Home' Tennant and District Times : 2016-0212 TDT Contents MY husband and I just spent a 10-
day holiday in Tennant Creek.
We enjoyed our stay and wish to say thank
you to all.
We enjoyed swimming at the beautiful
Tingkarli, as well as the public pool and
have come back to Wollongong, New South
Wales, to recommend others enjoy your
We are impressed by Tennant Creek High
School programs and see it as a beacon of
hope for the younger generation.
We wish all the teachers and students a
happy 2016 school year as we believe you
are forging our Australian future.
We enjoyed the company of Dion and his
foster parents and have returned home to
spread the word about Dion’s “Cheeky Dog”
artwork as well as the tremendous work be-
ing done at Papulu Apparr-Kari and Nyinkka
Nyunyu Aboriginal Art and Cultural Centre
where we met committed, welcoming work-
ers who inspired us.
Thank you Tennant Creek.
We’ll come again!
– Jane Taylor, Coledale, NSW.
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Couple praises Tennant Creek holiday
begin school life
TENNANT’S newest students have just completed their third week at
school - and they’re loving it.
Karen Parker, Dawn Lyons and new-to-town Annie McMurray will guide the little
ones through their very first year at school.
New Principal, Tony Fahey, said there are 60 transition children in three classes.
“We have increased student numbers this year with 440 enrolled so far,” he said.
“And so far everything is going really well.
“We’re off to a great start.”
Photo by MIKE LoNGToN.
WELL DoNE: Borroloola Police Station Sergeant Melissa Sanderson presents Cedric Johns with a plaque to
commemorate his bravery while Burton Willis, Annie Roberts and Greg Crofts from Mabunji look on.
By MIKE LONGTON
A BoRRoLooLA man who rescued his work
mate from being washed into croc-infested
waters has received a plaque to commemo-
rate his deeds.
Cedric Johns dragged Bob Wright to safety after the
pair ended up in deep water.
Earlier this year, the two workers from Mabunji
Aboriginal Resource Indigenous Corporation were
returning to the gulf town after a routine maintenance
visit to an outstation.
As they attempted to negotiate a usually-safe crossing
at Robinson River, about 150 kilometres south-east of
Borroloola, their Toyota 4WD filled with water and
started to float downstream.
Recent downpours to the north of the crossing had
eroded some of the river bottom, creating a deeper than
normal volume of water.
The two men were able to escape the submerging
vehicle and whilst Cedric managed to reach the safety
of the pandanus-lined bank, his mate was caught in the
raging floodwaters and was being washed downstream
to an almost-certain rendezvous with the local crocodile
Without thinking twice, Cedric dived back into the
water, caught up with Bob and dragged him to safety.
The pair had a long wait until the Borroloola Fire
and Emergency Response Group (FERG) and police
arrived at the scene.
A boat was launched and the two adventurers were
rescued from the Eastern bank of the river, a little wet
This week, Cedric received a plaque in commemora-
tion of his lifesaving efforts and a cheque from Mabunji
to help replace some of the items he lost during the
A 13-year-old boy from Tennant Creek was
allegedly sexually assaulted at a residential
rehabilitation facility in Alice Springs.
Two teenagers, aged 13 and 15, have been charged
over the incident, two weeks ago.
The Tennant Creek boy had been sent to Bush Mob, a
drug and alcohol treatment facility on recommendation
from the courts.
Bush Mob, run by Will MacGregor who was named
as the NT Australian of the Year for his efforts, offers
16-week program blocks for youth aged from 12-15
years old, most of whom are from disadvantaged Ab-
original communities throughout the Alice Springs and
The organisation aims to help young people who are at
risk of being disengaged and marginalised and claims to
offer 24-hour care as well as case management, counsel-
ling, life skills development, education and training.
Dozens of youth from the Barkly have completed the
Bush Mob course.
THE driver of a ‘death trap’ car is facing mul-
tiple charges after he was caught near Barrow
Creek last Friday night.
With 12 passengers on board, including nine children,
the car had no brakes, no handbrake at all and the seat-
belts had been cut out.
The alleged drunken driver, who had been banned
from drinking, recorded more than double the legal
limit at .105.
Police had tried to pull over the driver, but the 28-year-
old kept going.
He continued to drive for another kilometre before
pulling over and turning off the car lights to avoid
at rehab facility
Death trap car
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