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Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister
Michael McCormack said in a joint media statement
that the upgrade was another example of the Australian
Government’s commitment to work with local govern-
ment to build productive infrastructure for communities
right across Australia.
Northern Territory Senator Nigel Scullion, who sent
his apologies for not being able to attend the launch,
said that the community was eager to try out the new
Regional aquatic centre and modernisations at Purkiss
“Projects just like this highlight the importance of
governments and local businesses working together to
deliver grass roots community infrastructure.”
President Shaw told the gathering on Monday, includ-
ing Warren Snowdon MP, Mayor of Alice Springs Town
Council Damien Ryan, Joan Purcell of the Department
of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Gerry McCarthy
MLA Barkly as MC, that the construction and comple-
tion of the pool complex and change rooms at Purkiss
Reserve was done in a relatively short time, but the
bid to lobby and advocate for the funding took a great
“Council first put in a submission to the Common-
wealth Government in July 2013 for a new swimming
pool centre and administration building as well as
upgrades to facilities at Purkiss Reserve,” she said.
“We then had to lobby and advocate for the grant
submission again after a change in federal government
with funding finally secured in October 2013.”
Throughout 2014 a great deal of behind the scenes
preparatory work was conducted between BRC, the
Tennant Creek community-led Purkiss Reserve Con-
sultative Committee and the architects Hames Sharley.
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 administra-
tion building incorporating office, first aid, coffee shop,
kitchen and mechanical water treatment equipment.
In 2015 Queensland-based Taylor Builders Pty Ltd
was awarded the tender for the construction of the
swimming pool with local firm GK Contractors winning
the tender to upgrade amenities at Purkiss Reserve.
Sanjeev Gounder of Opus International Consultants
worked on behalf of Council as the project manager.
Special guest champion breaststroke swimmer Sally
Hunter also read out a message on behalf of Dawn
“Dawn was so sorry that she could not make it to Ten-
nant Creek,” said Sally, who won gold for the medley
relay at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow,
“She wishes everyone all the best and recalls vividly
how when she finished the inaugural lap of the first
Tennant Creek pool she looked up to see hundreds of
onlookers wanting to jump in to join her.”
Forty-eight years later Sally, who did the honorary
lap for the new pool along with Brooke Wilson and
Natasha May from the High School and Andrew Green,
Stanley Waistcoat and Deja Wortely from the Primary
School, also looked up to see hundreds of children
eager to jump in.
President Shaw said it had been a long road for the
community to finally have modern facilities at the pool
and Purkiss Reserve but it was well worth the wait.
“These new facilities will support youth and family
activities and assist council in encouraging healthy
and active lifestyles within the community,” she said.
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l Pool Manager Marty Kemplay.
l Natoia Plummer welcomed guests to
country on behalf of the Traditional Owners.
New swimming pool launched
MENTORING a prisoner to
help with tasks at the local air-
port aimed at improving safe-
ty has earned Tennant’s Ian
Slade a national safety award.
Dave Batic from NT Airports was
in Tennant Creek this week to give
Ian the award that was presented at
the Australian Airports Association’s
Airport Safety Week recently.
Ian, who manages the Tennant
Creek Airport successfully imple-
mented the Sentenced to a Job
program, giving one of the blokes
from the Barkly Work Camp the
opportunity to develop new skills.
Having a part time worker on site
worked in Ian’s favour too.
As the sole employee at the remote
airport, Ian’s Alice Springs-based
boss was concerned about the safety
risks associated with carrying out
Mr Batic said having support to
carry out Ian’s regular duties im-
proved safety outcomes for both
himself and the Tennant Creek
“Ian does everything including
general maintenance runway and
perimeter fence inspections and
changing wind socks,” he said.
“Partnering with another worker
meant physical tasks could be done
more easily, potential machinery
risks were lowered and preventative
maintenance could be carried out
Mr Batic said Ian had taken the lead
on employing the prisoner, he liaised
with the Department of Corrections,
and NT Airports and established the
“Participating in the Sentenced to
a Job program provided immediate
improvements in safety performance
at the airport as it offers valuable
operational back-up for Ian, another
layer of supervision for the varied
tasks and the opportunity to carry
out preventative maintenance at a
faster pace,” he said.
“It also means there is continu-
ous reassessment of procedures as
they are taught to the work-release
Mr Batic said NT Airports had
already received positive feedback
on the program and its safety and
National safety award for Tennant Creek airport manager
TOP JOB: NT Airports General Manager Dave Batic (right) passes on the national safety
award to Tennant Creek Airport Manager Ian Slade.
TENNANT Creek punters and so-
cialites were out and about on
Tuesday to watch history in the
making as Michelle Payne be-
came the first woman jockey to
ever win the Melbourne Cup as
she stormed home on Prince of
The 100-1 odds reaped good rewards
for those who took a chance on the
outsider which was followed across the
finishing line by Max Dynamite and
For those who didn’t make it home
with pockets full of winnings, the day
wasn’t wasted. There was plenty of
food, fun and good company to be had.
And after the race local musos enter-
tained the masses, capping off a great
Melbourne Cup a great day out for Tennantites
l Liam Garlick and Michael Dodd were pretty pleased
with their betting choices.
l Jane Forrester provided tips on how to
place bets to amateur punters.
l Margrith Koenig tried her
luck with a mystery bet.
l John Ashley and Ian Rankine
livened the spirits of the punters
after the big race.
WITH only five people referred to the
NT Government’s Alcohol Mandatory
Treatment (AMT) centre in Tennant
Creek during the first year, the service
has now been axed.
NT Health Minister John Elferink believes
the success of the Temporary Beat Locations
(TBLs) - police officers staged outside bottle-
shops - is the reason.
“The demand for the facility is just not there,”
“So the cost per person to run the centre comes
in at $400,00 whereas in Alice Springs where
the need is greater, the cost is between $30,000
and $40,000 per person.
“The figures speak for themselves, it is not
Mr Elferink said those referred for AMT from
the Barkly would be sent to Alice Springs for
the three-month rehabilitation course.
“Tennant Creek is not the only place that
proved to be unviable, Katherine did too,” he
“Referrals from Katherine will now be sent
“It’s not a decision I take lightly, but I have
to be realistic.”
Mr Elferink says in the 12 months up to August
this year, domestic violence in the town has
dropped by a whopping 50 per cent.
“Without a doubt the TBLs are responsible for
the reduction,” he said.
So we’ll be continuing with that strategy be-
cause it has produced the outcomes we need to
see in places like Tennant Creek.
Shadow Minister for Alcohol Policy Natasha
Fyles said part of the reason the AMT failed in
Tennant Creek was because health profession-
als were not able to refer people for treatment.
“Now they’ve wasted millions of dollars on
something everyone said wouldn’t work from
the start,” she said.
Mr Elferink said he would use some of the
$3 million set aside for mandatory alcohol
treatment in Tennant Creek on early childhood
He said he would consider the centre in
Thompson Street - originally built as a sobering-
up shelter - for use as a volatile substance abuse
Mandatory alcohol treatment centre axed
READY, SET, GO:
Students from the high
and primary schools do an
honorary lap in the pool.
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