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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 9 MAY 2014 3
ROAD SAFETY WEEK
4-11 MAY 2014
DRIVE SO OTHERS SURVIVE!
Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion
Minister for Indigenous Affairs
Leader of the Nationals in the Senate
Senator for the Northern Territory
has established a Ministerial office at:
1/82 Todd Street,
Alice Springs NT 0870
Tel: (08) 8952 1131 ♦ Facsimile: (08) 8952 1195
TENNANT Creek is set to benefit
from an initiative that creates op-
portunities and employment for
local Aboriginal people in mining,
tourism and related industries.
The Commonwealth Government’s
Mining Industry and Indigenous Com-
munities Program, Working in Part-
nership promotes long-term, effective
partnerships between Indigenous com-
munities and resources companies.
Training Consultant, Elliott McAdam,
and Minerals Council of Australia Cen-
tral Desert Coordinator, Martin Glass
have been working on a regional-based
partnership for the past six months.
A number of local individuals, peak
bodies, businesses and organisations
around the Barkly have all come on
board, culminating in a two-day work-
shop held recently at the Battery Hill
The workshop attracted over 40 par-
ticipants, representing local Aboriginal
communities and organisations, mining
companies, small and medium business-
es, education and training service provid-
ers and the three levels of government.
Indigenous Consulting Group facilita-
tor, Brett Barlee, said the working in
partnership model was the best way to
achieve sustainable employment out-
comes in remote areas.
“The workshop provided participants
with a real opportunity to shape an agreed
plan of action for engagement,” he said.
“This should improve Aboriginal train-
ing pathways, employment opportunities
and business development outcomes in
the Barkly and the surrounding region.
“Just as important is the stimulus the
workshop provided for various regional
plans and existing micro businesses in
and around Tennant Creek.”
Jess Bloomfield, Resources Division
coordinator for the program said that a
report on the outcomes of the consulta-
tion and workshops would be available to
everyone before the end of June.
“We will be making printed copies
available to all participants and the report
will be available on the internet at www.
anyone who may have an interest in this
matter,” Jess said.
“It is envisaged that the report findings
will be a useful resource to better facili-
tate outcomes rather than just an account
of what was discussed throughout the
Indigenous jobs workshop
A RESIDENCE for young children need-
ing out-of-home care will be established
in Tennant Creek.
Announced as part of the 2014 Budget, the
facility will provide short term accommodation
for up to six children while child protection is-
sues are resolved.
Minister for Children and Families, John Elf-
erink, said the residence for babies and children
up to ten-years-old aims to address a shortfall in
out-of-home care facilities in the Barkly region
which currently results in children being relo-
cated to Alice Springs if they are unable to be
placed with a foster or kinship carer.
“The new local facility will limit the disruption
to the child with family, culture, local supporters
and schooling,” he said.
“This will offer a local short term out of home
care service for people who are considered to be
the most vulnerable in our community.
“It is important to have safe and secure accom-
modation with the appropriate support on offer
for a child who more often than not has suffered
abuse or neglect.”
Mr Elferink said the Department of Children
and Families is working with the Department of
Housing and has identified a house in an ideal
location for the service. “This property will
be modified and upgraded to create a suitable
facility,” he said.
“The Country Liberals Government is com-
mitted to protecting our children and ensuring
that they have the support and services available
in times of need.”
Currently, there are 38 children from the
Barkly Region in the care of the Chief Execu-
$300,000 for building improvements and a
further $500,000 ongoing funding has been set
aside for this financial year.
Home for children in care
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