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AGENCIES HOURS OF BUSINESS
OVER CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR
The following Agencies will be closed during the Christmas period from
Friday 25 December 2015 to Friday 1 January 2016, reopening on Monday 4 January 2016.
• Department of Business
During this period notiable incidents should still be reported to NT WorkSafe
on 1800 019 115.
All Territory Business Centres across the Territory will also be closed from
Friday 25 December 2015 and will re-open Monday 4th of January 2016.
• Department of Local Government and Community Services
Interpreting and Translating Service NT (ITSNT)
During this period all requests should be referred to the national
Telephone Interpreting Service on 131 450.
Aboriginal Interpreter Service (AIS)
A 24 hour/7 day a week service will remain available during this period.
The booking number is 1800 334 944.
For all other departmental enquiries during this period please call 8999 8583.
• Department of Infrastructure
During this period to check road conditions or report a road fault, contact
Road Report on 1800 246 199 or visit www.roadreport.nt.gov.au
• SAFE NT
During this period, applications for a National Police Check or a Working with
Children Clearance can be made online via https://forms.pfes.nt.gov.au/safent/
Emails sent during this period may not be responded to immediately.
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Phone (08) 8951 9876 128 Paterson St, Tennant Creek OPEN: Mon-Thur 8am to 5pm Fri 8am to 2:30pm
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Centralian Motors wishes our valued customers a very
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
Centralian Motors will be closed from Wednesday 23 December 2015,
reopening for business on Monday 11 January 2016
Phone 8962 2049 or 8962 2522
OPEN 7 DAYS: 11AM - 3PM AND 5PM - 10.30PM
• 2 x Large Pizzas
• Garlic Bread
• 1.25 litre soft drink
$35 pick up. $40 delivered.
24-hour Crisis Accommodation,
support and referrals for
women and children.
Too many troubles?
Need someone to talk to?
Call our Counsellor
1800 114 904
We provide private & condential
service for all women.
letters to the editor
I HAVE read the “Radar Group unim-
pressed with Federal Govt” article
The letter from Minister Jamie Briggs,
the Minister for Cities and the Built Envi-
ronment, is a typical political non-answer
to a problem he neither comprehends nor
We, the residents of the Barkly region, do
not have a ‘city’ with associated services,
even less a ‘built environment’.
Oh sure, we have an all-weather road going
north and south, and another going east and
we also have a railway line, which we can’t
access, as the station is fenced off!
What we don’t have, is all-weather infra-
structure for the “industries” here, i.e cattle
stations and mining which Australia, as a
whole, relies on.
Not only for transporting their products
to markets, but for services to these ‘indus-
tries’, such as plumbers, electricians, fuel,
mail and above all, medical services.
We have a Federal Government who trum-
pets ad nauseam, that northern Australia can
be “the food bowl of Asia” (to quote the
Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce)
and recently the Prime Minister Malcolm
Turnbull is promoting ‘innovation’ as the
new ‘cure all’ for Australia.
Mr Turnbull, we have been ‘innovating’ for
yonks! It is your so-called government that
is holding us back.
Where is the innovation in removing an
essential tool for the ‘food bowl’ industries
in the Barkly region, without which the
industries and their associated services will
at times come to a complete stop, and will
at worst result in fatalities; not to mention
increasing costs for all involved, plus con-
stant repair and maintenance of our fragile
By all means give us all-weather roads in
the whole region – no-one would object to
that – but a new weather radar here in Ten-
nant Creek would be a heck of a lot cheaper,
faster and more effective!
The Minister in his wisdom advised us
that we should raise our own finances for
What absolute cheek.
We already have; it is called TAXES, and
as residents in rural Australia we are taxed
higher than metropolitan residents.
GST is paid on retail prices, and retail
prices here have added transport costs.
Petrol is $1.70 a litre; in the real bush you
can add at least another dollar to that!
And you want us to run lamington drives
because you, a Minister, totally fail to com-
prehend the perilous situation you place
Our own NT Government is brilliantly
conspicuous by its absence, not a peep has
been heard from above the Berrimah line,
but that’s probably because they are busy
‘fixing’ sporting facilities in Darwin and pre-
paring their foundation for the next election.
As per usual, we the people of the Barkly
will again have to do the hard yakka, mak-
ing petitions and getting media coverage.
We are asking all Barkly residents to as-
sist the Save the Radar group in whichever
way you can.
Mike Nash, what can I do to help?
– Len Holbrook, Tennant Creek.
l Submit your letters to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is 4pm each Tuesday.
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Calling on all Barky residents
to save the weather radar
Please note that our Bus
Service will not be operating
between 25th December 2015
and 3rd January 2016.
