Home' Tennant and District Times : 2018-0119 TDT Contents 2 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 19 JANUARY 2018
Councillor Ray Aylett joined the
Barkly Regional Council during
the amalgamations in 2008 and
represents the Kuwarrangu Ward.
He was a member of the former
Tennant Creek Town Council
Board for a year.
A Queenslander by birth, Cr
Aylett moved over to the Northern
Territory in the late 1990s to
manage Balbarini Station in
Borroloola and then Muckaty
Station, 100km north of Tennant
He is keen to promote Elliott
and improve amenities for the
township including housing,
footpaths for locals, the cemetery
and recreational facilities such as
the football fields. This is his third
term on Council.
Several significant graffiti hotspots have been identified
in Tennant Creek at Davidson Walk and ANZAC Hill.
Council recently purchased a Graffiti removing chemical
(Strip Ease) that is being trialled and early results are
positive with most graffiti being removed.
The depot crew is currently embarking on a graffiti
removal schedule which will eventually be integrated
into a Graffiti Removal Management Plan initially for
Over the coming months we will encourage members
of Tennant Creek town to spot and report the presence
of graffiti on Council’s streets via the website https://
barkly.nt.gov.au or call reception on 8962 0000.
Graffiti Hot Spots
REMOVAL: Davidson Walk has been
earmarked for a clean-up.
It’s Australia Day next Friday, on
26 January, and we at Council
encourage all residents to join in
and celebrate what’s great about
your community and the Barkly.
Staff members are busy gearing
up for a Triathlon, outback
breakfast, citizenship and awards
ceremony and family fun afternoon
in Tennant Creek. There will also be
celebrations in Elliott.
The Australia Day Triathlon has
now been moved into town, starting
at the Tennant Creek Swimming
Pool with a 200m swim, followed
by the 2km bike ride and 2km run
along Ambrose St, Stuart St, Perry
Drive and Peko Road. Participants
need to be there no later than 6am.
The breakfast and official
ceremonies will still be at Battery
Hill and the family fun afternoon will
still be held at Lake Mary Ann from
Please check the Council website
Facebook page: https://facebook.
Facebook page: https://www.
facebook.com/BarklyMayor or call
reception on 8962 0000 for updates
as we draw closer to the big day.
Australia Day 2018
elcome back after the Christ-
mas and New Year celebra-
tions. I hope you enjoyed
the break and have returned
to work refreshed and ready for the year
Here at Council, we have been looking
at ways to do things differently and to lead
our Council and the Barkly region into the
Indeed, as the new Council takes the
reins and embarks on an exciting new
chapter, there’s plenty on the agenda for
us to start working on as we review future
priorities and plan for the long-term and
sustainable future of the region.
Less than five months since the swear-
ing-in ceremony of elected members in
September 2017 a great deal has already
been reviewed and achieved by Council.
A recent review of Council’s organisa-
tional structure has led to the appoint-
ment of a Director of Operations to bring
a greater focus on service delivery in our
Last year we established a formal part-
nership with the ‘No More Campaign’
and revised Council’s Local Authority Es-
tablishment Policy to ensure LAs meet
monthly and have a maximum of seven
These achievements and others were
outlined in my last column and many are
included in the ‘What’s New’ section of
There are also a number of projects un-
derway that will give Council the opportu-
nity to take carriage of and work with the
community to deliver, including the cam-
paign to prevent illegal dumping launched
today, applying for support for the Animal
Management Program across all remote
communities and the development of a
five-year infrastructure plan to improve
facilities in towns and communities of the
Council now has a list of about 30 pro-
jects to be completed in the next five
years. Some ventures can be achieved
easily, while others will require external
funding to get up and running and will
take some time to complete.
Council’s five-year infrastructure plan
will be there to ensure we stay on track
and can measure our success in future
This strategic plan – and many other
initiatives – will also require extensive
community consultation and I encourage
all residents to contribute when the time
comes later in the year.
Council will continue to invest in the local
economy and building capacity in our lo-
We’re all very passionate about sup-
porting the local economy and know how
tough the struggles are for the community
when businesses close down.
We also continue to invest time and
energy into the Tennant Creek/Mt Isa
Cross-Border Commission (a partnership
between our Council and the Mt Isa City
Council) to bring greater focus and atten-
tion to the development of Northern Aus-
tralia, in relation to expanded investments
in tourism, education, mineral resources,
energy, roads, rail, agriculture and water
in the Barkly and surrounding areas.
From the outset, we have been deter-
mined to ensure Council is an inclusive
one; one that talks and listens to the com-
munity and maintains an ongoing conver-
sation with residents about what Council
is doing right, what Council can do better,
and importantly, what the community’s
ideas are for the future.
Our Council is committed to delivering
a local government organisation that’s
honest, open and accountable, as well
as remaining focused on making Tennant
Creek and the Barkly region the preferred
location to live, work, visit and invest in.
Leading the Barkly into an exciting and sustainable future
Barkly Regional Council News
l Rescinded a previous Council resolution so that the new
Council can build a strong partnership with Community
Development Provider (CDP), Julalikari Council Aboriginal
Corporation, across the region
l Hosted a Business Forum in November 2017 with
local businesses to discuss and seek feedback about
Council’s Purchasing and Procurement Policy and other
issues of concern, including providing opportunities for
local businesses, ensuring equitable opportunities for
local businesses and to update the Trade and Business
Directory on Council’s website - https://www.barkly.nt.gov.
l Rescinded a previous Council resolution to transition
out of Arlparra. Council is now committed to working
with the Urapuntja Aboriginal Corporation, the NTG’s
Department of Housing and Community Development, the
CDP Provider (My Pathway), the Australian Government
and other stakeholders to deliver on Council’s obligations.
l Investigating options for improving waste management
in Tennant Creek, including the operation of a recycling
program. As part of research both the CEO and Mayor
were given a tour of the Alice Springs Landfill and
Recycling Centre in 2017. The visit showed what could be
achieved in time with staggered investment.
l Funded and received a three-hour training session
for all elected members
to assist in improving
corporate governance, meeting procedures, roles and
responsibilities, agendas, minutes and following through
l Applied to the Commonwealth Government under the
Building Better Regions Fund to continue funding of the
Animal Management Program across the Barkly to ensure
the safety of the environment and residents, reduce the
population of feral animals and maintain the management
of healthy dogs and cats.
Working together with local communities
Ali Curung, Alpurrurulam, Arlparra, Ampilatwatja, Elliott, Tennant Creek, Wutunugurra
BARKLY REGIONAL COUNCIL
PO Box 821, Tennant Creek NT 0861
41 Peko Road, Tennant Creek NT 0860.
Tel: 08 8962 0000 Fax: 08 8962 1801 Web: http://barkly.nt.gov.au
NEW CHAPTER: Cr Ricky Holmes, Cr Jeffrey McLaughlin, Cr Ray Aylett, Cr
Kris Civitarese, Cr Hal Ruger and Cr Ronald Plummer. Front row: Cr Noel
Hayes, Cr Lucy Jackson, Mayor Steve Edgington, Cr Jane Evans and Cr. Sid
Vashist. PHOTO CREDIT: Karl Herzog-Heinz.
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