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THE Barkly Region National Dis-
ability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
hails first year in operation.
Commonwealth and Northern Territory
Labor governments planned the Barkly
trial testing disability support systems
across a vast cross-cultural geographic
area comprising regional and remote
National Disability Insurance Agency
(NDIA) Chairman Bruce Bonyhady AM
sees the Barkly trial, ‘working with a range
of groups, including disability organisa-
tions in the Northern Territory finding the
right solutions to challenges of building the
NDIS in remote and very remote areas.’
A Barkly community development meth-
odology capacity building allied health
providers, Aboriginal corporations and
Government departments supports NDIS
learning lessons for current and future
Barkly NDIS 2015 report card realises
plans for 61 people with disability and
24 providers registered to deliver support
services including additional supported
accommodation and almost half the staff
Barkly NDIS investment targeting early
intervention totals over $3 million dollars
so far underpinning disability care plans,
registered service providers and jobs
improving the lives of people with dis-
ability and enhancing regional economic
Desert Harmony Festival 2015 saw
$60,000 NDIA sponsorship acknowledg-
ing people with disability while providing
important education and awareness of their
strengths and abilities like high profile
Paralympian Kurt Fearnley.
Desert Harmony highlighted the role of
improving health and education through
arts, sport and recreation with NDIS
participant’s families and carers learning
about regional and remote service delivery.
The Barkly NDIS Local Advisory Group
is developing an Action Plan detailing
practical support for participants, commu-
nity, carers, families, training, employment
NDIA engaged the First Peoples Dis-
ability Network for raising awareness of
NDIS and support services for people
with disability among Barkly Indigenous
Building and developing a local work-
force remains critical for NDIS service
delivery where disability support workers
training and employment offers new jobs
in Tennant Creek and Barkly.
Also training and employment for people
living with disability provides practical
support with NDIS encouraging businesses
and organisations to assess opportunities
supporting locals into jobs.
Raelene Peterson works at the Barkly
Electorate Office on Friday morning facili-
tating important mail-outs for constituents
living on remote cattle stations and com-
munities across the Electorate.
Raelene and Carer are welcome in the
electorate office enhancing her important
support plan for developing self-confi-
dence and workplace skills while deliver-
ing an important outcome for constituents.
NDIS is learning lessons in disability sup-
port across Australia listening, learning,
building and delivering flexible solutions
while addressing cultural differences.
Member for Barkly
NDIS celebrates one
year in the Barkly
OUR CREATIVE INDUSTRY
BUILDING A STRONGER BARKLY
Barkly Regional Arts (BRA), is a multi-award winning, multi arts platform working right across the Barkly region. Our operational model
provides access to the creative industry, opening pathways into a professional arts career and invigorates art into a living culture. As the
only organisation specifically building the creative industry in the region, we continually strive to offer and deliver professional and
creative excellence despite our very remote disadvantages.
Through our extensive 7 programs ( Winanjjikari Music Centre, Artists of the Barkly, Media Mob, Touring & Events, Radio, Arts School
in Residence and the Desert Harmony Festival) we provide local artists with the ability to create innovative projects through professional
development, skills, training, employment and collaborations with industry professionals. We enable locals to reach national audiences.
We support communities to run their own arts enterprises and create projects that support their culture and language, through both
traditional and contemporary mediums.
BRA works hard to give our region’s artists a professional career with pathways into the national arts sector so that people have the best
possible chance of success. The creative industries involve communications, connectivity, history, the passing on of cultural knowledge
and language, personal expression, reconciliation, education, positive profiling, tourism and employment. It’s an indutry that explains
complex ideas and new labels, invites change, fights for rights and does so with inclusivity, innovation, fun and the opportunity to share
talent with the rest of the world.
BRA’s dedicated team of 18 people are committed to building a stronger Barkly through our creative industry.Our region’s art and culture
offerings are a rich part of the wider Australia. Our high number of diverse languages spoken across our vast region, makes us rich with
stories, told by talented artists in remote outback pockets. Our lives and environment are filled with extremes which create resilient
characters that have wisdom and knowledge to share. As we walk in two worlds, towards a stronger community, in partnership, the Barkly
can demonstrate to all that we are indeed, the heart of Australia.
In 2008, five years after settling into the Barkly community to work as an arts’
professional, I asked a local wag: ‘How long do you have to live here before you’re
considered a local”?
“Sixteen years mate, and then you might get a nod from a real local”, he replied.
It was probably a bit of a laconic, throwaway line or perhaps it was about witnessing the
progress of a whole generation. Or perhaps it was just pulling my leg. I get a lot of that.
Whatever it was, under that rule-of-thumb I’ve got a little ways to go yet. A couple of the
seventeen Barkly Regional Arts (BRA) employees have only been working and
contributing to the region for five or six years... but they’re getting there! Significantly
though, most of the BRA and our Winanjjikari Music Centre (WMC) are true locals.
They and their families have been here since – well, for generations!
But even using the above waggish 16-year yardstick, Barkly Regional Arts is, without
a doubt, a local organisation, that will celebrate its 20th year in 2016. BRA has evolved
from a small office at PAPAC to the current sprawling precinct at the Tennant Creek
Training Centre. This progress is a result of plain hard work over many years by many
very effective people. BRA is now one of only 14 Key Producers funded by the Australia
Council for the Arts. This places us in the top bracket of the 147 key community arts
companies across Australia... and the small number of those companies that do deliver
programs to remote areas, do so from a major urban base.
BRA is an infant in comparison to other highly effective local service orgs like AHAC,
Papulu Apparr-Kari, JCAC, BRC, BRADAAG, Women’s Refuge and the many family
businesses. Like all of these entities BRA shares the belief that longevity at a local level
is a key to effective service delivery. The best services, the best program delivery and the
best chance of success come from the local orgs and businesses that ‘deliver and stand’ -
that don’t come in with an exit strategy.
Continued over page
EO, Alan Murn On being a local...
Tartakula artist, Tennant Creek, Lindy Brodie.
On location with Media Mob, filming her artist profile.
Get onboard and be a part of our
thriving arts and culture!
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