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EXERCISE PITCH BLACK
Exercise Pitch Black returns to the NT between 27 July and 17 August. This exercise is the
Royal Australian Air Force’s biennial, capstone International Exercise with 15 regional, coalition
and allied nation Air Forces participating. The Air Forces will be predominantly based at
RAAF Base Darwin and RAAF Base Tindal with a forward operating base at Batchelor Airfield.
The exercise aims to strengthen regional partnerships, improve interoperability between nations
and promote regional stability. The training and integration of forces that occurs during
this exercise directly supports the Royal Australian Air Force’s ability to conduct operations.
The exercise hosts up to 4000 personnel and over 140 military aircraft and will include day
and night flying.
The Royal Australian Air Force wants to thank the NT community for their ongoing support during
exercisePitch Black and provides two free community events, which are always popular with the
public – a flypast and flying display at Mindil Beach and an Open Day at RAAF Base Darwin.
This year, the line-up for the Mindil Beach flypast and handling display will be more impressive
than ever including Australian and International military aircraft and a RAAF F/A-18 Hornet
handling display. The Mindil Beach flypast and display commences around 5.00pm on
Thursday, 2 August. Check out the Air Force Pitch Black website for the list of participating
The Open Day at RAAF Base Darwin on Saturday, 4 August is a perfect opportunity to see the
local and international military aircraft, vehicles, crews and personnel who fly and operate
the machines involved in the exercise.
The Pitch Black Open Day includes food stalls, rides, military working dog displays, Air Force
band performances, interactive exhibits and activities. Gates are open between 9.00 am –
4.00pm. Check out the website for more information including a map for ease of access.
Further information about Exercise PITCH BLACK (PBK18), including flying times, can be found
on the following website: https://www.airforce.gov.au/PitchBlack
TIMELESS VIEW: Local electrician Mike Nash is just one of many residents who has
volunteered to help install the town clock.
Town clock a
TENNANT Creek is
finally getting a town
clock thanks to the
determination of a lo-
cal councillor and a
Councillor Hal Ruger has
been pushing for a town
clock on the main street
since he first suggested the
idea back in 2013.
Last week his dream
turned into reality as com-
munity members, who are
volunteering their time,
began installing the frame-
work and electrics.
“It’s so great to see the
town clock finally come
to fruition,” said Cr Ruger.
“It will be a lovely addi-
tion to the main street and
I’m sure it’ll be admired
for many years to come.”
Cr Ruger said there are
plans for a replica of the
Battery Hill headframe to
sit on top of the clock with
Indigenous paintings on
the top four panels and in-
formation about the town
and nearby cattle stations
on the lower panels.
The town clock project
was given the go ahead
after receiving a major
cash boost from Territory
Generation with donations
from Barkly Regional
Council, the Tennant
Creek Local Authority
and $3,000 from Cr Ruger
There has also been a
great deal of in-kind sup-
port including Outback
Crane Hire from Alice
Springs, which brought
the framework up the
highway, and local busi-
nesses Barkly Plumbing,
Mike Nash Electrics, Re-
mote Concrete NT and
Scott Clarke Renovations.
The NT Government’s
Department of Infrastruc-
ture, Planning and Lo-
gistics provided the land
on the corner of Paterson
Street and Memorial Drive
and Oricon Developments
came up with the design.
Mayor Steve Edgington
said the town clock was
a great example of com-
munity spirit with many
individuals and businesses
offering their time and
services for free.
“This is an ongoing proj-
ect with a lot of people
working on it for free,
and we look forward to
the day when it’s officially
unveiled,” he said.
Tennant Creek is now the
second place in the Terri-
tory to have a town centre
clock following Nhulun-
buy in the Top End.
Photo by JORDAN GILLARD.
New program to offer kids a better start
TENNANT CREEK, Alpurru-
rulam and Ali Curung have
been funded to run a new pro-
gram that offers better begin-
nings for children.
The Barkly communities are
amongst ten sites in the Northern
Territory selected for New Direc-
tions: Mothers and Babies Services.
The program works to ensure the
health and wellbeing of Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander children
during their early years by increas-
ing access to maternal healthcare
The program targets five key areas
including the care of mothers before
and immediately after birth; detailed
information about baby care; practi-
cal parenting, breast-feeding and
nutrition assistance; monitoring
children’s development; immunisa-
tions and infections; health checks
and treatment referrals before chil-
dren start school.
Announcing the funding, Senator
Nigel Scullion said the program, that
would help children to reach their
potential, had been successfully run
in other locations across Australia.
“It goes to heart of the Turnbull
Government’s commitment to halve
the gap in Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander infant mortality and
contributes to the positive health
results we are seeing for women and
children,” he said
Federal Indigenous Health Minis-
ter Ken Wyatt said there had been
significant improvements in the
health and wellbeing of participants
in places where the program had
“New Directions works across the
early years of a child’s life, ensur-
ing they are kept healthy and ready
to learn when they start school,”
“By wrapping services around
families, locally focused programs
like this are also important in help-
ing guard against the development
of chronic conditions in later life,
such as rheumatic heart disease and
Mr Wyatt said an Australian In-
stitute of Health and Welfare Study
study in 2014 showed that partici-
pating families in New Directions
program registered improvements in
seven out of the eight national Key
Performance Indicators on maternal
and child health.
Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal
Corporation General Manager,
Barb Shaw welcomed funding for
“It is good to see the Government
responding to community priori-
ties for our women and children,”
“This funding will target mothers
both ante and post-natal with health
promotion and educational activities
and as required treatments.
“Anyinginyi Board of Directors
and the community have identified
alcohol-related impacts on preg-
nancy and early childhood as an area
of unmet need.
“These impacts and resulting
consequences of Foetal Alcohol
Spectrum Disorder are undermining
chances for children to have a strong
start in life, schooling opportunities
and further life advancements.”
Anyinginyi Health, which received
more than $316,000 in funding will
begin to rollout the program this
month. Nationally, the programs are
funded to the tune of $94 million by
the Commonwealth’s A Better Start
to Life initiative.
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