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ST John Ambulance will receive
a major grant to purchase and
equip two 4WDs for its First Aid in
Schools program in the Territory.
The Community Benefit Fund grant of
$199, 024 was announced by Minister for
Business Peter Styles recently.
The program will give about 12,000
remote NT students aged between five
and 13 years of age access to potentially
life-saving first aid training.
Mr Styles said the Country Liberals
government was extremely supportive of
the work St John Ambulance volunteers
did to raise awareness and knowledge
of first aid amongst young Territorians.
“Knowing how to administer first aid is
a life skill that every young person should
possess,” he said.
“A large percentage of injuries occur
in the family home where children are
often the first to assist and their ability
to respond appropriately can mean the
difference between life and death.
“This is particularly the case in remote
Territory communities, many of which do
not have access to ambulance services.”
St John Director of Volunteer Aid
Services said the vehicles could be
stationed at public events and would be
fully operational for emergency and first
CBF grant gives wheels
to school first aid program
More certainty for cattle producers
THE Chief Minister
Adam Giles has wel-
comed the Indone-
decision to recom-
mend up to 200,00
head of cattle be im-
ported from Australia
in the first trimester
Mr Giles said Indonesia
was the Northern Terri-
tory’s longest and largest
live cattle export trading
“It’s important our cattle
producers have ample
time and notice to be able
to meet the supply de-
mand,” he said.
“I’m extremely pleased
the Indonesian Govern-
ment looks to have moved
from quarterly permits to
a trimester system, giving
industry clarity around fu-
ture export requirements.
“This is certainly a step
in the right direction, how-
ever the Northern Terri-
tory Government will con-
tinue its discussions with
the Indonesia Government
around a potential move to
an annual quota system.
“The Country Liberals
Government has worked
hard to strengthen trade
ties with Indonesia and en-
sure the Northern Territory
cattle industry is regarded
as the supplier of choice
when it comes to clean,
The cattle industry is
worth up to $320 million
annually to the Northern
TOOK A GREAT SHOT OVER THE HOLIDAY BREAK?
ELLEN Sutton’s recent 80th
birthday has consolidated her
position as one of the town’s
A celebration at her home with
family and friends was supposed to
be a surprise but she got wind of the
plan a few days before.
The violet and white cake made
for her by her granddaughter Peta
Wilson was a highlight of the night
as was the gathering of most of El-
Darrell, Robert and Stephen trav-
elled to Tennant Creek for the oc-
casion while her daughter Marnie
is her carer.
Ellen likes the quiet life, tucked
away amongst the gum trees on her
hobby farm. And while a lot of the
town’s newbies might not know her,
she’s no recent arrival.
Born in Pine Creek, Ellen spent the
early years of her life here which
is where her four younger sisters
Her father was enterprising busi-
nessman, Bill Williams, who ran
a billiard/barber shop from the site
which has become the Jackson’s
Bar. He also picked up contracts
such as grave digging and emptying
the old dunny cans, a job that earned
him the name Shitty Bill - but plenty
of money as well.
His hard work paid off and his
family was considered affluent,
especially when they became the
first place in town to have electricity.
“Dad bought a Southern Cross
lighting plant,” Ellen recalled.
“It was quite amazing to have
electricity and other residents were
in awe of us.”
The family moved on to Darwin in
1946 but Ellen always regarded Ten-
nant as home and she returned here
in 1976 as a single mother.
She had already lost two sons in
separate accidents but with another
six to raise she felt she had to get on
with the job.
Like her father, Ellen was a hard
worker who ran bars in most of the
pubs and clubs.
“I worked at the Tennant Creek
Hotel, Goldfields, Memo as well
as at the club out at Peko Mine,”
“I used to catch a taxi out to Peko
for a 12-hour shift.
“But it was busiest in town. Ten-
nant Creek was really booming then
and the miners had plenty of money.
“Most of the time we barmaids
earned so much in tips that we were
never in a hurry to collect our pay.
“That’s when the line up at the bar
might be 15-deep.
“They were wealthy times alright
but there was never any brawling or
“I never saw any of that behaviour
in pubs during my days and I’m
pretty sure there were only two or
three policemen staged here then.”
Ellen says she has really fond
memories of her heyday in Tennant.
“There was a real sense of com-
munity and friendship,” she said.
“We all used to love the Goldrush
which would start with a street pa-
rade of floats and finish with stalls
and entertainment at the Purkiss
“And after work the Threeways ran
all night and was the place to party
on. It was good fun but I’m glad it’s
in the past.”
These days the pace is much slower
Following an accident 10 years
ago, she’s now in a wheelchair
which does stop her getting out and
about but not from doing what she
Father Kennedy from the Catholic
Church comes to visit each week to
give her communion and her long-
time friends drop in as well.
“I’m glad I came back to live in
Tennant,” Ellen said.
“It my home and I love it.”
80 big reasons to celebrate
FOUR GENERATIONS: Ellen (front) with her daughter Marnie
Sutton, great granddaughter Olivia Wilson and granddaughter
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