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The Tennant Creek Returned Services League Sub Branch
committee would like to invite the community to participate
in this year’s commemorative activities marking the 100th
anniversary of the battle of the Somme in World War 1.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them! Lest We Forget.
Sunday 24th April
Monday 25th April
Anzac Day Dawn Service
5.45am for 6am start, followed by a full cooked breakfast ($10 per person)
Anzac Day Main Commemorative Service & Main
9.15am Marshalling at Tennant Creek Transit Centre for step off on street march at
9.40am, arriving at Tennant Creek RSL Sub Branch at 10am, main commemorative service
commencing at 10.15am, followed by live entertainment, 2-UP and BBQ Lunch at the Sub
Branch into the evening.
Two Up & Live Music
Leash & the Dusty Boots, Nathan Collier – Professional DJ’s and more!! At Tennant Creek
RSL Sub Branch from 12pm til late.
If you would like to attend the
formal roll call dinner, please
contact Kevin Rowland or
drop by the sub Branch on
Friday nights from 6pm to fill
in a membership application
The Committee thanks
those organisations which
are already supporting
us in preparing for what
is expected to be another
great event showing our
community pride and respect
for Australia’s military
history. This year will see
large contingents of service
members from RAAF Base
Tindal, HMAS Warramunga,
JDF Pine Gap as well as
several dignitaries and
promises to be an excellent
opportunity to share some
mateship across services
Programme of Services
Kapyong Day Commemorative Service for
Korean War Veterans
RSL Club - 5.45pm for 6pm start
Short service, Wreath Laying followed by light refreshments at the RSL Sub Branch.
RSL Sub Branch Roll Call Dinner
Tennant Creek Memorial Club - 7pm for 7.30pm start
3 Course Formal Dinner, Sub Branch Membership or formal Invitation Only. $50 per head
Barkly Regional Council and the Purkiss
Reserve Committee recently invited interested
members of the community to express their
views on Draft 2 of the Purkiss Reserve Master
Council received $20,000 to engage Elton
Consulting in conjunction with Bennett Design
Architect to deliver a master plan on the future
use and development of Purkiss Reserve, an
important public space approximately 9.6 ha.
The space is a critical amenity for Tennant
Creek and provides cultural, sporting,
entertainment and facilities for healthy lifestyles
of all ages. It is the only space of this kind where
people can access open green space to walk,
exercise and enjoy.
The committee received a great deal of
feedback and is now using the comments to
formulate a plan to turn Purkiss Reserve into a
family friendly place for the community.
Projects like this do cost money and it will
need to be done stage by stage, depending on
funding and resources. However, Council will
keep the community informed as each stage is
This Local Authority funded project is to combine tree
planting across five streets with landscaping to suppress
dust and manage water retention.
Preparation for tree planting began with a Dial Before
You Dig survey and a Power and Water survey is expected
Residents of Peko Road, Hilda and Cubagee Streets,
Zigenbine Court and Chittock Crescent will be kept
informed of the planting.
I have stood down from my two-year ministerial
appointment as chair of the Tennant Creek Alcohol
Reference Group (TCARG).
During my two years as chair I worked with theTCARG
on the development of an alcohol management plan
(AMP). The next stage is the actual implementation
of the AMP.
The community should be advised by the NT
Government in the near future as to who will be the
Proud supporter of local communities
Ali Curung, Alpurrurulam, Arlparra, Ampilatwatja, Elliott, Tennant Creek, Wutunugurra
BARKLY REGIONAL COUNCIL
PO Box 821, Tennant Creek NT 0861
1 Peko Road, Tennant Creek NT 0860.
Tel: 08 8962 0000 Fax: 08 8962 1801 Web: http://barkly.nt.gov.au
Council heading in right direction
It was such an honour this year to
attend two events for International
Women’s Day 2016.
Celebrations began on the
Sunday with a breakfast in the
Women’s Refuge Peace Garden.
Alice Springs activist and former
Tennantite Nadine Williams
delivered a speech on pay
equality for women in the Barkly
to tie in with this year’s theme
Pledge for Parity.
Nadine, who is the former
President of Australian Education
Union NT, was joined by
Rosemary Plummer conducting a
Welcome to Country and sharing
her inspiring stories with Kathleen
Dickson entertaining everyone
with her beautiful voice.
Local women and men also
celebrated on the actual day (8
March) with a parade down the
main street from Nyinkka Nyunyu
to Peko Park where the crowd
listened to speeches of strength,
resilience, achievements and
inspiration from various women.
The Assistant Commissioner for
NT Police Jeanette Kerr and all
the superintendents from across
the Territory were there, with
two of Tennant’s inspirational
youngsters Natasha May and
Pearl Randhay telling the IWD
Balloons in purple, white and
green were then released to
the sounds of Kathleen Dickson
singing Hallelujah to mark
women’s commitment to taking
action to accelerate parity.
It was an emotional moment and
a fitting end to a wonderful event.
have their say
BarklyRegionalCouncil(BRC) has takenanothersteptowardfinancialrecoverywithlong-termplanningin
place and a new CEO to steer
the council in the right direction.
This year the Council has
approached the preparation of
the Regional Plan and Budget
2016/2017 with an emphasis
on delivering services that the
community is seeking and then
defining the service levels to be
This might sound like a logical
approach, and it is. This process
has meant that elected members
and staff have had a good look
at what the Council has been
doing in recent years, assessing
what the community has had to
say and settling on a plan and
budget that reflects community
This process has involved
input from the various Local
Authorities, submissions from
individuals and organisations as
well as suggestions from elected
members and council staff.
Planning workshops and
special budget meetings were
also conducted to review and
refine the Regional Plan prior to
the draft being open for public
Council is committed to having
a long-term strategic plan and
to delivering programs that the
Delivering conventional or
core municipal services to an
acceptable standard is a priority
but with limited discretionary
funds that can be a challenge.
Having said that, I am confident
that Council’s Regional Plan
is targeted at quality service
As we take stock of recent years,
I see many signs of progress and
can confidently say that, after
months of focus and resolve
to fix our troubled finances, we
have turned the corner.
Long-term, strong and sound
financial management is
essential and the Council has
adopted measures to achieve
There have been some concerns
in the past but improved budget
control, costing procedures and
regular performance reviews
will assist the Council to ensure
its plan for the 2016/17 year is
achieved as approved.
As I mentioned earlier Council
has limited discretionary funds
and relies on government grants,
both Federal and Territory, and
contract work to meet the costs
BRC is however, fully aware
of the need to ensure that
government funds are relevant
to Council responsibilities and
sufficient to cover all costs.
Council recently appointed
Marion Smith as its new Chief
Executive Officer and during
the 2015/16 year also employed
other new senior staff who
together will assist BRC to
make positive progress in its
I am confident that we will
continue to move forward in
many areas by openly sharing the
governance and management of
the Barkly region with residents.
International Women’s Day
Barkly Regional Council News
l BRC’s new CEO Marion Smith with President Barb Shaw.
with President Barb Shaw
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