Home' Tennant and District Times : 2016-0520 TDT Contents DON’T make promises you can’t
keep and buy lots of raffle tickets!
Political advice from an ‘old guard’ more
attuned with common sense and good man-
ners than political strategy.
In my case I have not just represented the
Barkly in Parliament for eight years, I have
served the region as teacher, principal and
community volunteer for the past thirty
As Principal Borroloola Community
Education Centre 1993 – 1998 I realised an
increase of 3.5 teaching staff, established
two new Homeland Learning Centres and
saw school attendance better 95 per cent.
As Cabinet Minister in the previous Labor
Government I celebrated $6 million toward
new education buildings for Borroloola
in addition to school oval up-grade and
McArthur River Mine Community Trust
As Minister for Lands and Planning, In-
frastructure and Transport 2008-2012 I de-
livered the McArthur River Bridge, second
stage town sewerage up-grade, planning 39
new sub-division lots and welcomed Fed-
eral Labor’s Indigenous housing program,
25 new houses and 75 refurbishments in
The CLP coming to power in 2012 prom-
ised value adding to regional centres focus-
sing on services, infrastructure and growth
signing a five-point contract with Borroloola
as template for other NT towns.
Chief Minister Terry Mills before his uncer-
emonious ousting while in Japan by Adam
Giles promised provision of residential land,
roads and economic infrastructure.
CLP promises in the hands of Chief Minis-
ter Giles represented Government business
centre with Motor Vehicle Registry and
Centrelink for Borroloola.
CLP 2012 spin beggar’s belief after the
Commonwealth Government’s newly con-
structed Centrelink building in Borroloola
2011 reinforced their distinct lack of knowl-
edge, poor research, shallow promises and
still no MVR!
Terry Mills signed on the dotted line pledg-
ing support for establishment of a retail pre-
cinct, recreational facility and cultural centre
surmounting CLP spin, in reality Mabunji
Aboriginal Corporation constructing the
retail centre and Mine Trust planning for
sports and culture.
CLP promises for roads and outstations
realised existing Labor programs while
support for a school boarding facility in the
Gulf Region dropped off the contract with
voters before the ink was dry!
A CLP Barkly candidate in Election 2016
inherits their discredited Borroloola contract
breaching trust of constituent’s disregarding
Labor funded national partnership funding
for 25 new houses and 75 refurbishments!
Manifesto 2012 cited Chief Minister Mills
stating if the CLP did not deliver on their
promises then electors should throw them
out albeit bitterly deposed by Giles less than
12 months into government.
CLP election promises represent their re-
port card with Giles marked down on trust
yet let’s hope former teacher Terry Mills is
You know me, living in Ambrose Street,
re-mortgaged for house renovations, receiv-
ing no parliamentary pension negated by NT
Labor 2005, averaging 60,000km a year in
a Toyota representing an electorate larger
I don’t make promises I can’t keep, I
promote good manners and have a plan for
Tennant Creek and Barkly judged at the next
election, therefore let the people decide.
WITH regard to the letter in last
week’s paper comparing local Mem-
ber Gerry McCarthy with Olym-
pic Speed skater Steven Bradbury
(“Time for a fight for seat on gravy
train”, TDT, 13/5/16).
I heard Steven Bradbury speak at last year
in Tennant Creek at a business forum. With-
out knowing any of his history, you would
think, as last week’s letter suggests, that he
just turned up and got lucky to win a gold
medal in the 2002 winter Olympics.
“Doing a Bradbury” has become synony-
mous with just turning up, getting lucky and
reaping the benefits, without much effort.
Taken in isolation, “Doing a Bradbury”,
But, when you look back at his career,
look back at all the hard work and effort he
put in just to get to that Olympics, it starts
to fall apart.
When you realise that he was the oldest
skater there and had to rely on skill and plan-
ning over raw speed, because there was no
way he could take down the younger ones
over the distance set.
When you’ve heard the man himself tell the
story of the race, hanging back, waiting for
an opening to appear, and then something
incredible happens and you capitalise on it,
then you realise that, “Doing a Bradbury”,
is far more than just turning up.
It’s hard work every day. It’s a drive and
commitment that goes beyond just one race.
Knowing the story behind that famous race,
I think Gerry should be proud to be associ-
ated with Steven Bradbury.
