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IT may interest you
to know that de-
spite your letter (“No
shoes, no entry. Leg-
less? No worries...”
TDT 27/6/14) there is
a lot of work going
on behind the scenes
that you are not aware
Here are a few facts for
Maybe you should put
yourself in the shoes of
the people who are at the
forefront in dealing with
people consuming alcohol.
Every day we work with
the thread of substantial
fines and penalties hang-
ing over our heads, not
just the employer but us
as individuals also.
We are the people who
have to deal with custom-
ers who sometimes are not
at their best.
We cop abuse, we cop
threats but in the end we
execute the laws regard-
ing service of alcohol in a
We are backed by our
employers who support
staff who serve alcohol in
a responsible manner.
Both us and our employ-
ers’ work very closely with
Police and Licensing to
tackle problems relating
We are constantly mon-
itoring our patrons for
signs of intoxication or
We constantly deal with
people who at first glance
appear to be quiet sober
for a period of time and
then deteriorate within
minutes to being in the
We then have to help
these people as best we
can for a safe outcome for
We live in a small town
and we know our clientele
very well and we know
how our individual patrons
react to given amounts of
alcohol and we have strat-
egies to deal with people
We, as well as our pa-
trons, are constantly under
video surveillance when
entering and while on
All of that footage is
stored for weeks in case
of any disturbance or mis-
behaviour where evidence
All licensees in Tennant
Creek are part of a Liquor
Accord which meets on a
regular basis with Police,
NT Licensing and other
parties in an effort to en-
sure a uniform approach
to Responsible Service of
It is that Accord that
implemented our current
restrictions on take-away
There is also a new board
recently formed in Tennant
Creek called the Alcohol
Reference Group (ARG)
which is taking a whole
community approach to
tackling excessive alcohol
The group has represen-
tatives from all sectors of
the community who are all
to tackling irresponsible
The ARG is a positive
move to make recommen-
dations to the NT Govern-
ment in relation to alcohol
reform. To say that we are
below industry standards
compared to other states
in Australia is a joke.
It seems to me you are
having a go at the NT
Government policies in
your letter that has noth-
ing to do with the people
who are at the forefront
in Responsible Service of
We are all aware that
there is a problem with
irresponsible alcohol con-
sumption but that does
not give you the right to
knock people that are at
the forefront of tackling
In doing so you are just
another Tennant Creek
You seem to like to use
the word responsible but
your name is withheld by
request. Get your facts
– Phil Crouch, Tennant
THE advertisement placed in the Ten -
nant & District Times by our MLA Mr
Gerry McCarthy is a glaring example
of why dysfunction and chaos contin-
ues to grow in our community.
Mr McCarthy utterly refuses to face the
truth; he has twisted and spun the findings of
the Stella Maris inquiry into some fanciful
conclusion that presents him as a hero.
The facts are the inquiry found he acted
“WITHOUT RESPONSIBILITY” and
“WITHOUT ACCOUNTABILITY” and
“AGAINST THE PUBLIC INTEREST”
when he rushed through the shifty multi-
million dollar deal to buy support for his
desperate political party.
There is a loophole in Northern Territory law
that is for the moment saving Mr McCarthy’s
seat on the gravy train; apparently there is no
Statuary Definition of Corruption governing
politicians in the NT.
This omission in our legal system is shelter-
ing him from facing the consequence of his
If it were discovered that Tony Abbot had
signed over the rights to mine an area to
Clive Palmer in order to guarantee his vote of
support in the Senate he would be crucified.
Mr McCarthy has signed over the rights
to public property to gain the support of the
unions for his political party.
Where is the difference?
For years Mr McCarthy has told us of his
magnificent achievements and now that he is
in Opposition, how he keeps the Government
ACCOUNTABLE and RESPONSIBLE.
Our elected member is in denial; the find-
ings of the Stella Maris Inquiry have proven
unequivocally that he is not a viable voice in
In order to salvage some dignity and de-
cency Mr McCarthy should apologise to the
electorate and resign.
Gerry McCarthy has had his chance, now
the people of the Barkly deserve a chance to
elect a representative who can deliver more
– G.D. Egan, Tennant Creek.
A new pinnacle in political hypocrisy
Truth and accuracy are casualties
within the Barkly Shire, says resident
IT’S interesting to listen to the radio and hear the Mayor
of Alice Springs, Damian Ryan, speak of his commitment,
passion and involvement in many facets of town life.
He is regularly keeping people up to speed with local development
and is enthusiastically involved with business groups, tourist ventures
and daily life in Alice Springs.
Tennant Creek residents would love to hear from our elected mem-
bers - what plans are in place for our town, what areas are being
developed and how daily services are being delivered.
Although our President is currently on holidays, we have other
elected Councillors who are all in a position to keep ratepayers in-
formed with up to date information.
It would be good to hear from them as to what the Council has
achieved up to date.
Our Barkly Council has a policy of open government and transpar-
ency but this does not work in practice.
Our Councillors were elected to represent the ratepayers of Tennant
When relaying information, comments and queries from locals to
the executive officers, some councillors have been directed not to
talk to local residents.
If this continues to be the case there is obviously no need for Coun-
cillors, all decisions could be made by the ever-increasing number of
executives working in the Barkly Shire.
Although we pay for the services of two engineers, when technical
decisions need to be made, ratepayers are paying for consultants to
The continuing saga of the roundabouts has been discussed in
Council (on numerous occasions), at a public meeting and of late at
a local board.
The decision from the board was that all the roundabouts would
be taken out.
It seems that despite this decision made by representatives of the
Tennant Creek community, further consultations need to be entered
into and the cost of this endless exercise continues to rise.
It appears truth and accuracy are often casualties of information
circulated within the Shire.
Local firms continue to demonstrate their belief in Tennant Creek
by conducting their business in the town. It is another policy of the
Barkly Shire that local businesses will be supported but at present
they are buying out of town “because it is cheaper.”
It seems to make a lot of sense to buy locally where goods can be
serviced by locals.
The fact remains that these same businesses are paying rates to the
Council and thereby helping the town exist.
Congratulations must be passed onto the Barkly Work camp.
They continue to keep our town tidy although it seems they are
completing work that was previously carried out by the Council.
I know it is frowned upon to be critical and express negative views
but many who love the town of Tennant Creek are saddened by the
direction we seem to be heading and the lack of commonsense dem-
onstrated with the endless pursuit of creating huge bureaucracies in
the pursuit of getting relatively simple jobs done.
I am writing this because Tony Boulter, an elected member, has
become increasingly frustrated by his inability to be taken seriously
in his efforts to listen to the ratepayers of Tennant Creek.
He has been totally committed to the wellbeing of the community
of Tennant Creek for many years and has tried to take the concerns
of residents to the Council.
Often these efforts are met with strong suggestions that it is not for
everyone to know the business of the Council.
I am writing this because I choose to, I have not been asked to write
it so the views expressed here are mine.
Tony’s hide is pretty thick (as many will testify) but experience and
knowledge must count for something.
You would think local knowledge and being well versed in Local
Government issues would be attributes that would serve decision
If the Council is running as a well-oiled machine then they would
justifiably be proud of their record and be happy for others to share
in their success.
– Joie Boulter, Tennant Creek.
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