Friday, September 30, 2022

Tennant & District Times

Publisher details

Established in 1975.

An independent weekly newspaper with the free online edition published each Friday.

Based in Tennant Creek, with coverage extending across the vast Barkly region of the Northern Territory.

Website with online news and digital edition


Recent articles

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.

Previous articles

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.

About Tennant & District Times

The Tennant & District Times has been an integral part of the community since its establishment in 1975.

Our hub in Tennant Creek extends across the vast Barkly region so our footprint is nearly twice the size of Victoria.

We cover news and views from towns, communities and pastoral stations across the Barkly, encouraging our readers who live in some of Australia’s most remote locations to contribute to our weekly publication.

Our newspaper is available in real-view online, extending our readership throughout the Northern Territory the nation.

The Tennant & District Times has a long history of mentoring young reporters, and many have gone on to forge careers in media and communications.

We have community contributors in several communities such as Borroloola at the northern tip of the Barkly, Elliott in the Territory’s heart, Ali Curung and the Utopia homelands.

Our publication is truly local – we cover local news about local people and local events.

We support the communities we serve and welcome local input and ideas.

Promoting local events, telling stories about locals, by locals is the core of our philosophy.

As an independently-owned Territory newspaper we are proud of our 45-year history of delivering news across such a broad regional and remote footprint.



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