Home' Tennant and District Times : 2016-0826 TDT Contents TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 26 AUGUST 2016 7
RECENTLY I have been campaign-
ing for Labor’s Gerry McCarthy, who
will hopefully retain his position as
Member for Barkly after the election.
I am really concerned about what will
happen if our independent candidate, Elliot
McAdam is elected as Member for Barkly.
I can’t see that he will be able to effec-
tively represent everybody in the region
and therefore we should all think carefully
as we cast our vote.
A circulating email from Elliot claims
“McCarthy has already promised $10
million to Brahim [Pat Brahim, Julalikari
CEO]” and “... “tell people that if you vote
for Gerry you’re voting for Brahim”.
He’s referring to a pledge of $10 million
to promote tourism in the Barkly.
This pledge was part of the ALP’s tourism
The money will benefit both Nyinkka
Nyunyu and Battery Hill - the town’s two
Nyinkka Nyunyu is ultimately owned by
the Aboriginal people of Tennant Creek.
To misconstrue the facts in this way is
nothing short of devious.
Both Nyinkka Nyunyu and Battery Hill
employ local people who in turn support
the local economy.
How can this proposed funding injection
that will benefit so many be such a bad
We need to encourage tourists and other
visitors to the region, not only so they can
contribute to our economy but so they can
learn about the Barkly, share in its beauty
and pass the word on that this place really
does have a heart of gold.
Gerry McCarthy is a dignified, respectable
and an honorable man and I think the only
way forward for the Barkly is to have him
represent our town and region as part of the
next Government which, as blind Freddy
can see, will be a Labor Government.
– Sid Vashist, Schmidt Street, Tennant
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MEMBERS of the local Rotary, Lions and Coun-
try Women’s Association groups catered for
Variety Bash participants when they passed
through Tennant Creek last week.
The group, that traversed more than 4500 kilometres
from Melbourne, stopped off in Elliott to present a spe-
cial grant to the community.
The Variety Bash, organised by the Victorian branch,
raised over $1.3 million for children in need.
Variety Bash Development Manager Julie Baxter said,
“It means a lot to us to be able to give back to the commu-
nities that welcome and accommodate us so generously.”
Without the support of the residents, organisations and
businesses of regional Australia who welcome us so
warmly each year, the largest motoring event in Australia
would simply not be possible.
The Variety Bash is Australia’s longest-running motor-
ing event which has raised over $200 million for children
in need across Australia since its inception in 1985.
Variety is a national not-for-profit organisation that
helps children who are sick, disadvantaged or who have
special needs, to live life to the fullest and reach their
Locals cook up a storm for Variety Bashers
For more information about leaving
a gift in your Will please contact:
Free call: 1800 688 364
Assistance Dogs Australia
PO Box 503, Surry Hills,
LEAVE A GIFT IN YOUR WILL TO
ASSISTANCE DOGS AUSTRALIA
AND YOU CAN HELP IMPROVE
THE LIVES OF PEOPLE LIVING
Truth lacks in election campaign
WE all rightly expect that we will be
governed by honest, intelligent and
mature elected members of Parlia-
Respect for the truth, and our ability to
make meaningful decisions for ourselves
seems to be missing from the orchestrated
goings on in town this past week.
All voters have the democratic right to vote
without being harassed, bullied or peddled
incorrect information. If a candidate feels
the need to stoop to these antics it does not
instill much confidence in us that upon en-
tering Parliament, the elected member has
the capacity to help govern the Territory
with honesty, integrity and intelligence.
Joie Boulter, 1588 Fazaldeen Road,
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