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TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2018 5
TRADE, BUSINESS AND INNOVATION
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Grants of up to $80,000 are available.
THE management of the Barkly Homestead
has admitted to underpaying workers to the
tune of $23,700.
David Mayne Pty Ltd, which trades as the Barkly
Homestead, and manager and part-owner Andrew
Mayne faced the Federal Circuit Court this week after
Fair Work inspectors audited the company as part of a
regional campaign in the Barkly region.
They found that 17 workers, who were engaged at
the roadhouse on a full-time basis as cleaners, waiters
and a gardener, were not paid correct penalty rates for
weekend and public holiday work.
The outstanding payments were rectified as soon as
they were brought to the attention of the manager and
company however the Fair Work Ombudsman pro-
ceeded with charges, saying there was no excuse for
employers to make mistakes.
Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James cited the
“wealth of free advice and educational material on our
website ... and the availability of our small business
helpline” as reasons she expected employers to pay
David Mayne Pty Ltd faces maximum penalties of up
to $54,000 per contravention and Andrew Mayne faces
penalties of up to $10,800 per contravention.
The matter is listed for a penalty hearing in the Federal
Circuit Court on 20 February.
Barkly Homestead underpaid workers
A NEW road in
be named after a
Tennant Creek man
who devoted many
years of his work-
ing career to civil
John Bertram, a Ger-
man who immigrated
to Australia in 1950,
died in 2014 following
a long health battle.
John was involved
in a range of sporting
He helped to found
the Borroloola Cricket
Club and was also a
keen member of the
Tennant Creek Bowling
Club, Tennant Creek
Pistol Club and the Go
Kart Grand Prix which
ran for many years
in the 90s and early
As the head of the
ment, transport and
works (AKA every-
thing), John oversaw
the construction of sev-
eral construction and
civil works projects. He
also ran his own earth-
Malcolm Jones from
the Palmerston Coun-
cil recommended nam-
ing the road that links
Zuccoli with new sub-
urb Mitchell, Bertram
He said it would be a
way of honouring the
man who had made
great contributions to
civil works across the
The suggestion has
to be approved by the
Minister for Planning
and Logistics, Nicole
A COMPUTER glitch
is responsible for
duplication bans on
the Banned Drinkers
Register (BDR), the
ted this week.
The NT Department of
Health is now busy con-
tacting up to 50 people
who have had duplicate
bans recorded in the da-
Spokesperson for the
Department of the At-
torney General Geral-
dine Capp said some
three-month bans were
cently updated software
that runs the register.
have been identified as
having these duplicate
bans however work is un-
derway to have these ad-
ditional bans removed,”
“A further 26 possible
cases of duplicate bans
will also be investigated.
“The software error has
been resolved and there
is no further risk to the
integrity of the BDR da-
“There is no detriment
to the public or any per-
son on the BDR because
the original three month
ban added in January has
an expiry date in April
and is therefore still cur-
All records should be
corrected by next week.
THE Independent Scientific Inquiry
into Hydraulic Fracturing of Onshore
Shale Gas Reserves in the Northern
Territory will return to Tennant Creek
on Monday for the last time.
Presentations will be live-streamed on the
website at https://frackinginquiry.nt.gov.au/
Inquiry Chair, Justice Rachel Pepper said the
hearing on Monday afternoon would provide a
final opportunity to hear formal presentations
from interested people, groups and organisa-
tions before the Inquiry finalises its work and
publishes its final report in March.
“Presenters should use the opportunity to
provide feedback on the Draft Final Report
and the Draft Social Impact Assessment
Framework produced by Coffey Services
Australia,” she said.
“The Panel’s priority is to give each submis-
sion due consideration.”
Justice Pepper said she would like to receive
all further submissions as soon as possible but
before the final report would be completed
Meanwhile, key stakeholders have joined
forces to highlight concerns with the Inquiry’s
draft final report, calling for amendments to
improve protections for water, public health
and the environment.
Naomi Hogan, National Coordinator of Lock
the Gate Alliance said groups are insisting risk
assessments and studies must take place before
any further exploration fracking takes place.
“In the exploration phase, fracking compa-
nies can construct exploration gas wells, pro-
cessing infrastructure and pipelines,” she said.
“They can drill through aquifers, access
water and transport millions of tonnes of
chemicals. All before studies are complete.
This is inappropriate.
“We need well-informed no-go zones in
place before any further hydraulic fracturing
of shale gas wells takes place.”
Ms Hogan said the Inquiry in Darwin on
Tuesday heard first hand evidence from pasto-
ralists, Jo and Allen Fogarty of the damage just
two exploration fracking wells caused on Lucy
Creek cattle station, south of Tennant Creek.
“We are calling on the Panel to amend its
final recommendations to require all risk as-
sessments, including baseline health, water
and methane emissions studies be conducted
before further exploration.
“It is not appropriate, as currently proposed,
for these assessments to be conducted along-
Fracking Inquiry to
visit Tennant Creek
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