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Make your vote count this federal election.
At this year’s federal election, the way you vote for the
Senate has changed and it’s important that you understand
how to vote correctly.
On the large white Senate ballot paper, you can choose to
vote either above or below the line.
If you choose to vote above the line, you now need to number
at least 6 boxes. Put the number ‘1’ in the box for the party
or group that is your first choice, a ‘2’ for your second choice
and so on until you’ve numbered at least 6 boxes.
If you choose to vote below the line, you must number at
least 12 boxes, from 1 to 12, for individual candidates in the
order of your choice.
Voting for the House of Representatives has not changed.
On the green ballot paper, you must number every box,
starting with the number ‘1’ for your first choice, ‘2’ for your
second choice and so on until you have numbered every box.
‘How to vote’ instructions will be clearly displayed on your
ballot paper. Don’t worry if you make a mistake — just ask
for another ballot paper.
This federal election your vote will help shape Australia.
Authorised by the Electoral Commissioner, 50 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra ACT.
The Northern Territory Fire & Rescue Service as a part of
the annual fire hazard abatement program,
will be conducting combustible fuel and
fire break inspections of residential &
rural properties within Tennant Creek
beginning in May 2016.
Combustible fuels include uncut grass,
dead trees, shrubs, rubbish build up or any
other material that may cause a fire hazard.
If you own or live in a residential, rural house or
are a caretaker of a property or properties, you
must ensure that your property complies with the
Northern Territory Fire & Emergency Act.
If after inspection, the property or properties do not
comply; then you, your company or organisation will be
liable for heavy infringement fines or prosecution.
For information regarding hazard reduction or any other matter
regarding hazard abatement or fires within the town boundaries you
can contact the Tennant Creek Fire Station on 8962 0903.
PEOPLE visit Borroloola to catch fish,
Stephen McVay arrived in 1996 selling
fish and chips at the Aussie Barra Van.
Embracing gulf country lifestyle Steve owned
and edited the local paper ‘Gulf News’ doubling
as morning broadcaster on Borroloola community
By year 2000, Steve sought new challenges in
Tennant Creek working for Barkly MLA Maggie
Hickey, and supporting Elliot McAdam’s success-
ful campaign as Local Member in 2001.
For the past eleven years, Steve has worked in
the commercial passenger vehicle industry, in
management rolls in Darwin, and is now returning
to Tennant Creek as the Barkly Electorate Officer.
I am proud to introduce Stephen McVay as
Electorate Officer and sincerely thank Dawn
McCarthy for her dedicated and committed work
in support of Barkly constituents over the past
Electorate Officers represent front-line service
delivery and for Barkly, the largest NT electorate
that means a diverse cross cultural, regional and
As the MLA I have extensive responsibilities
requiring long distance travel through the elector-
ate in addition to important Parliamentary duties
researching and scrutinising Government legisla-
tion and services.
Parliament, briefings, meetings, functions and
bush travel takes time, testing the Electorate Of-
ficer in support of many and diverse constituent
requests, including responding to MLA business
and parliamentary matters.
I often reflect on the wonderful support pro-
vided by the Electorate Officer for the needy,
vulnerable and challenged, especially from the
position of Opposition, where access to Govern-
ment Ministers, staff and resources is significantly
I had privileged experience as a Minister in the
Northern Territory government with ready access
to ministerial colleagues, staff and resources trans-
lating to meaningful communication and contacts
available to the Electorate Officer.
However in Opposition the task of communicat-
ing electorate issues and needs to Government
and delivering outcomes is challenging albeit the
nature of democracy readily embraced by MLA’s
and electorate office staff.
I am proud of the wins secured for Tennant Creek
and Barkly while in Opposition reflecting deliv-
ery of government services like housing, roads,
education, health, essential services and remote
community development, yet always more to do!
I look forward to CLP Government Budget
2016-17 realising a significant investment into
early childhood education for Tennant Creek,
a targeted budget appropriation I have lobbied
over many years.
Old heads say, “the worst day in Government is
better than the best day in Opposition” however,
for me it has always been about the Barkly no
matter what side of the Parliament I occupy.
In Government I secured significant investment
into Barkly health, education, police, corrections,
land release, roads, bridges and remote housing,
yet important unfinished business remains.
You know me; I present a strong voice with a
plan of doing everything in my power to deliver
for Tennant Creek and Barkly.
Member for Barkly
Welcoming a new Electorate
Officer; working for the Barkly
BARKLY ELECTORATE OFFICE:
Phone 8962 4641. Email: email@example.com
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