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THE CHIEF MINISTER
THE Officer-In-Charge of the Ten-
nant Creek Fire Station says he
was humbled to receive his Na-
tional Medal for 15-years service.
Chief Fire Officer Steve Rothwell pre-
sented the medal - that recognises long
and diligent service - to Nathan Ferguson
(pictured right) last Friday.
“It was great to receive the medal but
I’m a firie because I love my job,” he
“I enjoy serving the community, work-
ing with people and I like being proactive
rather than reactive.”
Nathan has been in Tennant Creek since
2010 and for the past 12 months he has
been the officer-in-charge, leading a team
of 11 auxiliaries and five volunteers.
His footprint covers the whole Barkly,
an area of 560,000 square kilometres
and his charge is to carry out fire and
rescue missions as well as to engender
community involvement and education.
Presenting the medal, Mr Rothwell
said Nathan was a strong leader who had
delivered results that count on the job.
“He is totally committed to his role, not
only to the Tennant Creek Fire Service
but also to the community and more
importantly to the NT Fire and Rescue
Service,” he said.
“He takes immense pride in being a fire
fighter and expects the same from his
team,” he said.
“And he is a perfectionist around the
station, at training and at incidents.”
Nathan has been in charge of some big
incidents including the 2010 Greyhound
bus rollover, and dozens of road crash
Last year, massive blazes at Centralian
Motors in Paterson Street and the wreck-
ing yard in Maloney Street put his skills
as both a fire fighter and a team leader
to the test.
He proved his worth, containing ex-
tremely dangerous situations, limiting
damage to the burning properties and
preventing fire from spreading outside
the premises in both cases.
Nathan and his team also join forces
with Bushfires NT to battle wildfires,
sometimes spending days on the job in
horrendously hot conditions.
However, for Nathan, the rewards of the
job outweigh the risks and he loves the
place he’s in right now.
Having served in every station through-
out the Territory bar Nhulunbuy, Nathan
says he’s happiest in Tennant Creek.
“I’m most content here, this is home to
me,” he said.
“And I really do love my job.”
Award for local firie
HOT WORK: Fire Officer Nathan Ferguson’s boys, Noah and Jayke, were in town when
he was presented with his National Medal. Most of his team was there as well.
THE Country Liberals Government
says Council projects throughout
the Barkly are evidence that the new
regional council model is working.
Local Government Minister Bess Price
(pictured) said the investment in the bush
and a greater say for the locals had paid off.
“Labor’s super shire model failed com-
munities and Indigenous people,” she said.
“It did nothing for the bush.
“We’ve given them their voice back with
a more representative local authority model
which is working.”
Ms Price said the levels of local participa-
tion and investment by the NT Government
in local priority projects being rolled out
across the Territory was encouraging.
“These projects alone are a clear indication
that the local voice in the bush has been
strengthened and that councils are now more
accountable for service delivery and are
more open to local input,” she said.
In Ali Curung, barbeques, new bough
shades and playground equipment have
been installed and a community nursery
Alpurrurulam has upgraded lights on
the basketball court, new uniforms were
designed for the local football and softball
clubs and the road at the end of the Sandover
Highway has been upgraded.
Speed bumps, a public laundromat, shelters
and an ablution block are new features at
Ampilatwatja while at Arlparra, the oval
has been fenced, sports uniforms purchased
and support provided for the sports carnival
late last year.
In Elliott, the Anzac Day ceremony was
supported, sponsorship for football provided
and the cemetery beautified.
A commercial marquee was purchased
for Tennant Creek, the Eldorado Park play-
ground was upgraded and fenced, plant stock
and piping purchased and beautification
works carried out.
Ms Price said the works, worth nearly
$450,000 was provided to strengthen opera-
tions of local authorities.
Council model working
A PRISONER who fled the Barkly Work
Camp last week was recaptured only
Warren Belia, who was serving a seven and a
half month sentence for drink driving offences
had been in the work camp for just over a week.
An alert was raised at about 8pm last Thursday
after Belia had tampered with his electronic
Other prisoners reported seeing vehicle lights
at the work camp’s perimeter at the time.
Police apprehended Belia at Mungkarta, 85
kilometres south of Tennant Creek, at 11:35pm.
He was transferred to the Alice Springs Cor-
rectional Centre where he will serve out the
remainder of his sentence.
TERRITORY Labor Leader Michael Gunner says his
party would give Tennant Creek businesses a fair go if
elected to Government.
Mr Gunner, a great-grandson of Tennant pioneer and entrepreneur
Con Perry, said local businesses are doing it tough following in-
creased competition from interstate and a slowing national economy.
“Tennant Creek businesses just want a fair go,” he said.
“If elected, Labor would invest heavily in the infrastructure that
would enable the town to develop as a major mining services and
“We would work with local businesses in advance of those projects
to ensure they are best placed to get the work.”
Mr Gunner, whose parents ran a small business in Tennant Creek
during the 1980s, released a summary of his party’s fair-go plan
for Territory business on Tuesday.
He said his government would target procurement spending to
more aggressively support local business, increase the emphasis
on supporting local business within the procurement principles
and ensure lead contractors used their nominated subcontractors.
“We would also introduce an independent board to oversee the
application of local content, maximise the ability of smaller local
businesses to win contracts, offer pre-project briefs in places like
Tennant Creek and work with industry to prepare economic opportu-
nities and assist businesses to joint venture for larger opportunities.”
Mr Gunner said a Territory Labor government would introduce a
rolling 10-year infrastructure plan so local businesses could prepare
for future contracts and create a ‘buy local’ campaign.
Territorians will go to the polls by August this year.
Territory Labor’s plan to benefit locals
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