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Good times at Youth Week celebration
DESPITE some of the toughest alcohol restrictions in
the country, the Territory’s Chief Justice has called for
further action to curb the level of alcohol consump-
tion in Tennant Creek.
Sentencing Eugene Green, 51, for bashing and stabbing his wife,
Chief Justice Trevor Riley said the Courts regularly hear evidence
of alcohol being consumed in quantities beyond comprehension.
Green had been drinking with his wife at Dump Camp in August
last year when he found a stick and followed her into a bedroom
where he struck her numerous times to the head and body, causing
her to fall to the ground.
When she tried to call police he took a kitchen fork and stabbed
her back and neck several times.
The next morning he ordered his wife to shower and wash the
blood from her hair and when family members saw the woman
bleeding and in pain he angrily told them it was none of their
However, the woman’s family sought help and she was mede-
vacced to Alice Springs for treatment.
Green was sentenced to four years jail with a non-parole period
of three years and three months.
In 2008 when Chief Justice Riley was sentencing the same man
for a previous violent assault, he said it seemed that the exces-
sive consumption of alcohol continued for so long as alcohol
“People drink until they can drink no more and then get up the
next day and start all over again,” he said at the time.
“The frequency with which drunken violence occurs is unac-
ceptable and the level of violence is likewise, completely unac-
“For the good of the town, for the good of the victims, for the
good of the offenders and for the good of the innocent children
of Tennant Creek, it seems to me obvious that a system must
be devised to limit the amount of alcohol made available to the
people whose lives are being devastated in this way and to educate
and rehabilitate those already abusing alcohol.”
Speaking in the Alice Springs Supreme Court recently as he
sentenced Green, Chief Justice Riley reiterated his comments,
saying he was sad to say his remarks remained true today, some
six years later.
“So far this week, amongst the other business of the Court,
I have dealt with four matters of a similar kind from Central
Australia,” he said.
“There are other cases in the list of a similar kind yet to be
dealt with. This is standard fare in almost every sitting of the
[Supreme] Court in Alice Springs.
“The depressing fact is that the problems surrounding the abuse
of alcohol and the consequent violence has not been successfully
“We as a community need to do more.”
“It is plain that offending of this kind is regrettably common-
place in Central Australia.”
NATIoNAL Youth Week is the largest cel-
ebration of young people in Australia.
It originated back in 2000 with big name music
bands Regurgitator, Frenzal Rhomb, Stella One
Eleven and Something for Kate acting as am-
bassadors for the inaugural event aptly named
“Count Me In”.
An Australian, State, Territory and Local Gov-
ernment Initiative, Youth Week saw a culmina-
tion of work facilitated by Barkly Regional Arts,
Nyinkka Nyunyu Cultural Centre and the Barkly
Regional Council last Friday evening.
A series of workshops kicked off the afternoon,
with Unbroken Expanse members encouraging
young musicians to try out their skills and the
NITV crew headed by Danny Teece-Johnson giv-
ing some valuable insight into what is involved in
digital media production and broadcast.
Sean Spencer, Regional Youth Sport and Rec-
reation Officer for the Barkly Regional Council
was instrumental in bringing the Hill Boyz and
E Girlz from Wutunugurra (Epennara) and The
Desert Sevenz from Ampilatwatja to the stage for
some stellar performances.
Lincoln McKinnon and the Digital Media Team
at Barkly Regional Arts presented a fascinating
series of 15 Digital Post-Cards in collaboration
with the ABC’s Heywire program during which
Eleanor and Raymond Dixon from Elliott enter-
tained the attentive crowd.
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