Home' Tennant and District Times : 2018-0223 TDT Contents 8 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2018
A councillor and former elected
member of Barkly Regional
Council recently received high
accolades from their colleagues
Councillor Hal Ruger and
former councillor Bog Bagnall
were each presented with
an award from the Local
Northern Territory (LGANT)
in recognition of years of
service and commitment to
local government and the
communities their serve.
At the Ordinary Council
Meeting in January this year Cr
Ruger received his award for 10
years service while Mr Bagnall,
who has been recognised for 25
years service, was presented
his award in Elliott earlier this
Hal, who represents Patta
Ward, has served four terms as
a councillor, one with Tennant
Creek Town Council, and three
since the changeover to the
Barkly Shire on 1 July, 2008.
During that time he has
served on various committees,
including the Christmas Tree,
and is keen on growing the
Barkly with his dream of
installing a town clock nearing
Bob, who is now on the Elliott
Local Authority, represented
the Kuwarrangu Ward for two
terms with Council.
Previously, he served 17 years
on the Elliott District Community
Government Council, including
three terms as President.
I commend both of them
for their huge and invaluable
contribution to their respective
communities and to the local
people they represent.
Councillor Kris Civitarese joined
the Council in September last
year after the recent elections
and represents the Patta Ward.
A proud Tennant Creek local, he
has lived in the area for most of
his life, excluding his service with
the Australian Army from 2000-
Cr Civitarese is a Senior
Manager with one of the Barkly
region’s largest employers, T&J
(NT), and his role within the
company has given him a strong
understanding of the economic
challenges faced by local
A fully qualified electrician and
he is currently completing his
Project Management (RMIT). Cr
Civitarese is passionate about
the town and the region and is
committed to lobbying on the
issues of economic development,
community safety and grass-
roots community initiatives.
It was great to catch up
with the Honourable Nigel
Scullion, Senator for the
Northern Territory and
Minister for Indigenous
Affairs, during his visit to
Tennant Creek earlier this
During our meeting we
discussed the Barkly
Regional Council’s progress
to date, including the
development of a five-year
plan for the Barkly region.
Our Council looks forward
to continuing our strong
relationship with the Federal
Meet Councillor Kris Civitarese
Service awards for dedication
A step in the right direction for women
Barkly Regional Council News
l Council conducted a survey
about the facilities out at Lake
Mary Ann on behalf of Tennant
Creek Local Authority (TCLA).
With more than 180 responses,
Council will work with the TCLA
on the data collected to look at
ways of improving amenities at
the tourist hot spot.
l Work has already started
on upgrading the football
oval on Staunton Street and
extending the Tennant Creek
Cemetery as part of Council’s
five-year infrastructure plan to
improve facilities in towns and
communities in the Barkly.
l More than 40 tonnes of
illegally dumped rubbish has
been removed from around
Tennant Creek. Barkly Work
Camp, Julalikari Council
Aboriginal Corporation and NT
Fire and Rescue have done an
incredible job and Council is
grateful for all their hard work.
l Council has been working
on a draft No More Domestic
Violence Action Plan to be
incorporated into its suite of
Working together with local communities
Ali Curung, Alpurrurulam, Arlparra, Ampilatwatja, Elliott, Tennant Creek, Wutunugurra
BARKLY REGIONAL COUNCIL
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41 Peko Road, Tennant Creek NT 0860.
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nternational Women’s Day (IWD) is
just around the corner and here at
Council staff and elected members
are gearing up for a breakfast and a
march down the main street.
This year Council wanted to treat the
women of Tennant Creek and so a
breakfast has been arranged at the Ten-
nant Creek swimming pool on Sunday, 4
The boys from the Clontarf Foundation
have been invited to serve breakfast from
8.30am followed by speeches by some
extraordinary and inspiring local women.
With the World Economic Forum’s 2017
Global Gender Gap Report findings high-
lighting that gender parity is over 200
years away, there has never been a more
important time for women of all ages to
keep motivated and #PressforProgress –
the IWD theme for 2018.
While we know that gender parity won’t
happen overnight, the good news is that
across the world women, including those
living and working in Tennant Creek and
the Barkly, are making positive gains day
Celebrating IWD in Tennant Creek was
particularly important to the former Coun-
cil President and current General Manag-
er of Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corpo-
ration Barb Shaw.
Organising a committee of local women
and Council staff, a photographic exhibi-
tion focusing on the importance of men-
tors in the community as well as a beauti-
ful banner was created for IWD 2015.
This was the year that Tshanka Storey,
one of the High School’s Stronger Sisters,
had the audience in tears as she made a
call for local community members to be-
come mentors to younger women.
Since then, the annual event, which this
year received funding from the Northern
Territory Government’s Office of Gen-
der Equity and Diversity, has gone from
strength to strength with a growing num-
ber of dynamic and talented women of all
ages taking part in Women’s Day.
Here, at Council we are committed to
continuing with this tradition of celebrat-
ing IWD and connecting it with other im-
portant movements such as the No More
Violence campaign hosted by Catholic
Care NT Tennant Creek Branch.
This pledge to No More Violence will
be highlighted on International Women’s
Day itself, on Thursday, 8 March, with a
parade down the main street.
Starting at 8.30am, participants are
asked to gather outside the Matt Glynn
building before walking down the inside
lane of Paterson Street to Peko Park
where I will give a welcome address.
We also plan to have members of the
Eagles football team, which has drawn
up a draft Domestic Violence Action Plan,
and the No More Campaign join Council
in emphasising the community’s ongoing
Events like this act as reminders that we
are constantly pressing for progress and,
in fact, making progress between women
and men in Tennant Creek and the Barkly
We are a tenacious and resilient lot out
here and our womenfolk are even more
Amongst them are CEOs, General Man-
agers, Directors, community leaders,
women in business and in sport as well
as the countless women who work tire-
lessly behind the scenes, hold down full-
time jobs, raise children, join committees,
give their time most generously and act
We also have a burgeoning population
of younger women, some of whom will be
speaking at the breakfast, who are prov-
ing to be great role models for their peers.
Even if they don’t step into the limelight
as a leader they are steering the way into
a bigger, better and brighter future for
women of this town, this region, the Terri-
tory, Australia and, indeed, the world.
MARCHING ON: Locals will celebrate two events for International Women’s Day.
l Mayor Steve Edgington with Cr Hal Ruger, left,
and former councillor Bob Bagnall.
Building a better Barkly
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