Home' Tennant and District Times : 2016-0708 TDT Contents Gerry McCarthy
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A TERRITORY Labor Gov-
ernment would spend
over $12 million on proj-
ects to benefit Tennant
Creek’s youth, according
to Labor Leader Michael
Gunner and Member for
Barkly Gerry McCarthy.
The politicians say they would
develop a $6.5 million inte-
grated early childhood centre at
the pre-school and upgrade the
primary and high schools as well
as sporting facilities.
Shade and shelters would be
constructed at the pool and
skate park, the old tennis courts
would be refurbished to create
a multipurpose sporting facility
and basketball rings would be
provided in community living
Mr Gunner, whose great grand-
parents - Nell and Con Perry
were Tennant Creek pioneers,
said Labor would work to re-
engage youth and to provide
a standard of education that
would lift outcomes and give
young residents the best chance
to become the best they could be
in the future.
Mr McCarthy said the in-
vestment in sports would lift
facilities desperately in need
of freshening up and provide
a good platform to re-engage
“I am also excited by the com-
mitment to build an integrated
early childhood centre on the
Pre-School site,” he said.
“This facility would bring to-
gether the child care centre, the
pre-school and the primary into
one effective learning centre
for children as they transition
through their early years.
“It would provide more places
for more children and would
link together all of the facilities
in a seamless path for children to
be prepared for school.”
Mr McCarthy said Labor be-
lieved that tackling issues in
early childhood years provided
long term solutions to many of
the difficult social issues con-
fronting the Barkly.
“Labor wants to invest in our
children during their early years
and to make sure that every child
gets the best possible opportu-
nity to achieve their potential,”
I WOULD like to thank
all the people who sup-
ported my petition to be
appointed to the vacant
position on the Barkly
I will congratulate Neil Price,
who is now a councillor, when-
ever I get to meet him.
My intentions are to run when
elections come around but
please don’t stop talking to me
about your concerns.
Again I am humbled by ev-
– Brian Coleman.
Labor’s pledge to invest
in Tennant Creek youth
TERRITORY Day fireworks have become a local
tradition with people flocking to pop-up shops
to buy bags of noisy sparklers with names like
Buzz Bombs, Exorcism, Earthquake and Local
Commotion on the only day of the year, and the
only jurisdiction in Australia, they are allowed
to be sold.
Judging by the colourful lights in the night sky and the
line up of customers, the fireworks are pretty popular.
But not with everyone. There are grinches in our midst
and pets hate them too.
SID VASHIST took to the streets to see what locals
thought about fireworks and whether or not they should
“Fireworks are a good
thing for the community
once a year. It is exciting
for the kids and for one
night people can bring their
“No, fireworks should not
be banned. They are part
of the NT unique signature.
However there should be
more control after 1 July and
people should clean up their
“I think the fireworks are
alright. But they should only
be used on the 1st of July
and after then we should
make sure that kids can’t
Eli Martin Billy Joe
“Fireworks are good. I don’t
want them to stop because
they are fun. They should be
banned after Territory Day.”
INCUMBENT Labor Member of the
House of Representatives Warren
Snowdon was returned to Parlia-
ment for the seat of Lingiari last
Country Liberals Senator Nigel Scul-
lion was also returned and Malarndirri
McCarthy, who replaced Senator Nova
Peris, was also successful.
At the Tennant Creek Primary School
voting booth, Labor won the group ticket
vote with 235 votes followed by the
Country Liberals with 188 and then the
Greens with 51 votes.
A total of 617 cast their votes at the
Primary School booth on the day, with
Mobile polling was held in remote areas
throughout the Barkly.
Despite major upheaval on election day,
it looks like the Coalition might be able
to form a majority government and retain
power although the country remains in
limbo as final votes are counted.
Barkly voters have their say
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