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You can check the website to find out if you can access the NDIS.
Visit australia.gov.au/ndis or call 1800 800 110 for more information.
For people with hearing or speech loss TTY: 1800 555 677
Speak and listen: 1800 555 727
Authorised by the Australian Government, Capital Hill, Canberra.
Do you, or someone from your mob,
always have troubles because of a disability?
The NDIS supports people up to age 65 who always
have troubles with moving, talking, learning or caring
for themselves and need help because of a disability.
Can the NDIS help me?
If you, or someone from your community, need help
because of a disability you may be able to apply
for support. To find out, go to the NDIS website and
use the My Access Checker, or visit the Indigenous
Coordination Centre in Tennant Creek.
How does the NDIS work?
First you’ll meet with a planner to yarn about what you
need. They’ll help you make a special plan. You can
bring someone with you for support. It might take more
than one meeting to finish your plan.
Watch the video diaries on the website to find
What kind of help could I get?
Your plan could include help with things like getting
a new wheelchair, a ramp or handrail, personal care,
a special bed, transport and behaviour support.
The planning workbook on the website can help
you think about what you need.
What happens once I have my plan?
If you like, you can get help to put your plan into action.
You can decide what works best for you. You can ask
about this in your planning session or read the managing
your supports information on the website. You can also
review your plan at an agreed time.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme is available
in the Barkly region from 1 July 2014
TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 4 JULY 2014 5
Muckaty Nuclear Free
CELEBRATION Friday July 4
4pm - 8pm at Nyinkka Nyunyu
A community event marking the successful eight year
campaign to stop a nuclear waste dump at Muckaty.
All welcome! Join Muckaty Traditional Owners, local campaigners, lawyers and
interstate supporters for an evening of reection, celebration and music.
Winanjjikari All-Stars, Kylie Sambo,
Lincoln MacKinnon & The Wrecking Train
Food & drinks available.
Contact Natalie 0429 900 774
MANDATORY alcohol treatment will be ex-
panded in the Barkly, the NT Alcohol Reha-
bilitation Minister announced this week.
Speaking in Tennant Creek on Tuesday, Minister
Robyn Lambley revealed the Barkly Region Alcohol
and Drug Abuse Advisory Group (BRADAAG) had
won the contract to roll out the controversial social
The policy takes those who have been deemed prob-
lem drunks into mandatory treatment, in what the gov-
ernment claims is a bid to “counter public drunkenness
and provide the necessary rehabilitation to break the
cycle of abuse.”
“This is a service that has been called for by people
in Tennant Creek to help local residents get off the
grog and reconnect with the community,” Minister
The purpose-built sobering up shelter on Thomp-
son Street will have security bolstered to the tune of
$250,000 – in a bid to stem absconding – to become
the alcohol mandatory treatment facility.
Another BRADAAG property has been upgraded to
replace the current sobering-up shelter after the facility,
built two years ago, closed last Friday.
The new six-bed premises begins operation today.
Upgrades will cost the taxpayer $410,000.
Minister Lambley said the Thompson Street building
will cater for 12 clients, in addition to a four-bed as-
sessment service at Tennant Creek Hospital.
There will eventually be a 16-bed sobering-up shelter
BRADAAG general manager Stewart Naylor wel-
comed the issuing of the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment
“We’re looking forward to operating the first AMT
service in Tennant Creek,” he said.
“And we look forward to working with other com-
munity services and agencies to get the best results
Mr Naylor said the program would be based on best
practices for the delivery of treatments and would be
At a media conference held on Tuesday at the sober-
ing-up shelter, Mr Naylor responded to criticism of the
policy introduced by the Country Liberals Government
a year ago, saying anything new was bound to have
“For me it is about ensuring [our clients] receive a
complementary service based on best practices and
that the service has a wide range of options for those
individuals,” he said.
“Successful treatment isn’t just about getting someone
in the door and giving them all this information for
three months. The follow-up and after care that are the
really hard yards.”
Mr Naylor said there was evidence both for and
against mandatory treatment.
The alcohol mandatory treatment expansions are
expected to be operational by the end of the month.
A spokesperson for the Minister said the value of the
contract was still being finalised, but the final amount
would be subject to “commercial confidence”.
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