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A special round of Small and Major Community Organisations grants
and Gambling Amelioration grants are now open through the Community
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A MOTHER who was called in to
the Primary School for a meeting
last week, came home and cried.
Stephanie Butterworth said what she
saw in the short time she was at the
school made her regret her decision to
stay in Tennant Creek and invest in a
“While I was at the school there were a
number of children running along roofs,
one student had the fire hose and was
spraying it over the balcony near the
upstairs classrooms, others were kicking
walls and one was banging and smash-
ing classroom windows with a stick,”
“Others were yelling, swearing and
“I was horrified, children were wreak-
ing havoc and no one seemed to be able
to control them.
“This all happened during the short time
I was at the school, mind you!
“I assume the bedlam continued for the
rest of the day because when I returned
to pick up my sons after school, there
was graffiti all over the Grade One class-
room door including a huge drawing of
Stephanie, who owns the Little Rip-
pers store, said she was very frustrated
and emotional after being at the Primary
“I really thought I had made a bad deci-
sion by buying a business and settling in
Tennant Creek,” she said.
“My children are fifth generation locals
so I want to stay here, but that day I truly
wondered if I had made a big mistake.”
Stephanie said she knew students were
running out of control but she didn’t re-
alise how chaotic the school had become.
“It is beyond a joke,” she said.
“It is downright dangerous to be at the
school and I have reached my level of
Stephanie’s store is across the road from
the Primary School and everyday she
sees children running across the roofs
and through the yard during class time.
“I’m not the only parent who is wor-
ried, I know of some who have left town
because their children were harrassed
“It simply cannot go on.”
Stephanie vented her anger by writing
a letter which she read out at the public
rally last Wednesday. It prompted Acting
Chief Minister Nicole Manison to meet
with her the following morning and
yesterday Stephanie met with Education
Minister Natasha Fyles.
“What I said to both Ministers was that
the school was in crisis and the students
and staff deserve better than to be dis-
rupted, threatened and assaulted on a
daily basis,” she said.
“I don’t want to leave town, I want to
stay here and I want my children to go
to school here.
“I don’t see why my family should be
bullied into leaving so I am going to fight
for my children’s rights to have access to
a safe and meaningful education.
“If it means we have to get together as
a community and brainstorm a solution,
then that’s what we will do but there’s no
way we should allow a group of unruly
young thugs to ruin the only primary
school in town.”
Sunday, 4 March
Tennant Creek Swimming
Pool. Gold coin donation.
Thursday, 8 March
Parade: 8.30am start at
Matt Glynn Building
and walk to Peko Park.
Join us in two celebrations of local women and make your
commitment to a brighter future for women and girls.
Events in Tennant Creek
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