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CHEERS TO THE WEED BuSTERS: Fiona Borondia, Talia Donald, Kenessa Mercadal, Gabby Mack, Bianca
Norman and Ibby Bathern.
Girl Guides in coral cactus bust
THE Tennant Creek Girl Guides have
earned a component of their Environ-
ment Guide 2017 badge after playing
a vital role in a recent Coral Cactus
Coral Cactus is a Weed of National Signifi-
cance (WoNS) that can be spread by euros,
dingoes or wild dogs.
It can form impenetrable thickets and domi-
nate grazing land if not properly managed.
Department of Environment and Natural
Resources district weed officer, Naomi Cas-
silles-Southgate, and Department of Tourism
and Culture Community Engagement Officer
Parks and Wildlife Commission, Susie Armes,
organised the bust and were impressed by the
Girl Guides’ dedication to the task at hand.
“A component of the badge includes find-
ing out about noxious weeds in the area, and
organising a ‘weed pull’ day,” Ms Cassilles-
“The Tennant Creek Girl Guides assisted in
controlling cacti in Tennant Creek by digging
out coral cacti from the top of Snob Hill.
“There were eight Girl Guides wearing
gloves and removing segments of the plant
with tongs, and then the roots systems were
“All segments will be left in a sealed con-
tainer until they have died and will then be
transported to the waste management facility
to be buried.”
Ms Armes said the girls’enthusiasm and care
for the environment shone through.
“They did an incredible job at cleaning up
this entire section,” she said.
“This work was strategic in preventing Coral
Cactus spreading further down the outcrop,
which would have made it harder to the con-
trol in the long term.
“And the good news is the Girl Guides are
eager to help in future weed busts.”
By EDWIN EDLUND
residents are encour-
aged to ‘Bin It, Don’t
Spread It’ and care-
fully remove declared
Class A cacti from
Landholders can now dig
out their declared cactus
and dispose of all plant
material into garbage bags
in wheelie bins for kerb-
side removal to the waste
Waste containing cacti
will be buried at the dump
to prevent cacti re-sprout-
ing and spreading further.
Please don’t transport
cacti yourself and never
dispose of them in green
Weed Management Of-
ficers will be providing
affected landholders with
early detection and control
Officers can also help
identify newly declared
species in urban gardens.
For advice on cactus ID
and how to control cactus
contact the Weed Man-
agement Branch on 8962
4314 or visit www.nt.gov.
Residents can help to get rid of coral cactus
TEAM EFFORT: Ranger Naomi Cassilles-Southgate with Kenessa Mercadal, Bianca
Norman and Ibby Bathern.
Photos by SHELAGH WALSH.
A FIRE, believed to have been deliberately lit,
destroyed vehicles, caravans and trailers in
Borroloola last Saturday night.
The blaze, tore through a property on the corner of
Robinson Road and Searcy Street, soon after about six
teenagers were seen in the area.
The youths had been spotted lighting fires at a neigh-
bouring block the previous day.
The Borroloola Fire Emergency Response Group and
NT Police were called to the scene at 5:15pm.
The fire took nearly three hours to quell.
Duty Superintendent Rob Burgoyne said no one was
injured but people’s homes were destroyed.
“The caravans were being used by people, but both
people were away at the time,” he said.
in Borroloola blaze
AS Julalikari com-
pletes its period of
administration, a new
board has been ap-
pointed from those
who submitted ex-
pressions of interest.
Barb Shaw, LT, Rebecca
Moore, Michael Jones,
Richard James, Norman
Frank and Ross Williams
will be joined by non-
members, Neil McCloud
and Olga Havenen.
A chairperson will be se-
lected from the new board
members at a meeting to
be held tomorrow.
A new CEO, selected
from an initial field of 60
and a shortlist of three, will
be endorsed by the board
and officially announced
tomorrow as well.
The Aboriginal Corpora-
tion was placed into spe-
cial administration in Feb-
ruary by the Registrar of
Anthony Beven, following
ongoing community con-
cerns and a breakdown in
relations with its members
and commercial partners.
Pat Brahim, who had
been at the helm of the
organisation for 13 years,
resigned in July.
A 29-year-old man
appeared in court
last week following
a series of domestic
violence incidents in
Sergeant Andrew Lit-
tman said the man, was
“It is alleged the offender
assaulted a 27-year-old
woman, in several sepa-
rate incidents, dating back
to 18 July,” he said.
“He also allegedly as-
saulted a 44-year-old
woman on 7 September.”
The man was charged
with three counts each of
aggravated assault and
breaching domestic vio-
Man charged for
series of domestic
across the Barkly
from across the Ter-
ritory for a two-day
Families as First
in Darwin this week.
Featuring a variety of
experts in the area of ear-
ly childhood research,
the conference offered a
number of seminars and
interactive workshops so
the FaFT educators could
develop as a connected
Minister for Education
Eva Lawler said the pro-
gram was important be-
cause parents and families
were children’s first and
most important teachers.
Conference aims for better
early childhood education
The NT Young Achiever Awards
are now seeking nominations
from people who are actively in-
volved in helping to make their
communities better places.
The Awards encourage and promote
positive achievements of young Territo-
rians and anybody up to and including
the age of 29 can be nominated.
Categories include arts, environment,
leadership, Indigenous achievement,
small business, health and wellbeing,
healthy, community service, fashion
Winners of each category will receive
$2000 and a trophy and will go into the
running to be named NT Young Achiever
of the Year.
Tennant Creek’s Dan Bourchier is
a previous award recipient for youth
The ABC Canberra anchor and radio
host won for his work as a teenager in
Tennant and the Barkly, giving his gen-
eration a voice.
“It was such a humbling experience
just to be nominated,” he told the Ten-
“That someone took the time to do that
was an honour.
“And winning was next level - it spurred
me on to keep on being involved in the
Dan encouraged residents to nominate
young people from the Barkly.
“It may make the difference in how they
fit in to the community,” he said.
“And in any case - celebrating our youth
is so important.”
Rebecca Healy also won the coveted
overall achiever award in 2011 and head-
ed off to the national finals in Canberra.
And this year Marlinja’s Eleanor Dixon
won the CDU Arts Award.
Nominations are open until 6 Decem-
Awards for Young Achievers
“We know that some
families need help to sup-
port the early learning
and development of their
children and that’s where
FaFT comes in,” she said.
“FaFT provides a quality
early childhood support
program for children aged
from birth until they com-
mence preschool, which is
particularly important for
vulnerable and disadvan-
“Being ready for day
one of school is essential
for kids’ later success and
ability to contribute to
society, both socially and
“It shapes a child’s abil-
ity to thrive at school, stay
healthy and be socially
Ms Lawler said the FaFT
program was launched by
the Territory Labor Gov-
ernment in 2009 and was
succeeding in engaging
with families to prepare
children for school.
“We are expanding this
program and have already
opened five new sites in
2017, taking the total num-
ber to 32,” she said.
“We have been working
extremely hard to expand
the FaFT program be-
cause we know it supports
children’s early learning,
assists families to build
positive relationships with
the school and improve
“However, there’s still
plenty to do and we plan
to have 38 FaFT programs
operating in remote and
urban sites by December
“We know that birth to
five years is a key learn-
ing time and FaFT is one
program that we are seeing
have a positive impact on
children in the NT.”
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