Home' Tennant and District Times : 2016-0805 TDT Contents 2 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 5 AUGUST 2016
Council has received a $256,000 Spe-
cial Purpose Grant (SPG) from the
Northern Territory Government to
address animal management issues
across the Barkly region.
The Local Government and Community
Services grant will go towards Barkly Vet
Services conducting a scoping study to look
at the monitoring and controlling of dogs and
other feral animals that are a danger to hu-
mans and the environment.
The main animal welfare issues that exist
in remote Indigenous Barkly communities are
centred around the unmanaged populations
of animals, including dogs, cats, horses and
Animal Management in Rural and remote
Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC) worked
closely with Council from 2012-2014 to bring
the feral animal population under control and
implement an education program to improve
animal and community health.
During this period more than 3000 dogs and
cats were desexed across the Barkly which
aided in maintaining animal numbers.
However, since the animal management
program had its funding withdrawn in 2014
animal numbers have increased and commu-
nity health appears to be declining.
Concerned members of the Elliott Local Au-
thority placed sourcing animal management
funding on their Council action list due to the
increase in skin ailments on dogs.
Tennant Creek has also seen an increase of
roaming dogs and concerned residents have
raised the issue with Council.
The grant, which was approved in April,
and subsequent discussions with Barkly Vet
Services are timely and important as there is
no other agency working on reducing animal
populations or looking at the correlation be-
tween animal and human health in the Barkly.
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
Animal management in the Barkly
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l Council workers record details of two stray dogs.
Barkly Regional Council agreed to
consult with interested parties in Purkiss
Reserve and review swimming pool
charges before fully adopting the fees
and charges for 2016-17.
It received and noted the fees and
charges at a special meeting last week
with instructions for Council managers
to arrange consultation meetings with
Purkiss Reserve user groups.
This is so a fees and charges regime
that’s suitable and equitable with the
primary users of Purkiss Reserve can be
Council also directed that the local
swimming pool fees be reviewed. It
agreed with the public that the family pool
pass fee of $800 was excessive.
Taking into account that the Tennant
Creek pool is only open for six months of
the year and after a review of the Alice
Springs swimming pool fees, Council felt
a fee of $500 for a family pass was more
reasonable. Other suggested changes
included $270 for an adult pass and $135
for a child pass.
It was highlighted during the meeting
that the swimming pool operates at a
substantial loss to provide the public
facility. Pool takings (including kiosk) for
the period of 3 November 2015 to 1 May
2016 was $48,294, compared to the high
operating costs of $285,570.
Council wishes to consult with interested
groups to get behind this public facility
and explore ways to support its operation,
including looking at how opening times
might be extended throughout the year.
Council also pointed out that the Purkiss
Reserve facility operates at a loss with
$2727 received in income compared
to the outgoing $122,490 in operational
costs, not including the use of Depot
resources while servicing the reserve and
Long term it would be a great outcome
if the community got behind both of these
public amenities to come up with solutions
that are beneficial to both residents and
The draft Regional Plan and Budget
2016-17 was approved and adopted
by Barkly Regional Council at a
special meeting last week.
submissions and will make any
revisions to the draft Regional Plan
and Budget 2016-17 accordingly.
This has been our best Regional
Plan and Budget to date and fits in
with our mission statement to have
strong policy and budget to ensure
our programs and services are
progressive and sustainable.
Council received a great deal
of positive feedback, and once
suggestions have been incorporated
into the document copies of the plan
will be available.
Marion Smith is no longer
working as the CEO for
Barkly Regional Council.
We would to thank Marion
for all the effort she put into
working with the team to
finalise the draft Regional
Plan & Budget 2016-17 and
wish her well in all future
Chris Wright is Acting CEO
while councillors look for a
new CEO to lead Council
through the next era of
change and growth.
Fees and charges to be reviewed
Changing of the guard
Farewell to a
l Purkiss Reserve user groups will be invited to discuss fees.
l Council has published
the Declaration of Rates
and Charges for 2016/17.
Ratepayers please note the
first instalment is due in a
month on Friday, 2 September.
For the full declaration please
services/rates or go to page 8
of this newspaper.
l Neil Price was officially
sworn in as a councillor for
the Barkly Regional Council
(Patta Ward) last week. We
congratulate Mr Price, who
has lived in Tennant Creek for
the past 15 years, on his
appointment and look forward
to his valuable contribution to
CEO Executive Assistant Courtney
Barber (pictured) will be leaving
next week and we would like to take
the opportunity to thank her for her
contribution to council.
Courtney, who joined the Council
in May 2013, has been a valued
staff member who has often gone
beyond the call of duty. She will be
sorely missed and we wish her all
the best for the future.
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