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man was charged
with supplying a
tity of cannabis
following a Cross
Border Team oper-
ation last week.
Police say an earlier
cannabis seizure re-
vealed a larger criminal
network involved in
transporting drugs from
Adelaide to Tennant
intelligence that the
56-year-old man had
been involved in
bringing nearly two
kilograms of cannabis
per month to Tennant
Creek, since April this
Police believe the can-
nabis had a potential
street value of more
The man, who was
arrested 10 days ago,
was charged with pos-
session and supply of
cannabis and posses-
sion of a prohibited
weapon and ammuni-
tion without a permit.
He was remanded in
custody to appear at
the Alice Springs Mag-
Police nab man, 56, on border patrol
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WELL, here we go again!
We have another ‘smoke and mirrors’ and muddled
up proposal to asset strip the Barkly Regional Council.
This time, a Crown Lease in Perpetuity owned by
BRC - the old TC Bowling Club premises - is the target.
The BRC elected Members are under the impres-
sion, as per an uncarried Motion followed by a carried
Amended Motion in the Unconfirmed November Min-
utes, that a 15 year lease is being sought yet the then
CEO cited a transfer of control ie change of ownership
of the Crown Lease in Perpetuity (the asset) in the
September 2015 Agenda.
A 15 year lease of the asset is purely a commercial
decision for the BRC to vet, to apply to the Minister for
purpose use change and to negotiate other incidental
lease conditions BUT a change of ownership of such
an asset is a different kettle of fish!
My understanding of the proposal as per the Uncon-
firmed November Minutes, considering this Minute
statement - ‘BSG are requesting the support of Council
for the transfer of the Crown Lease’, is that the Crown
Lease in Perpetuity owned by the BRC be transferred
to a Limited by Guarantee company, however, the BRC
have recorded in the same Unconfirmed Minutes that
the entity is a Pty Ltd company.
In September 2015 the CEO, Edwina Marks, stated
within the September Agenda Item 9.3 this: ‘Council
have currently taken over the lease obligations of the
site and we would need to investigate how we would
transfer the control of the site across to a community
group with all relevant permissions from the Crown.’
The Pty Ltd reference is evidenced by this: ‘President
Shaw welcomed and thanked Mr Darrel Logue and
Mr. Russell O’Donnell of Barkly Sports Group Pty
Ltd (BSG) for attending Council, to further present
additional detail pertaining to their expression of inter-
est on Lot 2147, formally known as the Tennant Creek
An ASIC search confirms that this entity - BSG - is a
Limited by Guarantee entity.
At this point in time, the BRC have competently
carried an Amended Motion to ‘Receive and note the
report’ following the latest BSG Ltd presentation.
The obvious question is: Why transfer the ownership
of the Crown Lease in Perpetuity?
Is the BRC aware, as the owner of this Crown Lease
in Perpetuity, that they can apply to the Minister to alter
the purpose use from ‘Bowling Club’ to another type
purpose use WITHOUT transferring the Crown Lease
in Perpetuity ownership to any separate Limited by
Is the BRC not aware that certain Crown Leases in
Perpetuity can, upon an owner’s application to the
Minister, have the said Lease converted to an estate in
fee simple? In other words, Freehold.
Is the BRC not aware that any such discussions as
to any future use or ownership of this property being
proposed by anyone or any entity should be vetted by
their Legal Representatives before any commitment is
Perhaps, now is the time to again remind all elected
Members and Administrative Officers that they have
a fiduciary duty in regards to all BRC undertakings!
– Concerned Resident.
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Smoke and mirrors are up again
ARTIST IN PROFILE
It’s been a huge year of producing
art which means it’s SALE TIME!
The Visual Arts team have your
Xmas gifts covered so you can
give a piece of the desert to
family and friends. This year we
are doing something different
and have created a ‘Secret Santa’ stack. We have piles of artwork already xmas wrapped for $5,
$10, $15 ready to place under the tree , fill those stockings or give as your secret santa work gift.
The team sold a heap at the CWA Xmas market last weekend and will be at the Battery Hill Xmas
market this Saturday. This is a fantastic opportunity to get some great local works for very little
For those wanting to buy something really special, don’t forget we still have our exhibition in our
BRA gallery. Between two spaces: The traditional and modern stories of the Barkly
The works in this new exhibition represent the artists day-to-day realities – cattle, church, Toyotas
hung alongside artworks imbued with cultural stories such as bush medicine. The works in the
exhibition showcase a diverse range of styles and mediums shaped by the distinct regions in which
the artists live. Barkly Regional Arts gallery will be exhibiting paintings, hand-printed linocut
fabrics of Kulumindini Arts (Elliott) alongside weavings of Canteen Creek and Epenarra, and
ceramics of Tartakula Arts of Tennant Creek.
