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WE THANK YOU
The Returned Service
League Australia Tennant
Creek Sub Branch NT Inc.
The Tennant Creek RSL Sub Branch Committee would like
to sincerely thank the following businesses, people, and
dignitaries for their donations and hard work towards the
successful 2018 ANZAC Day Commemorations:
IGA Tennant Creek, Barkly Plumbing Service, Department of the
Chief Minister Tennant Creek, The Hon Michael Gunner Chief
Minister, Barkly Regional Council, Little Rippers Lifestyles,
Tennant & District Times, Papulu Apparr-kari Aboriginal Corporation,
T&J NT, Father John Kennedy, Doctor Fluoride, Brian Coleman,
Remote Concrete NT, Barkly Quality Butchers, Tennant Creek Post
Office, Barkly Work Camp, Safari Lodge, Jacal Tint & Automotive,
Tennant Creek Memorial Club, Santo and Caren at the Memo
Kitchen, Randall Gould, Sgt Pam Dillon, Double J Cleaning,
Lavery Plumbing, Peter and Nicola Gilham, Alana Civitarese,
Angelika Herzog, Casey Collier, Cheryl Wilson, Chris Renfrey-Carroll,
Graham Stinson, Helen Kempe, Jacob Edgington, Kara Blankenspoor,
Kevin Rowland, Kris Civitarese, Linda Renfrey, Anna Curtin,
Natasha Nichols, Matthew Blankenspoor, Rachel Ndlovu, Robin
Pearce, Roddy Calvert, Rowan Benson, Sam Hillier, Mayor Steven
Edgington, Tony Civitarese, Nicci Edgington, Nicole Civitarese,
Ray Wallis, Paul Box, Tennant Creek Volunteer Bushfire Brigade,
NT Police, Martin Plumb, Commander RAN Matthew Richardson,
Commander RAN Mark Fullick, FLGOFF Timothy Zadow and 75th
SQD RAAF Tindal, US Air Force - Technical Sergeant Ryan Williams,
US Army - Sergeant James Hawkins, US Navy - Petty Officer Douglass
Holleman, Senator Malarndirri McCarthy Senator of the Northern
Territory, The Hon Gerry McCarthy MLA, Superintendent Kerry
Hoskins NT Police, Sid Vashist, Ronald Plummer, Ross Williams and
the Tennant Creek Clontarf Academy.
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
NT EPA MEMBERS
Expressions of interest are invited from persons with specialist
skills and experience in the assessment and management of the
environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing to join the
NT Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA).
The NT EPA is an independent statutory authority providing
advice to Government on the environmental impacts of
development proposals and environmental policy matters.
It also undertakes regulatory activities to encourage effective
waste management, pollution control and sustainable practices.
The successful candidates will demonstrate skills, knowledge
and experience relevant to the assessment and management of
hydraulic fracturing activities and must meet selection criteria
specified in the NT EPA Act.
Two positions are available commencing late 2018.
Expressions of interest close 28 June 2018.
For more details on selection criteria and to obtain an
Applicant Information Package
visit www.ntepa.nt.gov.au/member-eoi or call 08 8924 4218.
Environment Protection Authority
TENNANT Creek residents are urged to avoid
being bitten by mosquitoes that may be carry-
ing potentially deadly viruses.
Murray Valley encephalitis and Kunjin virus activity
has been detected in Tennant Creek and Alice Springs.
Director of Medical Entomology, Nina Kurucz, said
preliminary results from the flaivurus surveillance
program carried out by the Department of Health in
liaison with the Department of Primary Industry and
Resources indicated the activity.
“Although the risk of contracting Murray Valley
encephalitis virus disease or Kunjin is relatively low
due to low mosquito numbers across Central Australia,
people are urged to take precautions against mosquito
bites as it might only take a few mosquitoes to transmit
the diseases during periods of high level virus activ-
ity,” she said.
The viruses are transmitted by the common banded
mosquito, Culex annulirostris, which is active after
sunset within a few kilometres of wetlands. Murray
Valley encephalitis is rare but is potentially fatal. The
last case in Central Australia was in 2015.
Symptoms include severe headache, high fever,
drowsiness and tremor and seizures (especially in
young children). In some cases the disease progresses
to delirium, coma, permanent brain damage or death.
