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THIS week marks a year since Chief
Minister Adam Giles reneged on the
Gas to Gove deal with Rio Tinto plung-
ing Nhulunbuy and the East Arnhem re-
gion into economic crisis.
The deal secured by former Chief Minister
Terry Mills represented a real ‘Developing the
North’ project providing gas to Rio Tinto and
potential new Top End mining and resource
When backing out Adam Giles effectively lead
the Rio Tinto decision to curtail the Alumina
refinery operations in Nhulunbuy in addition
to crushing potential energy exploration proj-
ects looking for new customers in Northern
Rio Tinto’s decision sees the loss of 1200 jobs
in Nhulunbuy however the Chief Minister’s sub-
sequent inaction sees Adam Giles and the CLP
Government abandon the North East Arnhem
Region with no clear plan for future economic
Member for Nhulunbuy, Lynne Walker said
that Adam Giles had failed the region defining
his term in office and what has shocked the
community is a Chief Minister without vision,
who has failed to take action showing he simply
doesn’t care about Territorians.
The CLP reign on Government is taking its toll
evidenced by devastating political mismanage-
ment of Nhulunbuy a region previously adding
$500 million to the NT economy each year.
Under the CLP Nhulunbuy and North East
Arnhem are faced with trying times that run
historical parallels with Tennant Creek in the
1990s with the downturn in the mining industry.
After the failure of the Warrego Copper Smelt-
er and closure of the export abattoir in Tennant
Creek in the early 1980s the CLP planned a
toxic waste incinerator for global waste however
rationalised by strident community opposition.
Ian Tuxworth then demonstrated real economic
vision for the NT with the Gas Pipeline project
from the Merinnie Basin to Darwin providing a
signature construction project including stimu-
lating energy exploration in South Australia
and the NT.
However the CLP lacked effective economic
development policies for Tennant Creek essen-
tially embarking on the infamous ERC programs
closing Karguru Primary School, selling off
Tennant Creek public housing and regionalising
Government services to Alice Springs including
health and education.
Back to the future, the Giles CLP Govern-
ment’s lack of effective policies have seen Ter-
ritorians face the highest cost of living, massive
power, water and sewerage bills and a two year
delay of vital infrastructure adding significant
increases to construction costs.
It seems young Giles is completely devoid of
major economic projects like Labor’s Inpex,
Darwin Correctional Services Precinct and
Marine Supply Base delivering jobs for Ter-
ritorians, boosting the economy and growing
The Chief Minister’s Department 2014-15
Budget increased by $33 million now evidenced
through copious television, radio, web based and
newspaper advertising campaigns yet alarm-
ingly the CLP are continuously re-announcing
projects designed and budgeted by former
Federal and NT Labor Governments!
Chief MinisterAdam Giles defies the old say-
ing; “talks cheap” now costing Territorians an
additional $33 million in self-promotion, how-
ever where are new CLP signature economic
projects for Northern Territory jobs as another
five per cent power increase on 1 January hikes
the cost of living?
Member for Barkly
Trying times for Nhulunbuy
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at 65 Paterson Street
on Tuesday 5th August 2014.
Hope in a boat, around the nation
IN 1873, French writer
Jules Verne published
his adventure novel,
80 Days Around the
World, in which the
Fogg and his French
valet passepartout at-
tempt to circumnavi-
gate the world in 80
Late in 1955, 82 years
after the original story
took the world by storm,
the first film version was
shot in 112 locations in
13 countries for the silver
So popular was the film,
Hollywood remade it
again in 2004.
Glen Hurst loved it so
much he thought he might
make a version of his own
and last month he and his
colleagues Guy Cook,
Raymond Cowcill and
Marina Rurenga embarked
from Albany in Western
Australia on a 22,000 ki-
lometre journey around
Australia, while towing a
boat and trailer to attract
vital funds and awareness
for Diabetes Research.
An estimated 1.8 million
Australians are currently
living with diabetes and
it’s predicted that number
will rise to 3.3 million by
“This all started back in
2011 when I needed a bike
trailer to go from Albany
to Queensland,” Glen said.
“I found a used folding
trailer and already had a
boat and the combination
was bigger and lighter than
a normal bike trailer.
“The rig attracted a lot
of attention wherever we
went, so it was decided to
use the idea to raise funds
Riding two Honda Gold-
wing 1500cc, six cylinder
road bikes, Glen and Guy
set off from Albany only
to come to grief 35 kilo-
metres out of town.
“Guy was full of enthu-
siasm as we headed out
of Albany but with the
unique payload, he unfor-
tunately found himself in
a heap on the side of the
road not long into the trip,”
“He was alright but the
bike was a bit of a write-
Raymond took Guy’s
spot on the second bike
and we headed off without
The Hope in a Boat crew
landed in Tennant last Fri-
day afternoon and headed
off to the east coast the
Everywhere they have
stopped they receive in
kind help from businesses
and individuals alike, and
Tennant Creek, being the
Golden Heart of the Ter-
ritory, did not let them
They received support
from the local Lions Club
and local businesses grant-
ed them accommodation
and supplies to help them
on their way.
Donations towards re-
search into a cure for dia-
betes can be made online
by visiting http://hope-in-
check out the blog, videos
and photos of these in-
trepid adventurers as they
make their way around the
country on golden wings.
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NOTICE TO OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS
Train Derailment, Saturday 26 July 2014
Following the train derailment last Saturday, rail freight to the Northern Territory was delayed.
While the southbound train was empty, the wreckage and track damage blocked the line until yesterday, preventing access from Adelaide.
A train, carrying Foodbarn freight due to arrive on Sunday, was turned back to Adelaide.
The Foodbarn arranged for the freight to be returned to Tennant Creek by road train, with goods arriving mid-week.
The accident has caused major disruption to local supplies. We did our best to cover as many product lines as possible and to put contingency
arrangements in place in order to restock the store in a timely manner.
We thank all our customers for their understanding and patience regarding this matter.
– Ian Perry, Foodbarn Manager.
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