Home' Tennant and District Times : 2015-1211 TDT Contents INFORMATION and communications tech-
nologies represent important infrastructure
for urban areas equally so for people living in
remote communities experiencing isolation
and challenging service delivery.
Telecommunications offer enhanced personal, profes-
sional and business opportunities supporting health
and wellbeing, economic growth and community
The internet facilitates individual and community
connectivity on a global platform with mobile phones
the device of choice available to all including remote
Smart phones and tablet computers reflect powerful
new computing technology across the globe and remote
Improved telecommunications will allow the range of
government services to be expanded and efficiency of
service delivery significantly improved.
Remote health services can be delivered online with
medical specialists connecting to remote health centres
through high definition cameras providing critical ad-
vice on diagnosis and treatment.
Previous Labor governments partnered with Telstra
delivering the Arnhem Fibre Project that extended fibre
optic connections right across Arnhem Land and CLP
Government with partner Telstra is delivering mobile
and broadband services to 13 remote communities.
The Minister announced the jointly-funded partner-
ship program with Telstra to expand remote telecom-
munications infrastructure through $30 million invested
over three years.
Northern Territory remote communities benefiting
from telecommunications services include Umbakum-
ba, Bulman, Weemol, Minyerri, Kaltukatjara, Yarralin,
Manyallaluk and Titjikala.
These communities will receive mobile phone ser-
vices and where possible fixed broadband services in
addition to Ali Curung, Barunga and Timber Creek
with existing 3G mobile phone services gaining fixed
Telstra is undertaking detailed feasibility studies of all
sites guiding selection of the appropriate technology
platforms; identifying clearances, site requirements
and determination of costs.
Importantly Telstra will conduct detailed consultation
and engagement with communities to ensure they are
supportive, ready and have a voice in services delivered.
In addition Telstra has committed $1.35 million per
annum over three years to a Sustainability Plan focused
on targeted community education and awareness cam-
paigns that will address issues such as digital literacy,
cyber-safety and tele health.
Issues of cyber-safety impact on all ICT users and
connectivity to remote communities provides both
risks and advantages needing careful management of
complex issues impacting on mainstream Australia.
The Bully Zero Australia Foundation delivers educa-
tion and awareness into online bullying in addition to
impact and consequences of cyber safety including
online predators, sexting, child posting, illicit photo-
graphs, fake accounts, identity theft, outing, trickery,
threats, imitation, blackmail and trolling.
Government and industry infrastructure does not
earn social licence, high powered ICT systems require
education, awareness and safe guards especially for
new communities connecting to the world wide web.
Oil and Gas Industry
Reminder: The public comment period for the Oil and Gas Industry
Development Strategy will draw to a close on 31 December 2015.
On 18 November the Northern Territory Government released the
strategy to guide the NT’s future in the industry and continues to
seek input from industry and the community.
If you would like more information on the Oil and Gas Industry
Development Strategy or make a submission please visit:
Post: GPO Box 4550, Darwin NT 0801
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LOCALS have had plenty of
opportunities to stock up on
Christmas gifts recently.
So many gift ideas were available
at the Transit Centre Markets last
Spices, oils, candles, woven baskets,
tea towels, t-shirts, tie-dyed singlets,
cosmetics, incense and handmade cards
were amongst the offerings.
Delectable Asian foods were on sale
too - always a big drawcard at markets.
Transit centre markets delight
A LACKLUSTRE response to
pleas from Barkly residents to
reinstate the weather radar has
The weather radar at the Tennant
Creek Airport was decommissioned
in July following a two-year reprieve.
Local businessman Mike Nash says
the move leaves pastoralists, pilots,
travelling tradies and other Barkly
residents in a perilous situation.
“We all used the radar to track storms
and rainfall so we could decide whether
or not it was safe to travel,” he said.
“It wasn’t some gimmick we used for
fun, it was an essential safety tool.”
After appealing to the Federal Gov-
ernment for assistance, Mike said the
letter of response left him bitterly disap-
pointed and unimpressed.
Minister for Cities and the Built En-
vironment Jamie Briggs wrote to the
Barkly Radar Action Group advising
them that the Bureau of Meteorology
did not have the funds to continue op-
erating the radar or to install a replace-
He suggested the group should raise its
own money to fund a new radar, con-
servatively worth more than $7 million.
(That’s a lot of lamingtons!)
“I feel very let down by the Federal
Government,” Mike said.
“Clearly they are not at all interested
in public safety for people in the bush.
“We don’t seem to count.
“The Minister tried to assure us that
our safety had not been compromised
by the decommissioning of the radar
because they say we’ve got satellites
and other observation systems.
“But none of these provide the proper
weather information that is so essential
in remote areas like ours.
“We need real-time rainfall and inten-
sity information and we shouldn’t have
to accept anything less.”
Mike said the Northern Territory Gov-
ernment needed to step up to the mark
on the issue.
“We’ll be flagging this as an election
issue and urging voters throughout the
Barkly to support the politicians who
will support us,” he said.
Nash says the
local radar is
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