A newsletter about Territory
Aboriginal child and family wellbeing services
Co-op Winners Issue 1 November 2004
M apur u Homelands
This August the Mapuru Food Co-operative The Co-op won for initiating a healthy food supply
won the Heart Foundation Kellogg Local for Mapuru Home-Land residents. They are a good
Government Award, in the Category of Small pick for the National Winners in their category. Or
Rural and Remote Community Project NT. will they win the National Best Overall Winner
announced 9th November?
Mapuru is on the mainland south of Elcho Island, eight
minutes by charter. The 120 Mapuru people live
traditionally, hunting every day.
“My brother is the Mapuru Assistant Teacher Jackie
Nguluwidi,” said Roslyn Malngumba. “He has worked
for twenty years as the teacher. He runs the non-profit,
self-help Mapuru Co-op, selling only to our family.
“He orders and sells all the food, and teaches the school
kids how to order it. He does the book-keeping and
banking on the internet. The Co-op opens when people
need it, often late at night, and it’s often Jackie that opens
up. He’s very busy.
“They won because the Co-op sells healthy foods low in
sugar and fat and with high fibre” she said.
Jackie and others order stores from Darwin, by barge to
Rosaline Biritjala - Mapuru student Elcho, by truck to the airport, then by charter plane to
Mapuru, and finally by wheel barrow. Continued page 4
Kids spoilt Inside this Issue
in Gur ungu! Tennant Creek &
“The kids in Gurungu are really spoilt and they are
benefiting a lot,” said the Elliott Senior Aboriginal
Bar kl y
Health Worker Lynette Bathern.
“Before the youth centre and women’s centre and Plus stories from Aboriginal child and
library there were gang fights and stealing, a lot of
fights. It’s settled now, there’s no break and entering,
family wellbeing services across the NT.
no trouble with police, and kids are going to school Deadline next issue 7th March 2005
more now because of the breakfast program, and Contributions welcome.
because they aren’t so bored anymore,” she said.
See page 18-21 for more stories from Elliott. Kids Tracks Rules see page 15.
Storytelling and networking
by NT Aboriginal Children
and Family Support Services
Message from Marion Scrymgour MLA
Minister for Family and Children’s Services NT
I am very pleased to invite all services to 35% of NT Aboriginal people being under15 years
participate in a new, informal network of compared to 21% of our non Aboriginal population.
service providers in Aboriginal child, youth
and family well-being. But Kids Tracks will not be about the problems.
Instead it will focus on what is working. I hope
This network is called Kids Tracks. It aims to this newsletter can even in part reflect the energy,
cover the Territory and beyond, developing a vision and commitment of the many service
‘community of interest’ between our service providers in our communities. With three
providers. newsletter issues a year, every community initiative
can take its turn to shine.
This first issue of the Kids Tracks network
newsletter is being launched following our Kids Tracks is being produced by my Department
Children’s Week celebrations. for both government and non-government service
providers. All stakeholders are asked to contribute
It is indeed something to celebrate, because our their stories and views. I hope over time a
community services sector needs a way to talk dynamic network will grow and strengthen.
with each other, a place where people can tell
their stories of good things they are doing, We hope to shortly develop a web site based
around this newsletter network, linking both NT
Kids Tracks will be a space for service providers and national service providers. And later on?
to share good practice stories, to learn from Who knows what will grow?
failures, to inform policy makers and researchers,
a place to say hellos and goodbyes, speak about I would like to congratulate the Department of
heroes and special moments, quotes and gossip, Health and Community Services and Office Of
upcoming events and new ideas. In short, Children and Families for developing this excellent
whatever stories you would like to have told about initiative and look forward to future editions of
Aboriginal child, youth and family well-being Kids Tracks and sharing the information with my
community services. new Family and Community Services Ministerial
We all know the challenges. The NT Aboriginal
population has a greater percentage of young May our Kids Tracks network live long and
people than anywhere else in Australia – with prosper and all readers enjoy sharing our stories.
Editor: Anthony Burton Director Policy and Partnership Branch, Community Services
Content Manager & Rosie Elliott, Community Services Policy Unit
Desk Top Publisher:
Support staff: Office of Children and Families, Policy and Partnership Branch
Artwork: Logo by Lindy Brodie (Julalikari Arts & Crafts). Characters by Mikey Campbell
Address NT Department of Health and Community Services, PO Box 40596, Casuarina NT 0811
Ph (08) 8999 2702 Fax (08) 8999 2833 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Electronic version available in pdf format on www.health.nt.gov.au
Contributions to Kids Tracks do not necessarily reflect the views of the Editor / DHCS.
See Kids Tracks editorial policy and procedures on page 15 inside.
2 Kids Tracks Issue 1 November 2004
Letter to the Nyirranggulung
Kids Tracks Ngadberre
Hi Kids Tracks
I am the Women’s Issues Officer for Phillippa Liddy has recently started full time
NMNRC, the Nyirranggulang Mardrulk work as receptionist with the new NMN
Ngadberre Regional Council. Regional Council in the Katherine region.
We represent seven communities on the “It’s good – I enjoy the interaction with our
eastern side of Katherine (Jodetluk,
communities and meeting all the new people” she
Werenbun, Manyallaluk, Barunga, Wugularr,
Mardrulk and Gulin Gulin). The Council was said.
set up under the local government act in July “Our CEO is Rod Walsh. We operate the business
2003 after many years of negotiation through
side of things for our communities under the Local
the Jawoyn Association.
Government system, and are a major CD&EP
We are looking for affordable ‘reward’ options employer , with around 280 participants.
for our hardworking CD&EP participants to
exchange information and look into ways we “We work with organisations such as Jawoyn
can share experiences across communities. Association, Sunrise Health Service, Fred Hollows
Foundation, Dept of Family & Community Services.