We’ll save you this Christmas!
Come along to our CHRISTMAS SALE at Barkly Regional Arts, 65 Staunton Street
- 3 0th of November to the 11th of December (open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4:30pm).
50% off all the paintings before 2015 and a selection of fabrics
30% off other fabrics, ceramics, crafts and paintings of 2015
In 2016, BRA and the First People’s Disability Network will join forces to deliver an art program
for people with disability in community. An arts worker will set off out bush over 6 months sitting
and doing art with people, giving people an opportunity to explore creative talents and express
themselves and for some, time to just sit with other people and feel connected. The outcome of the
6 month partnership will be a book that will display works people have done along with their own
Do you see what I see? Marlie McNamara-Wright has been taking a series of photographs to
create a social commentary exhibition on Tennant Creek from a teen’s perspective. Funded by
a Regional Arts Fund (Activating Artists) Grant, Marlie has been working with local writer and
photographer Ktima Heathcote to come up with a series of photos which focus on her family,
friends, multiculturalism and a passion for animals. The exhibition launch will be at Barkly
Regional Arts Studio on 15 December at 1.30pm and will be on view until Friday, 18 December.
Photographer, Editor, Dancer, Actor
Marlie has shown her incredible range of talents this
year, in particular as her role as Festival Youth
Reporter. She has a natural ability on screen and is a
fantastic film editor too.
Art form: I do photography, dance, write and act.
Greatest arts achievement: I received the Chief
Ministers award for most imaginative performance
in 2013 and most imaginative literature in 2015.
Career Goal: I’d like to be a published author or
What’s Next: I’m having a photography exhibition at
Barkly Arts on December 15 to the 18, 2015.
Global Concern: Wa r
Love: Photography, dance, writing, acting, my dog
Hometown Truth: Tennant Creek is a multicultural
town which will thrive in equality.
Words of wisdom: Don’t try to control everything,
everything has its path.
WRAPPING UP FOR XMAS
A | 65 Staunton Street (Training Centre)
W | www.barklyarts.com.au
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SUPPORT OUR LOCAL ARTISTS!
Work with us to ensure the arts in the Barkly remains strong. You can do this by:
- Buying artistic products through centres that support the arts code of conduct
- Contact us about how you can support an artist through our ‘Art School in Residence’
- Become a member and get active in our arts community
Donate to our ‘Give Now’
- View their work on a number of our platforms and leave a positive comment.
CRIME is down in Ten-
nant Creek and across
the Territory, the NT
announced this week.
Ministers say the ‘tough
on crime’ approach has
reaped results with the hard-
er line on domestic violence
offences, introduction of
‘one punch’ legislation and
the suite of alcohol policies
all rated as contributing to
the improvement in social
order. According to recent
figures, alcohol related as-
saults in Tennant Creek are
down by a whopping 52 per
cent and house break-ins are
down by 23 per cent.
Minister for Police, Fire
and Emergency Services
Peter Chandler said his
government takes law and
“Our policies are success-
ful, driving down crime,
cutting alcohol consump-
tion and seeing a decrease
in domestic violence.”
No, no, no! The Tennant Times is NoT
closing down after Christmas.
We’re just taking our usual festive season break.
We’ve no idea who started the rumour but it’s
just not true.
After all, we have just celebrated 40 big years
of bringing you news and views from throughout
Established by members of the Apex Club in
1975, the Times soon became an independent,
family-run newspaper that has covered all the big
stories over the years including visits from Mother
Teresa as well as Prince Charles and Princess
Diana, the 1988 earthquakes, the Alice to Darwin
rail link, the ups and downs of our mining industry
and the failed attempt to establish a nuclear waste
dump at Muckaty.
After all that - and more - we simply couldn’t
disappear of the scene, especially during such
exciting times for the region.
Our last edition for 2015 will be published on
18 December but we’ll be back before you know
it on 22 January 2016.
Be sure to check out our Christmas Feature in
next week’s paper, and be quick if you want to
advertise your Christmas specials, messages or
festive trading times. Email advertising@tdtimes.
com.au to book or call our office on 89621040.
TDT rumour put to rest
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