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Tennant Creek General Practice
General Practice services will be closed from
Monday 21 December - Sunday 3 January 2016
In the case of an emergency, please present to the
Tennant Creek Hospital Emergency Department or
call 08 8962 4399.
Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
We would like to wish everyone a happy and safe festive break.
Songlines on Screen 2
“This country holds our story forever like an archive.
Travelling through country the songs reveal themselves.
They are embedded in country.”
Francis Jupurrurla Kelly, November 2013
Following the success of the Songlines on Screen Initiative the Indigenous Department
of Screen Australia and NITV are pleased to announce Songlines on Screen 2.
We are calling on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander production companies and media
organisations to submit proposals for the recording of a relevant Songline in their region
that would result in a broadcast-quality television program of at least 15 minutes.
Successful applications will demonstrate the full spectrum of Songlines representation,
including song, dance, art, body painting and sites of significance. Selected teams should
be available for a development workshop on 14-18 March 2016.
Closing date for applications: 1 February 2016
For more information, guidelines and the application portal, visit
or contact Screen Australia
tel: 1800 507 901 / email: firstname.lastname@example.org
DEPARTMENT OF LANDS, PLANNING AND THE
PLEASE BE ADVISED:-
The last advertisement of applications for 2015 will be in the NT News,
Centralian Advocate and Tennant & District Times on Friday 4 December
2015 and in the Katherine Times on Wednesday 2 December 2015
The first advertisement of applications for 2016 will be in the NT News
and Centralian Advocate on Friday 8 January 2016, the Tennant & District
Times on Friday 22nd January 2016 and in the Katherine Times on
Wednesday 20 January 2016.
DEPARTMENT OF LANDS, PLANNING AND THE ENVIRONMENT
arkly Regional Council (BRC) recently agreed
on a partnership with seven other councils and
an outback tourism body from Queensland to
promote the Overlander’s Way from Townsville
to Tennant Creek.
The partnership will serve to promote tourism service
delivery along the self-drive road which served as an
important line during World War II and stretches across
1564km taking visitors from the ocean to the outback.
The new agreement builds on a partnership set up in 2013
and is set out in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
between Townsville City Council, Charters Towers Regional
Council, Flinders Shire Council, Richmond Shire Council,
McKinlay Shire Council, Cloncurry Shire Council, Mt Isa
City Council, Barkly Regional Council and the North West
Outback Queensland Tourism Association (NWOQTA).
The vision of NWOQTA and the member councils is to lead
or assist in the exploration of further tourism opportunities
for the Overlander’s Way which takes in the Great Barrier
Reef, a dinosaur graveyard, historically rich outback towns
and the Devil’s Marbles.
This is a marvellous opportunity and a major focus in terms
of developing regional tourism.
Building up relationships with a cross border alliance is
important and encourages tourism to the outback and over
to Tennant Creek and the unique beauty we have in the
Barkly region. It’s all part of the bigger picture strategy of
Council for the coming year.
Council also has a representative on the local Tourism
There’s a lot to see and do in the Barkly and we want
potential visitors to know all about it.
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
Alliance grows tourism prospects in the region
Council welcomes the recent news that
the North East Gas Interconnector (NEGI)
Pipeline will run from Tennant Creek to
The Northern Territory Government
selected Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline
Pty Ltd to construct and operate the North
East Gas Interconnector (NEGI) Pipeline
to connect NT gas to eastern gas markets.
The pipeline will cost $800 million
to construct and will run for 622km
between Tennant Creek and Mount Isa in
We support this new development
especially as it benefits the region of the
Barkly economically and that is always a
positive thing for the area.
On behalf of Council I would particularly
like to congratulate the ministerially
appointed Tennant Creek Economic
Development Committee (TCRED) for all
its hard work in campaigning for the pipe
In February this year members of the
TCRED made history when they formed
a cross border alliance with stakeholders
in Mt Isa in Queensland. Aiming to be
a conduit between major projects and
businesses, the alliance’s first priority
was to lobby for the North East Gas
Interconnector between Mt Isa and
The pipeline connects the ever-increasing
energy needs of the east coast with the
vast gas reserves in the Northern Territory.
Without this pipeline, the populated parts
of Australia would have huge difficulty
securing their energy needs.
