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Authorised by R. Aylett, Lot 56 Stuart Highway, Elliott, NT
NT Council Elections 2017
for Kuwarrangu Ward
Barkly Regional Council
‘A man who fights
for the people of
Edition 11 August 2017
Jemena supports NT emergency responders
Jemena’s NGP Health, Safety and Environment Manager, Gerard Harber, with Avon Downs SES Safety
Officer April Ragg and Avon Downs Police Sergeant and SES Coordinator Colin Ragg.
Jemena has donated an automated external defibrillator (AED) to the Barkly Region State
Emergency Service (SES). Jemena liaised with the SES and NT Police and identified a
limited number of AEDs along the 460km remote stretch of Barkly Highway.
While the majority of NGP personnel will work well away from the Barkly Highway,
Jemena acknowledged a community need for an AED to be available between Tennant
Creek and Camooweal.
Jemena is pleased it could support the community by providing this unit, which will be
available at and dispatched from the remote Avon Downs Police Station.
Register and apply now for jobs on the NGP at ngpjobsandtraining.com.au
Pipe stringing underway as NT section
of pipeline begins to take shape
Pipe stringing is well underway in the Northern Territory. Stringing is a term used in
pipeline construction for when lengths of coated line pipe are laid along the
construction right of way (ROW) ahead of welding. Sandbags and timber pipe skids
manufactured and supplied during Jemena’s Social Employment Project are used to
support the pipe on the ROW ensuring the coated
pipe is not damaged.
The stringing process starts with transporting pipe
by truck from the stockpile yard, near Tennant
Creek, to the ROW. After this, an excavator fitted
with a vacuum lift places lengths of one tonne
pipe on to waiting skids and bags on the ROW.
Approximately 90 kilometres of stringing has now
taken place across the 622km NGP.
Above : a vacuum lift undertakes stringing. Right, lengths of pipe strung out near Tennant Creek.
ELLIOTT’S multi-purpose centre is set for a
major upgrade thanks to a Federal Govern-
The hub of the town, where sporting and recreational
activities are held, will soon have refurbished kitchen,
outdoor, storage and gym facilities.
NT Senator Nigel Scullion said the project, to be man-
aged by the Barkly Regional Council (BRC), would
create 20 local jobs through the refurbishment phase
and 15 ongoing jobs, ten of which would be filled by
local Aboriginal people.
The Federal Government’s Building Better Regions
Fund would contribute $136,500 while the BRC would
chip in $95,500 with the works to be completed by
“The kitchen will be upgraded for nutrition and
cooking workshops and to allow catering services for
events,” Senator Scullion said.
“The indoor recreation area and basketball courts will
also be upgraded to provide a safe place for activities
for young people out of the heat or rain.
“The upgrades will include outside shaded seating,
and a storage room and gym and the office will also
be upgraded to provide an area for meetings and better
planning of youth and community activities.”
Barkly Regional Council CEO, Steve Moore, said the
additional funding would allow the council to make a
significant improvement to the multi-purpose centre.
“The youth of Elliott are great supporters of the centre
and use the facilities constantly,” he said.
“This includes playing sports, using the multi-media
centre and even just using it as a social hub.
“The building and facilities are now quite dated and to
be able to modernise the centre is a fantastic outcome
for the people of Elliott.”
Mr Moore said the BRC was grateful to Senator Scul-
lion and the Federal Government for their continued
support in the Barkly region.
Major upgrade to Elliott
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public service and work
as a full-time president to
advance and represent the
interests of the region.
“My experience working
in the Barkly, which goes
back to 1994, has given
me a unique understanding
and insight into the range
of socio-economic factors
such as poverty, poor and
and limited access to com-
munity activities,” he said.
“My long lasting rela-
tionships across all lev-
els of government, with
business people and Ab-
original corporations in
Tennant Creek, will help
drive social and economic
development across the
Steve says if elected,
he plans to work collab-
oratively with both coun-
cillors and residents to
provide open, responsive
and accountable govern-
ment across the region
to improve services and
facilities for the benefit of
all residents and visitors.
“I will listen to and be
a strong voice for all our
residents and look forward
to support from voters
to make the Barkly the
preferred location to live,
work, visit and invest in,”
Another president can-
didate, Jeff McLaughlin
AKA Dr Fluoride - is
well known throughout
Tennant Creek and the
The talented singer,
musician, sound and re-
cording technician and
local celebrity has also
kept residents and visitors
entertained and amused
in his previous job as a
checkout dude at BP.
Now back at the Winan-
jjikari Music Centre after
a break, he’s hoping to be
able to make a difference
through the Council.
The father-of-two says
he loves living in Tennant
Creek and feels just at
home out in the Barkly’s
more remote areas.
“I want to make positive
changes to bring the voice
back to people in com-
munities and outstations,”
“People deserve to have
better consultation pro-
cesses as well as more
decision making powers.
“I’d also like to build on
the great work local au-
thorities have done in cre-
ating more family-friendly
play and recreation areas.
“In the words of the great
Cat Stevens, “where do the
“I want to put some spark
back into the place, make
it cleaner, greener and
introduce street artworks
that everyone can be
“Basically, I’d like the
opportunity to make posi-
tive change for everyone
across our diverse elector-
ate and I’m hoping people
in the Barkly region will
vote for me to make that
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