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Tanami Room, NT Regional Training Centre, Staunton Street,
DriveSafe NT Remote will be in Tennant Creek to assist with
Learner licensing (Ls), Provisional testing (Ps), registration
and licence renewals. We can also assist with
outstanding fines and Fines Recovery Unit enquiries.
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EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
Tennant Creek RSL and Tennant Creek
Memo Club are seeking expressions of
interest for volunteers to assist in tour
guiding through the proposed
Albert Borella WW1
For further information or to register your interest
please contact us via email or contact the Sub Branch
President, Kevin Rowland on the number listed below.
Phone: 0428 294 005
Barkly Regional Council has endorsed
to sponsor the WillPOWER program for
The WillPOWER program encourages
students to tap into their WillPOWER
and make the right choices in relation to
their health, education and future goals.
It was created by Power Community
Ltd, which is the community development
arm of Port Adelaide Football Club, and
since last year the WillPOWER program
has extended its special projects from
South Australia into the Barkly Region
and Central Australia.
In 2014 students from Tennant Creek
were able to travel to Alice Springs and
experience the first AFL game to be
played for premiership points in Central
Australia through the WillPOWER
program. Students from five schools
who demonstrated strong school
attendance and good behaviour were
rewarded with the trip which included a
two-hour workshop on healthy lifestyles
and the opportunity to form a guard
of honour as the Power team entered
the field. Students were introduced to
Power player Brendon Ah Chee who
told the story of how his mother, Valerie,
designed the jumper worn by the Power
team for AFL Indigenous Round.
Recent sponsorship from the Council
and other contributors will be spent on
Special Projects for 2015-16 including
the AFL Indigenous Round (incentive
trip for students), Regional Sports
Carnival expenses and nourishment for
students attending WillPOWER.
Sponsorship supports Council’s
strategic directions of maximising
regional development and building
met with residents of the Elliott community last week.
She had responded to an invitation to talk to residents about the Elliott
housing crisis in a meeting facilitated by Barkly Regional Council.
Minister Price told the meeting, including myself, councillors Bob Bagnall
and Ray Aylett and Elliott Local Authority Chair Chris Neade, that she would like to
work together with all of us. “I am determined to make a difference,” she said.
Mr Neade had written to Ms Price on behalf of residents outlining the key issues
including overcrowding, housing beyond repair and confusion over Land Tenure
He is a carpenter by trade and runs the housing maintenance for the council in Elliott.
He said many of the houses are not worth spending money on because they are
beyond repair but that the workers try to keep them liveable.
“Why is this? Elliott sits in no man’s land. We have Land Tenure issues, which no
one seems to want to sort out and no one can actually tell us how to sort it out,” said
“We think responsibility falls back to the Northern Land Council (NLC) but they won’t
“The Commonwealth Government is not interested in negotiating any new leases in
communities and the Northern Territory Government says it has no money.”
Currently the Council receives $3,057 per house for maintenance and $2970 for
Municipal and Essential Services.
“This does not even touch the sides. As the head of the program, I know how much it
costs to do these jobs,” said Mr Neade.
“A collapsed septic absorption drain costs roughly $8,500 to replace and we have a
quote to replace windows in one house for $9,500.”
Myself and Councillors Bagnall and Aylett were at the meeting in an advocacy capacity
and as part of Council’s commitment to engaging with and listening to community.
Minister Price also introduced Mike Chiodo, Chief Executive Officer for the Department
of Local Government and Community Services, to the community meeting.
Mr Chiodo said an independent organisation had completed a housing report last
week, highlighting that none of the houses were beyond economic repair and that
funding will be allocated by the Department to repair houses.
He added that the NLC should be a part of any longer term conversations and asked
for community feedback about the potential to create an Indigenous representative
organisation that could operate through a business model to take on community
He told community representatives he would provide a template as to what the
representative organisation would look like and that his officers and council could
work together to advance this.
Proud supporter of local communities
Ali Curung, Alpurrurulam, Arlparra, Ampilatwatja, Elliott, Tennant Creek, Wutunugurra
BARKLY REGIONAL COUNCIL
PO Box 821, Tennant Creek NT 0861
1 Peko Road, Tennant Creek NT 0860.
Tel: 08 8962 0000 Fax: 08 8962 1801 Web: http://barkly.nt.gov.au
Barkly Regional Council News
Local Govt Minister meets Elliott
residents in ongoing housing crisis
l Minister for Local Government and Community Services
Bess Price and President Barb Shaw.
Children in Elliott and Ali Curung will have
their very own waterparks to play in by
Barkly Regional Council recently
negotiated a construction contract for the
two structures to be built by WA-based
Water Features by Design. Council officers
had investigated “in-house” tenderer and
contractor construction options.
