Friday, September 30, 2022



Coalition Senators move to remove the nuclear ban

Nine Coalition Senators have moved today to remove the ban on nuclear power in Australia by introducing a Private Senators Bill ... “Australia’s unusual legislative ban against nuclear power was moved and debated with less than 30 minutes of debate in the Senate. But the nuclear ban may cause decades of pain if we continue to deny our country reliable power alternatives": Senator Canavan.

New homes for Tiwi Islands community: Uibo

There’s an air of excitement at Pirlangimpi where 14 families have moved into brand new homes this week, constructed as part of the Territory Labor Government’s $2.1 billion remote housing program ... “Pirlangimpi is one of the Territory’s prettiest places and now it looks even better with rows of new and upgraded homes in a rainbow of colours": Minister for Housing and Homelands Selena Uibo.

Alice Springs Quilting Club Exhibition 2022

Presented by the Alice Springs Quilting Club. Located at Witchetty'S Artspace, Araluen Arts Centre.

Youth Roundtable talks NT strategy in Alice Springs: Moss

Mental health, education and the environment are the top priorities for the Northern Territory Youth Round Table. The Round Table has met for the first time in Alice Springs with members wanting to ensure that young voices are heard in regions across the Territory.

West-packs up and leaves Tennant Creek country

The Chief Executive Officer of an Aboriginal corporation in Tennant Creek has labelled Westpac’s sudden closure of its branch as an abandonment of the Barkly’s Indigenous community. Papulu Apparr-Kari Aboriginal Corporation (PAK) has been a long-time customer of Westpac, also helping out its Indigenous customers without identification to use its bank services.

Mayor takes leave in face of drug-related charges

The gossip in Tennant Creek and the Barkly has been in overdrive this week after news broke our Mayor had been charged with drug-related offences. The town’s flamboyant Mayor Jeff McLaughlin (42) was arrested by police around 10.15am Monday morning after a roadside test.

Cannabis expert says saliva tests not reliable

While we await the outcome of the Mayor’s charges in October, it might be pertinent to have a look at just how serious these charges are, and maybe just how reliable marijuana saliva tests are ... “The saliva tests are only checking for a per se zero presence of cannabis”: Andrew Kavasilas.

Q&A with OBE Organic MD, Dalene Wray

After the release of OBE Organic's Sustainability Report 2022 earlier this year, Australian Rural & Regional News found out a little more about what's involved in farming organic beef in the vast Channel Country and how it came to be Australia's oldest organic beef company from OBE Organic's Managing Director, Dalene Wray.

Securing position in global electric vehicle battery sector: Fyles, Uibo

The Northern Territory Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Taiwanese company, Aleees and Perth-based Avenira Ltd, to develop and operate the Territory’s first battery cathode manufacturing plant in Darwin. A significant economic and strategic opportunity for the Northern Territory, the plant will manufacture lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery cathode material.

NT rider one step away from representing Australia

If determination has anything to do with it, Darwin's Luke Purtill, whose mum says he has as much hardware in his body as “the bionic man”, may be riding for Australia in Germany next year ... “Luke’s goals are to be selected to represent Australia at the Special Olympic World Games,” his mum, Robyn, said. “It’s not just about winning though. Luke knows he wins every time he gets on a horse and would like to inspire every rider, regardless of ability to have the courage to reach for their dreams and be the best you can be.”

New streamlined Banned Drinker scanning system: Fyles, Kit

Territorians can expect faster scanning speeds with new and improved Banned Drinker Register (BDR) devices to be rolled out across the Territory from this week. The BDR is a valuable tool to assist in reducing alcohol related harm in the Northern Territory and Territorians are well used to providing photo identification to purchase takeaway alcohol.

Residents and vets help to rehome a spiky visitor

Kate Foran. How many people get to say “I tickled the toes of an echidna at work today”? Local neighbouring households recently observed an echidna burrowing around their back yards ... Echidnas are tricky creatures to pick up, digging their spikes into the surrounding dirt and anchoring themselves solidly to the ground, to protect their soft underbelly.

Glitz and glamour at 2022 High School Formal

Fancy dresses and suits were the order of the day last Friday evening as the students of the Tennant Creek High School attended their annual Formal. School shirts were put aside as the students made every effort to look their best, and succeeded, in most cases to look like they could have easily attended New York Fashion Week.

Council reviews high business rate hike

Commercial businesses in the Barkly are up in arms about a significant Council rate hike, but Barkly Regional Council is calling for calm and is reviewing the rise. Council CEO Emma Bradbury said following the release of the 2022-23 rates notices last week, businesses in the region noticed their rates liability had increased significantly compared to last year, in some instances by more than 100 per cent.

Deadly Darwin brings its blak comedy to Tennant

Four Deadly Darwin comedians are travelling down the guts of the Territory stopping in Tennant Creek next Wednesday to bring “blak humour to change blak minds”. The Deadly Darwin Goes Walkabout Tour will bring its hilarious show and free stand up comedy workshop to town with the mission of spreading healing through humour.

Nail biting finish at Inter-school soccer carnival

Pam Dillon. Rainy weather did not deter the 11 schools who participated in the first ever Barkly region inter-school soccer carnival recently. There were beautifully sunny skies on the first day of great competition out at Purkiss Reserve. In between games, teams attended health clinics run by Anyinginyi Health. Students still keen to be out on the field at the end of competition, helped their teachers from remote schools complete a mini roos coaching course run by John Moriarty Foundation.

Bats face the boot – AFL Mount Isa investigating footy assaults

The Lake Nash Bats could be kicked out of the AFL Mount Isa competition after officials and fans assaulted umpires on Saturday. The violence escalated after the final siren of the grand final, won by the Tigers in an upset, however the trouble was brewing well before then.

Another cohort of Territory nurses transition to country: Fyles  

Ten Territory nurses will spend the next 12 months building their skills and providing services to remote communities under the Transition to Remote Practice Program. This year is the first time the program recruited a second cohort of participants. They will join the 12 nurses who commenced the program at the beginning of 2022.

Locals irate over the robbery of elderly woman by gang of children

The aggravated robbery of an 84-year-old Tennant Creek woman in broad daylight has raised the anger of locals who are sick and tired of the constant fear and damage a “gang of youths’ are causing in town ... five youths entered the elderly woman’s home ... The victim says the unruly youths are picking on everyone in town. “If they can get away with it, they will keep terrorising everybody,” she said.

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