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letters to the editor
I DO agree we need
young people to step
up and be involved
in the community
across all sectors,
not only local gov-
ernment (“Time for
a younger, dynamic
Council, says resi-
dent”, TDT 18/11/16).
Unfortunately, it is not
simply an issue confined
to Tennant Creek but in all
tiers of government right
across the country.
In the recent NT election,
for example, only about 60
per cent of enrolled voters
bothered to turn out in the
Barkly, despite the best
efforts of the NTEC to of-
fer every possible chance.
Very few of those under
25 appear to be even en-
rolled and in real terms,
the total turnout of those
who could have voted
may be under 40 per cent,
based on census figures.
We should not be criti-
cal but rather recognising
a concern and strategise
to how to engage young
people in the process and
I believe many service
providers have had these
discussions, including Lo-
Yes, all of our commu-
nities lack a lot of the
facilities and amenities
for young people that we
need. It’s how those facili-
ties are funded that is the
issue. Yes, we have real is-
sues with youth homeless-
ness, volatile substance
abuse and other issues that
must be addressed.
The question is who
should be responsible for
that, how can this be done
collaboratively and what
role council needs to take.
We need young people
involved in those discus-
sions and learning how the
three tiers of government
A big part of that is en-
gaging young people as
much as possible in the
process of local govern-
ment because these are the
people we will be handing
over to in the future.
In the past, I have invited
young people from the
High School to the council
chambers to talk about
how local government
Through Red Cross, I
invited the Youth Leader-
ship Group to sit in and
observe a Council meeting
and I have also spoken to
several young people who
I believe have the potential
to consider a more active
role in local government
and indeed other roles.
Barkly Regional Coun-
cil (BRC) sponsored two
female youths to attend
the 2014 International
Women’s Day Empower-
ing and Mentoring Young
Last year I presented the
2015 International Wom-
en’s Day introduction
speech jointly with two
female members of the
Youth Leadership Group.
This has occurred as an
attempt to expose young
people to community en-
gagement and local gov-
ernment. There would not
be a councillor on BRC
who does not want young
people involved in our
We know good gover-
nance means we have to
involve our entire com-
munities in discussions
to make sure we make
the right decisions for the
The invitation to young
people to attend and ob-
serve Council meetings
has always been an open
invitation and remain to
be so and see that BRC is
anything but an old per-
Barb Shaw, Barkly
Regional Council Presi-
Shaw agrees youth needed on Council
BLOODY typical of the me-
dia and other politicians
trying to dump the blame
for the monumental stuff up
at the $1.8 billion dollar NT
prison on our Gerry McCar-
thy – just because he was
the minister in charge at the
Surely there is a procedure in
place to pass the buck to some-
body lower down the food chain,
what about the lady who drove the
smoko van on the site, shouldn’t
she cop some of the blame?
Anyway, most of the blame
should be heaped straight onto the
Chief Minister who handballed
the massive project to Gerry.
Minimum research would have
indicated that the sum total of
Gerry’s experience in construc-
tion was to help the kids put up a
tent at a school camp.
So what sort of an evil person
would set Gerry up like that?
The bloody cheek of these peo-
ple – next thing they’ll try to
pin the blame for the Don Dale
debacle on Gerry just because
he was the Minister responsible
Gerry told the Sunday Territo-
rian he knew nothing about the
fiasco – fair enough – Gerry looks
more to the big picture and he was
far too busy tackling the big issues
and the Royal Commission peo-
ple have got to understand that.
– G.D. Egan, Tennant Creek
Stop picking on our local member on prison issue
Young people needed to reinvigorate the Tennant Show
Young generations could be answer to Tennant’s future
THE Tennant Creek & District Show
Society recently held its AGM.
The small, but dedicated, committee made
a decision to seek younger people to join the
committee, and to seek fresh ideas on activi-
ties for the annual Show.
Across the country, the annual Show brings
rides and showbags to town.
It also showcases the talent of locals in their
art, their photography, cooking, craft, horti-
culture and animals.
In most cases the committees are made up
of older people, and you find that many of
the stewards have been doing the job for 15,
20, 30 years.
There is a transition occurring, whereby
Show Societies are changing their presenta-
tions to remain relevant to modern times.
The push is on to demonstrate paddock to
plate, where animals are in one arena, food
producers are in a pavilion together with
chefs to show where food comes from, and
how to cook it.
Some agricultural Shows have a dedicated
pavilion just for young people, where you can
pat baby animals, play games, have your face
painted, make pancakes, even milk a cow!
With this in mind, Shows around Australia
are battling to attract younger people into
joining the organising committees.
It seems that modern technology has by-
passed the committee meeting.
Emails, phone calls and texting are the way
the younger generation communicate. They
don’t need a meeting to organise an event.
They dream up an idea, and they talk to their
friends, and they just get it done.
Three weeks ago, I visited the 150th Bal-
larat Show, funded by the Department of
Chief Minister, to talk to the locals and get
Their Show President is a 30-year-old
mother of a toddler, who runs a dairy farm.
She had a bit of resistance from the older
committee members, however I could see
there was plenty of energy.
She could introduce new ideas to reinvigo-
rate the Show.
I’d like to see that for Tennant Creek.
We need new, younger people to step in and
run the Show, with ideas to give the event a
lift and jazz it up a bit.
– Greg Marlow, Tennant Creek & District
Show Society President.
THE letter to the editor (“Time for a
younger, dynamic Council, says resi-
dent”, TDT 18/11/16) regarding the
younger generations being involved
in local politics and decision making
is very timely, especially in light of the
Barkly Regional Council’s decision at
their last meeting.
The Council with a majority, voted to unilat-
erally submit a petition the Minister of Local
Government, for the removal of the Tennant
Creek Local Authority.
Their reason: “The Barkly Regional Council
felt it was capable in communicating with the
residents of Tennant Creek without a Local
The members of the Tennant Creek Local
Authority are largely from the younger age
The Tennant Creek Local Authority’s next
meeting will be announced on the BRC’s
website and all such meetings are open to
If you are interested in Tennant Creek’s
future, come along because: “Decisions are
made by those who turn up!”
– Old Rooster, Tennant Creek.
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