Home' Tennant and District Times : 2018-0202 TDT Contents 6 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 2 FEBRUARY 2018
Aussie Day Celebrations
Tennant Creek 2018
l Senior Citizen of the Year Helen Kempe
cuts the cake made by Jodie Parsons.
l Rhonda Plummer accepted the Male
Sportsperson of the Year award
on behalf of her son Bronson.
l Volunteer of the Year Nominee
l Tennant Creek Young Citizen of the Year
Tristan Duggie (centre) with Mayor Steve
Edgington and Ambassador Sarah Garnett .
l The CWA Tennant Creek Branch was awarded the
Community Event of the Year.
l Sylvania Shannon-Kenny accepts the
Female Sportsperson of the Year award.
l Student Citizen award winner Summa
Hansen with Sarah Garnett.
l Emcee extraordinaire Kathy Burns with the Mayor.
l Nelson Kurniawan accepting
a Student Citizen Award.
l Barkly AFL was nominated for
Community Event of the Year for Grand
Final Day. Pictured is Wayne Green and
l Lachlan Dunemann accepting a
Student Citizen medallion.
Locals in the spotlight
EACH year our region celebrates
the achievements and contribu-
tion of locals through the Austra-
lia Day NT Council Local Govern-
At special ceremonies in communities
throughout the region audiences heard
stories about citizens who inspire us
through their achievements and chal-
lenge us to make our own contribution
to creating a better Barkly.
Up at Battery Hill in Tennant Creek,
Helen Kempe and Jennifer Kitching
won top honours, taking out the Senior
Citizen and Citizen of the Year Awards
Jennifer, who was in NSW visiting
family and friends, received the Citizen
of the Year award for her tireless work
over the years helping countless people in
Tennant Creek and remote communities.
She has always been there to assist
with financial, legal and discriminatory
matters, lending a hand with government
department applications, donating extra
money, goods, clothes, food, a hot meal
art and craft supplies, helping young
sportspeople with their travel plans and
offering a friendly ear and cup of tea
Over the years Jenny has worked
hard to promote the Saturday morning
markets and has served on many boards
and committees including Rotary, the
Tennant Creek Women’s Refuge, Barkly
Regional Arts, the Central Australian
Craft Council and the Tennant Creek
Jenny’s title is a token of appreciation
for the way she is always thinking of
ways to benefit the community as well as
her own positive role modelling.
Senior Citizen of the Year went to Helen
Kempe who throughout her life has been
an active supporter of the community and
community events, playing critical roles
in organising and running activities such
as rodeos, camp drafts, exhibitions and
Helen has also been a central point of
contact for people on isolated cattle sta-
tions when supplies have been required,
errands in town need to be taken care of
and light planes need to be met at the
She has continually contributed to the
community and the surrounding pasto-
ral stations through her work with the
Country Women’s Association, the Ten-
nant Creek Saddle Horse Club, the ABC
Amateur Race Club, the RSL, Rotary,
Barkly Ladies Day, Battery Hill Mining
Centre, Tennant Creek & District Show
Society and the Isolated Children’s and
Young Citizen of the Year went to
Tristan Duggie. A Student and Family
Support officer for the NTG’s Depart-
ment of Education, Tristan plays a vital
role in assisting Aboriginal students
from remote communities to transition
to school life.
He is exceptionally community-mind-
ed, regularly participating in local events,
including the annual Mungkarta One
Dream One Ride, and throughout 2017
continued to develop and mature into a
leader for his community.
He represented the Northern Territory
and the Barkly in an educational ex-
change tour of the United States through
the National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples. Tristan has managed to cross
both cultural and geographic barriers to
become a role model in contemporary
society while maintaining and nurtur-
ing traditional Aboriginal customs and
Community Event of the Year was
presented to the Country Women’s As-
sociation Tennant Creek Branch for Dust
Clouds on the Horizon, an extraordinary
event that took locals back in time.
The two-day event and exhibition held
in June last year commemorated the
Bombing of Darwin and included the
re-enactment of army convoys rolling
into Tennant Creek in 1940.
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