Hire a bus and driver
for your Xmas Event
- Charter services also available -
Tel:0497 487 789
THE Papulu Apparr-Kari Yellow Shirts and PaCE teams handed out rewards
to students and parents/carers this week for maintaining a high average
of school attendance.
The rewards were for the 90 per cent attendees and for those that have
really improved their attendance from previous years.
We all need to try harder to improve our children’s attendance at schools.
Education is important to our children’s future.
Young Dion Murphy received a present this year for improving, his
motivation being to avoid disappointment from not receiving one last year
due to not having a high attendance level.
Papulu Apparr-Kari closes from the 18th December 2015 to 18th January
2016 for a well-earned break.
We wish everyone a safe and happy holidays and see you all next year
PAPULU APPARR–KARI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION
School is over for the year
| Wilya pakamarra Apparr- Warumungu | Jaru nguntugutuju lamarta-ka marta - Warlmanpa | Marda-ka nyangu kurru-warri pijirdi - Warlpiri | Akngke angkenke – Kaytetye | Karli-ya nyurruma dardal-ya - Mudburra |
l Elliott families received a pleasant
surprise for student good attendance
recently. The Yellow Shirts and PaCE
teams played Santa and delivered
presents to the achievers, including
young Dion Murphy (left on the left
with Irena), who was determined not
to miss out this year!
tripping down south
at Christmas, a time
I have countless stories
en route dodging fire,
floods and famine scrap-
ping the last dollars to-
gether filling the tank at
Camooweal before cross-
ing the Barkly to start the
new school year.
I remember a massive
storm on the fire-break
between Epenarra and
Barkly highways the heav-
ens opened later cut by
the James River then Inca
Creek, 48 hours to Mt Isa.
Memories abound of
Diamantina River flood
waters en route home to
the Territory stopping hun-
dreds of tourists and truck-
ies crowding Winton’s
oppressive heat and dread-
ed sand flies. Truckies
parked up big rigs lining
the streets drinking rum
in pubs while comrades
hauling refrigeration con-
tainers still burning diesel
plotted alternative routes
yet going nowhere on
black soil tracks!
The atmosphere tuned by
evening electrical storms
banging on the horizon
created havoc testing the
metal of industry and in-
dividuals with the local’s
showing great delight
hosting masses of strange
tourists stranded in town.
One year en route home
to the Territory via Win-
ton, Boulia, Dajarra and
Mt Isa, I gauged Diamanti-
na floodwaters as millions
of sandflies ripped into me
respite in town over camp-
ing out at the river.
In the distance I noticed
a bogged motor car and
solitary individual plod-
ding across black soil to-
ward the highway where I
stopped and offered help
for what proved a mam-
moth exercise in outback
Appreciative the local
man invited me to stay on
his small block outside
town where a number of
1950s caravans ringed
the property as coveted
fly-screened survival bun-
kers against savage biting
The local character
proved both generous and
eccentric sharing amazing
Winton oral history featur-
ing Waltzing Matilda, di-
nosaurs, shearers and min-
min lights before Dawn
and I retired to the retro
caravan thinking positive
Next morning I greet-
ed the sunrise emerging
from the van to discover
a next door neighbour, a
statuesque muscle bound
woman wearing a leopard
print bikini stretching and
contorting across the black
To my amazement Tar-
zan emerged from their
caravan moments later, a
Mr Universe look-a-like
wearing his little brothers
budgie smugglers comple-
menting the morning exer-
‘Penny for my thoughts’
wow, road trips rock as
I celebrated a beautiful
sunrise, good night’s sleep
then Tarzan and Jane’s
early morning fitness class
in flood bound outback
Christmas holidays de-
pict Territorians at their
best especially travelling
down south demonstrating
the strength, diversity and
resilience of Australian
life north of Capricorn.
Merry Christmas and
Happy New Year and if
fortunate enough to travel
make sure to return safely
for another big year in the
Territory 2016 as we are
all in this together!
Member for Barkly
Memories of a time honoured tradition
WELL done to Little Rippers
on having a load of festive
Your Christmas lights display
looks fantastic and is just what
Tennant Creek needs to brighten
up the town.
It’s a shame that most of the other
businesses haven’t made an effort
with Christmas lights.
A lot of the townspeople support
local businesses throughout the year
and it would be nice if they could
have generated some Christmas
spirit by putting up night lights just
like Little Rippers have done.
Driving along the main street you
might not notice it’s Christmas.
What has happened to the lights,
decorations and banners that used to
adorn the main street at this time of
year? Come on Tennant Creek, let’s
get with the festive spirit, if only for
the sake of our children.
– Penny Nangala Smith, Tennant
Little Rippers do festive spirit proud
TENNANT & DISTRICT
This is our last 2015 edition!
We wish our readers and advertisers a
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Our first 2016 edition is Friday 22 January.
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