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A CONFIDENT CULTURE
We all cherish the Territory’s unique lifestyle, and the NT
Government is bringing you vibrant and exciting events.
We’re partnering with Australia’s best so you and your
family can experience world-class tennis, football, motor
sports, festivals and the arts. We are also investing in
preserving our history and culture through events like the
Anzac Centenary, Cyclone Tracy commemorations and
injecting funding towards art centres and festivals.
These are just some of the ways we’re working with
Territorians to build a confident future.
Revitalised Territory Day
More funding for
festivals right across the
NRL and AFL premiership
and pre-season games, Davis
Cup and A-League soccer
We’re on track to deliver more opportunities for Territorians.
To see how visit ontrack.nt.gov.au
DELIVERING FOR TERRITORIANS
DELIVERING FOR TERRITORIANS
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In Your Parliament
To find out about legislation passed in the
NT Legislative Assembly in the August 2015
sittings, you can visit the website:
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of this information can be posted to you –
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THE CHIEF MINISTER
See the artist with her canvas, ochre
colours laid with care
Walk her pathway, learn her story. Listen
close, I’ll take you there.
By Lynden Baxter
Ochre sunset, black the midnight
In the darkness lonely tears
She has waited for her strongman
Past the sunset, many years
Past the sunset, raindrops falling
On the streets of Tennant Creek
And the raindrops mix the tears
Lines of sorry on her cheek
Many years she had waited
But he never, ever, came
Now a stranger stands before her
With a letter and a name
Let’s paint a picture, ochre colours
As the sun is going down
Tell a story, long time coming
Northern Territory town
It’s the story of a young girl
Left behind to wonder why
In the darkness past the sundown
In her mother’s arms to cry
And she wondered ‘bout the reason
Why their strongman never came
Why her mother sat in silence
Why she never spoke his name
Sometimes truth is lost past sundown
And can break a trusting heart
But she never lost the longing
As two worlds now drift apart
Different worlds and different pathways
She grew strong like desert oak
And this country was her birthright
Proud she wore her mother’s cloak
And the cloak of many colours
Also kept her safe and warm
In the darkness past the sundown
Gave her shelter from the storm
And the desert was her classroom
The old aunties took her hand
And she learned from them the songlines
Learned the dreaming of her land
Now beyond childhood, a woman
Strong in culture and her lore
Paints the colours of her country
On the canvas spread before
And the patterns tell the stories
Sacred symbols laid with care
And the beauty of her artwork
Captivates the travellers there
They all come to see her colours
And they lay their money down
For their piece of canvas dreaming
From this dusty outback town
Yes, she’d heard there was a stranger
There were whispers round the town
Now that stranger stands before her
Tells his story at sundown
Lines of sorry long time coming
Like a river, tears run free
And the photograph he hands her
Brings the truth for all to see
And they talk long past the sunset
And they find the common thread
That now ties their lives together
And there’s nothing left unsaid
Past the midnight, new day dawning
Now the story has been told
There’s new pathways on her canvas
There’s new hands and hearts to hold
A POET has won a category of
the Queensland Bush Poetry
with an original recital he wrote
about his niece from Tennant
Lynden Baxter (right) from Monto
met local Barbara Kidd for the first
time a few years ago.
His late brother, Doug Baxter, was
Barbara’s father; her mother a tradi-
tional elder who has also passed away.
They met when Lynden brought
Doug’s renovated old Ford F100 on
a road trip to Tennant Creek and have
stayed in touch since.
The poem, Ochre Sunset (below),
was one of three recitals that won
Lynden the coveted 2015 Queensland
Male Poetry Performance title.
It is about Lynden’s first meeting
with Barbara and his emerging under-
standing of the culture in which she
had been raised.
Barbara said she got very emotional
reading the poem.
“It was beautiful,” she said.
“The poem came straight from his
heart and I thought he really under-
stood my experience of growing up.”
Meeting her father’s family was a
long time coming for Barbara.
“I always wondered why my father
left because my mother and I lived
with him up until that time.
“We were a happy family and I’ve
got special memories of that time,”
“When I met Lynden he told me
that he returned to his family in
Queensland because he was very
Barbara said she had longed to find
out more about her father but wasn’t
prepared to look for him because
she didn’t know how she would have
“In the end it all went really well and
it was lovely to meet the family even
though my father had passed away.
“Now I have family on both sides
and that’s been very important to me.”
Poem about Tennant local wins award
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