Home' Tennant and District Times : 2018-0125 TDT Contents TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES THURSDAY 25 JANUARY 2018 3
HEAD out to the Tennant Creek Swim-
ming Pool before 6am tomorrow morn-
ing to cheer on participants in the 2018
Australia Day Triathlon.
All that clapping makes for hungry work, so
afterwards make your way to Battery Hill on
Peko Road at 8am for the Outdoor Brekky and
official celebrations including Australia Day
Awards, Citizenship Ceremony and cake cutting.
Breakfast is $12 and you can meet the Australia
Day Ambassador Sarah Garnett, who founded
the Footpath Library.
From 12.30pm onwards, there’s fun and games
including tug of war, egg relay, raft race, pie eat-
ing contest, leaky bucket race, the best dressed
competition and a free community BBQ out at
Lake Mary Ann.
Hosted by Barkly Regional Council, Mayor
Steve Edgington said Australia Day celebra-
tions reflect the diverse society and landscape
of the Barkly and are marked by community and
family events. “It’s a remarkable day, with many
different activities on offer.”
On the day there will be free bus transfers with
a Tennant Creek Transport 12-seater mini-bus
doing a loop of Tennant Creek to take locals to
and from Lake Mary Ann.
Pick up in Tennant Creek from Mulga Camp,
Wuppa Camp, Tinkarli Camp, Council Cham-
bers on Peko Road, outside IGA (Foodbarn),
the Transit Centre and BP on Paterson Street
every 20-25 minutes from 12.30pm-2pm. Return
to town from Lake Mary Ann from 4.30pm-
6.30pm. Disability clients can book Tennant
Creek Transport in advance on 0400 883819 to
arrange a pick up.
For those locals interested in the Footpath
Library there’s a free talk with Australia Day
Ambassador Sarah Garnett at the local library on
Peko Road, from 1.15pm-2pm, today, Thursday
Visit the Council website https://barkly.nt.gov.
au and Facebook page for up-to-date informa-
Time to celebrate Australia Day
THE Tennant & District
Times print issue is now
being offered free of
Even though the price has
been minimal since the local
newspaper was established in
1975, the new no-cost status is
a small gift of appreciation to
all our readers.
The Tennant Times will be
available at all the usual outlets
so nothing has changed except
you’ll all have more coins to
rattle around in your pockets.
Going against online newspa-
per trends where subscription
fees are ever increasing, the
Tennant Times has offered free
online readership since 2013
when we began uploading real-
view editions on the web.
Now you can read the Tennant
Times online at tdtimes.com.au
or pick up a free issue at a range
of local outlets.
Remote communities, pastoral
properties and schools through-
out the Barkly will continue to
receive complimentary copies
of the paper, courtesy of our
Member for Barkly Gerry Mc-
THE Commonwealth Government
has jumped on board with the NT
Government to match its 10-year,
$1.1 billion investment into remote
Minister for Housing and Community
Development Gerry McCarthy said he was
pleased the Federal Government recognised
how serious the NT Government was about
improving the lives of people living in the
“We made an election commitment to tackle
the housing deficit seen in our remote com-
munities by investing a record $1.1 billion
into our remote housing program Our Com-
munity. Our Future. Our Homes,” he said.
“The recent announcement by Indigenous
Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion to match
this 10-year program dollar for dollar is
Mr McCarthy said he looked forward to
meeting wth Minister Scullion in the com-
ing weeks to finalise details but said it was
critical the Federal Government matched
the Territory’s $50 million per annum land
servicing commitment to support the delivery
“A recent report released by the Federal
Government highlighted that the Northern
Territory has more than half of the nation’s
remote housing deficit with the least capacity
to pay for it,” he said.
“This underlines the importance of the
Northern Territory and Commonwealth
Governments working together to address
“Since September 2016 more than 780
houses have been built or improved across
“This latest announcement from Minister
Scullion means we can continue on that
path of improving the lives of people living
in the bush.”
Mr McCarthy said With Room to Breathe
Early Works continuing in a number of com-
munities across the Territory, 2018 looked to
be an exciting year for delivering improved
housing to remote Territorians.
Federal Govt supports investment into remote housing
HUNDREDS of children across the Barkly
will return to school next week.
In Tennant Creek schools start on Monday however
students in remote areas like Mungkarta, Ali Curung,
Canteen Creek and Elliott won’t hear the bell ring
until Tuesday morning.
In good news for parents, the Back to School Pay-
ment Scheme allows each student to receive $150
worth of educational goods and services.
The payment is available to students at pre schools,
primary and high schools during Term 1.
The bonus can be used to buy school uniforms and
to pay for school excursions and elective activities.
However it is non-transferrable between students
and cannot be used for canteen purchases or voluntary
Parents can claim entitlements from the school at-
tended by their children.
Barkly students back to school
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