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TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2015 5
Group – Tennant
Creek would like to
take the opportu-
nity to thank Deadly
Sweet’s Doug Harris,
Tennant & District
Times’ Barry Nattrass
and many others who
have showed great
the ‘at risk’ youth
the fact that youth
vagrancy is at cri-
sis point in Tennant
We strongly urge to the
wider community and
support the fantastic sug-
gestions mentioned in last
week’s “Youth vagran-
cy at crisis point”(TDT
It goes without saying
that there are many great
hardworking people living
in this wonderful town of
We are putting out a plea
to the wider community,
large existing organisa-
tions and local businesses
alike to take action on this
reported issue of displaced
youth on the streets of Ten-
nant Creek at night who
are currently endangering
Let’s work together to
help ‘at risk’ youth
UNITED FRONT: The Youth Leadership Group’s Corey McDowell,
Stella Whippy and Telita Braun are ready to take action to help
our local young people.
CONCERNED citizens have formed an action group of lo-
cal residents called Citizens for a Better Barkly.
The charter of this group is to gauge public opinion on the satisfac-
tion level within the community of the management of Julalikari.
It is the belief of the Citizens for a Better Barkly that the manage-
ment of Julalikari has completely lost community support and should
be stood down.
This belief is founded on many factors that should not be aired in
this letter other than to say that the action group believes they are
matters of a serious nature.
We are seeking the support of those who share our beliefs.
In order to gauge community support, please email your concerns
– Citizens for a Better Barkly.
Residents form ‘action group’
their own safety and going
down a non-productive
Our wider community
cannot continue to rely on
police/night patrol or the
ever unstable funding that
comes and goes.
We have resources at our
disposal in Tennant Creek
within the large organisa-
tion and local business that
could join hands together
to address this social re-
Our youth are our future
band together to assist
them then who is it?
Through the local Youth
Leadership Group, we
could work with local
organisations to establish
a rotational roster working
We could assign two em-
ployees from each organ-
isation to work the streets.
Other places in Australia
have taken this approach
in the past and have had
These ‘night youth work-
ers’ could build trust with
the youth, get them talking
and get them referred to
services they need.
Prevention is the name
of the game with youth;
it costs considerable tax
payer funds to rehabilitate
our young ones after they
have gone down the of-
fending track than it does
to support them through
Let’s work with youth
before they make these life
All this work can be done
via the existing youth
All we need is people
who are already here and
skilled in this area (which
we have many of) that are
willing to give this a go;
we need support from lo-
cal organisations to make
Let’s share the burden
until better and more fea-
sible alternative strategies
could be implemented
which could take months
Tennant Creek has come
a long way and it will keep
on progressing forward if
we all work together.
Reality is the crisis is
current and it should be
answered with “Quick
Response = One Team”.
Tennant Creek Youth
Leadership Group will be
meeting at the stronger
sister’s room at the high
school on 8 September at
10:30am. Come and have
Let’s make this happen
– Youth Leadership
Group – Tennant Creek.
AS a passionate supporter of this commu-
nity, I am a little bewildered – to put it mild-
ly – how our elected representatives were
able to turn a great asset like the Town Pool
into a construction site all year and in the
end, hand us back a “duck pond”.
From my understanding, about $700,000 alone
was squandered on consultation fees before a single
day of real work was carried out on the new aquatic
whatever-it-is-supposed-to-be began; and to what
end? It won’t be deep enough to dive into like the
old pool and too short to run a swimming carnival,
so who is going to benefit from all this expense.
The schools especially, are really going to suffer
when they go to the pool and discover that it is not
even adequate for what they could do before the old
version was demolished.
Wasting money on behalf of others may come natu-
ral to some, but a lot of people will be left wandering;
where is the value in this really?
I know this is a bit late to turn things around, but I
cannot sit back and say nothing about what is going
on here in this great town.
Good intentions are all very well, but I struggle to
see what is going to come of this fiasco.
There will be some serious losers when the new
pool complex opens and when the party balloons
have all burst and everyone of importance (in their
eyes) have their happy snaps taken and the public get
to see what they traded-in for a multi million dollar
splurge, they will understand what I am on about.
Apart from the Purkiss Reserve change rooms, local
contractors were largely overlooked in all this ex-
travagance. If we cannot rely on local government to
back it’s own constituents, then who do we rely on?
Local is the key word here and local contracts mean
work for people in Tennant Creek.
Surely that is not too difficult to work out?
When is this fantasy going to end?
I think it is a-round-about time to pull the plug and
make a stand.
Let’s see some accountability and some evidence,
let alone consultation on this stuff because it is,
let’s face it, our community and we should have
some real say.
– Kevin Rowland, Tennant Creek.
Duck pond blues
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