Home' Tennant and District Times : 2016-0603 TDT Contents ROBYN Lambley, Independent Mem-
ber for Araluen, presented a Petition
to Parliament on behalf of 198 peo-
ple from Tennant Creek.
The petition calls on Government to imple-
ment a youth curfew at Tennant Creek as
a matter of urgency implemented between
9pm and 6am applying to all young people
aged six to 17 years.
Petitioners also call for supportive mea-
sures including a care facility, youth night
patrol and genuine referral network with
independent person, persons or body given
oversight of the measures.
Not all young people display antisocial
behaviour including vandalism!
Majority of youth are actively engaged by
youth services in a positive environment pro-
viding sport, recreation and social inclusion.
An example was the Barkly Regional
Council and TC Youth Leadership Group
holiday activity program over Christmas
and New Year.
Government provided $40,000 out of a
promised $500,000 in February 2015, en-
abling Barkly Regional Council to open the
TC Youth Lynx building, purchase games
equipment and employ a youth worker.
The initiative attracted an enthusiastic and
generous volunteer team working with 30 to
70 young people each night utilising Purkiss
Reserve sports and recreation infrastructure.
I have regularly lobbied Chief Minister
Giles to release the balance of promised
$500,000 for developing the youth en-
gagement strategy where Barkly Regional
Council auspice the funds employing staff
utilising Purkiss Reserve.
Recently I questioned Minister for Young
Territorians, Nathan Barrett MLA, to inter-
vene and visit Tennant Creek to assess youth
sport and recreation needs.
Tennant Creek needs innovative youth,
sport and recreation programs consequently
I have secured support further enhancing
Purkiss Reserve and community living areas
in addition to recurrent funding for youth
workers if elected to government.
The CLP cut youth services across the NT
by $3 million in 2013 with all regional towns
experiencing emerging youth issues.
Investment in local youth is needed now
and Chief Minister Giles holds significant
funds that could be delivering support keep-
ing youth focused, engaged and valued.
I also respectfully call on 198 petitioners
for support as community volunteers initiat-
ing and delivering youth sport and recreation
activities as; we are all in this together.
Gerry McCarthy MLA, Member for
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MLA calls for investment
on Tennant youth services THE Barkly region is now home to 12 new
Aussies, following an Australian Citizen-
ship Ceremony at the Barkly Regional Coun-
cil Chambers in Tennant Creek on Tuesday
Barkly Regional Council President Barb Shaw of-
ficially swore in Jatinder Singh, Rachael Legg, Eliza-
beth Machu, Alvin Verdillo, Rowena Verdillo, Hannah
Verdillo, Joel Verdillo, Rovin Verdillo, Thejus Sankar,
Jayalakshmi Sankarankutty, Ameya Nair, Damini Nair
as Australian citizens in front of their family, friends
Sandra Morrison Nangala presented a Welcome to
Country for the ceremony, with Councillor Pat Braun
in attendance to celebrate this special occasion.
“I am proud to formally welcome our new Australian
citizens, and welcome them to be part of the Barkly
community,” President Shaw said.
New citizens take the pledge
Jatinder Singh was born in 1988 in a small town
called ‘Nabha’ (Punjab, India) where his family
has been living since 1947 after they moved from
Pakistan. After finishing school, Jatinder moved to
Ludhiana where he started a Bachelor of Computer
Applications at the Gujranwala Guru Nanak Dev
Institute of Information, Technology and Business.
Jatinder (or Jay as his friends call him) soon realised
he was more into helping people, and in 2008 moved
to Adelaide to study Community Services. He heard
about Tennant Creek through one of his friends and
in October 2013 moved here to work as a Commu-
nity Support Worker with Catholic Care NT. He met
his partner, Sally Kilpatrick, in Tennant Creek and
enjoys the diversity in the community. Jay says he
came to this town with very little but now has a good
career, people in his life that care for him and the
love of local people. It has been a great opportunity
for Jay to learn and grow and he is honoured to be
a part of this wonderful society.
Thejus Ramesh Sankar, Jayalakshmi
Sankarankutty, Damini Nair & Ameya Nair
Thejus and his wife Jayalakshmi are from a picturesque southern
Indian state called Kerala. Thejus left Kerala to pursue post gradu-
ate study in Wellington New Zealand, but like many things in life
his careful plans didn’t work out and he had to find a job. He found
work as a medical scientist at the Taranaki Base Hospital in New
Plymouth, New Zealand. Thejus and Jayalakshmi had daughter
Damini in 2006. Shortly afterwards the family moved to Australia
where they lived in Horsham followed by Wonthaggi in Gippsland,
Victoria. In 2008 the couple had their second daughter Ameya and
shortly afterwards Thejus was given the opportunity to work at the
Tennant Hospital as a medical scientist. He enjoys his job and has
wonderful colleagues and friends. His wife Jayalakshmi teaches at
the childcare centre and his two daughters go to the Primary School.
Thejus and his family are happy to be living in Tennant Creek. They
are also honoured to become Australian citizens and will continue
to do their best as pro-active, productive Australian citizens.
Rachael Emma Legg
Rachael is from a town called Middlesbrough, situated in the
north east of England. In 2011, Rachael came to Australia and
during her trip decided to stay. She had a degree in social work
from the UK, and landed a job in child protection in Melbourne
for two years and then in a client support team role for another
two years. In 2015 Rachael moved to Tennant Creek and is
currently working for the Department of Children and Families
in child protection. Rachael made the decision to be a citizen
as she wanted to live and stay in Australia for the rest of her
life. It is her other home now and she feels very settled here.
Rachael has made great friends in Tennant Creek and has had
a lot of career opportunities that she hopes will continue. She
says it’s a unique and new experience in the community.
A family affair: Hannah Patricia Rapada Verdillo, Rovin Grace Rapada Verdillo,
Joel Andre Rapada Verdillo, Rowena Rapada Verdillo and Alvin Trinidad Verdillo
Originally from the Philippines, the Verdillo family all came to Australia to give themselves better opportunities in life. They wanted
the chance to experience living in another country – to enjoy a different culture and landscape, find a safe place to live, for the children
to get a good education, and to be given the opportunity to work and save. Alvin, his wife Rowena and their three children came to Ten-
nant Creek on the 5th of August 2011 via a Skilled Sponsored VISA (176). The children were only seven, nine and ten years old at the
time. Joel is now 12, Rovin is 14 and Hannah is 15. Just four days after arriving in Tennant, Alvin received a call from BP where he got
his first job as a console operator. Now after nearly five years, he’s the Retail Supervisor of the shop. His wife Rowena has worked with
the Department of Education since October 2011 and is now the Finance Manager for Barkly Remote Schools. Alvin and his family
are more than grateful to become citizens of the country that has completely changed their lives and want to contribute in any way they
can to the town of Tennant Creek and Australia.
Elizabeth Mghoi Machu
Elizabeth is originally from Kenya on the
east of Africa. She came to Australia in
2010 as a registered nurse, spending one
year in Adelaide before moving to Tennant
Creek. Elizabeth came to Tennant because
she wanted to experience working in a
regional area with an isolated population.
She is a registered nurse at the Tennant
Creek Hospital and loves her work. She
likes the people here and their friendliness
and enjoys learning about different cultures
as well. Elizabeth has made a lot of friends
here and is grateful for the opportunity to
become an Australian citizen.
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