I have no doubt that there are a great many
things local MLAs do for their community
that the majority of people don’t know about
because they don’t get much media attention.
The bits and pieces that make for good
news stories are usually just a small part of
a much larger body of work that has ended
with the good news.
With an upcoming election, I’m sure people
will be talking about their respective MLAs
in much the same fashion as the classic scene
from Monty Python’s “Life of Brian”.
What has Gerry McCarthy ever done for
Aside from the roads, public health, par-
liamentary advocacy for the people of the
Barkly, business, education, promoting the
Barkly region across the Territory, support-
ing the community... and the aqueducts (see
the movie, you’ll get the reference), what has
Gerry McCarthy ever done for us!?
Much like Steven Bradbury’s story, there’s
more to Gerry McCarthy as well...it’s just
that putting in the hard yards for many years
is less of a story than a just a headline.
Keep up the good work Gerry, it’s well ap-
preciated by most of the community.
– Matt McKinlay (formerly of Tennant
Creek), Alice Springs.
4 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 20 MAY 2016
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If Gerry’s doing a Bradbury, it’s a great job as MLA
Member for Barkly
Common sense and good manners
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Sunday May 23rd at 10:30am
Barkly Regional Arts
This is your chance to be a part of a wonderful
community activity that has plenty of heart.
‘For Fit-Dis Sake’ is for everyone and we would
particularly love to see as many young people
This activity is about getting active, being
inclusive and showing how you can make a
real difference in people’s lives.
We are holding an information session so we
can discuss the whole activity, you can ask a
heap of questions and potentially form your
team and start making ‘dreams’ come true!
Participants will partner with a ‘STAR’ ( a person
with disability) to form a ‘team’.
Disability participants will identify a ‘dream’ they
would like (a ramp, new coloured scooter, funds
for a trip, art or music equipment, anything at
Together you will raise funds, through fitness
activities to contribute towards that ‘dream’.
WHAT YOU GET
Teams will receive a:
- For Fit-Dis Sake singlet and
- ‘That Sugar Film’ DVD.
- You can also reecive the ‘I Quit Sugar 8 week
food program’, if you wish to undertake this.
This activity is designed to make getting healthy
fun and bring us closer as a community.
The session will only be for 30 minutes (so we
don’t take up all your Sunday). Bring the whole
family along, grab a friend to bring along too
and lets make this happen!
The session will be led by:
Festival Director, Kathy Burns and
For Fit-Dis Sake Manager, Kirsty Eberl.
See you all there!
Date: Sunday May 23rd
Venue: Barkly Regional Arts
65 Staunton Street, Tennant Creek
- Improve our fitness
- Make everyone in our community feel
accepted and embraced.
- Have greater community awareness about
- Form new friendships
- Make ‘dreams’ come true
- Have some active fun!
This activity will start the Monday 6th of June
and finish on Monday August 1st (end of Desert
Harmony Festival). This gives you 8 weeks to
undertake as many fitness activities as possible
to raise funds to get that ‘dream’.
Each team will have access to the online
‘Everyday Hero’ account for ‘For Fit-Dis Sake’.
This account lets you:
- Join the team
- Advertise through social media to your friends
and family of what you are doing
- Links people directly to make donations.
You can design your own fitness activities
(canoe or swim around Lake Mary Ann Dam 5 times
dressed in your mankini) or join in on community
gym/fitness/sport classes already happening in
You set how much each activity is worth.
WHILE Muckaty Station has been
spared from hosting the national
nuclear waste dump, the NT Gov-
ernment has been in discussions
regarding radioactive cargo en-
tering Australia through the Port
It would then be transported right
through Muckaty and Tennant Creek
to its proposed destination in South
Federal Government sights for the
dump are now set on Barndioota in the
Chief Minister Adam Giles has met with
the SA Premier Jay Weatherill to discuss
a rail or road transport plan.
The Maritime Union of Australia
(MUA) says it will fight moves to allow
the plan to proceed.
“[Prime Minister] Malcolm Turnbull al-
lowed the strategic Port of Darwin to fall
under the control of a Chinese company
when it was granted a controversial 99
year lease, MUANT Branch Secretary
Thomas Mayor said.
“If his counterpart Adam Giles is suc-
cessful then he will be allowing a foreign
company oversight of high level nuclear
NT to transport nuke waste
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