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• Cecilia Virtudazo Davenport and her daughter Denise are also
from the Philippines and were both born in a small place called
Kandiis on the Island of Mindanou.
Cecilia came to Australia to be with her husband, Peter Davenport,
and both Cecilia and her daughter spent time here on tourist visas to
see if they liked living in Tennant Creek. They loved it, applied for
a permanent visa and are now proud to gain Australian Citizenship.
Denise goes to the Tennant Creek Primary School and Cecilia has
been working at Tennant Creek Hospital.
She has recently completed her studies in aged and disability care
and hopes this will lead to a career in health.
They are very happy here in Tennant Creek and believe it will give
both of them a great future.
• Prabhu Maligapogu was born in Mahabubnagar, in the state of
After gaining a post graduate degree in social work, Prabhu moved
to Australia to enhance his skills and study further.
He finished an advanced diploma in community welfare in Mel-
bourne, and was lucky to find a job in Tennant Creek on the second
day of his arrival.
He worked at the Tennant Creek Child Care Centre and then with
the Department of Children and Families as a child protection prac-
titioner. He is now a social worker at the Tennant Creek Hospital.
Prabhu loves Tennant Creek and its people. He said this place has
given him so much that he wants to give back to the country by
becoming a citizen of this great nation.
Tennant’s best citizens celebrated
IT was a dawn start for a group of
athletes gathering at Lake Mary
Ann for a fantastic Australia Day
in Tennant Creek.
Locals donned their swimmers, running
shoes and bike helmets to compete in the
100m swim, 2km bike ride and 2km run
with some participants braving the race
as a solo entrant.
Team NAJ took out the top spot (Allan
Spence, Jarrod Clark and Andy Dowl-
ing) with Tyrone Edgar coming first in
the solo racers.
Tennantites then headed up to Battery
Hill for a champagne breakfast and of-
ficial proceedings with the flag raising,
singing of the National Anthem and
President Barb Shaw conducting the
Citizenship Ceremony and Local Gov-
ernment Australia Day Awards.
Refuelled and ready for some fun,
hundreds of locals then made their way
to Lake Mary Ann for an afternoon of
novelty Aussie races, including thong
throwing, egg catching, leaky bucket
race, cold pie eating contest, tug of war
and the raft race.
Gerry McCarthy, MLA Barkly, was the
MC, keeping the crowds entertained and
hosting the games along with Sid Vashist
Hosted by Barkly Regional Council,
President Barb Shaw said this year’s
Australia Day was hectic with official
and formal functions as well as fun ac-
tivities with family and friends.
“So many locals came along and took
part this year,” said President Shaw.
“The morning breakfast and official
ceremony, in particular, is becoming
increasingly popular. This year there was
standing room only for some guests.”
Volunteers, councillors and council
staff slaved over a hot barbecue plate
all day for the free sausage sizzle out at
the dam with lifeguards, council staff,
the council Depot and volunteers from
Tennant Creek Women’s Refuge, NT
Firies, NTES, Tennant Creek Volunteer
Association and Barkly Work Camp
racing around making sure everyone
“Each year I help with the BBQ and it
was great to see such a big turn out at
Lake Mary Ann in 2016,” said President
“It’s wonderful to watch locals let their
hair down, have fun and join in a spirit
of camaraderie that is unique to Tennant.
Continued on page 6.
Games and races
make local Aussie
Day a main attraction
BRC President Barb Shaw with (clockwise from top left) Leah Eun Aylward, Gay Ebdalin Baker,
Prabhu Maligapogu and Cecilia Virtudazo Davenport and her daughter Denise.
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