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Fifteen new citizens were
welcomed to the Barkly region
in the Barkly Regional Council’s
biggest Citizenship Ceremony
Mr Nabin Baniya and Ms Srijana
Basnet, Ms Aileen Costales, Mr
Robert Lanas and daughters
Alyssa and Robelyn, Ms Ma Nesa
Mecadal, Mr Lewis Ndlovu, Mrs
Sibusiso Ndlovu, Miss Rachel
Ndlovu and son Tyler Tapiwa,
Miss Babongile Chewe, Mr Nam
Nguyen, Mr Paul O’Mahony and
Mrs July Ann O’Mahony were
officially sworn in as Australian
citizens in front of their family,
friends and peers on October 7.
Sandra Nangala Morrison
presented a Welcome to
Country for the ceremony and
council’s Deputy President,
Councillor Narelle Bremner,
read the Minister’s message
with Councillor Tony Boulter and
council staff in attendance in the
Council Chambers to celebrate
this special occasion.
While I was “dressed” in my
official robes, council staff
member Yves Makita provided
a historical background on the
Presidential robe, collar and
chain, the Council logo and the
tracks of the Barkly.
It was a very special day - our
biggest citizenship ceremony to
Tennant Creek under a master plan devised by
members of the Purkiss Reserve Consultative
Members established goals for the whole
of Purkiss Reserve during a think tank which outlined
a vision for the area as multi-purpose, environmentally
sustainable, family friendly, socially safe and the place
to be in town.
Other principals behind the development of the
recreational area, which will extend from the new
swimming pool down to the main football oval, include
external fencing, and a quality structure that enhances
cultural, recreational and economic benefit.
Accessibility was also high on the agenda including
car parking, disability friendly, linkage, footpaths for
pedestrians and bicycles with an emphasis on cars not
driving into the area.
A great deal of negotiation and consultation has gone
into this Master Plan with solid goals including improving
the tennis and netball courts, replacing sports grounds’
surfaces, an indoor stadium, landscaping, shared cycle
and running paths, an upgraded playground, storage for
clubs, seating, upgraded ablutions and the rejuvenation
of Davidson Walk.
This is an exciting development for Tennant Creek and
the Barkly region in the short, medium and long term.
Short-term goals for Purkiss Reserve range from
a feasibility study for traffic management, including
pedestrian linkages, to erecting fencing around the
main oval. By Christmas this year the new cricket pitch
will be installed with a BBQ area, shade structures and
footpaths to be completed within 12 months.
Committee members are looking to set up a playground
area, cycling track, beautification, skate park playground,
lighting, car parking and the second oval within two to
Within ten years, the Purkiss Reserve Consultative
Committee plans to have completed a recovery/
evacuation centre/indoor stadium, an adventure
playground, an internal/external running track and
Purkiss Reserve Committee Members and Council
really want to maximise the area as a sporting hub for
the region with community members actively using the
space as well as it being a welcoming place for both
locals and tourists.
This Master Plan holds real strategic vision for the future
of Purkiss Reserve and for encouraging community
members to get fit and healthy.
Not only will it showcase sports activities and promote
non-alcoholic activity, it will be the place to be in Tennant
Creek for a long time to come.
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
Reserve as the
‘place to be’
New citizens take the pledge
SPECIAL DAY: Council welcomed 15 new Aussies in the Barkly’s biggest citizenship ceremony ever.
Barkly Regional Council is pleased
to announce that the new Tennant
Creek Swimming Pool complex will be
launched on Monday, 2 November.
Official proceedings commence at 2pm
with the Minister for Northern Territory,
Senator the Hon. Nigel Scullion, opening
the pool and unveiling the plaque with
local dignitaries and guests present.
We will then invite the general public,
including parents and children, to come
along for the pool party and BBQ from
We are honoured to have Senator
Scullion attend our launch and look
forward to celebrating the new swimming
pool complex with the community.
Recently, I walked down from the
beach-style entry point to the 25m lap
pool to look at the tiling and plans and
it’s hard to believe that less than nine
months ago it was a demolition site.
The administration building, the
entrance, the water park splash
pad, coffee shop, mechanical water
treatment room and change rooms are
all nearly finished and once the water
goes in and landscaping is finished, the
complex will look just beautiful.
Council secured funding of $3.6
million from the Federal Government’s
Community Development Grant, which
also included upgrading the amenities
at the town’s main sporting oval, Purkiss
It is an exciting development for
Tennant Creek and its inhabitants and
for people from outlying communities as
well as visitors.
Council is also calling on anyone
who has photographs and memories
of the pool when it was first built and
the opening by celebrated Olympian
swimmer Dawn Fraser on 17 December
Please email Ktima Heathcote, PR &
Events Manager, on ktima.heathcote@
barkly.nt.gov.au if you can assist.
Swimming Pool Launch
FINISHING LINE: President Barb Shaw with Chris Taylor of Taylor Builders Pty Ltd.
NEW VISION: Development ideas for Purkiss Reserve.
HIGH speed broadband is
currently being rolled out in
Construction work on the Na-
tional Broadband Network’s (NBN)
fibre-to-node technology began on
Monday with contractors from SA
Power Networks installing cable
throughout the town area.
The latest works follow the com-
pletion of pre-construction ac-
tivities, including upgrading the
exchange and readying Telstra’s
pits and pipes.
Within the next eight months or
so, residents will be connected to
technology capable of delivering at
least 25 megabits per second down-
load and five megabits per second
Other Barkly communities, beyond
the rollout boundaries, will be able
to access the NBN via its new satel-
lite service, due to begin connecting
to premises in the second half of
NBN Corporate Affairs Manager
Jill Bottrall said access to high speed
broadband would bridge the digital
divide between urban and regional
“High speed broadband provides
the ability to live stream technol-
ogy that means you can access
classroom lectures, tele-medicine
and workplaces, all from your own
home,” she said.
“For people in regional areas like
Tennant Creek, NBN will offer
access to internet speeds and band-
width that many in the big cities take
NBN rollout in Tennant
TECH SAVVY: Work is underway on the NBN rollout in Tennant Creek.
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