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“It is an amazing rescue story that
typifies the great people who live in
“Days later we have been hearing from
people who helped in one way or another.
“Not only did the efforts of everyone
help to save Tanker but it showcased the
togetherness that binds Tennant Creek.
“He’s alive thanks to the community,
there’s no doubt about that.”
Josephine said there were so many
heroes that she was hesitant to start nam-
“But we have to mention Irena Ed-
wards-Kelly, Jack and Kelli from TC
Station, Marlene Plummer, NT Police
for taking the missing person report
seriously early enough to engage the
SES and townspeople and to Greenie
and Adam Carroll for driving out to the
mines to check,” she said.
“Jeremy Barr also travelled a huge
distance and people like Linda Renfrey,
Monica, Ronnie and Steph Staunton
as well as Gavin Butterworth were all
“Curtis Constructions offered quad
bikes for the search while others con-
tacted transport companies to keep their
eye out while on the road and kept up
the social media posts so people were
“It was a huge effort on behalf of so
many people and we want each and every
one of you to know we are so grateful.
“Thank you Tennant Creek from the
bottom of our hearts.”
Town unites in search
for missing local
l Tanker Bethel.
I READ Member for Barkly Gerry Mc-
Carthy’s opinion segment (New build,
generational change TDT 27/1/2017)
Firstly, well done to Mr McCarthy for advo-
cating for children in the Barkly.
I would like to however mention and voice
my experience, given the critical needs of
children and families in the urbanised centre
of Tennant Creek and the proposed facility
will serve families of 0-4 year old children
at a critical time in their development and
development of social and learning skills in
preparation for their future education and
I feel that it is crucial that consultation and
real programs that are addressing community
education and engagement with families and
parents of children who these funded facili-
ties are intended to serve are involved from
the onset: given the sociology and economic
demographic realities and disadvantages in
It is in my opinion very important and in
fact should be a funding condition, that the
facility is staffed by volunteer roster of parents
in conjunction with suitably qualified staff
trainer qualified staff.
Those that do work, can also volunteer out-
side of work hours for maintenance, et cetera,
as a cooperative situation, to which there are
many benefits for the children and the com-
munity and the facility itself.
Given the primary needs of children, dem-
onstrated in community are failure to thrive,
lack of supervision and neglect related, it is
important that this project enables parents to
re-enforce the routines and habits and critical
needs of their children in a foreign environ-
ment. I feel that we should not separate
families at such a critical age of development
of the children.
Inclusion and self actualisation can on be
born of true inclusive communication.
Involving parents and elders where possible
in a caring and supportive manner keeps the
families in touch with what and where and
how relating to the care provided.
Furthermore, parents can receive publicly
funded training, and ochre cards to improve
their employ ability, and perhaps be a pro-
ductive RJCP host site that is monitored,
approved and legitimate.
There are a number of other benefits to the
holistic approach, but most importantly the
centre should not be used as a baby sitting
service for parents that are not engaged in
study or work activity and promote further
reliance on institutional care.
I hope you will take my views into consid-
– Fay Summers, Tennant Creek.
Roster for parents should be a funding
condition to early childhood facility
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