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TENNANT Creek gardeners have found a cool new way
to use old fridges - by growing vegetables in them!
Now there are at least 30 households with thriving veggie patches
thanks to the Red Cross Above Ground Household Garden Project
Red Cross Senior Community Development Officer Emma New-
man said a variety of containers have all been transformed into
garden beds using a wicking method where moisture is drawn from
a reservoir under the containers.
“So many people talked about wanting a garden but were not sure
how to go about it,” she said.
“We started collecting fridges, foam boxes and drums and dis-
tributed them to households.
“We would then go back, working alongside the household mem-
bers, and fill the beds with plants.
“Now we use other containers, including cutting open old gas
bottles, but still placing them above the ground.”
Emma said one of the essential aspects of the project is buddying.
“Our staff visit clients often, help with their garden, give advice
and have a yarn where they can bring up any other community
issues that need to be brought to attention,” she said.
“This is a great way to support our community development
work here as well.”
Derek Clarke works specifically on the AGHGP alongside Cultural
Support Worker John Fitz.
“I enjoy meeting new clients and seeing their happy faces when
their veggies pop up, all ready to pick,” he said.
“Every time we drop in we notice the gardens have already been
watered,” John added.
“We’re just helping make sure they maintain it.”
Emma says the next step is building up a good supply of compost.
“We’re attempting to make rich soil by composting, instead of
buying it in bags,” she said.
“Above ground has many positive environmental aspects, includ-
ing reusing and recycling.
“And best of all, we are working with people for greener, cleaner
and - hopefully - happier lives.”
Funds for the project have been provided by the NT Environment
Protection Authority and the Uniting Church garden depot which
also features some fridge-wicking beds.
Gardeners find cool use for old fridges
headline Dance Site
THE Kailani Dancers will headline the annual
Dance Site which begins in Borroloola to-
The festival, that showcases traditional Indigenous
dance from the Gulf of Carpentaria also provides a
platform for Indigenous knowledge keepers to meet,
exchange and maintain their cultural practices.
Funded by Artback NT, Dance Site Borroloola
provides employment for over 100 local community
members in a variety of capacities including performers,
artists, security, catering and logistical and production
Held at the Borroloola Showgrounds, the event begins
at 5pm today and at 2pm tomorrow.
JACANA Energy has launched a new tariff
which allows customers to choose between
two electricity prices at different times.
The tariff, called Switch to Six, is based on the time
of day instead of a flat rate.
Electricity used at off-peak times (6pm-6am weekdays
and all weekend) is cheaper than peak times (6am to
6pm weekdays and public holidays).
Jacana’s CEO Stuart Pearce said more pricing options
meant more choice for customers.
“Switch to Six gives our customers the power to save
electricity and money all year round by encouraging
them to shift their electricity use to off-peak times when
prices are cheaper,” said Mr Pearce.
Jacana recommended that customers review usage
patterns to decide whether they could benefit from
Switch to Six.
A handy comparison tool is available at compare.
For more details and to register online, visit switch-
COOL PLANTS: Derek
Clarke and Emma Newman
from the Red Cross show
off the fridge-wicking garden
beds they have created.
The Citizens for a Better Barkly are from all parts of the community drawn together
by a common goal – each person wants the best for Tennant Creek and the Barkly.
Each person also wants to see every community member have the opportunity for
safe and secure housing, opportunities for education and schooling, protection
from violence, and the opportunity to work and prosper.
The Citizens for a Better Barkly believe that Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation
receives millions of dollars from the government and the taxpayers of Australia but
is not fulfilling the objectives that it was set up to do. They feel that the organisation
is no longer listening to its members.
It is clear from the way people are speaking out that many people think this is true.
In our democratic society it is an essential right for all of us to be given the chance to have our say and the media
is a one of the ways we can work together to make this happen. What is happening now in Tennant Creek has
happened in many other places when all kinds of people work together to give their families a better life.
There are many wonderful people and organisations working together for change in our
community. Together we can rebuild Julalikari to once again be a part of this strong group.
They are invited to walk the streets, visit the communities, talk to the residents - then tell
the world the REAL story of what has happened to stifle this community for so long, and
meet the brave people who are risking everything in a bid for change – and for a better
life for so many of Australia’s most highly disadvantaged Aboriginal citizens.
Major media mobs from all over Australia are being challenged to come to Tennant Creek and witness the run-up to the
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF JULALIKARI COUNCIL ABORIGINAL CORPORATION
CITIZENS FOR A BETTER BARKLY
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
YOUR COMMUNITY, YOUR VOICE
More and more people are now finding the courage to have their say!
IF EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY SPEAKS WITH ONE VOICE, CHANGE FOR GOOD WILL HAPPEN
This is a paid advertisement by the Citizens for a Better Barkly
If you are an Aboriginal person living in this community,
YOU are entitled to join Julalikari so your voice can be heard.
HAVE YOUR VOTE FOR CHANGE ON OCTOBER 7th
AT THE JULALIKARI ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Citizens for a Better Barkly think it is time for a change.
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