Home' Tennant and District Times : 2014-0207 TDT Contents A REFERENCE group
established by the NT
Government will cre-
ate an alcohol man-
agement plan for the
The Tennant Creek Ref-
erence Group, announced
last week, will be headed
by Barkly Regional Coun-
cil president, Barb Shaw.
The ten-member group,
from government agen-
cies, community organisa-
tions, treatment service
providers and industry
will look at ways to deal
with alcohol abuse in the
Meanwhile, the Mount
Isa Mayor says he is con-
cerned about the increas-
ing number of drinkers
spilling into Queensland
from Tennant Creek.
The Tennant Creek Li-
censee’s Alcohol Accord
has recently introduced
tougher restrictions on
grog purchases including
reduced takeaway hours
and limits on alcohol that
can be purchased.
Tony McGrady said the
restrictions at Tennant
Creek have had the un-
welcome effect of driving
people across the border.
He claims Tennant’s
drunks are now causing
major social and health
problems for his town
and he has urged Mount
Isa Police to pass on his
concerns to Northern Ter-
“They consume alcohol,
they become a nuisance
and camp in public parks
and the river bed, creat-
ing unsanitary conditions
that are not acceptable,”
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School Attendance Supervisors and School Attendance Officers
are local people from the community. They will work with
students, parents, school staff and community members to help
make sure all kids get to school every day.
So if you or your family need help to get your children to
school, ask your School Attendance Supervisor or School
They will be working in many remote communities around
Australia. To talk to someone in your State/Territory, phone:
South Australia – (08) 8318 2100
Northern Territory 1800 089 148 Nhulunbuy,
1800 079 098 elsewhere
New South Wales – (02) 5852 1000
Western Australia – (08) 62181400 or 1300 653 227
Queensland – (07) 4417 1000
Supported by the Australian Government
A FAMILY support centre is set to be estab-
lished in Tennant Creek.
Catholic Care NT has been awarded the tender to
operate the centre that will provide intensive culturally
responsive support for children and families referred by
the Department of Children and Families.
Minister for Children and Families, John Elferink, said
the Centre would provide a safe location for children
and families to seek assistance and advice.
“The service will proactively engage with families
responding to individual circumstances and issues by
providing support and intervention options,” he said.
“Through the centre, families in Tennant Creek will
be given the support to keep children at home in a safe,
stable and nurturing environment.
“Additionally, the services offered will improve par-
enting capacity and family functioning so that a child’s
needs for safety, health and education are met.”
The Northern Territory Government has provided
initial funding of $500,000 and ongoing funding of
$200,000 per year to operate the service that will tem-
porarily operate out of Catholic Care’s existing facilities
until a new centre is built.
to operate new
AWARD WINNER: The Barkly Regional Arts mob - Corinne Berry, Alan Murn, Kathy
Burns and Susan Wright - congratulate Jameson Casson on his award.
LOCAL high-flyer Jameson Casson
has added another notch to his belt
with an award he won for his ongo-
ing community participation.
He recently won a certificate of commen-
dation from the NT Arts Access Awards
for Excellencein Inclusive Arts Practice
Through Community Partnership.
Jameson was nominated for the award by
Corinne Berry from Barkly Regional Arts
“He is an absolute dynamo whose en-
thusiasm is contagious,” Corinne said of
“I recall his impromptu comedy per-
formance at an open mic night at Desert
Harmony - it was just fantastic and he had
everyone in stitches.
Jameson was a big supporter of the festival
and is always working to make the com-
munity a better place for us all.
“He really deserves this award and we’re
all thrilled for him.”
Jameson also has a starring role in a series
of video postcards currently being filmed by
BRA as part of the ABC Heywire Positive
Youth New Stories.
The postcards will be launched as part of
National Youth Week in April and will be
screened on Friday 11 April at the Barkly
Arts award win
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