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target local road safety concerns.
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Gerry McCarthy MLA
Member for Barkly
BARKLY ELECTORATE OFFICE:
Ph 8962 4641
UPDATE - Tennant Creek - Community Safety Action Plan:
Through the Department of the Chief Minister we are
empowering local leadership and engaging with community.
The Northern Territory Government is working in
partnership with the Commonwealth Government to
establish a cultural authority.
Local Aboriginal organisations, Julalikari Council Aboriginal
Corporation, Anyinginyi Health Congress and the Papulu
Apparr-Kari Language Centre are taking the lead in
accepting meetings, updates and providing advice in the
establishment of the local cultural authority.
Territory Families is enhancing child protection and
strategies for reducing domestic and family violence.
The Territory Families strategy sees intensive work over
a target period supported by an increased staff capacity
within the Tennant Creek office through the creation of
two new senior roles and the immediate allocation of four
additional child protection staff.
Territory Families is improving service coordination
through more inter-agency case management and an
increased presence of child protection and family support
staff in Tennant Creek outside of business hours.
Territory Families is developing an integrated and specialist
domestic, family and sexual violence hub in Tennant Creek.
The Director-General of Licensing and the Department
of Attorney-General and Justice has placed significant
restrictions on the hours of sale of take-away alcohol and
the quantities available for purchase.
More recently the Attorney-General imposed Section 33
AA actions to extend emergency restrictions for 3 months
from 14th March 2018 while the Liquor Commission
undertakes a consultation process to determine community
and stakeholder input reflecting local solutions.
The Northern Territory Liquor Commission conducted
consultation processes on restricted alcohol use and
harmful drinking culture in two Public Meetings in Tennant
Creek on Wednesday for locals and stakeholders to have
Recently two Senior Compliance Officers from Licensing
NT have serviced Tennant Creek on a full time basis with
Licensing retaining one Senior Compliance officer in
Tennant Creek working closely with Police.
Targeting community safety NT Police have increased a
local Tennant Creek presence as part of Operation Haven
over the coming months with additional support provided
by the Territory Intelligence Co-ordination Centre (TICC).
NT Police Mobile CCTV returned to Tennant Creek after
operational requirements in Alice Springs in addition to 12
permanent CCTV cameras to be installed in Paterson Street
over coming months.
Northern Territory Correctional Services provide two
family violence programs in Tennant Creek with both a
female only and male only program scheduled in coming
Improving Public Housing through the Department of
Housing and Community Development represents a
programmed investment of 4x replacement dwellings and
5x new dwellings in 2018 followed by 2x replacement
dwellings and 5x new dwellings in 2018-19.
Tennant Creek will receive $1.5 million to refurbish Public
Housing complexes and a share in $15 million allocated
to Central Australia bringing 12 vacant houses back into
available Tennant Creek Public Housing stock.
Territory Health is supporting health and wellbeing
through recruitment of two additional Alcohol and Other
Drugs Nurses in Tennant Creek and providing a visiting Child
and Youth Psychologist and Psychiatrist at regular times
Recruitment of a Child Health Nurse is underway to provide
quality urban based child and family nursing services in the
Tennant Creek Hospital offers existing acute services
including Sexual Assault Referral Service, Alcohol and Other
Drugs Service (including volatile substance assessment)
and Mental Health Services including child, youth and
Aboriginal Mental Health workers.
The Department of Education continues its focus on
an Allied Health in Remote Schools Trial identifying and
addressing student developmental delay and disabilities
leading to disengagement from school and poor learning
Tennant Creek will see the establishment of a Flexible
Learning program for at-risk primary aged students both on
and off campus commencing in Term 2, 2018.
In addition Education will establish a Stars and Clontarf
primary school engagement program beginning in Term 2,
In relation to longer term Government investment in
Territory Children, Tennant Creek will realise the $6.5 million
Early Childhood Integrated Learning Centre incorporating
a new Pre School on the Tennant Creek Primary School
campus in 2018.
THREE new public
safety housing of-
ficers will work with
and visitors to reduce
in and around public
Minister for Housing
and Member for Barkly
Gerry McCarthy said the
permanent team would
support community safety
and policing activities on a
“Every single Territorian,
no matter where they live,
deserves to be safe,” he
“Previously, public hous-
ing safety officers visited
from Alice Springs but
having these positions
based in Tennant Creek
will mean more jobs for
“The Territory Labor
Government knows how
important jobs are to the
“That’s why we are in-
vesting in generational
change with long-term,
fully-funded plans to in-
vest in our children, fix
the broken youth justice
system and tackle alcohol
abuse to create a safer
Mr McCarthy said re-
cruitment would begin
this month and the public
safety housing officers
would be on the job this
Housing officers to make Tennant safer
THE tragic alleged rape of a two-year-old girl in
Tennant Creek in February partly inspired pop
sensation Jess Mauboy’s new song, We Got
She will perform the song when she represents Australia
at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal next
Written by Anthony Egizii, David Musumeci and Jess,
the song is about overcoming hatred and violence with
Jessica (pictured), who was also rattled by the horror or
a school shooting at Florida, wrote the song to deliver the
message of compassion and global power of love and to
highlight humanity’s ability to show compassion in the
face of adversity.
The Darwin born singer and actor told news.com that
hearing about the rape made her angry.
“All of these things we see online, whether in our indig-
enous communities, past and present, and how the world
is turning, made me angry,” she said.
“But what affected me more was the love coming from
people, seeing people standing tall and strong.”
Local tragedy inspires
Mauboy to write song
FOLLOWING on from a successful
guitar-making workshop last holi-
days, Tennant’s youth will be able
to hone their musical skills dur-
ing the coming school holidays as
Rock with the Doc continues.
Barkly Regional Arts Artistic Director
Kathy Burns said songwriting and concert
performance were on the agenda.
“Jeff McLaughlin (pictured), AKA Doc-
tor Fluoride, is teaming up with famed
musician Warren H. Williams and Rachael
Pelser who is an awesome all-round musi-
cian,” she said.
“The program, which is funded by Terri-
tory Families, will give young people the
opportunity to learn drumming, guitar,
keyboard, beat making and dance skills
which will culminate in a concert called
Barkly Beats on Saturday 21 April.”
Kathy said she’s hoping for a big turn
out of participants.
“All young people are welcome, so any-
one up to 27 years who wants to have a go
should come along,” she said.
“Its all about being positive for young
people, supporting them, teaching them
new skills and encouraging them to have
“There’s no charge and anyone inter-
ested can pick up a registration form at
the Barkly Regional Arts office or call
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