Home' Tennant and District Times : 2016-1216 TDT Contents 2 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 16 DECEMBER 2016
Seven exciting programs were approved for fund-
ing under the Community Grants program at last
week’s Barkly Regional Council meeting.
Six of the seven programs are first time appli-
cants and councillors were impressed by the wide scope
of the applications.
With Santa’s annual visit just around the corner, BRC
is proud to be associated with this year’s Tennant Creek
Christmas Tree event, to be held on Sunday afternoon.
This year will mark the 83rd Tennant Creek Christmas
Tree, making it perhaps the town’s longest running event.
With a jumping castle, free entertainment and a visit
from Santa, this year is sure to be just as popular as last
year when more than 500 presents were given away.
Food and drinks will be complimentary to children un-
Security at the Senior Citizen and Pensioner Associa-
tion will be greatly improved by a grant to install locks
and master keys to all doors and gates.
Tennant Creek Women’s Refuge will be funded to de-
liver a very worthy program called Mooditj next year.
Targeting health education, sexuality and life skills for
young girls, the program addresses safe sex practices,
puberty and the consequences of choice for female In-
It aims to increase awareness of 10- to 14-year-olds
who live in remote regions of the Barkly and will be deliv-
ered during the April and July school holidays.
Unmarked graves at Tennant Creek Cemetery will be
identified and given rightful recognition under a project
headed by Tennant Creek Mob Aboriginal Corporation.
The funding will support the purchase and hire of ma-
terials and equipment for community members to install
headstones or plaques on 50 unmarked graves.
It is estimated there are approximately 200 unmarked
graves, mostly Aboriginal, at the cemetery.
The project has the engagement of local families, busi-
nesses and organisations and will be undertaken by lo-
cal volunteers, work for the dole participants and Barkly
Red Cross will once again be supported by the Com-
munity Grants Program for its “Oasis in the Main Street”
The garden aims to promote gardening and food pro-
duction and healthy eating and has widespread support
of the community.
Mungkarta School will bring dance theatre company
KAGE from Melbourne to work with students at the com-
munity to create a road safety DVD.
The program will engage local artists and incorporates
other workshops such as Tree of Life which examines
roots, skills, knowledge and dreams.
The school holiday program has a new activity next
year when Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation’s
Sport and Recreation brings Bubble Sports to Tennant
Regular participants at the Sport and Rec program have
been requesting Bubble Sports be a part of the holiday
program and they will be held over two days in January.
Finally, I wish everybody a healthy and happy Christ-
For those travelling away to see family, travel safely
and enjoy your holiday.
Community Grants support seven local programs
A design concept of the skate park.
Barkly Regional Council News
l Tennant Creek will once again
host an Australia Day Ambassador
for its January 26 celebrations. One
of Australia’s foremost theatrical
directors will make the trek to share
our national day with the locals.
Plans are well in hand for the annual
triathlon, Australia Day breakfast and
citizenship ceremony and fun day at
l A new Animal and Environmental
Health Officer has joined the council.
Katie Walker began in November and
has already been busy with an animal
desexing program and is arranging
fostering of abandoned dogs.
l Barkly vet Dave Hall undertook
highly successful desexing programs
in Elliott, Marlinja and Mungkarta in
last November. Around 45 pets were
desexed at Elliott, 10 at Marlinja and
nine at Mungkarta and follow-up
visits are planned for all communities.
Dr Hall reported BRC employees
Dewayne Foster and Wade Nish were
integral team members for the visits.
l The inaugural meeting of the
Friends of the Cemetery committee
will be held in the new year. There
are extensive plans to beautify the
grounds and provide maintenance
for untended graves and Councillor
Narelle Bremner has been working
hard behind the scenes to ensure the
cemetery becomes a focal point of the
town for visitors and residents.
l It was great to see such a good
turnout for the White Ribbon Day
march this year. The strongest
message at this year’s gathering in
Peko Park were the t-shirts painted by
school children with no more violence
l The pool will be open from 6pm to
9pm this evening for another of the
increasing popular night swimming
sessions. Many people are taking
advantage of the late closing to
cool off before they head out for the
evening. On January 16, the pool will
also be open late for a movie night with
Academy Award-nominated Minions
movie Despicable Me 2 on show.
l The pool also had a visit
recently from the Northern Territory
Government’s Regional Development
Board, who inspected how the new
pool was settling in.
l The library is also getting in on the
movie action with a range of children’s
movies on display on Mondays,
Wednesdays and Fridays throughout
January. The shows start at 9.30am
each day and children who watch
quietly to the end will be given a free
l Congratulations to a number of
council staff who were honoured at
recent higher education graduations,
particularly Darren Bathern whose
very hard work was honoured by
receiving Charles Darwin University’s
2016 Metal Fabrication Apprentice
of the Year award. Darren, who is
BRC’s Housing Maintenance Officer
in Elliott, commenced a Certificate III
in Engineering (Fabrication Trade) in
l Australian Aged Care Quality
Agency inspectors were in Arlparra this
week looking at aged care and BRC
expects a good report from them, as
we have had in the past. Reports have
already been received which show
BRC is delivering strongly across the
region. Barkly Regional Council puts
a very high focus on its obligations to
aged care in every community and is
very proud of its dedicated staff.
Barkly Regional Council (BRC) staff featured prominently at
higher education graduations recently.
At the Charles Darwin University awards night, Shelley
McDonald (left, Elliott Area Manager) received her Certificate IV
in Leadership and Management; Cameron Rankine (second left,
Elliott) received a Certificate III in Civil Construction; and Darren
Bathern (second right, Elliott) received Apprentice of the Year in
With them at right is Gayle Marsden, who is leaving Tennant
Creek this week after several years of outstanding service.
While it is always sad to lose good staff, it is comforting to know
many other employees are gaining the skills needed to lead the
council into the future.
Barkly vet Jo Watson has plenty of help as
she desexes a family pet.
Office and Library The Library will close at noon on Friday 23 December
2016, while the office will close at 4.30pm that day. The office reopens
on Wednesday 28 December 2016 and both will be closed on Monday 2
Swimming Pool closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
Landfill site closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
Household rubbish collection collection due on Boxing Day
and New Year’s Day will occur on the following day.
Emergency contact: 0448 112 713
Ali Curung, Alpurrurulam,
Ampilatwatja, Arlparra, Elliott,
Council Service Centres will close on 23 December 2016 and
re-open 3 January 2017
Call your Community Service Centre before 23 December for
household rubbish collection dates and emergency contacts.
PO Box 821, Tennant Creek NT 0861
1 Peko Road, Tennant Creek NT 0860.
Tel: 08 8962 0000 Fax: 08 8962 1801
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