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Aussie Day Celebrations
Tennant Creek 2018
From page 6.
On the first day guests were served lunch, re-
flecting the soldier’s hearty fare – corned beef
sandwiches, scones, rock cakes and piping hot
tea and coffee in metal pannikins. The next day
the CWA ladies regaled themselves in 1940s
hats and frocks to host a sumptuous high tea in
direct contrast to the homespun fare served to
Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Meg
McGrath, who over the years has provided valu-
able volunteer secretarial support for the Tennant
Creek Women’s Refuge Board including taking
part in events and open days.
Without Meg’s valuable support the Tennant
Creek Transport Committee would not have
survived. She regularly volunteers her time
for this committee and even obtained her ‘H’
endorsement licence to drive buses for special
events and charters.
Meg also provides volunteer support to Barkly
Regional Arts for their annual Desert Harmony
Festival, and works on a volunteer basis every
Saturday morning at the Uniting Church Op
Shop on the main street.
Other awards included Sportsperson of the
Year (Male) which was presented to Bronson
Plummer in honour of his sports prowess in
basketball. The Tennant Creek-born youngster
recently entered the world sporting stage with a
basketball tour in the United States.
Sylvania Shannon Kenny was Sportsperson of
the Year (Female) in recognition of her repre-
senting the Barkly and the Northern Territory for
a number of different sports, including softball
and athletics. Aside from her sporting abilities
Sylvania is also a team player, an all-rounder
and has a fantastic positive attitude.
Student Awards, awarded by the Northern Ter-
ritory Government’s Department of Education,
were also presented on the day to Lachlan Dun-
emann, Nelson Kurniawan and Summa Hansen.
Lachlan has demonstrated both athletic prow-
ess and great sportsmanship. A friendly and
supportive peer, he shows a real sense of fair
play and a generosity of spirit both on and off
Nelson is a kind, thoughtful and determined
student and community citizen, representing
Tennant Creek at various math and science
camps and competitions. A hard worker, he also
is a great entertainer and spreads joy wherever
Summa received the award for her kind and
generous spirit, and friendly manner.
Known to go out of her way to help fellow stu-
dents, teachers and members of the community,
she does everything with enthusiasm and to the
best of her abilities.
Mayor Steve Edgington said at the Australia
Day Awards ceremony that what he had noticed
was the growing recognition of young people
in the awards.
“This is so important. They are our future and
they need to be nurtured and encouraged to be
the best that they can be as they mature into
young adults,” he said.
“Youngsters need role models and seeing their
peers recognised for showing team spirit, doing
the best they can, and encouraging and helping
others is a major step forward.”
Up In Elliott, Citizen of the Year went to Bes-
sie Bathern, Young Citizen of the Year to Chad
Bill, Community Event of the Year to Elliott
Women’s Basketball and Sportsperson of the
Year to Donald Raymond.
In Arlparra, Donald Thompson won Senior
Citizen of the Year, and in Ampilatwatja the
Young Citizen of the Year went to Esiah Ng-
THERE’S no better day to become an Australian
than on Australia Day as two brand new Aussies
More than 16,000 people choose 26 January to become
an Australian citizen and last Friday Barkly Regional
Council Mayor Steve Edgington welcomed two new Ten-
nantites from India to the town at an official Citizenship
Ceremony up at Battery Hill Mining Centre.
Johncy Boby and Jini Joy were both born and brought
up in Kerala, southern India, where they completed their
schooling and higher studies in nursing.
In 2004, both Johncy and Jini were given an opportu-
nity to work in the United Kingdom as registered nurses
with Johncy landing a job in Cambridge and Jini going
to Edinburgh, Scotland, for her position.
Interestingly, neither of them knew each other grow-
ing up in India but in 2005 they met through friends in
The following year Johncy proposed and the two were
married in 2007.
They now have two children, Johan and Jeslyn, and
are known amongst friends as the ‘J’ family.
Johncy and Jini came to town in 2012 when they landed
a job opportunity at the Tennant Creek Hospital. Johncy
works as the Nurse Manager and Jini works as the Renal
They both love Tennant Creek and its people and enjoy
the outback lifestyle. They are also both mindful of the
responsibilities of being an Australian citizen and say
they will respect and value this privilege.
New Aussie citizens welcomed
l Mayor Steve Edgington (centre) welcomed new citiziens Jini Joy and Johncy Boby.
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