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The Northern Territory Fire & Rescue Service as a part of
the annual fire hazard abatement program,
will be conducting combustible fuel and
fire break inspections of residential &
rural properties within Tennant Creek
beginning in May 2017.
Combustible fuels include uncut grass,
dead trees, shrubs, rubbish build up or any
other material that may cause a fire hazard.
If you own or live in a residential, rural house or
are a caretaker of a property or properties, you
must ensure that your property complies with the
Northern Territory Fire & Emergency Act.
If after inspection, the property or properties do not
comply; then you, your company or organisation will be
liable for heavy infringement fines or prosecution.
For information regarding hazard reduction or any other matter
regarding hazard abatement or fires within the town boundaries you
can contact the Tennant Creek Fire Station on 8962 0903.
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TREASURER Nicole Manison
said investing in the Barkly
was vital to the economic de-
velopment in the Territory.
Delivering the 2017 NT Budget, Ms
Manison said it delivered both invest-
ment and vision.
“There is a bright future for the
Barkly and the NT and our current
challenge is making sure we support
jobs and keep people here while we
unlock more private investment and
further grow our economy,” she said.
“Tennant Creek is the Territory’s
mining and mining services centre and
Budget 2017 invests for the future by
delivering more jobs and improving
the lives of our children by building
Barkly Budget highlights include:
• $106 million across the Territory
to kick start the $1.1 billion, 10-year
package to improve remote housing,
create jobs and restore local decision
• $37.5 million in Beef Roads fund-
ing for the Tablelands Highway &
Barkly Stock Route;
• $14.3 million for Bush Housing un-
der the national partnership agreement
• $6.5 million to construct a new
preschool in Tennant Creek;
• $5 million for stage 1 of Sandover
Highway upgrades to extend the seal
to the Utopia health clinic;
• $2 million to provide entrance
statements into town;
• $300 000 for every school in the
Barkly to upgrade school infrastruc-
• A feasibility study into a common
user mine processing facility to boost
mining opportunities for the region.
Ms Manison said there would be a
fiscal deficit of $1.3 billion in 2017-
18, a problem she said was caused by
the $2 billion GST cut by the Federal
Government over the next four years.
“If not for the GST cuts the measures
included in this Budget show we
would have been on track to deliver a
surplus in 2019-20,” she said.
“The Territory needs investment
right now and it needs vision.
“The projects and investment an-
nounced in the Budget will deliver
results immediately and into the fu-
ture, supporting more jobs, better
services and attracting more private
Investing in the Barkly vital to NT’s future
A MAN has died after he intervened to stop
fighting at Canteen Creek on Tuesday after-
Up to 100 people were believed to be involved in the
riot at the remote community south east of Tennant
The clash was the culmination of fighting and unrest
between family groups over the past few weeks and
brawlers were armed with sticks, poles and star pickets.
Police from Tennant Creek and Ali Curung were sent
to Canteen Creek to settle the matter while detectives
also travelled to the community to investigate the death
of the 52-year-old.
Tennant Creek and Barkly Police Divisional Officer A/
Superintendent Pauline Vicary said police would remain
in the community until order was restored.
“Where offences are identified and offenders are nomi-
nated, these matters will be investigated and offenders
will be charged and brought before the court,” she said.
“This type of violent behaviour is not acceptable.
“It causes significant consequences and trauma for
everyone in the community which is further exacerbated
when it results in the death of a community member.”
A/Superintendent Vicary said once order was restored,
police would work with the community and other
stakeholders to identify issues that caused the fighting
and work towards a long term resolution to prevent
The violence at Canteen Creek follows fighting in Ali
Curung last week that resulted in six arrests.
Police and Tactical Response Group officers were sent
to the community to quell rioting.
Locals also reported seeing TRG officers patrolling
the streets of Tennant Creek last Friday night.
Man dead following
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