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Fauna handler team collects valuable data
Reptile experts and an award winning Indigenous ranger are
part of a team of specialists who will undertake fauna handling
on Jemena’s Northern Gas Pipeline (NGP) Project.
Under the NGP’s Environmental Management Plan, both
pipeline contractors employ fauna handlers to remove and
relocate animals which may enter the trench during
McConnell Dowell’s Steve Wilson and Gerry Swan are the first
in a team of people working on the NT section of pipeline. The
pair are experienced fauna handlers and experts in the study of
reptiles and amphibians. Together they published the recently
released fifth edition of A Complete Guide to Reptiles of
The NGP Project gives them the opportunity to collect valuable
distribution data on reptiles in the relatively understudied
Barkly Region. The pair has already photographed Shine’s
Whip Snake which, while known to the region is one of
Australia’s least known snakes.
Working with them is Clayton Namatjira, a trained Central Land
Council Ranger and previous NT Young Achiever Environment
Clayton will be mentored in capture and release techniques
and is learning valuable animal identification skills.
The team, which will grow as the project develops, will record
and photograph animals including the date and the location
NGP achieves construction milestone as
Ilyanyu Waru starts work near Mount Isa
Jemena’s NGP has reached another construction
milestone as work on the Mount Isa Compressor
Station (MICS) begins.
Ilyanyu Waru, a company formed between the
Kalkadoon people, the Traditional Owners of the
land around Mount Isa, and local construction
company Qcrush, kicked off work at MICS last
Ilyanyu Waru’s scope of work includes clearing
Ilyanyu Waru starts construction at the Mount Isa Compressor Station site.
the area, constructing access roads and fencing at
the compressor station site, located on the
outskirts of Mount Isa.
Ilyanyu Waru is expected to employ 10 local and
After a 12 month construction and commissioning
period, MICS will receive gas from the NGP before
compressing it to help transport it to our
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TENSIONS between family groups
at Ali Curung have flared, result-
ing in violent outbreaks across
Reinforcements were sent into Ali
Curung from Tennant Creek this week
to quell the disturbances.
And Night Patrol workers have been
assisting police with efforts to restore
Police are working with members of
the community along with the Barkly
Regional Council and Commonwealth
Government representatives to mediate
between the two groups.
Police said no arrests have been made
so far and no assaults have been reported.
Footage from police body cameras is
being reviewed to ascertain who has been
involved in the rioting.
Family riots flare
in Ali Curung
ONE of Australia’s most innovative and exciting musical sculpturists
is on his way to Tennant Creek and he’s calling for as much noisy junk
as possible to turn into a musical playground.
Steve ‘Dong-Bang’ Langton is driving his loud, weird load and portable workshop
all the way from the Sunshine Coast to town to help local students build a permanent,
interactive musical installation.
High School music teacher David Crowden will be working with Steve to create
the musical masterpiece and is calling for resonant donations.
“Basically, we want anything that is noisy,” he said.
“Things like sand filters, shakers, rattles, drums, poly pipe, containers, wheel hubs,
chair legs, and the like.
“And we need as many roller blade wheels as possible to use as drum heads.”
David said Steve, who will be in town for a month from next week, lives for true
musical play and loves nothing more than to help people make music with freely
available musical instruments, built rugged to look elegant and to sound enticingly
“He has built some incredible musical sculptures that have become tourist attrac-
tions and features of international events like Vivid in Sydney and is currently taking
time out from working on the 2018 Commonwealth Games opening and closing
ceremonies,” he said.
“We are really fortunate to be able to have Steve come to Tennant Creek and are
looking forward to seeing what the community creates.”
Donations can be taken to the High School or call David on 0426455573.
Music maker wants
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