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Territory Natural Resource
Management is pleased to
announce the release of the Draft
2016-2020 Natural Resource
Management (NRM) Plan for the
The purpose of the NRM Plan is to:
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ACHIE OMORROW’S CAREER
MOZZIE BUSTER: Dean Glavocich checks water in old tyres for dengue mosquitoes back in 2013.
Photo by STEPHEN L. DOGGETT ©
Barkly on virus alert
From page 3.
The World Health Organisation has declared the
virus a public health emergency of international
concern in response to a cluster of neurological
disorders and neonatal malformations in the Ameri-
The United Nations’ agency described the spread
of the Zika virus as an “extraordinary event and a
public health threat to other parts of the world.”
Zika virus is not usual in Australia although two
cases have been confirmed this week after travel-
lers from the Caribbean showed symptoms of the
It spreads when an Aedes aegypti mosquito bites
an infected person then transmits the virus when it
bites another person. And recently it has been re-
vealed the virus might also be sexually transmitted.
The Aedes aegypti mosquito was first detected
in Tennant Creek in February 2004. Following
a Commonwealth-funded program that included
cooperation and assistance from the whole com-
munity, the mosquito was eradicated.
By November 2011, it was back and another
eradication program took almost two and a half
years to complete.
Locals will now be thanking the diligent work
of Darwin-based entomologists Peter Whelan and
Bill Pettit who managed the programs but the com-
munity deserves a pat on the back as well.
Mr Pettit, Medical Entomologist with the Depart-
ment of Health, said there was widespread coop-
eration from residents throughout town.
“Our team found that people in Tennant
Creek genuinely wanted to help eliminate
the mosquito,” he said.
“They complied with all suggestions
and allowed us to monitor their yards.
“However, the community has to re-
main vigilant to make sure it does not
become established here again.
“That’s why we continue to monitor
Tennant Creek, especially after wet
weather like there has been recently.”
Mr Pettit will be in town next week to
check traps at various locations.
It is generally accepted that the Aedes
aegypti mosquito was inadvertently
brought into Tennant Creek from Qld
where it has become entrenched.
Residents can make their homes less
of a mosquito haven by emptying water
from all potential breeding sites such
as bird baths and pot plant drip trays,
emptying and cleaning pet water bowls
and buckets once a week, treating disused
pools and spas with chlorine, disposing
of used tyres or storing them under cover.
PLANS to cool off in the local pool last week
were thwarted by a pooh-floater!
The swimming pool was closed last Wednesday when
the excretion was discovered.
A Barkly Regional Council (BRC) spokesperson said
this was necessary for proper disinfection and protec-
tion of the health and safety of swimmers, especially
since it was a faecal incident.
Following the contamination, the pool water had to
be filtered and super chlorinated in a process that took
As all sections of the pool are connected, the whole
complex needed to be shut down.
“Pool closures allow chlorine to do its job — to kill
germs and help prevent recreational water illnesses,”
the spokesperson said.
“We apologise for the inconvenience but public safety
is our first priority.
“Council wants to ensure that the water quality is of
the highest standard and everyone has a safe, happy
and enjoyable experience at the Tennant Creek swim-
“BRC would like to remind parents and guardians
that any child who is not toilet trained needs to wear a
waterproof nappy, regardless of age. These are avail-
able at the pool.
“The town pool is an oasis during the summer season
with dozens of people using it to cool off.
“If it has to close through the actions of some swim-
mers then this is unfair to other patrons,” said the
“We encourage parents to be super vigilant of their
young ones. We also advise parents to supervise their
children in the change rooms, making sure the showers
are turned off and any mess cleaned up.”
The pool has been closed four times since the school
holidays began in December 2015 due to faecal con-
Number two is number
one cause for pool closure
LOCALS with an interest in health and welfare issues now have
an opportunity to speak up.
The Central Australia Health Service Board (CAHSB) is seeking expressions
of interest from members of the community to join the Barkly Regional Con-
sumer Advisory Group (BRCAG).
Chairman Ray Wallace says issues that are raised over and over again include
the lack of allied health, mental health and aged care services throughout the
“It can be very difficult to fill positions here,” he said.
“And there has always been a shortage of allied health practitioners such as
physiotherapists, podiatrists, speech therapists and so on.
“Our group is looking for people who want to positively contribute to de-
veloping these services and improving other health outcomes for the Barkly.”
Advice and feedback from the BRCAG assists the CAHSB in its future plan-
For more information or to request an information kit, contact Sheralee Taylor
at email@example.com or telephone 89517089.
Members sought for
Barkly health group
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