The chance of being bitten by mosquitoes can be
minimised by using repellent containing 20 per cent
DEET or Picaridin, wearing light coloured clothing
with long sleeves, long trousers and socks between dusk
and dawn in areas where mosquito bites are likely and
avoiding outdoor exposure around dusk and at night
near areas of dense vegetation and other areas of high
Encephalitis warning for Tennant
A SONG inspired in part by the alleged rape of
a two-year-old Tennant Creek girl earlier this
year has gone all the way to the Eurovision
The Territory’s Jessica Mauboy represented Australia
at the coveted music event held in Portugal last week.
Her song, We Got Love, was penned by Jessica along
with hitmakers David Musumeci and Anthony Egizii.
Jessica was shaken by news of the alleged rape of the
Tennant Creek toddler and the Florida school shooting
and wanted to write a healing song.
She told the NT News in March that while these events
had angered her, the outpouring of love and seeing
people standing tall and strong had been inspiring.
Jessica’s performance earned her 20th place in the
competition with 99 points.
Her jury vote of 12th was scaled down by the lowest
score from the tele vote.
Mauboy song about local
tragedy makes it to Eurovision
THE Labor Government has
been divided over the recent
decision to lift the morato-
rium on fracking in the North-
The NT Labor Conference, held
in Darwin last weekend, voted to
support a ban on fracking gas fields.
Even though many of the elected
MLAs were missing during the vote,
two thirds of the delegates who were
present voted for the resolution to
support the ban.
Just a month ago, a moratorium
on fracking was lifted following
an independent inquiry into the
hydraulic fracturing industry which
found risks associated with shale
gas extraction could be mitigated if
the committee’s recommendations
The NT Government pledged to
adopt all 135 recommendations.
At the Labor Conference, Chief
Minister Michael Gunner said he
hoped delegates understood that de-
cisions had to be based on evidence,
on science, on the experts and that
the Government’s promises had to
Hundreds, including pastoralists
and a Barkly delegation, fronted
the conference to demonstrate con-
tinued support for a fracking ban.
With the Territory’s biggest on-
shore gas resource located in the
Beetaloo Basin, the Barkly is at
the centre of the fracking debate
and many of the traditional owners
and neighbouring pastoralists are
deeply concerned about the risks
that fracking gas fields will have on
the water supply, the health of the
environment and community and
the productivity of pastoral leases.
NT Labor divided over fracking
THE NT Children’s
vestigation into the
alleged rape of a
Creek girl in February
has outlined just how
badly she was failed
by Territory Families,
the bumbling depart-
ment that was sup-
posed to protect her.
report, tabled in the North-
ern Territory Parliament
last Wednesday evening
found the child had suf-
fered “significant and
painful” injuries during
the attack, requiring her
to be medevacced to Ad-
elaide for treatment.
The child, and a younger
sibling, have since been
removed from their moth-
er’s care by the Depart-
ment of Child Protection
Investigation finds alleged rape of
toddler was clearly foreseeable
The investigation re-
vealed Territory Families
had failed to protect the
child on multiple occa-
sions and had failed to
consider the effects of cu-
mulative harm that made
the attack foreseeable.
Territory Families had
received 28 notifications
about the child and had
investigated ten times.
Six reports had been sub-
The report found a litany
of complaints had been re-
ceived about “all possible
harm types” in regards
to all five children in the
Territory Families, NT
Police, Department of
Education, Department of
Correctional Services and
other service providers all
had dozens of documented
The report found that
despite extensive involve-
ment from multiple ser-
vices, there appeared to be
very little understanding
about the family due, in
part to the minimal contact
with the children and the
lack of participation of the
children in decision mak-
ing and the way in which
reports were treated epi-
sodically and in isolation.
NT Children’s Commis-
sioner Colleen Gwynne
(pictured) found that the
risk of harm was clearly
foreseeable and that risk
could have been man-
aged or mitigated although
this was not supported by
Territory Families which
submitted there was not
sufficient evidence to draw
the finding. A number of
made to the NT Govern-
ment which is yet to re-
spond to the report.
• The Tennant and District Times has declined to outline specific
details about the child’s injuries and the family’s interactions with
Territory Families to protect the sensibilities of the girl and her family
although the matter has been widely discussed in other media.
Photo source: NEWS CORP.
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