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GOVERNMENT controls budget
appropriation, Opposition scruti-
nises the detail.
Budget Estimates heard Chief Minister
Giles ‘crowing’ the Territory on-track
completely denying a scandal plagued
government in chaos.
Mr Giles fronted the Public Accounts
Committee while the Treasurer hit the
air waves on script declaring things have
never been better.
However Labor Opposition Leader, Mi-
chael Gunner, tabled a document refuting
Chief Minister Giles uncomfortably try-
ing to spin CLP major project successes.
The government document revealed
two months out from an election many
CLP major projects and policy initiatives
incomplete and in political turmoil!
The risk assessment instigated by public
sector heads demonstrated three quarters
of CLP Government’s major projects are
either, “unable to be completed” or “suc-
cessful delivery in doubt” contradicting
the Chief Minister’s evidence.
CLP planned international grammar
school; high-tech medical treatment
facility and nationally accredited sports
stadium are listed at risk.
Federal Liberal major projects devel-
oping the north including Ord River ir-
rigation scheme stage three and rail link
between Mt Isa and Tennant Creek are
listed at risk under the CLP.
Mr Giles awkwardly contradicted se-
nior government bureaucrats reporting
lack of staff capacity and availability
underpinning the CLP Indigenous eco-
nomic development framework and
NT Statehood rejected by the Com-
Michael Gunner cited CLP governance
lacking trust disproving the expensive
tax payer funded ‘On Track’ television
advertising previously censured by
Northern Territory Auditor General.
As Opposition spokesperson I used
Budget Estimates for Land Resource
Management, Natural Resources and
Environment to prosecute increasing
pressure on the Northern Territory en-
vironment under CLP economic policy.
The Minister failed to demonstrate
substantive budget funds resourcing
scientific studies into geology, hydrology,
geological fault line anomalies and water
aquifers before CLP push for onshore
unconventional shale gas exploration.
The CLP expert report cites maintain-
ing a healthy and resilient environment
however three budgets 2014-17 saw no
significant increase supporting critical
scientific studies with Environmental
Management budget 2016-17 decreasing
under CLP stewardship.
Strong environment policy is smart
economic policy protecting Northern
Territory natural resources while pro-
viding certainty for traditional owners,
landholders and industry balancing
economic development not one industry
Territory Labor declared a moratorium
on unconventional shale gas drilling until
science and community concerns are
fully researched and resolved in addition
to comprehensive reform of the Environ-
mental Assessment Act and Environment
The Giles CLP present more contradic-
tions than confidence not to be trusted
with the Territory’s sustainable future.
Authorised by Gerry McCarthy, 114 Paterson Street, Tennant Creek, NT.
Member for Barkly
Giles at odds with estimates
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SCHOOL students from Borroloola have been recruited
to the McArthur River Mine’s (MRM) environmental mon-
itoring team to sample water quality in local rivers and
A professional standard monitor, donated to the Borroloola School
by MRM, will be used by senior students to gather water quality data
The $10,000 unit can measure physical and chemical characteristics
including temperature, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, salinity and
PH to provide a good indication of the health of the water.
MRM General Manager Sam Strohmayr said the monitoring sys-
tem was similar to those used by the company’s own environmental
“It’s part of our commitment to better involve the community in
understanding the environmental health of the region,” he said.
“The data they collect will be included with our other monitoring
to give us a greater picture of the health of local waterways. It’s also
a great way for local students to learn about the potential for jobs in
mining in the future.”
MRM Environmental Technician Casey Hucks presented the monitor
to the students last week and showed them the correct way to use it
to get accurate results.
Casey, who grew up in Borroloola, said she hoped the program would
inspire students to think about a job in environmental monitoring.
“It’s a great job and the fact that I can have a career helping the local
environment while staying here in Borroloola is a bonus,” she said.
Water quality put to the test
from MRM shows
students how to use
the water quality
BarklyRegionalCouncilhas beenworkingforquite some time ondeveloping an AuditCommittee Work
Program for 2016-17 as part of
council’s financial recovery.
The work plan includes financial
management reporting which
covers budget review, budget
forecast, monthly statutory reporting
and the development of an annual
business plan and budget.
The program also highlights
establishing internal controls
and risk management systems,
developing and reviewing an
internal audit program, liaising with
the external auditor on the scope
and planning of external audits as
well as ensuring significant urgent
matters are formally and promptly
reported to Council.
Long-term, strong and sound
financial management is critical and
strategies like the Audit Committee
Work Program have allowed for a
robust financial control framework
to be put in place.
This is all part of rectifying the
financial issues and concerns
Council has had in the past.
The Audit Committee’s Work
Program 2016-17 was presented
to elected members at the ordinary
council meeting on 16 June.
Council’s Audit Committee has met
regularly since it was established in
It is made up of elected members,
management and is chaired by
external auditor Mr Rex Mooney.
Having that representation
between elected members, senior
staff and an external chair has
allowed for the development of
a solid internal control and risk
assessment framework for the
This is why the Council’s draft
Regional Plan and Budget for
2016-17, which is now out for public
comment, is critical as it ensures
there is synergy and consistency
across the Council’s long-term
strategic plan and budget.
Council is diligent in managing
finance, setting good standards and
recommending measures to ensure
compliance with reporting.
This all contributes to Council
making positive progress in its
Furthermore, I am confident that
we will continue to move forward
in many areas by openly sharing
governance and management of
the Barkly region with residents.
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
Big tick for Council’s financial strategy
l Negotiations between the Northern Territory Government (NTG)
and the Local Government Association of the Northern Territory
(LGANT) have resulted in lighting being transferred to Barkly Regional
Council. Council is now responsible for street lighting in the townships of
Tennant Creek and Elliott.
l Three local organisations have been successful in Council’s second
round of Community Grants 2015-16. The Multicultural Association
received support to hold an event at the Desert Harmony Festival, Lifestyle
Solutions to access an aquatic hoist for the town pool and the Tennant
Creek Speedway to hold the NT Junior Sedan Title Event in town.
l The NT Government’s Department of Land Resource Management has
prepared and provided a land assessment report for Council on the Juno
Site NT Portion 1918 identifying the type of soil and suitability of land for
l A draft Equal Employment Opportunity Policy which reviews and
expands on the current policies has been endorsed by Council. The draft
policy also highlights the requirement of a contact officer in work centres
across the region and the mandate of organisational climate surveys.
Click on the following link http://barkly.nt.gov.au/council/polici to view the
Barkly Regional Council News with President
l I will be taking a leave of absence from my role as the Barkly
Regional Council’s President. Councillor Bob Bagnall (pictured) will
be the Acting President for the period that I am away.
Residents have one more week to
comment on the Barkly Regional
Council’s draft Regional Plan & Budget
It’s important to get feedback, so tell us
what you think and remember to let us
know what you like about the services
Council will be delivering in your
This document is for you, whether
you live in the townships of Tennant
Creek or Elliott or the communities of
Ali Curung, Alpurrurulam (Lake Nash),
Ampilatwatja, Arlparra, Canteen Creek,
Imangara (Murray Downs), Tara and
So please take the time to have a read
You have until Friday, 1 July 2016 to
send your feedback back to Council.
Please email your response to
firstname.lastname@example.org or if you
want to hand deliver your submission
visit Council reception at 41 Peko Road.
For a copy of the draft document visit
news/have-your-say-1or call 8962 0000.
Last week to have your say
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