It is estimated the Territory has more than
200 trillion cubic feet of gas – potentially
enough to power Australia for more than
CEO Edwina Marks will
say goodbye to her role
today after tendering her
resignation to Council two
as CEO cannot be
overstated and on behalf
of Council I praise her
and commitment to the
Edwina has led the
a period of significant
turmoil and realised the
culmination of major
infrastructure projects for
the region including the
new skate park, Purkiss
Reserve change rooms
and swimming pool
complex. We at Council
wish her well in her new
Peter Holt is the Acting
CEO until mid January
2016. Peter joins us
from Department of
Local Government and
where he holds the
position as Senior Policy
Council is in the position
recruiting for the new
I would like to remind
women in the community
that we have set up a
working committee for
International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day
emphasizes how gender
equality, empowerment of
women and the eradication
of poverty are essential
to economic and social
Please come to the first
meeting on Tuesday, 1
December 2015 at 11am in
Council Chambers, 41 Peko
Road, for a brainstorm.
That way we can celebrate
in March next year the
ordinary women, both
young and old, who have
played an extraordinary role
in this community.
Lap swimming in the 25m pool continues
Monday-Friday from 6am-8am until
further notice. Regular weekday hours
are 10am-12noon and 1pm-6pm.
Council is aiming to keep the pool open
from 10am-6pm on the weekends.
However, due to limited staff resources
sometimes this is not possible.
For a full list of entry fees and
concession passes for the swimming
pool please visit http://barkly.nt.gov.au/
Part of my duties as the Council President
is to conduct citizenship ceremonies.
They fulfil requirements under Australian
They also provide an important
opportunity to officially welcome new
citizens as full members of the Australian
Traditionally they have been held
in Tennant Creek but last year it was
agreed that these special events could be
conducted in regional areas.
One was held in Ali Curung last year and
next week I will travel to the township of
Elliott to conduct a citizenship ceremony
Gas pipeline reignites economic benefits for Barkly
CEO Edwina Marks.
Farewell to the CEO IWD
Citizenship ceremonies move out bush
Pool hours and charges
Little local heroes
talk of the town
THREE primary school students are new best
buddies after two of the boys saved the life of
Six-year-old Alex Manu found himself in deep water
when he tried to jump onto a floating balloon at the
town pool nearly three weeks ago.
New to Tennant Creek and Australia, Alex was unable
to swim and was struggling to keep his head above
Luckily, third graders, Rafly Noorizal, 9, and Elijah
Baker, 8, were playing nearby.
Eli said they could see Alex sinking and rising.
“He was going down to the bottom of the pool then
coming up again, then going down and up,” he said.
“I jumped in and so did Rafly and he tried to grab Alex
by his hair but it was too slippery.
“So we got him by his arms and took him over to
“Then he climbed out and ran to his dad.”
Eli said the next day at school he told his class what
While Rafly wasn’t present that morning, the follow-
ing day class teacher Anne Stone invited Alex into the
class and encouraged the three boys to tell their story.
“All the kids clapped and cheered and said we did a
really good job,” said Rafly.
“I felt so proud and happy. Eli did too. And Alex was
smiling because we saved his life.”
Alex is still learning to speak English but he was clear
about feeling very scared once he jumped in the pool
and realised he was in trouble.
And he was clearly overjoyed to have two new friends
who have promised to look after him forever.
“He’s our little friend now,” said Eli.
“We’ll keep our eye on him and make sure he’s always
happy and safe.”
Ms Stone said the whole class was ecstatic about their
friends’ heroic actions.
“We all thought it was an amazing and brave thing to
do and we’re all really proud of them.
“We talk a lot about working together as a team to
achieve great outcomes and this is the perfect example.
“And our whole class feels we have a new friend in
TENNANT Creek’s town bus
has come off second best in
an encounter with a mad cow.
The driver had just begun the
6am run along Fazaldeen Road on
Tuesday when it charged at the bus,
tearing off a side mirror.
Tennant Creek Transport spokes-
person David Denmark said two
people were trying to corral the
cow, which had just given birth,
when it turned and charged at the
“The driver said he was travel-
ling slowly to get around the beast
when it took exception to the bus
and charged at the passenger door,”
“Witnesses said the cow had been
chased into Fazaldeen Road by a
pack of dogs the night before and
was still at large in the morning.”
It’s going to take more than an
angry mother to stop the bus run
David said repairs to the bus were
underway and there had been no
interruption to services.
He added that it wasn’t acceptable
for the cow to try and board the bus
in such an aggressive manner.
“While we’ve got nothing against
cattle generally, if they intend to ride
on the bus in the future they would
have to apply in writing for a special
ticket,” he said.
Town bus suffers a
run-in with mad cow
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