Tuesday, December 5, 2023



Celebrating Christmas in new remote homes across the Barkly

Twenty-one families have recently moved into homes at Alpurrurulam, and three more five-bedroom homes will be ready in the next couple of weeks. The modular homes, built by Territory company Demountable Sales and Hire have been installed by Wilga Indigenous Corporation, which has provided employment opportunities to Alpurrurulam locals.

Animal education part of Epenarra students’ curriculum

Kate Foran. Students at Epenarra School, 200 kms from Tennant Creek, are learning more than just maths and English ... Barkly Vet Practice visited the Communities last month ... Dog numbers have been reduced through the desexing program with students monitoring a spreadsheet to keep the statistics and data.

Tidy Town awards highlighting great success in our remote communities: Fyles

MacDonnell Regional Council township of Ntaria (Hermannsburg) has won the 2023 Northern Territory Sustainable Community Tidy Town accolade announced in Katherine ... where multiple remote Territory communities were recognised for their efforts in improving the wellbeing of their homes.

Making bore water fit for dialysis

Making scarce and impure bore water in The Centre’s outback fit for use in medical dialysis has earned Alice local Michael C Smith a Distinguished Alumni Award from Flinders University in Adelaide. “I’m proud that one of my designs is working today in Kiwirrkurra, Australia’s most remote Aboriginal community,” says Dr Smith.

Safari Lodge in spotlight at Brolga Awards

The Safari Lodge Motel was represented at the annual Brolga NT Tourism Awards in Darwin after the business was nominated in the 3 - 3.5 Star Accommodation category ... The Safari Lodge has been owned by the Manungurra Aboriginal Corporation since 2018...

ABS conducts Aboriginal health survey in the Barkly

A team from the Australian Bureau of Statistics has visited Tennant Creek and Barkly remote communities as part of the nationwide survey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people ... Residents are asked if they would like to take part in the survey...

Barkly vets head bush for vital pet services

Kate Foran. A dedicated crew from Barkly Veterinary Practice spent three weeks in some communities of the Barkly region recently, providing a remote service to pet owners who don’t often get to town. They visited Elliott, Marlinja, Ampilatwatja, Ali Curung, Murray Downs and Wutunugurra.

Wurrumiyanga remote power project underway: Manison

A renewables future is one step closer for the Tiwi Islands, with construction underway at the Wurrumiyanga Solar Infill and Energy Storage Pilot Project. Wurrumiyanga is home to over 2000 people, and soon it will be powered by 50 per cent renewable energy.

Ensuring best practice in the buffalo supply chain: AgriFutures

A new research project by AgriFutures Australia and the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA) is set to examine the wild-harvest buffalo supply chain in the Northern Territory (NT). The first-of-its-kind project … aims to identify the barriers and potential opportunities to ensure the industry’s sustainable growth.

Opposition Leader and Barkly MLA listen to the locals

Locals across the Barkly had the chance to meet with the CLP Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro together with Member for Barkly Steve Edgington over the last week. Ms Finocchiaro said the visit highlighted just how much locals were suffering from the promises continuously made to them by Labor but never followed through.

Epenarra champions of Barkly inter-school swimming carnival

Pam Dillon. The biggest inter-school swimming carnival was held in the Barkly last week and was a huge success, with Epenarra emerging as the champions. The event not only showcased students’ swimming abilities but also highlighted the camaraderie and sportsmanship among the schools.

Tennant remembers our fallen heroes

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 105 years ago, armistice was declared that ended World War I. The tradition of Remembrance Day grew out of this armistice and is commemorated mostly in Commonwealth countries...

Firebugs, lightning burn 15,000 square kilometres

There were a number of deliberate ignitions, mainly on roadsides, however over the past week the majority of fires are the result of lightning strikes, according to Chief Fire Control Officer Tony Fuller. “On Friday we had at least 14 new fires as a result of lightning,” he says.

Big water bombers still on the ground

Big water bombers still cannot be used in Alice Springs which is again surrounded by wildfires ... Preparations for the use of large fire bombers … are locked in a Catch 22 situation: The NT is part of a national system for the use of such aircraft but “they are ineffective given the location”: Tony Fuller, of Bushfires NT.

Opposition denied police station visit

Member for Barkly Steve Edgington has slammed the NT Labor Government after he and his boss were denied access to the Tennant Creek Police Station ... they were told they were denied access because the new Police Minister, Minister for Police Brent Potter, wanted to visit first.

BRADAAG workshop to promote enhanced AOD service

The Barkly Regional Alcohol and Drug Abuse Advisory Group (BRADAAG) is inviting the community to an information workshop about the development of an enhanced local service working to reduce the impacts of the harmful use of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) ... Professor Dennis Gray ... will present on BRADAAG’s response to his report into the organisation...

Wugularr marks new remote housing milestone: Uibo

This month, the Territory Government has completed a major housing build and handover in the community of Wugularr (Beswick) – handing over a total of 28 homes. The $2.2 billion Remote Housing Investment Package, jointly funded by the Northern Territory and Commonwealth Governments, has so far delivered 1208 new homes and upgraded close to 1700 homes since September 2016.

Emerging Aboriginal leaders present to Cabinet: Uibo, Paech

Eighteen Aboriginal leaders from across the Territory addressed the highest level of Government at a special Cabinet meeting ... The Aboriginal leaders, eight women and ten men, offered advice and guidance on policies, projects and initiatives that impact on Aboriginal Territorians and remote communities.

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