The two waterparks are set to cost
$976,940, with more than $1 million
allocated to the project. The Department
of Local Government and Community
Services will provide $500,000, Council
$330,000, Ali Curung Local Authority
$140,000 and Elliott Local Authority is
expected to provide $87,700.
The parks, which will be 70sq m, will
include six ground sprays, a giant cone
geyser, dumper bucket, showering flower,
two duelling water cannons, a rubber
animal for toddlers to ride and a wall-
mounted water blade which will provide a
Works will also include site preparation,
installation of a pump house, catchment
tank, concrete pad, security fence and
water, power and sewer requirements.
This is an exciting development for the
communities of Ali Curung and Elliott.
Water fun in the pipeline
l Power’s Brent Renouf, far right, with local kids and Power Community Ltd staff.
l Council has endorsed the nominations of Siddhant Vashist, Leisha
Booth and Kellie Brahim for positions on the Tennant Creek Local
l A proposal to install a concrete cricket wicket on the Purkiss
Reserve oval has been received by Council. With little use of the oval
in the football off-season, it was outlined that having a concrete wicket
in place to establish cricket competition in the summer months would
provide recreation activity for local youth and adults. It would also
encourage local communities from around the Barkly to come and
l Council has endorsed the nomination of Ellwyn Holmes on the
Ampilatwatja Local Authority.
THE Milk Run is set
to return to Tennant
Creek, giving locals
the opportunity to fly
north for the first time
in over a decade.
30-seater service from
Darwin to Alice Springs
return, with stops at
Katherine and Tennant
Creek will be operated by
Airnorth under a subsidy
deal with the Northern
The two-year trial, fund-
ed to the tune of $1.4
million, takes flight on 19
October with fares begin-
ning at $189 from Tennant
Minister for Transport
Peter Chandler said the
centre run was fantastic
news for locals business
“Importantly, it will give
people in places like Ten-
nant Creek and Katherine
improved access to health
and other essential ser-
vices and will increase
“The Country Liberals
Government is serious
about connecting Terri-
torians and developing
northern Australia - that’s
why we’re supporting
this service over the trial
Mr Chandler said the NT
Government was proud to
be partnering with Airnor-
th on the initiative.
“They are a born and
bred Northern Territory
business with an under-
standing of the uniqueness
of the Territory,” he said.
Airnorth, which previ-
ously operated the Milk
Run, quit the service in
2004 due to commercial
Chartair currently oper-
ates twice-weekly flights
between Alice Springs and
The service, subsidised
by the Federal Govern-
ment, currently costs $385
Milk Run to
make a return
THE Federal Government has funded school
nutrition programs at Alpurrurulam and Ti
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scul-
lion said children at the remote schools would receive
breakfast, morning tea and lunch each day of school
In Ti Tree, afternoon tea will also be provided.
“The meals will be prepared in kitchens on the school
grounds,” he said.
“This will also provide employment for local In-
digenous community members who will prepare and
deliver the meals.”
Senator Scullion said the programs would help drive
two of the Government’s key priorities - getting chil-
dren to school and adults into work.
Government funds Barkly school nutrition programs
PARKS and Wildlife Commis-
sion (PWCNT) rangers want
locals to join them on a night
walk to meet some of the
Barkly’s nocturnal critters.
Beginning at the historical Tele-
graph Station on 15 October, the
night walkers will be searching for
species including the black-headed
python and the green tree frog.
PWCNT Community Engagement
Officer Susie Pendle said she’s hop-
ing there will be a good turn out for
the night walk.
“With temperatures getting warm-
er, now is a great time to get out
in the evening to spot some of the
nocturnal inhabitants of our parks
and reserves,” she said.
“There’s no charge and children
are welcome but numbers are lim-
“All you have to bring along is a
torch and insect repellant.
“And, of course, make sure you’re
wearing safe, appropriate clothing
and comfortable footwear.”
For more details check out www.
Catch a glimpse of nocturnal wildlife
Syrian refugees a possibility for TC
ABOUT 50 Syrian refugees could be calling
Tennant Creek home soon.
NT Chief Minister Adam Giles (pictured) has told
the Federal Government the Northern Territory was
willing to accept 1400 resettlement places, including
50 in Tennant Creek.
“The Northern Territory is well known as having a
vibrant and welcoming multicultural society and is
ready to respond immediately to the resettlement ef-
fort,” he wrote in a letter to the Immigration Minister.
“The Territory would be pleased to accept those most
in need and stands to assist with the national effort.”
Australia has pledged to accept 12,000 refugees who
have fled the conflict in the Middle East.
Announcing the increase in Australia’s humanitarian
relief, then-Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the focus
would be on persecuted minorities who have been
displaced and were unlikely ever to be able to back to
their original homes.
The first of the refugees are expected to arrive before
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