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TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 26 MAY 2017 3
sunday 28 may 2017
TENNANT CREEK SWIMMING POOL
Tennant Creek Swimming Pool will be celebrating an
End of Season Pool Party this Sunday 28th May 2017.
F Free Pool Entry all day from 10am to 5pm.
F Free Food from 12 noon to 2pm.
F Jumping Castle available on the day.
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I was born in Renner Springs but I live
in Tennant Creek. My people worked
for rations in those days and didn’t
say much about the
Now I realise it was
one of the most
significant events for
It led to the Land Rights Act and Mabo native
It seems strange that we needed a referendum to be
recognised. But most Australians voted “yes”, which
makes me feel that we’re a united country in some
ways. Life has improved for Aboriginal people, but
much more needs to be done. We still live below the
poverty line and in Third World conditions.
Of course, the referendum gave us the right to drink
alcohol. Our bodies just weren’t used to it. Grog
has destroyed many Aboriginal lives and continues
to destroy families. That’s one of the most serious
problems we have to overcome.
I would like young Aboriginal people to be more
disciplined, to get up when they’re knocked down.
I left school after grade 7 and got a university degree
as a mature-aged student. The whole of Tennant
Creek was proud of me. I want it to be normal for
Aboriginal people to get degrees, not as a reason to
- Linda Turner
May 27: the day two
in our Constitution were
removed after a vote
overwhelmingly in favour
Much achieved, still much to do
Laiyla-Rae Braun Dickenson
Passed away 8 May 2017
The Board, management, staff and members of Barkly Regional Arts
and the Winanjjikari Music Centre wish to convey their deepest
condolences and thoughts to Dirk, Latalia, Jai and their families for
the loss of their beloved daughter.
We are standing strong with you in support during these sad times.
A treasured angel who will be missed so much by all.
TERRITORY Police have offered a $250,000
reward for information leading to the convic-
tion of the person responsible for a fatal hit
and run near Threeways nearly two and a half
The body of 38-year-old Kumanjayi Nelson was found
by the side of the Stuart Highway, 12 kilometres north
of the roadhouse.
Despite ongoing investigations and a campaign call-
ing for information, police require more information
to solve the case.
Announcing the reward, Assistant Commissioner Mi-
chael Murphy said it appears the man was struck from
behind and was lying in the middle of the road for a
short time before being moved to the edge of the road.
“Investigations so far suggest that the victim was most
likely walking south on the road and that the vehicle
that hit him was also travelling south,” he said.
“Medical advice is that due to his injuries, he would
not have been able to move himself.
“Someone moved him 13 metres onto the side of
the road without rendering any medical assistance or
notifying emergency services.
“We believe Kumanjayi Nelson may have survived
his injuries had he been given timely medical attention.
“Someone out there has knowledge of this crime – in
particular the person or persons responsible – and I urge
them to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers on
1800 333 000.
“This can be done anonymously.”
Assistant Commissioner Murphy said the smallest
piece of information may be just what the police need
to make a breakthrough and help bring closure to the
Reward offered for
info on hit and run
Laiyla-Rae to be laid to rest
THE little girl who lost her
battle with cancer nearly
three weeks ago will be laid
to rest today.
Laiyla-Rae* captured everyone’s
hearts during her month-long ordeal.
The six-year-old died in a Mel-
bourne hospital on 8 May.
Her mother announced the tragedy
in a heartbreaking Facebook post.
“Tonight at 7:30 our baby girl
Laiyla-Rae passed away peacefully
in our arms,” she wrote.
“She will be missed by everyone
... you are not in anymore pain baby
... we are gonna [sic] miss you baby
now fly with the angels baby girl.”
The six-year-old captured the
hearts of the community with hun-
dreds turning out to a fundraiser for
her family at Purkiss Reserve.
Others donated to a Go Fund Me
page and money was also raised at
functions in Alice Springs.
Laiyla-Rae’s parents, Latahlia
Braun and Dirk Dickenson, along
with her toddler brother Jai, were
with her throughout the ordeal. They
returned to Tennant Creek this week.
Two older brothers stayed in town
with family members.
Barkly Regional Arts’ CEO and
family friend, Alan Murn, said
Laiyla-Rae’s passing would leave a
huge gap in the community.
“We’re thinking of the family and
standing strong to support them dur-
ing this very difficult time,” he said.
A spokesperson for the family
said they were very grateful for all
the support and assistance from the
“It really has made a big difference
to the family in so many ways and
we thank everyone from the bottom
of our hearts,” she said.
A funeral for Laiyla-Rae will be
held at the Civic Hall this morning at
10am. Mourners are invited to return
to the Civic Hall for a wake follow-
ing her interment at the Cemetery.
*Name used with family permission.
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