Home' Tennant and District Times : 2018-0309 TDT Contents 10 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 9 MARCH 2018
l Caity Schutt and Melinda Shadforth
baked up a tasty storm.
l RSL Committee Member Graham “Flash” Stinson.
l Orawan and Garry Sullivan.
l Vicki McFarlane has a talent
for creating stunning jewellery.
Markets raise funds
for Anzac Day
l Darren Adams and Linda Renfrey.
ALI Curung’s Arlpwe Gallery is renowned for its stunning
dot art but the art hub will soon be adding new forms to
Thanks to an NT Government Community Benefit Fund grant, the
gallery has recently purchased a pottery pugmill that will make it
easy to recycle clay.
Art Centre Business Manager Ian Grieve said artists have created
pottery pieces in the past but the pugmill would help to boost produc-
tion by reducing waste and making more clay available.
“We’re also in the process of building a new gas kiln, so it won’t be
long before we have a new range on sale,” he said.
“The new equipment will create more opportunities for artists and
Meanwhile, the Arlpwe women have plans to branch into fabric
design and printing which they will use to make bags and clothing.
Three sewing machines, purchased with money from the CBF grant,
will be put to good use.
“The women are keen to produce their own fabrics and we are cur-
rently converting an old school room to use for printing,” Ian said.
“We also have plans to transform buildings with a series of peace
murals which will not only brighten up Ali Curung but it will get people
talking about issues we need to confront as a community.
“Everyone here is pretty excited about our plans for this year and
we are looking forward to a really vibrant future in cultural tourism.”
Graham Beasley, Leon
Stevens, Peter Corbett
and Damien Brown with
the new pugmill.
THE Tennant Times has done a back-
flip on charges for paper sales - but
it’s all for a good cause.
At the beginning of this year we decided to
drop the fee however, after seeing how several
local charity and fundraising groups were
struggling, we realised the meagre dollar-per-
paper cost could be put to good use.
So we have decided to reinstate the cost and
donate the proceeds to struggling community
The Tennant Creek Branch of the RSL will
be the beneficiary of paper sales for the next
three months. The organisation plans to use
the funds to stage its popular annual Anzac
Day celebrations in April.
So when you pick up your paper today,
please pay for it by dropping a dollar into the
tin, as a token of support and appreciation for
all the hard work put in by volunteers from
LOCALS flocked to the lo-
cal RSL Club on Saturday
evening for the monthly
Stallholders showed off their
wares and plenty of tasty mor-
sels were on offer.
Kevin Rowland, President of
the Tennant Creek RSL Sub
Branch, said the generosity of
Linda Renfrey and Caity Schutt
The local family spent the
week baking up a storm and do-
nated the entire profits - a hefty
$450 - to the RSL to help with
Anzac Day commemorations.
The RSL Committee and vol-
unteers have been busy helping
to organise events for Anzac
Day, with a special mention
to Kris and Nicole Civitarese
who organised a meeting held
on Tuesday night and called out
for helpers on the day.
The local RSL Branch is the
first beneficiary of the Tennant
Times’ ‘Backflip for Charity’.
Grog restrictions extended
LIQUOR restrictions in Tennant Creek
have been extended for a further sev-
en days, until next Wednesday, after a
week of relative peace and quiet.
Licensing NT Director-General Cindy Bravos
imposed emergency liquor restrictions last
week following a spate of violence and social
disorder that culminated in the alleged rape of
a two-year-old girl.
“The early indications are that the current
restrictions have partly alleviated the condi-
tions in Tennant Creek but the sale, provision
and consumption of takeaway alcohol and its
subsequent harm to the community is still of
significant concern,” Ms Bravos said.
Restrictions apply to the Goldfields Hotel,
Tennant Creek Hotel Headframe Bottle Shop,
Memorial Club, Tennant Creek Golf Club and
the Sporties Club.
Takeaway liquor is only available for sale from
Monday to Saturday between 3pm - 6pm and
there are restrictions on the types and amounts
of alcohol available for purchase.
While the restrictions have been welcomed by
some sectors of the community, Tennant Creek
Hotel Manager, Jordan Jenkins, believes the
restrictions won’t be the salve politicians and
police are hoping for.
“The restrictions will not solve problems such
as lack of housing, poor education, lack of em-
ployment, the mass of sly grog coming into town
or issues to do with Territory Families,” he said.
“Our population is very transient, people will
pack up and go to places like Alice Springs,
Katherine and Mount Isa so it will create a
balloon effect which will only briefly solve
problems in Tennant Creek.”
Jordan said there had been no liquor licensing
officers in town for a long time but in the past
two weeks about a dozen had converged on Ten-
nant Creek along with extra police from Alice
Springs and Katherine.
“The huge influx of licensing officers and po-
lice in Tennant is not something the Government
can maintain so at the moment the town is sort
of in a fake state,” he said.
“For years the police gave us no indication
that they weren’t happy with how things were in
town and then suddenly, they pulled the Point of
Sale Interventions (POSIs - previously known as
Temporary Beat Locations) right when we saw
that three-day spike in people coming into town
from Ali Curung for a funeral.”
Responding to social media criticisms, Jordan
said it seemed people held the view that police
are here doing their job while licensees are not.
“We do not have the legislative powers police
do,” he said.
“We can’t turn people away who police officers
may have seen drunk in public a few nights
before,” he said.
“Police can also turn people away if they sus-
pect them to be going to drink in a town area or
“They have the ability to check for warrants,
DVOs, APOs and numerous other check that we
simply do not have access to.
“Basically they can deny anyone under their
powers, something we cannot.
“All we can do is assess if a person is drunk at
the time they’re trying to buy alcohol and scan to
see if they’re on the Banned Drinkers Register.
“People shouldn’t assume that once the POSIs
leave we can do the same thing because we do
not have the same powers.”
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