Home' Tennant and District Times : 2014-0411 TDT Contents POLICE Commissioner John McRoberts
flew to Tennant Creek last week after three
officers were bashed, including one who
was knocked unconscious.
His visit prompted a four-day crackdown on crime
with officers from Alice Springs and Katherine
brought to town to assist local police.
The drama began after a 35-year-old man allegedly
refused to allow police to breath test him at the Ten-
nant Creek Hotel bottle shop last Wednesday night.
Police said the driver recklessly accelerated, nar-
rowly missing an officer.
The car was later spotted at a residence on Limonite
Street with the driver and all four passengers still in
Upon failing to provide a breath test, the man was
removed from the vehicle.
An altercation followed during which three police
officers were savagely attacked.
One officer was knocked unconscious by a blow to
her head, another suffered a broken finger, bruising
and abrasions while the third was treated for a pos-
sible wrist fracture.
Commissioner McRoberts said this type of behav-
iour was simply abhorrent.
“Police are there to do their jobs and to keep the
community safe, not to be treated like punching
bags,” he said.
“Being punched, kicked, bitten and spat on whilst
conducting their jobs is unacceptable and offenders
can expect to be charged with serious offences.”
Darren Beasley, 35, and Christopher Beasley ,33,
appeared in the Tennant Creek Magistrates Court
this week charged with a range of offences including
resist police, hinder police, assault police officer and
engage in violent disorder.
During the crackdown from last Thursday to Sun-
day, 15 people were arrested.
Acting Superintendent Des Green said offences in-
cluded assaults and drink driving as well as breaches
of domestic violence, bail and alcohol protection
“Nine vehicles were defected and removed from
the roads,” he said.
“In total 19 people were taken into protective
Acting Superintendent Green said there would be
more such operations in Tennant Creek.
“Police will continue conducting these types of
operations as we are committed to keeping everyone
in the town safe,” he said.
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A YOUNG entrepreneur from Tennant Creek has been
recognised for his role in establishing a remote con-
creting business with a NT Young Achievers award.
Jared Baldwin took out the Northern Territory Government
Small Business Achievement Award at the gala event in Darwin
last Saturday night, picking up a $2000 prize cheque from TIO.
He was among nine category winners recognised for their posi-
tive contribution to the community.
Jared began Remote Concrete NT in 2012 after seeing there
was no access to concrete suppliers in remote areas of the Barkly.
He now delivers concrete and associated construction services,
haulage and plant hire to all remote areas of the Territory and has
recently developed contracting partnerships with key indigenous
organisations, builders and subcontractors.
A specialist vehicle and an equipment profile suited to remote
concrete delivery led to further demand such as crane hire, heavy
vehicle equipment dry hire, transport and haulage, associated
concrete and constructions works, concrete pumping, general
labour hire and provision of contract batch plant operation.
Remote Concrete NT now has nine employees including two
apprentices and two workers from the Barkly Work Camp.
Recently, Remote Concrete NT completed major projects
on Groote Eylandt, supplying over 2000 cubic metres of high
strength concrete to BHP’s expansion program.
And the fledgling company won a tender to design and construct
a transportable building that was delivered over 880 kilometres
to the Lajamanu police station.
Now Remote Concrete is working on the refurbishment of 29
houses in Ali Curung, two causeways on the Kurundi Road, a
basketball court in Arnhem Land and an oil and gas drill hole
job in the Top End.
Jared says he was honoured to be named a finalist in the NT
Young Achievers Awards but didn’t expect to win.
“I knew one of the other finalists and later I met the third one
so I knew I was up against some real talent,” he said.
“The others were doing some pretty cool things so it was a
surprise when my name was announced on the night.”
Jared hopes Tennant Creek and the wider Barkly gain some
kudos and inspiration from his win.
“This shows that we can offer nationally competitive services
from Tennant Creek,” he said.
“We have proved the town has the capacity to operate businesses
from here, that we don’t need to be city-based.”
The NT Young Achievers award is not the first feather in the
Last year, Jared won the Civil Contractors Federation Business
Development Award, not an easy feat given the tough competi-
Minister for Young Territorians, Peter Styles, said he was very
proud of the nominees and winners and commended the passion,
ambition and leadership the group had shown.
“The Territory has so many inspirational young people who are
all striving to strengthen our future and due to this our future is
looking very bright,” he said.
“They don’t look for accolades, instead they just push them-
selves to be the best they can be and do the best they can for their
communities and I am extremely proud of all of them.”
Small business in awards spotlight
flies to Tennant after
three cops bashed
Police Commissioner John McRoberts.
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