Home' Tennant and District Times : 2014-0124 TDT Contents TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 24 JANUARY 2014 3
The Tennant Creek Regional Economic Development Committee (REDC) is
holding a public meeting to inform the public about the committee’s role and
to discuss what economic development opportunities they, and you, may be
able to identify for the Barkly Region.
The REDC is a committee of local people that have been ministerially
appointed to provide advice to the Northern Territory Government on matters
that affect and shape economic development in the Barkly Region. There are
four committees operating in the major centres outside of Darwin.
The purpose of this meeting is to inform the public on the REDC’s role and
provide an avenue for you to communicate directly with the committee and
have your ideas heard.
When: 6:30pm Thursday 30th January 2014.
Where: Civic Centre, Peko Road.
THE CHIEF MINISTER
Tennant Creek Regional Economic Development Committee
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT
OPEN SPEED TRIAL
COMMENCES 1 FEBRUARY 2014
A one year open speed trial will commence on a 204 km section
of the Stuart Highway north of Alice Springs to just south of
An unrestricted speed limit means you should drive at speeds that would keep
yourself and other road users safe at all times.
Dangerous driving is a serious traffic offence and can put you and other road
users at risk.
You should drive safely, to your own capability, the capability of your vehicle and
the road conditions.
Penalties for exceeding the speed limit across the Territory will also increase on
1 February 2014.
For more information visit www.roadsafety.nt.gov.au.
AS alcohol-fuelled violence in Tennant
Creek continues to rise, local licensees
have agreed to a three-month trial of re-
strictions on takeaway items.
Under the new rules, purchases of wine, spirits
and fortified wine will be limited and identifica-
tion must be produced during sales.
Customers can buy two bottles of wine, one
bottle of spirits, one cask of wine or one bottle
of fortified wine per day.
Cask and fortified wine are only available for
two hours, between 4pm and 6pm from Mondays
to Fridays while wine and spirits can be brought
between 3pm and 8pm on the same days.
When bottle shops open at 2pm, only mid-
strength beer will be sold until 3pm.
The restrictions will not apply to spirits or beer
Chairperson of the Licensees’Alcohol Accord,
John Baker (JB), said the restrictions were an
attempt to battle the effects of alcohol-fuelled
“We’re doing what we can to reduce alcohol-
related anti social behaviour,” he said.
“Obviously these restrictions will have a sig-
nificant impact on our trade but, as licensees,
we agree that if they work it will be worth the
JB said the restrictions would be reviewed after
The Tennant Creek Licensees Alcohol Ac-
cord, comprised of JB from the Memorial Club,
Jordan Jenkins from the TC Hotel, Ian Gabriel
from the Headframe and Mick O’Rourke from
the Goldfields, work in close association with
police and the NT Liquor Commission.
Licensees chip in to solve grog problem
A NEW bank is set to open in Tennant Creek.
The Traditional Credit Union (TCU) expects to open its main street office by
mid to late February.
Two positions are on offer to run the bank which is currently in the process of
being refurbished and fitted-out with an automatic teller machine, teller windows
and security systems.
The Tennant Creek branch will offer basic financial banking services such as
withdrawals, deposits, transfers and small loans for townspeople and commu-
nity visitors. HR advisor, Felicity de Lang, said the TCU offered a chance for
members of the local team to develop their own skills while helping to develop
the new branch.
“We’re offering ongoing training and support so it is a great opportunity for
anyone looking to gain financial and customer service skills,” she said.
The TCU was created by a group of indigenous elders in the Top End in 1994 to
help those disadvantaged by the lack of financial services in remote communities.
Since then, the TCU has continued to expand operations across the Northern
There are currently 16 branches.
New bank for Tennant
POLICE and paramedics rushed
to the Seven Mile last Saturday to
rescue two people from the swol-
OIC Des Green said the man and the
woman were swimming but soon found
the conditions of the water were beyond
“They were swept about 100 metres
downstream,” he said.
“A bystander who saw the couple strug-
gling called police to render assistance
at about 7pm.
“The pair had taken on water and re-
quired medical attention.
“They had a lucky escape.”
Acting Senior Sergeant Green said
the incident occurred some distance off
the highway which made rescue access
“The conditions were very muddy and
light faded quickly,” he said.
“People need to be aware that floodwa-
ters can be very dangerous.
“Such conditions are hazardous and are
not conducive to swimming.”
Pair rescued from swollen creek
BANK ON IT: Locals check out building activity at the new bank
which will open next month.
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