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A HUGE bushfire with a 30 kilometre
front lit up the night sky over Tennant
Creek and rained ash over the town-
ship on Tuesday.
The blaze, that took more than 16 hours
to contain, started burning towards the east
about a week ago near the Gosse River fol-
lowing lightning strikes in remote scrub land.
Bushfires NT Senior Regional Fire Control
Officer Southern Region, Troy Munckton,
said the fire, fanned by winds between 10
and 30 kilometres/hour, gained momentum,
swung around and started to push back
towards the west in the early hours of the
morning when the wind changed direction.
“It came right up to the Stuart Highway 30
kilometres south of town and jumped over the
road into the bore fields,” he said.
“Bushfires NT staff were joined by vol-
unteers, the NT Fire and Rescue Service,
the Central Land Council, pastoralists and
Barber Hire to create fire breaks and back
burn the area from about five kilometres
south of town.
“We worked throughout the day until past
Mr Munckton said the Warramunga Seismic
Array and the Kurraya and Murtalki commu-
nities were in the sweep of the fire.
“Fortunately, they had protected their assets
by maintaining fire breaks and keeping the
surrounding fuel load down,” he said.
“I have nothing but praise for their prepa-
ration, otherwise they would have been in
trouble for sure.”
By Wednesday, the fire had been brought
under control although it continues to burn
along with dozens of other bush fires through-
out the Barkly.
Firies’ 16-hour fight to control blaze
Photo by AIDEN JAMES.
A RECENT spate of unlawful entries and
thefts in Tennant Creek has prompted
police to warn locals to ‘lock it or lose
Acting Superintendent Des Green of the Ten-
nant Creek and Barkly Division said over the
last two weeks there have been two thefts of
unsecured property and four unlocked homes
“By implementing just a few simple steps we
can make life difficult for these opportunistic
thieves,” he said.
“Residents should secure property inside their
homes, lock their homes when they’re out and
secure them at night before going to bed.
“Always lock vehicles and ensure valuable
items are not left in cars within view and make
sure that you don’t leave personal or valuable
items unattended in places such as pubs, clubs
and other public locations.”
A/Supt Green said as a lot of these offences
appear to be opportunistic in nature, the risk
could be reduced by following some simple
precautions to ensure that the opportunity is
Anyone with information regarding stolen
property are encouraged to contact Crime Stop-
pers on 1800 333 000.
Meanwhile a recent cross border team opera-
tion netted around 50 litres of alcohol, cannabis
and a high powered rifle.
Northern Territory and Queensland police
teamed up for the four-day operation conducted
between Tennant Creek and Camooweal.
Two drug detector dogs helped out as vehicles
and residences were searched.
Search warrants were executed upon two
premises in both Tennant Creek and Camooweal.
The rifle, found in Camooweal, had been re-
ported missing from Katherine some time ago.
A 57-year-old man was summonsed in
Queensland for the unlawful possession.
Detective Sergeant Andrew Bedwell said po-
lice were able to seize a substantial amount of
alcohol, cannabis and a firearm bound for remote
He said approximately 45 vehicles and drivers
were subjected to random breath testing and
licence checks during the operation.
“This operation was another example of the
cross border team working in partnership with
interstate police to reduce harm caused by illicit
substances in remote communities,” he said.
“Police will continue to reduce harm by tar-
geting drug trafficking and criminal networks
involved in the supply of illicit substances and
alcohol to remote communities.”
Lock it or lose it, warn police
A RECENT earth-
quake in Tennant
Creek was the high-
est on the Richter
Scale on the Austra-
lian mainland in the
past 30 days.
At a depth of 11 kilo-
metres, the quake was
recorded with a magnitude
It struck at about 10:37am
on 3 November but not ev-
Earthquakes have be-
come quite commonplace
in Tennant since January
1988 when three large
earthquakes with magni-
tudes between 6.3 and 6.7
had the town shaking and
About half an hour apart,
the tremors warped the
natural gas pipeline and
opened a 35km long fault
scarp that was about two
Although there were no
reported injuries, the total
damage bill was $2.5m.
of aftershocks, Tennant
was officially declared an
earthquake hotspot three
Highest shake for month:Tennant
A ’SUSPICIOUS object’ found in Elliott
this week may have been left behind by
army personnel who used the area as a
staging camp during World War II.
However it is believed military officials who
visited the township on Wednesday were unable
to identify it.
Barkly Regional Council workers came across
the old metal object when they were clearing a
property on Tuesday.
The matter was referred to Elliott Police who
guarded the object until military personnel arrived.
Do you recognise the object?
Let us know - email the Tennant Times at me-
email@example.com or call us on 8962 1040.
WHAT IS IT? The
is still waiting to be
identified (below). The
area was cordoned off
until military personnel
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