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THE CHIEF MINISTER
Discussion Paper – Reducing Red Tape for Retail Shop Leases:
Review of the Business Tenancies (Fair Dealing) Act
The Northern Territory Government is seeking comments from the public on a proposal to streamline the
regulation of retail shop tenancies.
Against the background of the existence of other legislative schemes which cover leases and a general
desire of Government to reduce unnecessary red tape, a discussion paper has been developed that
proposes the repeal of the Business Tenancies (Fair Dealings) Act and establishment of a Code of Practice for
certain matters specific to retail shop leases under Part 13 of the Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading Act.
The closing date for comments and feedback on the proposal is 31 January 2016.
Further details are available online at http://www.nt.gov.au/justice/policycoord/lawmake/reports.shtml
THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL AND JUSTICE
expression of interest to house a permanent
exhibition to commemorate Territory war hero
Albert Borella (pictured).
Council is prepared to make available
a permanent air-conditioned space dedicated to the
exhibition and display of Borella memorabilia as part of its
The Borella Collection will add a dimension to the cultural
offering of the library and increase its significance from a
tourism visitation perspective.
Tennant Creek is a gateway to the wider Barkly region
for visitors. It is also the starting point for Borella as he
commenced his epic journey to Darwin to enlist in the First
World War 100 years ago.
Earlier in the year there was a great buzz in town as
locals, many dressed in period clothing, waved off Richard
Borella and a support team to retrace the footsteps of his
grandfather – a Victoria Cross recipient.
TV Presenter Ray Martin hosted the event on 20
February with distinguished guests including the Chief
Minister Adam Giles, Member for Lingiari Warren
Snowdon and Territory Senators Nigel Scullion and Nova
Council was given a plaque by the Chief Minister to
commemorate the Borella journey and 100 years of
ANZAC. This is for the community and along with the
Borella collection the library would be a wonderful home.
There is an important educational component to the
exhibition, weaving it into existing library programming and
utilising technology with the development of an app and
interpretation kit. This would be used to support curriculum
development and contribute to the understanding and
appreciation of historical events, the Borella story and
days of a bygone era.
The library’s existing historical collection would also
be made more visible alongside the museum collection,
providing the potential to increase library patronage - both
intentional and accidental visitors.
Part of Council’s plan is to work with the local community,
including stakeholders such as Battery Hill/Visitor
Information Centre, the Returned Services League (RSL),
Nyinkka Nyunyu and Barkly Regional Arts, to cross
promote other tourism opportunities.
It is an exciting proposal with many benefits for the town
and the broader Barkly region as well as building and
sharing a significant piece of Australian military history.
At this stage the Borella Steering Committee has chosen
the Tennant Creek library as the preferred site, subject to
costing and council approval. We’ll keep you posted.
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
Library exhibits a chance to
display Borella collection
Children in Ali Curung and Elliott can now
keep cool in the hot summer months with the
construction of two community water parks.
The splash pad in Elliott was completed by
the contractor Water Features by Design last
week with fencing around the splash pad in
Ali Curung due to finish before Christmas.
Already, Elliott kids have tried out the new
splash pad, standing under big buckets of
water and delighting in staying wet while
These water parks are a great addition
to the two communities and highlight
Council’s ongoing commitment to improving
recreational facilities for people across the
l An animal health program was recently carried out in Wutunugurra
with the Barkly Veterinary Service. Eight male dogs and 14
female dogs were desexed with 86 dogs treated with Ivermectin.
l Council will change the signage of the Purkiss Reserve
Swimming Pool to Tennant Creek Swimming Pool.
l Keep an eye out in early 2016 for an invitation to community
members to have your say with regards the Purkiss Reserve
l Desert Sevenz, the hip hop band formed as part of Council’s
Barkly Desert Culture youth diversion program, has finished a
two-week music project in Ampilatwatja School. CAAMA Radio
employed band members to facilitate their own music classes and
perform at the CAAMA concert, inspiring the young musicians to
be positive role models.
l The Ali Curung multimedia program has been regularly attracting
30 young participants daily. Youngsters have been recording and
making music with a multimedia trainer for six weeks.
l Council will soon be advising all applicants for the Community
Benefits Grant (Round 1: 2015-16) whether they were successful
l Council has been negotiating with the general store in Alpurrurulam
to co-manage the new laundry. Council will be responsible for
the ongoing maintenance of the building and washing machines
and is negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with
the store to manage the tokens and laundry powder arrangements
and access hours.
