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Northern Gas Pipeline
Jemena is an energy infrastructure company which builds, owns and
operates a combination of major gas, electricity and water assets across
Australia. We transport and deliver natural gas, electricity and water to
millions of Australians all day, every day.
In 2015 the Northern Territory Government chose Jemena’s innovative
proposal for the development of a gas pipeline connecting the Northern and
Eastern Gas Markets known as the Northern Gas Pipeline (formerly NEGI). It
will connect gas fields in the Northern Territory with customers in the Eastern
Jemena recognises the importance of communities, landholders and
stakeholders and is committed to open, transparent and inclusive
engagement throughout the development phase of the NGP project.
Jemena invites members of the local community to our Community
Information Booth where representatives from Jemena will be happy to
discuss the project and answer questions.
A Community Invitation
Monday 21 March 2016
10:00am to 4:00pm
TENNANT FOOD BARN
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Our construction contractor:
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EDUCATION WORKS PACKAGE
THE TERRITORY GOVERNMENT IS INVESTING
$100 MILLION ON A CONSTRUCTION PACKAGE TO
BOOST SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED BUSINESSES.
For information including how to apply
for tenders visit
www.infrastructure.nt.gov.au or email
The Boosting Our Economy package includes $68.5 million for
NT school facilities on projects such as:
» Minor new works, including new classrooms
and playground and shade upgrades
» Service upgrades, including water and
» Repairs and maintenance
A number of tender details will be announced in March 2016
with a selection of projects to commence in April 2016. A
detailed list of projects is available on the Department of
For more information and to provide
your feedback visit
encouraged to have their
say and provide feedback on
the draft Petroleum (environment)
The Department of Mines and Energy is developing
new Petroleum (Environment) Regulations. These new
environment regulations will form an important part of
the regulatory framework for the onshore oil and gas
industry and are key to ensuring environmental protection
and an increase in community confidence.
All onshore oil and gas activity must demonstrate that
all environmental risks and impacts are identified and
reduced to an acceptable level. The draft Environment
Regulations are being developed to incorporate best
practice from other Australian jurisdictions, including
transparency of Environmental Management Plans.
Feedback is encouraged on the draft Environment
Regulations during the submission period which
closes 4 april 2016.
The Government is committed to undertake open and
transparent communications and engagement on the
development of the regulatory regime that addresses the
concerns of all Territorians. The Government will provide
a summary of all feedback and submissions received.
MILLIONS of grasshoppers are
swarming across the rolling
plains of the Barkly Tablelands
and into town.
And they’re driving everyone mad!
Attracted to lights at night, the grass-
hoppers emerge in plague proportions
after dark, covering walls, windows,
ceilings and floors like an evocative,
ecologically-friendly, nouveau, interac-
tive art installation.
The critters are annoying the pastoral-
Maree Warde from Banka Banka Sta-
tion said she has to sweep up at least
twice a day.
“They’re everywhere, every morning,”
“But I must say, they’re not as bad as
I saw at Wauchope recently, they were
really bad there.
“You couldn’t speak without copping a
mouthful! They were all through my hair
as well, just everywhere.”
Maree said the grasshoppers were not
nearly as bad as a locust plague a couple
of years ago.
“They were gigantic things and they ate
everything in sight,” she said.
“So I guess we should be grateful these
are just small things.”
Michael Dodd from the BP Service Sta-
tion said the grasshoppers were annoying
and were creating plenty of extra work.
“They are absolutely everywhere,” he
“Thousands of the things get into every
possible space, right through the shelves
and over every surface.
“I’ve got a cleaner who comes in late
at night and then returns at about 5am to
clean up again - and then there are still
more to sweep up.
“They make the place look terrible but
the worse thing is that when they die they
stink so badly.
“Customers are obviously annoyed by
them but most people understand that
there’s nothing we can do, that it’s all
part of being in the Territory.
“I had a truck driver who came into
town on the Barkly Highway and he said
the grasshoppers were in such plague
proportions he couldn’t see the white
lines on the road.
“He said it was like driving through a
Michael said the grasshoppers have
been heavy for the past six weeks but
were not quite so bad over the past few
“I’m told a good wind and a decent rain
will fix the problem, so I’m hoping that
will happen soon,” he said.
plague the Barkly
TENNANT Creek foster carers Sam
Cameron and Darrin Whatley plan to
attend a national conference to help
them learn new skills to support vul-
nerable children in care.
The couple, who foster a young girl who
requires round-the-clock care, attended a
similar conference in Tasmania two years ago
and recommend the experience to other foster
and kinship carers in Tennant Creek.
“Sharing stories with other carers was a
highlight,” Sam said.
“Sharing experiences and finding out what
support is out there is important for carers who
can often feel isolated.
“Networking, meeting up with Foster Carers
Association NT and finding out what support
is available were all valuable things we gained
from the previous conference.
“I would recommend carers nominate to go
to the conference because you hear stories
about why other people become carers and
you don’t feel so isolated.”
The conference, to be held 9-11 June, will
bring together researchers and leaders in the
field of child protection and out-of-home
care to share their knowledge, training and
Foster Carers Association Executive Direc-
tor Ann Owen said the conference was a
chance to bring together foster and kinship
carers and people working in the out-of-home
care sector across the NT.
She urged carers in Tennant Creek to nomi-
nate for the conference so they could learn
new skills to support children in their care.
Foster and kinship carers urged to attend conference
foster carers Sam
Cameron and Darrin
local foster and
kinship carers and
local businesses to
support and attend
the inaugural 2016
and Kinship Care
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