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Last Tuesday 27 October was the very last meeting to be held at the
Language Centre at 17 Windley Street.
The Annual General Meeting was held at the old premises as a final
After 21 years, it is time for the old buildings to be demolished to make
way for the new language Center to be built.
The AGM was attended by a large number of members and people
observing the last meeting to be held in the old buildings.
The AGM will hopefully be held in the newly built Centre in October 2016.
The occasion was a happy one and in some ways a sad one for those
that had worked at the Language Centre over the years.
With a newly elected committee and the building of the new Language
Centre, Papulu Apparr-Kari is looking forward to a new beginning ensuring
that we remember the past to enable the future generations have better
opportunities and expectations to succeed.
The new Language Centre Building will be a great legacy to all Language
speakers and non-language speakers of the region and will be a great
resource for all.
PAPULU APPARR–KARI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION
Goodbye to the old, in with the new
bus to work
Our early morning
service now starts at 6am
Stops at community living areas,
Brown and Maloney Streets
and the town centre.
Fare only $4
Timetables, route maps and discount
tickets available from our website
Charter services also available
Tel: 0497 487 789
l Guest speaker Steven Bradbury.
l Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Business, Nathan
Barrett speaking at the gala dinner held at the Eldorado.
l Tennant’s Jared Baldwin from Remote Conrete
NT also spoke at the dinner.
Olympian delivers passionate
speech at business dinner
MEMBERS of CatholicCare’s Youth
Leadership Group (YLG) are putting
Tennant Creek and the Barkly region on
Support from community members and local
organisations is gaining momentum and youth
from all cultural backgrounds, ethnicities and
educational backgrounds are finding that their
The work done by the YLG has been recog-
nised by Chief Minister Adam Giles and our
very own MLA, Gerry McCarthy who addressed
Parliament and encouraged and supported mem-
bers and mentors of the group.
Opportunities for members of the YLG are in
abundance and our Barkly ‘go-getters’ are not
For instance, Kade Green, Shona Alum and
Nazmeena Frank got to experience university
life in the Top End during a recent program at
Charles Darwin University (CDU).
They discovered career pathways offered at the
Casuarina, Palmerston and Batchelor Institute
campuses and toured Darwin to familiarise
themselves with the area during the program.
During their stay at International House, the
group learned about higher and vocational edu-
cation and training courses at CDU including
nursing, digital media production, music, exer-
cise and sports science, engineering, horticulture
and aquaculture, hairdressing and beauty.
They met Indigenous student ambassadors and
toured facilities including the CDU library and
Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges
Facilitated by the CDU Office of the Pro Vice
Chancellor Indigenous Leadership through the
Whole of Community Engagement Initiative and
funded by the Commonwealth Government’s
Higher Education Participation and Partnership
Programme, the visit was a first for Tennant
Kade, along with Tshanka Storey, are attending
Indigenous Human Rights Training at the Uni-
versity of Sydney’s Faculty of Law where they
will learn all about the Declaration of Indigenous
Human Rights, the history of Aboriginal rights
in Australia and the rights of Indigenous people
all over the world. The two have received laptops
from CDU so they can complete assignments
between study trips.
In other YLG news, Natasha May and Corey
McDowell represented the Barkly region at the
National Indigenous Youth Workshop on Educa-
tion Advocacy and Global Citizenship Education
Conference in Canberra for two days last month.
The two thoroughly enjoyed the trip and
learned that kindred spirits across Australia
share similar challenges which can be overcome
by working as one team.
Natasha said the conference made her realise
she had been “living under a rock”.
“I didn’t know that Indigenous people had
another set of human rights under the United
Nations,” she said.
Corey has returned to town with a strong urge
to change the school curriculum.
“In our classrooms, we are not up to the right
literacy levels,” he said.
“More local languages need to be learned by
students from all walks of life.”
The YLG is keeping Natasha busy as she also
accompanied community elders Geoffrey Shan-
non and Valda Shannon to the Engagement at the
Interface: Indigenous Pathways and Transitions
into Higher Education in Darwin soon after her
return from Canberra.
There she learned that universities around
Australia offer alternative entry programs to
encourage remote area students and disengaged
young people opportunities to keep learning.
“I’ll be telling everyone about what I learned
on the trip and encouraging other students to
consider looking into further education path-
ways,” she said.
Natasha is one of three young people - along
with Stella Whippy and Aimee-Leigh Frencken
being interviewed this week for the Chief
Minister’s Round Table for Young Territorians,
so hopefully the Barkly will soon have a voice
in this forum.
And if that’s not enough for Natasha, she and
Wade Gillett have thrown their hats into the se-
lection ring for the Young Endeavour Develop-
ment Program which could see them set sail for
a sea adventure aboard the national sail training
ship, Young Endeavour.
The voyage offers the 24 youth the opportunity
to develop the skills and confidence to sail the
44m tall ship as they keep watch, take the help,
cook, navigate and climb the mast to set and furl
the sails. We wish Natasha and Wade all the best
and we hope you are shortlisted.
The YLG encourages youth from all walks
of life to join the group and bring your ideas,
opinions and suggestions to the table.
We are also seeking volunteers of all age
groups to help us with different fun activities
so if you’re interested contact Emma Newman,
Senior Community Development Officer at the
Australian Red Cross in Peko Road - phone
89623704 or email email@example.com.
Our group meets every fortnight at the Stronger
Sisters’ room at the Tennant Creek High School
between 10:30am - 11:15am with the next meet-
ing to be held on 17 November.
Youth group puts Tennant Creek on the map
l Natasha May & Geoffrey Shannon.
l The Youth Leadership Group.
l Tshanka Storey and Kade Green.
By SIDDHANT VASHIST
A FOuR-TIME Olympian in-
spired and entertained Ten-
nant Creek dinner guests
during October Business
There was no ice available for
a speed skating demonstration
but Steve Bradbury did bring his
Olympic gold medal along when he
featured as keynote speaker at the
Eldorado Motor Inn recently.
Bradbury talked about how pas-
sion, persistence and teamwork
leads to success, telling locals how
he has taken the qualities and les-
sons learned during his impressive
sporting career and applied them
effectively in a business setting.
In the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter
Olympics, Bradbury famously
came from being a rank outsider
to unexpectedly win gold when the
four other final competitors were
involved in pile up.
It was all about strategy.
Now Bradbury runs his own busi-
ness, Revolutionary Boot Company
- making speed skates that are now
exported around the world - and
works as a motivational speaker.
l Fashionista, Dr Fluoride entertained
dinner guests while Nathan Barrett
moonlights as the drummer.
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