Home' Tennant and District Times : 2018 0622 TDT Contents 14 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 22 JUNE 2018
BARKLY Regional Council’s Youth,
Sport and Recreation held a two-day re-
gional women’s softball competition in
Tennant Creek last weekend.
Teams from the communities of Ali Curung
and Ampilatwatja travelled to Tennant Creek
to compete. The Tennant Creek team was a
last-minute addition as participants from Elliott,
Arlparra and Alpurrurulam had to drop out due
to family reasons and funeral commitments.
On Saturday the Ali Curung team beat Tennant
Creek 6-2 with Ampilatwatja playing against
Tennant Creek in the second game, losing 3-6.
In the last game of the day, Ali Curung won
15-4 against Ampilatwatja, sending Ali Curung
straight to the finals.
The semi-final between Ampilatwatja and Ten-
nant Creek on Sunday morning was an exciting
game with both teams playing for a spot in the
grand final against Ali Curung. Ampilatwatja
improved their tactics and team work but Ten-
nant Creek played exceptionally well to win 3-1.
The pressure was now on and spectators were
excited to watch the grand final between Tennant
Creek and Ali Curung.
Both teams competed well but Tennant Creek
came out strong with a total of 12 home runs to
Ali Curung’s five.
Special awards went to Zaramia Kid from Ali
Curung for Best Player in the grand final; Verona
Brown from Ali Curung for Most Improved
Player overall; Pathua Ali from Tennant Creek
for Best Pitcher overall; Olivia Fry from Tennant
Creek for Best Batter overall and Alisha Petrick
from Ampilatwatja for Best Fielder overall.
Youth, Sport and Recreation Officer Yves
Makita made a special acknowledgement to
Dylan Kieran, Diane Meyers, Bob Bicknell,
Tyler Horwood and David Junior Kerrin for um-
piring and scoring over the two-day competition.
“This competition wouldn’t have been success-
ful without their support, softball experience and
knowledge,” she said.
“I’d also like to thank the Tennant Creek
players for organising a team a day before the
competition, Wayne Green for lining the softball
oval and Outback Outfitters for covering the
extra cost for the trophies and medals.”
Tennant wins regional women’s softball comp
l Ali Curung and Ampilatwatja teams.
l Ali Curung bats against Ampilatwatja.
THE Northern Territory faces signifi-
cant fiscal and economic challenges
including the massive $3.4 billion re-
duction in GST over the forward bud-
However the Labor Government is imple-
menting a huge reform agenda in addition
to an enormous amount of work underway
across the Territory, supporting jobs and
critical infrastructure including remote roads,
health, education and housing.
As Minister for Housing, Local Government,
Community Development, Essential Services
and Public Employment I faced 7 hours of
Budget Estimates questions from Opposition
and Independent members this week.
Committee interest focussed on the Northern
Territory’s significant housing problems that
have severely impacted on many Territorians
for decades, something this Government is
The Department of Housing and Community
Development is currently delivering a $69
million stimulus package for much needed
repairs, maintenance and upgrades to urban
public housing creating an immediate eco-
nomic injection into construction and local
This Government is working to improve
community development and local decision
making listening to remote communities
about the need for better engagement and
more consultation in developing Government
policy and programs.
Under the joint Northern Territory and
Australian Government funded National
Partnership on Remote Housing, since 1st
September 2016, we have delivered 168 new
dwellings with 114 currently underway, 608
housing upgrades have been completed with
263 currently underway.
Under the Territory Labor Government’s
Room to Breathe, 117 dwellings have been
completed, delivering 74 additional bedrooms
and 74 additional living spaces with a further
108 dwellings scoped in consultation with
Since mid-July 2017, a total of 72 community
visits have taken place to plan works under
Room to Breathe, Homebuild NT and land
servicing to undertake proposed subdivision
works in 11 remote communities.
Seventy-three new Northern Territory Gov-
ernment funded remote housing briefs have
been provided to the Department of Infra-
structure, Planning and Logistics for 73 dwell-
ings to be awarded with a further 41 dwellings
in procurement across 20 communities.
Budget 2018-19 delivers $43.4 million for
homelands and town camps across municipal
services, housing maintenance the Homelands
Government has continued to support local
government with $96.8 million in this year’s
budget supporting jobs, boosting local econo-
mies and strengthening community’s right
across the Northern Territory.
During my seven-hour Budget Estimates
hearing, I spoke proudly about our commit-
ments and programs across the Department
of Housing and Community Development
creating jobs and opportunities for economic
development in addition to addressing the
needs of our most disadvantaged citizens.
We are going through challenging economic
times and it is important that Government’s
do not neglect supporting the disadvantaged
or those at risk in our community.
Labor’s Budget 2018-19 will assist in meet-
ing those challenges and has the potential to
make a real difference to the lives of not only
remote Territorians, but all Territorians.
Member for Barkly
Labor’s Budget 2018 tackles challenges
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