Home' Tennant and District Times : 2018-0202 TDT Contents UNVEILING THE PLAQUE: PAK Board Member Ronald Plummer, Traditional Owner Brian Crafter,
Minister for Indigenous Affairs Senator Nigel Scullion and PAK CEO Karan Hayward.
TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 2 FEBRUARY 2018 3
Australia Day 2018
A huge thank you to all our sponsors and the community of
Tennant Creek for making this Australia Day so incredible.
• Dexter Barnes Electrical
• Memorial Club Tennant Creek
• BP Prospect NT
• Hal and Donna Ruger
• T&J (NT)
• Wan’s Thai Massage
• Lavery Plumbing
• Brooksy Scents
• IGA Tennant Creek
• Double J Cleaning
• Outback Outfitters
• Rotary Club Tennant Creek
• Gerry McCarthy, MLA, Member for Barkly
• Barkly Quality Butchers
• Bulldust Sweet Bakes • Little Rippers
• Tennant Creek Newsagents • Kmart of Alice Springs
Other organisations that made the day possible are Australia Day NT Ambassador Sarah Garnett, Barkly Work Camp, Batter y Hill Mining Centre, Tennant Creek
Transport, Karen’s Kitchen, Tennant Creek Dance Crew, St John Ambulance, local lifeguards, the Tennant Creek Volunteer Association and NTES volunteers, Shelagh
Walsh and the Girl Guides Tennant Creek Branch, Kathy Burns as the MC and a large swathe of locals who offered their time to help out.
WHEN Papulu Apparr-Kari (PAK)
unveiled its brand new Language
Centre last week, one of the great-
est supporters of the project was
unable to attend because planes
were grounded in Darwin due to
However on Wednesday, Federal Min-
ister for Indigenous Affairs, NT Senator
Nigel Scullion, finally got to see the
Centre his department funded to the tune
of $3.1 million. And he was suitably
“It is just fantastic. A great amenity for
Tennant Creek,” he said.
“The staff at the PAK worked in humble
digs for many years and they deserve this
“I was thrilled to be able to congratulate
the Board members, management and
staff on bringing this project to fruition
at a very modest cost.”
Minister Scullion said while the build-
ing was very good value for money it
was in the end, just a building.
“But what happens at PAK, the way
the organisation works to preserve and
protect Indigenous languages, is incred-
ibly important,” he said.
“They have an archive of living evi-
dence of pre-contact Indigenous lan-
guages and culture. It is absolutely
Minister Scullion praised PAK, saying
everyone in the Barkly region regarded
the organisation as a well respected
community-owned enterprise that had
been successful over many years because
of its focus on local Indigenous language
Scullion visits new Language Centre
Photo by IRENA EDWARDS-KELLY.
drunks fought af-
ter consuming sto-
len grog from the
RSL Club on Sat-
Hoskins said 10 car-
tons of beer and 30 bot-
tles of spirits, valued
at about $1,100 were
amongst the booty.
A woman was charged
with theft and unlawful
entry on Wednesday.
stolen grog THE Desert Harmony Festival looks set
to be a noisy event this year, thanks to a
grant from Festival Australia that will en-
able the construction of an outdoor musi-
Steve Langton, who was an artist-in-residence at
the Tennant Creek High School last year, will return
to town later this year to make a musical playground.
He will also work with locals to create musical seat
sculptures that incorporate stylised tuned percus-
sions with local animal themes.
The professional musical sculptor will run com-
munity workshops for six weeks in the lead up to
Barkly Regional Arts Artistic Director Kathy Burns
said the grant from Festival Australia, administered
by the Federal Department of Communication and
the Arts, would be put to good use in Tennant Creek.
“The Festival Fauna: From Junk to Funk project
will teach participants the fundamentals of musi-
cal instrument making and creating high quality
sculptures,” she said.
“The result will be a set of six musical seat fauna
sculptures that will be used during the festival to
provide playful, useful, musical, sculptural and
Kathy said Steve lives for true musical play, com-
munity music and people making music with freely
available musical instruments.
“During Desert Harmony the sculptures will be
moved around daily at festival venues for audiences
to interact with,” she said.
“The stories will be displayed next to the sculpture
for people to read and learn and local musicians will
work with Steve to develop performances with the
Town’s biggest festival gains grant support
l Steve Langton.
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