A beautification plan for Tennant Creek has taken root with planting
scheduled to begin in January 2016.
Council welcomes the Tennant Creek Local Authority’s (TCLA)
beautification proposal for the town which has identified several streets
in the older and newer sub-divisions in need of trees and shrubs and
earmarked the Tennant Creek Cemetery for improvements.
Council is also considering calling for expressions of interest to establish
a group called Friends of the Tennant Creek Cemetery to liaise with the
TCLA to plant trees and shrubs and provide a shade structure during
Town beautification strategy
Splash pads a huge hit with kids
COOLING DOWN: Elliott children are making the most of the recently installed splash pad. The Ali Curung
splash pad is due to be completed before Christmas.
Hospital making inroads with
cognitively impaired patients
THE Continual Improvement team at Tennant
Creek Hospital has been focussing on the
hospital journey for patients with cognitive
Patients with a cognitive impairment are more likely
to experience a fall resulting in harm, develop compli-
cations like pressure injuries and pneumonia and have
an increased length of stay in hospital.
Tennant Creek Hospital Manager, Michele Smith said
“Our team has implemented some straightforward and
inexpensive changes to the design and fabric of our care
environment and we’ve noted a considerable impact on
the well-being of our patients.”
An activity lounge with comfortable chairs, a televi-
sion and a wall mural painted by local artists has been
developed as well as a dementia kit with games and
“A number of patients have commented that the mural
makes them feel like they are back home in the bush,”
said Ms Smith.
“A range of artworks created by local artists and
donated by friends of the hospital and staff, adorn
the ward corridor providing conversation starters and
points of interest.
“We supply paints and canvases and for long-stay
patients we personalise their bed space with a pin-board
and photos of people and places of meaning to them.
“The other real advantage we have here in Tennant
Creek is that each hospital room opens onto the court-
yard allowing that interaction with the outdoors that
is particularly important to our Indigenous patients.”
LOCAL residents pulled out all
the stops to make sure Tennant
Creek shines brightly this Christ-
Over the weekend cars drove around
town to marvel at the incredible dis-
plays in front of homes, shops and along
A posse of judges, ranging in age from
four to 53, were also out and about
delighting in the strings of fairy lights,
flashing Christmas trees, twinkling Santa
Clauses, nativity scenes, colourful kan-
garoos, dancing snowballs and glow-in-
the-dark mushrooms and presents.
The team had been invited by Barkly
Regional Council to take up the near
impossible task of choosing winners
for the Tennant Creek Christmas Lights
Competition. Lengthy and heated discus-
sions were held over two homes in par-
ticular – the spectacular light show at 39
Thompson Street and the cheeky display
at 6 Ranedo Court. Decisions were still
contested late into Sunday evening but
the younger fraternity held fast in their
determination to name 6 Ranedo Court
as the winner with the Thompson Street
entry a close second.
First prize for Best Street went to Rane-
do Court with Little Rippers winning the
Best Shop Front entry and Bonnie Baby
Clothes coming second.
Sponsored by Councillor Hal Ruger,
first and second prizes are $300 and $200
respectively with the street entry win-
ner to be shared amongst participating
homes. As only one street entered the
competition this year, the judges decided
on a Special Mention Prize of $200 for
15 Tinkarli camp for the family’s extraor-
A Council spokesperson said the entries
this year were of the highest quality and
showed the true spirit of Christmas.
“Everyone needs to be congratulated as
you could tell people put in a lot of hard
work and hours to make their homes and
this town shine so brightly,” he said.
First and second place winners can
collect their prize money from Barkly
Regional Council head office, 41 Peko
Road, either today or Monday 21 De-
Competition lights up Tennant
BRIGHT NIGHTS: The winning entry
of the Best Street category went to
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