Home' Tennant and District Times : 2016-0129 TDT Contents 2 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 29 JANUARY 2016
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Australia Day 2015
A huge thank you to all our sponsors and the community of
Tennant Creek for making this Australia Day so incredible.
• Power & Water • Little Rippers
• Jacal Tint • Central Service Station
• Memorial Club Tennant Creek
• Auto Pro • Dexter Barnes
• BP Prospect • ProBuild NT • Jemena
• Hal & Donna Ruger
• T&J Contractors
• Wan’s Thai Massage
• Gerry McCarthy, MLA Barkly
• Barkly Plumbing
• Lavery Plumbing
• Barkly Hardware & Gas
• Barkly Quality Butchers
• Bluestone Motor Inn
• Tennant Creek Transport
• Outback Outfitters • Jen’s Edible Images
• Eva’s Place
Other organisations who made the day possible are Australia Day NT Ambassador Corey Payne and Andrew Baker who was his chaperone, Anyinginyi Sports and Recreation, Barkly
Work Camp, Battery Hill, NT Fire Service, Karen’s Kitchen, Little Athletics, Tennant Creek Playgroup, Tennant Creek Women’s Refuge, St John Ambulance, local lifeguards, the
Tennant Creek Volunteer Association and NTES volunteers, and a large swathe of locals who offered their time to help out.
THE woman who taught the town
to dance is our Citizen of the Year.
Kirsty Eberl has dozens of students
aged from two to teens in her classes
and a huge following of proud parents
The TC Dance Crew perform at their
own concerts as well as at other com-
munity events such as Desert Harmony,
the Christmas Tree and the races, incor-
porating ballet, jazz and tap into their
contemporary routines which are all
choreographed by Kirsty.
Kirsty came to Tennant Creek about
six years ago and when word spread that
she was an accomplished dancer, many
begged her to start teaching.
Not that she needed much encourage-
ment. Kirsty not only loves to dance but
she loves to teach as well and always
goes beyond her brief to make her classes
and concerts accessible to everyone.
While dance moms in southern states
can spend up to $50 per ticket to watch
performances, locals can be entertained
by the TC Dance Crew for a mere gold
Last year, the TC Dance Crew per-
formed in the Central Australian Ei-
steddfod where they picked up several
individual and group awards.
Kirsty’s Citizen of the Year title is a
token of appreciation for the way she has
helped to develop the skills, talents and
esteems of so many young ones as well
as her positive role modelling.
Receiving her award, Kirsty thanked the
people of Tennant Creek for their support
and used the opportunity to outline her
work program for 2016, putting the TC
Tennant’s best citizens celebrated
Citizen of the
Andy Dowling accepts the Community Event of the Year
award on behalf of the Christmas Tree from Australia Day guest
Australia Day guest, Corey Payne with Tennant’s Young Citizens of the Year,
Natasha May and Ayden Renfrey-Carroll.
Dance Crew on notice that they will be in full throttle
throughout the year.
Young Citizens of the Year are Natasha May and
Natasha received the award for her dynamic involve-
ment in the community.
A talented dancer, Natasha, 19, has been involved
in Desert Harmony for the past five years, running
workshops for her peers and supporting visiting artists.
Although she left school to take up an apprenticeship
at Bootu Creek, she returned to complete Year 12 last
year, picking up the Academic Excellence award and
the Lions Club Scholarship.
Natasha has also been involved in Stronger Sisters
and the Youth Leadership Group where she displays
her passion for the welfare of Indigenous youth in the
town. She also works as a life guard at the town pool
and on her days off helps the TC Swimming Club by
coaching and teaching swimming to young children.
Natasha has been selected as a member of the Chief
Minister’s Round Table of Young Territorians for this
year and has also been accepted to study criminology
at Victoria’s Deakin University, a move she hopes will
pave the way to a career with the Australian Federal
Ayden Renfrey-Carroll, 17, has demonstrated talents
not only as a sportsman but as a leader too.
