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delegation from the Barkly Regional Council
met with the Prime Minister, the Minister for
Indigenous Affairs and the Minister for Social
Services in Canberra last week.
Councillors Ronald Plummer, Kris Civitarese and Ray
Aylett, Council’s Finance Manager Gary Pemberton, and
I were attending the 2018 National General Assembly of
Local Government Conference when we were invited to
see the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday, 18
Earlier that day in Parliament, Mr Turnbull had referred
to the national outcry over the alleged rape of the toddler
in Tennant Creek and that “the protection of children is
our most sacred duty”.
Later on, our delegation attended his office where we
discussed the general issues of housing, child protec-
tion, liquor restrictions and unemployment.
We also took the opportunity to propose a “regional
deal” for the Barkly, similar to the Darwin City Deal.
Our proposed deal includes an outline of plans for so-
cial and economic development in Tennant Creek and
the Barkly and the need for infrastructure and attracting
new industry, business and investment.
We also highlighted solutions for creating a safer com-
munity and sustainable employment.
Such a plan would put residents and businesses on a
much better track to making the Barkly a better place to
live, work, visit and invest in.
Our delegation told the Prime Minister that there is an
opening in the Barkly for the three tiers of government –
local, Northern Territory and Federal – to work together.
Such a proposal would see the three levels of govern-
ment consulting with local residents and businesses as
well as working with the non-government sector, Aborigi-
nal organisations, and the newly formed cultural author-
There’s already collaboration in Tennant Creek, but the
development of a detailed plan around social and eco-
nomic development would be much more effective.
It was clear during the meeting that Mr Turnbull is very
interested in the issues in Tennant Creek and the Barkly
He wants to work with local people to try to find solu-
tions to the region’s problems.
We extended an invitation to Mr Turnbull on behalf of
everyone to visit Tennant Creek, and later that day he
tweeted that the meeting was “constructive and positive”.
He has now instructed Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel
Scullion and the Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan
to visit Tennant Creek next month to progress some of
the ideas discussed.
Our delegation also met with the Assistant Minister for
Children and Families Dr David Gillespie, Senator Ma-
larndirri McCarthy (Northern Territory) and the Minister
for Regional Development, Territories and Local Govern-
ment John McVeigh to discuss what’s happening in Ten-
nant Creek and the Barkly.
When not in meetings with Federal Government Min-
isters we were attending the Local Government Confer-
After intense lobbying
and advocacy by Barkly
Regional Council, I am
pleased to announce that
the Northern Territory
Government has now
agreed to a five-year
funding agreement for the
Youth Links After Hours
The funding $415,000
per annum is effective
from Sunday, 1 July 2018.
You may recall how back
in April 2018 Council was
informed by the Minister
for Territory Families Dale
Wakefield that only two
years of funding would be
provided, instead of the
five years requested.
This was a bitter
blow to the program
and staff but we thank
Minister Wakefield for re-
considering the Territory
With a long-term funding
agreement being finalised
it is now in Council’s
best interest to plan
and seek further funds
for the upgrade of the
Youth Links building to
create a youth precinct,
and to secure long-term
agreements with staff.
Council is committed to
supporting young people
and will continue to seek
funding for services,
facilities and programs in
Tennant Creek and the
Barkly to advance the
Barkly regional deal on the table in PM talks
Barkly Regional Council News
Working together with local communities
Ali Curung, Alpurrurulam, Arlparra, Ampilatwatja, Elliott, Tennant Creek, Wutunugurra
BARKLY REGIONAL COUNCIL
PO Box 821, Tennant Creek NT 0861
41 Peko Road, Tennant Creek NT 0860.
Tel: 08 8962 0000 Fax: 08 8962 1801 Web: http://barkly.nt.gov.au
Funding Boost for Youth Links
l Council is calling for tenders to design
and construct a sporting oval and associ-
ated infrastructure in Elliott. Applications
close Friday, 6 July 2018 at 2pm (ACST).
Find the full details including contacts
l A vacancy has become available on the
Purkiss Reserve Consultative Committee.
Submissions close on Friday, 13 July 2018
at 4pm (ACST). Visit https://www.barkly.
nt.gov.au for more details.
l There’s one week left for individuals,
community groups or businesses to send
in an expression of interest to lease the ki-
osk/café at the Tennant Creek Swimming
Pool and build the facility to its full poten-
tial. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 08 8962 0076 for more information
and documentation. Deadline is Friday, 6
July 2018 at 4pm (ACST).
l Fill in our survey asking for feedback on
the Pedestrian Alleyways. Click on https://
away you go. Deadline is Wednesday, 11
l Council’s draft Regional Plan 2018-
2019 was put before elected members
yesterday at the ordinary council meeting
after receiving public feedback. Once ap-
proved it will be printed and uploaded on
to the website.
CONSTRUCTIVE MEETINGS: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, third from left, met with elected members, from far right, Ray Aylett, Ronald Plummer, Mayor Steve
Edgington and Kris Civitarese, and Council Finance Manager Gary Pemberton. The Council delegation then caught up with Senator Malarndirri McCarthy (NT).
Council supports housing motion
There were over 90 Motions debated
during the 2018 National General
Assembly of Local Government in
Canberra this month.
Many of the motions were supported
by our Council, including the following
Motion moved by the Palm Island Council
“That the National General Assembly
calls on the Federal Government to
commit to vital long-term funding for
housing construction in remote and
discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander communities ...”.
In the Northern Territory, the Federal
its promise to match the Territory’s
commitment for remote indigenous
housing over five years from 2018/19;
bringing the total amount available to
Our Council looks forward to hearing
more about the NT Government’s plan
to increase social and public housing
in Tennant Creek and across the Barkly
region for the next five years.
Councillor Lucy Jackson joined
the Barkly Regional Council
in a supplementary election
in November 2012. This is
her second term serving on
Council and she represents
the Alyawarr Ward.
Cr. Jackson lives in Ali Curung
and sits on various committees,
including the Mirnirri Store, Ali
Curung Health Centre and the
Ali Curung Local Authority.
She believes that local
government is all about looking
after your community, and is
keen to do what’s best for the
local residents. Cr Jackson
sees her role on Council as
a chance to improve services
and facilities in Ali Curung and
to help the community move
Meet Councillor Lucy Jackson
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