claims a man
called Primary School children over and put
his hand through the fence to pat them on the
back on Wednesday afternoon.
The children, who were working in the History Garden
at about 2:30pm, were soon called away by a teacher.
The same man was reportedly seen earlier in the day
‘mooning’ highway travellers near the BP Service
One woman, who saw the man talking to the students,
said a group gathered near the Post Office to keep an
eye on the man.
“He seemed to have a few mental health issues but we
watched him in case the children were put at risk,”she
“Police were called but they didn’t arrive, at least
while the man was talking to them. He wandered off
after a short while.”
The woman said although the man had been in town
for a few days, she didn’t think he was a local.
“He might not mean any harm, but we’ve all got to be
on the lookout for the sake of the children,” she said.
Police to investigate
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