Home' Tennant and District Times : 2015-1127 TDT Contents NEARLY 40 years after the first
claim under the NT Aboriginal
Land Rights Act was heard at Bor-
roloola, Native Title rights over
six pastoral leases were granted
to people from the Gulf country.
Leases at Greenback, Manangoora,
Spring Creek, Seven Emu, Pungalina
and Woologorang, covering 15,000 hect-
ares of coastal and inland country were
handed over to native title holders before
a gathering of around 300 traditional
owners on the banks of the McArthur
River at Borroloola on Tuesday morning.
Justice John Mansfield congratulated
the Northern Land Council, the Northern
Territory Government and pastoral les-
sees for having agreed by consultation
and consent that native title existed over
the six leases.
Northern Land Council (NLC) Chair-
man Samuel Bush-Blanasi noted that
four of the lessees were Aboriginal
people who would enjoy exclusive native
title rights to their land.
On the other two leases, native title
holders have also secured the right to
negotiate in respect of any future non-
pastoral uses of the land such as mineral
and petroleum activities.
Native Title recognised at Borroloola
Alliance welcomes pipeline news
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THE NT Government selected Je-
mena Northern Gas Pipeline Pty
Ltd to construct and operate the
North East Gas Interconnector
(NEGI) pipeline to transfer NT gas
to Mt Isa.
The pipeline estimated cost $800 mil-
lion constructing 622 kilometres between
Tennant Creek and Mount Isa supplies
Power Water Corporation excess tax-
payer funded gas purchased by Incitec
Pivot Ltd fertiliser operation at Phosphate
Hill south of Mt Isa for approximately 10
years. Chief Minister Giles said, “The
project would not require any underwrit-
ing from taxpayers and will generate
investment in regional infrastructure and
deliver real jobs.”
Mr Giles prematurely announced, “The
pipeline connects the ever-increasing en-
ergy needs of the east coast with the vast
gas reserves in the Territory. Without this
pipeline, the populated parts of Australia
would have huge difficulty securing their
However Jemena Managing Director
Paul Adams said: “The pipeline would
fast-track development of the NT’s gas
industry and as soon as sufficient gas is
proven in the NT Jemena will seek to
build a further link connecting Mt Isa
to the Wallumbilla hub in Queensland.”
“This will vastly improve the reliability
of the gas transmission network by re-
ducing sole reliance on Moomba as the
hub for supplies. It will also introduce
some much-needed competition into the
east coast market, while accelerating the
growth of the NT gas sector.
“By linking the Territory’s vast re-
sources into the east coast network NEGI
will be the foundation of a more robust,
competitive Australian gas market.”
Mr Giles states: “Construction of the
NEGI will create more than 900 jobs
during construction, 600 of which will be
for locals and offer up to 100 contracts for
local businesses worth about $112 mil-
lion. There will be ongoing maintenance
and operations teams based in Tennant
Creek and Mt Isa.”
Mr Adams said: “Jemena had been
working closely with communities and
businesses along the proposed route
from the start of the bidding process, to
harness as much local and Indigenous
participation as possible in the delivery
and ongoing management of the pipeline.
“To ensure remote communities benefit
as much as possible from the NEGI proj-
ect in the long-term, Jemena is also in-
vesting in training programs, Indigenous
apprenticeships and a new Indigenous
social enterprise in Tennant Creek to pro-
vide support services for construction and
road maintenance projects in the area.”
Therefore imperative Tennant Creek
local businesses and contractors engage
with the Territory Government and Je-
mena to maximise the opportunities for
jobs and growth in the 2017-18 construc-
Mr Giles estimated “the Territory has
more than 200 trillion cubic feet of gas
potentially enough to power Australia for
more than 200 years,” however proving
the natural resource realistically equates
to a decade of exploration before produc-
tion requiring leading industry practice
for safe and secure harvesting of alterna-
tive shale gas.
Mr Adams said: “Building the NEGI
will drive commercial exploration and
development of currently untapped gas
reserves, unlocking the next phase of
economic growth for the Territory.”
However to be realised, the NT needs
explicit leading industry practice, strin-
gent regulation, detailed hydrological
and geological studies and mapping
clearly defining exclusion zones like
residential areas, heritage and cultural
areas, national parks, water sensitive
regions and high value agricultural lands.
Most importantly a natural resource
only realised through sanction of NT-
people, traditional owners, responsible
industry practice and Government who
can be trusted?
Member for Barkly
Reading in between the lines
A STUDENT was arrested at the
Tennant Creek Primary School
last Thursday, handcuffed and
frogmarched to the paddy wag-
on before being locked in police
cells for the day.
The next day she was sent to a welfare
facility in Darwin although she ran away
and was missing for days before police
The Tennant Times understands school
staff and students who witnessed the
incident were angered and distressed.
The girl’s great-grandmother, who is
also her carer, said she was not contacted
by police, instead she found out from a
school staff member.
“I was really upset and so was [the girl],
she was screaming and crying because
the whole thing was very traumatic for
her,” she said.
“The police cells are no place for such a
young child, it was all handled so badly.”
A Police spokesperson said the arrest
was in accordance with operational
“At the time the child was apprehended,
she was highly agitated and aggressive,”
police media manager David Rose said.
“Aware of her history of similar behav-
iour, officers became concerned that she
was likely to harm herself or others and
restrained her accordingly.
“To ensure the girl’s safe custody and
welfare she was transported in a secure
vehicle a very short distance from her
school to the Police Station where she
was isolated from adult prisoners and
strict protocols followed to ensure her
Police have charged the girl with a
range of offences including unlawful
entry, stealing, trespass, criminal damage
and assault police.
Department of Children and Families
staff from the residential facility where
she was staying contacted Police when
the girl went missing although it was only
after a directive from Police Commis-
sioner Reece Kershaw that “considerable
resources” were utilised to search for the
girl and return her to safety.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The girl and her family cannot be identified for legal reasons.
THE Tennant Creek, Mount Isa cross border alliance (TCMI) has wel-
comed news that the North East Gas Interconnector (NEGI) will be
constructed between the two towns.
The announcement last week was described by Chief Minister Adam Giles as a
TCMI Chairperson Jason Newman congratulated Jemena on its successful bid to
build the $800 million, 622 kilometre-long pipeline.
“Jemena’s recognition of local capacity has created a strong foundation for a suc-
cessful relationship with business, industry and communities into the future,” he said.
“This project will complement the research currently being undertaken with the
Tennant Creek to Mount Isa Railway and the Tennant Creek Freight Hub.
“The dream of an infrastructure corridor to link the nation through the centre of
Australia is visionary as remote regions across our large land mass are now playing
a role in shaping and developing the north.”
Mr Newman said the TCMI group looks forward to working closely with Jemena.
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