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COMMUNITY. PROSPERITY. TERRITORY.
Budget 2016 delivers improved infrastructure,
education and health facilities for the Barkly Region.
We’re spending $59.95 million for better schools
and training, and $36.23 million for better health.
$20 million has been allocated for safer
communities in the Barkly Region, and
$1.25 million to support economic development.
Budget 2016 invests in communities and
prosperity for the Territory’s future.
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DATE: Monday 6 June
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for first home buyers’
stamp duty discount on
for housing construction in
Arlparra, including water
and sewerage upgrades.
over two years for
upgrades to Sandover
under the National
Partnership for renal
under National Partnership
Agreements for new housing,
upgrades and property and
to strengthen six bridges on
the Tablelands Highway.
To find out how NT Budget 2016 will
benefit you, visit www.budget.nt.gov.au
COMMUNITY GRANTS NOW OPEN
Barkly Regional Council is calling for Expressions of Interest (EoI)
for the second round of the 2015/16 Community Grants Program.
The Grants Program seeks to support community based projects in the areas of arts and
culture, sport and recreation, community safety and community development.
Closing Date is COB, 2 June.
Guidelines and application forms can be obtained from Council Head Office, 41 Peko
Road, Tennant Creek or from the website http://barkly.nt.gov.au/news-events/news/
BARKLY Regional Council President Barb Shaw has
responded with mixed feelings to the Barkly’s budget
boost as part of the NT Government’s Budget 2016-17.
While Ms Shaw welcomed the overall package of $187.87m, she
said it was difficult to make a comprehensive commentary without
the full details.
She also expressed disappointment at the financial shortfalls in
housing, real job opportunities and growth and road upgrades for
“We could have so easily not received any financial assistance so
we are grateful for what we did get,” said Ms Shaw.
“However, there are some critical shortfalls in the Barkly that
need to be addressed.”
Ms Shaw outlined how there are a lot of costs attached to cover-
ing a region as large as the Barkly, which is approximately 325,251
square kilometres, especially in the areas of housing, roads, infra-
structure and growth.
She said the housing package worth almost $50 million did not go
anywhere near in dealing with the dire housing crisis in the region.
“For many years, people in the Barkly have raised the issues of
the lack of housing, affordable housing for low income earners and
“The budget has addressed these needs, especially in Arlparra and
to some extent in Elliott, but there are other communities including
the township of Tennant Creek which need assistance.”
There is also a shortfall in providing funds in providing real growth
and job opportunities, especially for Indigenous people and youth.
The 2011 Australian census shows that 78 per cent of the population
in the Barkly is Indigenous with statistics from 2013 highlighting
that 46.5 per cent of the population include children and youth
“We have a high percentage of low literacy levels and unemploy-
ment levels in this region and we need more than the $59.95m
allocated to better schools and training and $1.25m to support
economic development to bridge that gap,” she said.
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“Tennant Creek, for example, is a town that is growing slowly
and not at the pace of Alice Springs or Darwin and this needs to
be taken into account when allocating funds.”
Roads have been another critical area where there were gaps
in financial assistance.
“While we are grateful to the $13m allocated to upgrade the
sealed Tablelands Highway and the unsealed Sandover Highway,
there are many other unsealed roads to remote communities like
Wutunugurra which are impassable during the wet season,”
said Ms Shaw.
“For instance, the $1m for road upgrades to support open speed
limits on arterial roads like the Stuart Highway could have been
“While it is appreciated that the Government cannot be all
things to all people, the budget cycle and allocation must be
consistent each year for adequate project management and not
allocated on a piecemeal basis.
“Nevertheless, the Barkly commends the NT Government for
the funding allocations to the region.”
Budget boost for Barkly
receives mixed reception
Budget boost for
THE Northern Territory has intro-
duced tougher penalties for the
manufacture and supply of drugs
with amendments to the Misuse of
Drugs Act passed in Parliament on
Attorney General John Elferink said the
move is a bid to curb the impact of drugs
“This Government supports these measures
to disrupt the drug trade in the Territory and
make engaging in illicit operations far less
desirable,” he said.
“The proliferation of drugs in our com-
munity impacts the safety and wellbeing
of all Territorians and the Country Liberals
Government has no tolerance for individu-
als who manufacture or supply illicit drugs
to vulnerable members of our community.
Under the amendments, it will now be an
offence for the manufacture or culture of a
dangerous drug in the presence of a child
in that there will be an aggravated penalty
if a child is present and a new provision of
an aggravated penalty for procuring a child
under the age of 14 to commit an offence.
Offenders found guilty of serious drug of-
fences including commercial supply, manu-
facturing and cultivation in the presence of
a child will serve a minimum 70 per cent of
their sentence in prison.
Mr Elferink said the Bill addresses a num-
ber of deficiencies in the current Misuse of
Drugs Act and would ensure the punishment
for those who engage in commercial opera-
tions significantly outweigh any benefit.
“It is intended that the amendments will
ensure that commercial drug operations will
be shut down and offenders sent to prison,”
“The Bill will not unfairly target drug users
who need treatment and support, rather it is
targeted to impact those who manufacture
and supply dangerous drugs for financial
Tough new penalties for drug offences
Barkly Regional Council President Barb Shaw.
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