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AS workmen lay down pool tiles in the new swimming
pool, it’s amazing to think back to late February when
blokes in High-Vis gear rocked into town for the big
There were a few moist eyes as excavators and men with jack-
hammers waded into the waterless structure and set about knock-
ing down the diving blocks and tearing up the old foundations.
The iconic Tennant Creek Swimming Pool, opened around
45 years ago by another Aussie icon Dawn Fraser, was being
demolished to make way for a brand new innovative design.
Former Tennantites flooded the Facebook page of the Barkly
Regional Council (BRC) President Barb Shaw with reminisces
of the old days with Tony Pope writing about sand blasting and
painting the pool.
Jeannie Mountier recalled the “spider drinks we used to get
there and the diving board that broke” while Leaha Hevans wrote
of “midnight fence jumps ... and a couple of skinny dips too”.
President Shaw agreed that it was sad to see the old pool go but
it was really starting to show the signs of its age and a change
“The pool was nearing the end of its lifespan,” she said. “It was
time to find a more suitable solution that addressed accessibility
issues and provided a healthy focus and positive outcome for
But before a work boot even set foot on the grounds, a great deal
of behind-the-scenes preparatory work was conducted between
Barkly Regional Council and the Tennant Creek community-led
Purkiss Reserve Consultative Committee last year.
Councillors Tony Boulter and Hal Ruger were amongst those
who came on board including Steve Edgington, Northern Ter-
ritory Government (NTG), Department of the Chief Minister,
Wayne Green, Northern Territory AFL and Little Athletics, resi-
dent Ray Wallis, Marcus Maher, Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal
Corporation, Emma and Jo Rush, Tennant Creek Swim Club,
Darcy Dunbar (Department of Infrastructure, NTG) and BRC’s
former Director of Infrastructure Henry Szczypiorski.
Council had secured funding of $3.6 million from the Federal
Government’s Community Development Grant, which also in-
cluded upgrading the amenities at the town’s main sporting oval,
Along with the Australian Government grant, other funding
sources included Barkly Regional Council ($679,350) the NT
Government ($250,000), Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Cor-
poration ($20,000), plus YDU Demons Football Club, Bella
Hairdressing and the late Eddie Taylor ($650).
Part of the project included the innovative design of the 25m
lap pool, a learn-to-swim pool and a toddler’s pool into a single
structure, addressing accessibility issues with a beach-style entry
for all patrons.
Plans also highlighted a water park splash pad for children,
upgraded change rooms and a new administration building in-
corporating office, first aid, coffee shop, kitchen and mechanical
water treatment equipment.
President Shaw said Council awarded a contract to design a
new pool complex and adjacent football change rooms in 2014
to Hames Sharley of Alice Springs after advertising locally and
That’s when the Tennant Creek Consultative Committee stepped
in, joining staff and the design time to pour over the plans and
discuss issues such as the length and depth of the new pool. The
standard depth of 1.5m for the deep end was progressed as the
scope and budget could not be changed, according to the new
funding agreement by the Australian Government.
By October 2014, Hames Sharely had delivered the 95 per cent
concept design and documentation to the Purkiss Reserve Con-
sultative Committee and BRC for review and approval, followed
by calls for the construction of the swimming pool complex and
the Purkiss Reserve change rooms.
Queensland-based Taylor Builders Pty Ltd was awarded the
tender for the construction of the swimming pool complex with
local firm GK Contractors winning the tender to upgrade ameni-
ties at Purkiss Reserve.
President Shaw said the multi-million dollar project is on track.
“Unseasonal torrential rain in August caused a slight delay, but
the construction crew are working extra hard to complete the
complex in time for the launch in November,” she said.
“Each time I go past I notice something new. It is an exciting
development for Tennant Creek and its inhabitants and for people
from outlying communities as well as visitors.”
TO PLAN: Taylor
Builders Site Manager
Marty Roper, with
FUNDING applications for
this year’s second round of
Aboriginals Benefit Account
(ABA) grants are now open.
Minister for Indigenous Af-
fairs, Nigel Scullion, said funding
would be available to Aboriginal
organisations to support projects
that provide lasting benefits for
Aboriginal people living and
working in remote Northern Ter-
“The ABA is a fund that supports
a wide range of one-off projects
that benefits communities by im-
proving infrastructure, assisting
better education outcomes and
creating jobs including through
support for business develop-
ment,” he said.
“I encourage local organisations
committed to improving the lives
of people living in Northern Ter-
ritory Indigenous communities to
apply for funding.”
Up to $30 million is available for
grants under four categories sup-
porting enterprises, community,
land, seas and waters manage-
ment and culture, language and
The ABA account is funded by
payments from the Common-
wealth equivalent to the value of
royalties paid by mining interests
on Aboriginal land in the Northern
Applications close on 2 October
Aboriginal Benefit Account grants now open
THE Territory Government wants to intro-
duce tough new laws in the fight against
And it’s calling on all members of Parliament to
support a bill to be introduced during Sittings next
The widespread use of the drug, commonly known
as ice, was described by Prime Minister Tony Abbott
as “the worst drug scourge Australia had ever faced.”
Attorney General John Elferink said plans to intro-
duce the new laws were announced in June.
“The Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill 2015 will
provide police with the ability to declare specific
roads as ‘declared drug detection area’, and ex-
panded powers to search for drugs in cars under
new laws designed to stop the spread of dangerous
drugs,” he said.
“This is one of the measures being introduced to
tackle the complex issue we are facing in the Terri-
tory,” Mr Elferink said.
“The Country Liberals Government is committed
to keeping the community safe and doing everything
in our power to keep this drug out of the Territory.”
Minister for Police Peter Chandler said approxi-
mately 80 per cent of the methamphetamine seized
in the NT had been imported from other jurisdictions.
“Once a road is declared a drug transit route, police
will have greater powers to stop drivers they suspect
may be trafficking dangerous drugs and search their
cars without need for a warrant,” he said.
“Police currently have search and seizure powers to
intercept alcohol and kava destined for Indigenous
communities, and these new laws would enable
police to target suspected drug traffickers.”
Government plans to get tough on ice
Now that’s a car
WHEN Chief Minister Adam Giles (right)
turned up at the newly named Devils Mar-
bles Hotel last Thursday for their big renam-
ing party, he was not pulling any punches.
Forget about little green men and flying saucers,
Ferruccio Elio Arturo Lamborghini had something far
more stylish in mind for the event when he created
Automobili Lamborghini in 1963.
Aliens could have landed on the other side of the
highway and no-one would have noticed as guests
pondered the mechanical beast in their midst.
Three quarters of a million new give or take a hun-
dred grand or so depending on customisation require-
ments an exact model, this 2013 Gallardo would still
set you back about half a mill.
It’s lucky the Chief (which is what the number
plates read) had the foresight to reopen the speed
limit because this thing idles at 130kms/hour with
The only trouble is, if you are into going fast on the
Stuart Highway this time of year, you can only goes
as fast as the caravans in front of you.
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