Home' Tennant and District Times : 2013-1213 TDT Contents 6 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 13 DECEMBER 2013
TENNANT Creek reigned as the pow-
er house of the Northern Territory
economy for thirty years producing
more Gross State Product than Dar-
When accompanying Lynne Walker MLA,
Member for Nhulunbuy to the public meet-
ing where global mining giant Rio Tinto
announced curtailment of its Gove alumina
refinery Tennant Creek’s economic decline
resonated within me.
The cessation of alumina refining in Gove
sees the potential loss of 1100 jobs and alarm-
ing reduction in the town’s 3000 population
essentially risking $500 million from the
general economy of the Northern Territory.
Tennant Creek received little Government
assistance with structural re-adjustment fol-
lowing the closure of mines and who can
forget the CLP plan to convert the Warrego
Smelter into a toxic waste incinerator?
By the mid 1990s, the crash in world
metal prices, closure of mines and exodus
of Warrego’s population Tennant Creek in-
curred CLP policies that regionalised health
services, closed a primary school and sold
off Government housing stock with no plan
for social and economic recovery.
Nhulunbuy risks the same fate unless Chief
Minister Adam Giles and his CLP Govern-
ment work closely with Rio Tinto to minimise
job losses and maintain an adequate govern-
ment presence such as health, education and
public sector services.
Nhulunbuy residents shocked by Rio Tinto’s
announcement of massive job losses received
another ‘body blow’ by Government when
the Chief Minister announced NT Public
Service jobs only safe until March 2014 and
school staff numbers until June 2014!
The Territory Labor Opposition immediate-
ly requested Adam Giles provide support for
the Nhulunbuy community retaining health,
education and public servant jobs until the
end of 2014 providing families a supportive
time frame to plan their future.
The NT Opposition referenced Government
support provided to Newcastle, Geelong and
Broken Hill when facing major manufactur-
ing industry closure reflecting a two year
time-frame supporting social and economic
programs for survival of their communities.
Rio Tinto flagged increasing bauxite mining
and exports requiring significant infrastruc-
ture up-grades to its open-cut mining process,
transport corridors and port in addition to
major rehabilitation works for the refinery
that could redeploy hundreds of existing
Adam Giles needs to demonstrate leader-
ship standing up for Territorians by working
with the global mining company to secure
jobs while preserving government services
supporting residents and 40 years of social
and economic benefits for the Northern Ter-
However Nhulunbuy residents were con-
cerned by the Chief Minister’s limited un-
derstanding of solutions and alarmed by the
cheap Parliamentary political attack on their
Labor MLA Lynne Walker.
Tennant Creek’s economic decline repre-
sents a bye-gone era under failed CLP gover-
nance that created an economic decline over
two decades and risks Nhulunbuy repeating
history unless the Chief Minister and Cabinet
provide Government certainty while holding
Rio Tinto to account.
The economic structural re-adjustment of
Nhulunbuy requires intellect, goodwill and
leadership devoid of divisive politics as Terri-
tory families, businesses and regional service
town represent very ‘high-stakes’.
Member for Barkly
Nhulunbuy needs Giles to
show some leadership
TENNANT CREEK MEMORIAL CLUB
Courtesy bus runs from 4pm. Phone 8962 2474
MEMBERS’ DRAW (Drawn 6pm, 7pm and 8pm unless won.)
(Drawn twice at 7.30pm and 8.30pm.)
Members & Bonafide guests only. IMPORTANT NOTICE: Members and guests are reminded that drunkenness and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated on the
premises. The Memorial Club fully supports the Licensees’ Accord and stiff penalties apply to drinkers who infringe these rules.
MEMORIES RESTAURANT For reservations call 8962 2688
OPENING HOURS: Lunch 12-2pm Dinner 6-9pm 7 days a week
Sunday 15th December
Adults’ Christmas Party Saturday 14 December.
The Tennant Creek Memorial Club thanks all of its
members and guests for their contribution and support and
wish all a very merry Christmas and prosperous New Year.
Plant & Equipment Hire
Graders - Trucks - Loaders
Full contingent of Plant and Equipment for:
• Sealing of Roads
• Bulk Earthworks • Dam Building
• Pastoral Land Clearing
For enquiries please call:
Jim Phillips - 0417 834 574
Allan Hull - (08) 8962 2056
Ofce - (08) 8962 1039
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