A keen member of the Jiu-jitsu group, Ayden has taken
out clean sweeps of gold medals within his age division
at the Territory titles for the past two years.
He also took out medals after competing in the adult
division to become a nationally-ranked Territory
It was Ayden’s commitment to teaching younger
children the martial arts classification that helped to
convince judges he was worthy of the coveted Australia
He works with children between the ages of five
and 15, teaching them valuable self-defence and anti-
Ayden is also a Volunteer Firefighter who has worked
hard as a team member to battle several major, perilous
structure fires around town and has also provided first-
response assistance at a fatal motor vehicle accident.
His nominator described Ayden as courageous and
inspiring, noting that while his sporting prowess was
remarkable, it was his attitude, leadership and sense of
citizenship that were to be commended.
Community Event of the Year was presented to the
Christmas Tree, an annual event that has been running
for 82 years, since Kathleen Weaber, one of the first
women on the Tennant Creek goldfields, decided to
organise a festive celebration for the children.
From humble beginnings, the event - run totally on a
volunteer basis - has developed in to a major event on
the town’s calendar.
Every child aged ten and under receives a present and
there are ice-blocks, lollies, fairy floss for everyone
along with a sausage sizzle, entertainment, greetings
from a range of popular Disneyland characters and a
special appearance from Santa who arrives on a sleigh
drawn by six white boomers.
A committee of volunteers raises funds for the Christ-
mas Tree throughout the year.
This year, the awards were presented by Australia Day
NT Ambassador Corey Payne.
Best known as an NRL player for the Canterbury
Bulldogs, Corey was named NSW Young Australian of
the Year in 2013 for establishing the Future Direction
Network, a not-for-profit organisation that provides
scholarships, mentoring and career advice to young
people who might otherwise not make it to university.
Corey spoke about his foundation to locals, encourag-
ing youth to use university education as a tool to deal
with their disadvantage and to create the pathway for
THERE’S no better day to become an Australian citizen than on
So thought five brand new Aussies who joined this grand nation on Tuesday.
Barkly Regional Council President Barb Shaw welcomed Tennantites from
Korea,the Philippines and India to Australia at the Battery Hill event.
• Leah Eun Aylward was born in Korea and adopted by Steven and Beverly
Aylward when she was six months old.
She grew up in Coffs Harbour, NSW, and after finishing high school went into
the hospitality industry in Brisbane, Queensland, where she met her partner
The couple now live in Tennant Creek and have two beautiful children, Levi,
six, and Marley, four.
Leah said she proud of becoming an official Australian citizen and enjoying
life with her family in this amazing country.
• Born in the Phillipines, Gay Ebdalin Baker moved to Tennant Creek after
marrying her husband Richard Baker in November 2011.
Just recently a new family member arrived - their son Michael Romeo Baker
who was born in May last year.
Gay loves the rich tapestry of life in Australia. She said being an Australian
means being mates with everyone, harbouring no ill-will towards others, wanting
to live in peace and harmony with each other and nature, to be free and inde-
pendent, to provide a helping hand when needed, and to treat everyone fairly.
Gay loves a sunburnt country and feels privileged to be here.
Continued on page 4.
Our newest citizens cut the cake.
CENTRAL AUSTRALIA HEALTH SERVICE BOARD
BARKLY REGIONAL CONSUMER ADVISORY GROUP
Barkly Regional Consumer
Do you want to have a say in health service
delivery to the residents of the Barkly Region?
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of interest from consumers to join the Barkly Regional Consumer
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contribute to activities and approaches that seek to improve
service planning and create stronger links across sectors to
improve health outcomes.
The Barkly Regional Consumer Advisory Group is comprised of
community members who reflect the demographic of the Barkly
and is considered to play an important role in helping to improve
the health of the people of Central Australia by strengthening the
hospital, primary health care health systems and networks.
The advice and feedback from the members of the advisory group
will assist the Central Australia Health Board in its future planning.
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