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A TENNANT Creek teenager has been
busy designing a digital game at tech-
giant studios in Sydney.
Kayla Hooker, who currently attends boarding
school at Westminster in Adelaide, was invited to
attend a workshop after her ideas impressed some
of the country’s top gaming geeks.
Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience
(AIME) collaborated with Google and other tech
companies to encourage young Indigenous stu-
dents to pursue subjects in science, technology,
engineering and maths.
The group figured games were a great way to en-
gage young people and wanted to help spark a new
generation of Indigenous innovators and inventors.
The three-day Game On workshop was attended
by 18 specially selected Indigenous students from
around the country who competed in teams to see
whose game would be chosen for development
Mentored by engineers from the Academy of
Interactive Entertainment, the group attended
workshops at Linkedin and Optiver before pitching
their ideas at the Google head office on Sydney’s
spectacular harbour foreshore.
While Kayla’s team didn’t bag the ultimate prize,
she said she learned a huge amount about game
design and returned to her school feeling excited
The game will be launched next year.
Teen inspired by games workshop
ABORIGINAL artists have the chance to win
a $15,000 art prize as the Central Land Coun-
cil and Desart team up to celebrate twin land
The Vincent Lingiari Art Award marks 40 years since
the passage of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act and 50
years since the Wave Hill Walk Off.
Desart’s Executive Officer Philip Watkins said the
land rights struggle and the Aboriginal art movement
shared the same roots.
“Aboriginal art, as an expression of identity and
culture derived from country, is one of the social,
cultural and economic success stories to have emerged
on Aboriginal land in the last four decades,” he said.
Aboriginal artists and art centres in the Central Land
Council region - which includes Tennant Creek - are
eligible to enter works on any medium and are encour-
aged to produce collaborative works.
A $2000 Delegate’s Choice Award will also be up
The exhibition will be held at the Tangentyere Artists
Gallery from 7 September to 28 October.
roadshow will en-
sure local businesses
have the information
they need to harness
the benefits of a Buy
Local Plan (BLP).
Arriving in Tennant
Creek on Monday, the
roadshow allows busi-
nesses of all sizes to capi-
talise on the plan that
has been developed in
consultation with Terri-
tory businesses, industry
associations and other
Deputy Chief Minister
and Minister for Business
Peter Styles said the BLP
is a suite of measures de-
signed to ensure Territory
businesses are afforded
the chance to bid for and
win a greater percentage
of the $3 billion worth of
NT Government spending
The BLP includes lo-
cal involvement in all
requests for quotes worth
up to $100,000, an in-
crease in the minimum
weighting of local content
and benefits from 20% to
25% in all government
quotes tenders and the
establishment of a panel,
made up of Territorians
to advise on buy-local as-
pects of tender responses
and contracts estimated
to be worth more than $5
The roadshow will be at
Barkly House in Paterson
Street from 10am to 1:30
Buy local roadshow to come to Tennant
THE Barkly Regional Council has received a
$1.2 million funding boost from the Federal
The money - the third of four instalments for this
financial year - was part of $3.5 million in payments
for councils in Lingiari.
Country Liberals Senator for the NT, Nigel Scullion
said the money came from the Australian Government’s
Financial Assistance Grant Program.
“The program is a welcome boost to our local councils
which can use the grants to fund community initiatives
and essential local infrastructure,” he said.
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