I would like to find out about Kids Tracks - We are also working with Jawoyn and Department of
who you are working with and who is on your
Chief Minister on the establishing the Banatjarl
Resource Centre (King Valley about 50K south of
Ph: (08) 8971 2427 email@example.com “We provide CD&EP employees working as Family
Violence Officers on our communities, and key
personnel at Banatjarl to assist in the establishment
and operation of the Centre.
Editor’s reply “We have also been working with FACs to start up a
crèche in Wugularr. It’s is looking really good, and we
Our first letter to the Editor! First letter are starting a pre-school and crèche at Manyallaluk
gets first story! (working with DEET and FAC’s).
Kids Tracks will work with all NT service “Before I worked here I was out on a community
providers in Aboriginal child and family well-
doing basic admin work on CDEP. Now they have
being who wish to participate.
given me the opportunity to study and work on good
You can find the Kids Tracks Editorial Rules wages, actually helping people. People treat me with
and distribution on page 15 of this edition. respect now.”
You ask about CDEP rewards? This issue “We were living at
talks about some communities use of CDEP Wulgularr, where my
rewards to add community value, like in the mother was running the
story about Julalikari Arts.
art centre, and she’s
We will investigate this topic further next now the NMNRC
issue, and will try to follow up/network all President. She is really
such requests. enjoying the challenge”
Any readers are welcome to contribute their
ideas on the question and we will provide
contact details for all our stories, so Contact:
networks can grow. Ph: (08) 8971 2427
firstname.lastname@example.org Phillippa Liddy
T he winner s!
Front page story continued
Mapur u Home-Lands
Story continued from front page
Jackie said “Almost learning English through the Internet too, but there
four years ago my is nothing available for us. Nearly all children
mother, Linda attend more than 85% percent of the time and their
Marathuwarr, decided money maths is really good,” said Jackie.
to order food for our
Home-Land-Centre so After nineteen years of teaching, Jackie is planning
that we could continue a year of study leave next year, but there is no
to live on our ancestral replacement teacher. “We want a qualified
lands where we can teacher working here full-time, with good power,
care more closely for fax, computers, classroom supplies - just like
our children. Balanda schools,” he said.
“We wanted to avoid “We also ask the government to let us continue
the $300+ return repairing the abandoned school building with our
airfare to Elcho to buy own money for a community resource centre.
Linda Marathuwarr food. So we talked “This Co-op has increased our literacy, numeracy
about it and my mother and enterprise learning skills and is bringing people
said we will set up a cooperative. She gave us back to live on their own country, where they feel
$400 to use, we set up a banking account and happier and healthier,” he said.
ordered the food, sold it and banked the money.
Three months later we got an EFTPOS machine. Mapuru have more plans in the pipeline, including
We kept on selling and buying. a web site to sell their beautiful woven baskets.
“The rules are for all our family are: No money, no This award recognizes the power of a community
goods. No book-ups. You can self serve. It development model of health improvement, rather
works on trust. than a medical model. John Greatorex, former
Assistant Principal, Shepherdson College,
“As I learnt more English we ordered the food for facilitated the project.
ourselves, all nutritious, low fat, low sugar. After
two years the Learning Centre got a Telstra two “I simply set up systems
way satellite link and Visa Card. We could then for them to succeed,” he
pay accounts without sending cheques, because said. “They have done all
our local post office is 600km away. the work.
“When we started this co-op it was difficult for me “Through Home-Land
to read the stock list and talk English on the phone. communties, Aboriginal
We have now got a voice, we are now somebody. people can continue to take
We can see opportunities for our children and responsibility for their lives
economic independence. We have done it all if given half a chance.
ourselves, independent of Balanda. We can only
do this because we are living on our Home-Lands, “This model of community
we couldn’t do this on Elcho Island” he said. development contrasts with
the dysfunction resulting
There are 45 school students in the Homelands from forcing people to
Learning Centre which operates in normal school remain in centralised
times. Shepherdson College provides teachers for townships away from their
half the week. The students buy and sell products ancestral homes,” he said.
as part of their schooling, using EFTPOS and
This story has been told by Jackie Jackie Nguluwidi &
electronic banking. student repair school
Nguluwidi and John Greatorex
Contact (08) 89466983 building
“The students and parents would love to access
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Julalikari Arts & Crafts: The Pink Palace
The Pink Palace is the local name for an old Kaylene has been working at the Centre for nearly
building housing the Julalikari Council three years now. “I’ve worked in a lot of places, but
women’s arts and craft centre, a little here you just feel so comfortable,” she said.
powerhouse for the strong women of Tennant.
“Getting involved with the community work - that’s
The Pink Palace is one of Julalikari CDEP’s what I like. Trying to make things better for
most successful ventures and the art work sold everyone, getting along and respecting others.
contributes substantially to running costs of
the centre. “We work as a team and the coordinator is always
helpful. It’s a friendly place to work, we have
Around seventeen CDEP women work here, training options and we are learning more about
painting and making craft four mornings a week. how to do art and lots of other things. It’s lifting our
Most are strongly interrelated. Three women have self esteem.
been coming since the centre began, every
morning at 8am for ten years. Another eight or “Before I worked here I thought it was just ladies
nine have been coming nearly that long. The office sitting around. But we are doing a lot of things.
trainee, two supervisors and two painters are on Like screen printing a Hepatitis C health message
CDEP top up and work afternoons as well. in English and Waramungu on T-shirts and
shoulder bags and doing screen printing for the
Sales are strong – especially given the five football team.
exhibitions at the new Tennant Creek Nyinnka
Nyunyu art and culture centre - with three solo “We have a CDEP creche just around the corner.
exhibitions and two group. The Trains Through Our We pay $5 a week for the kids’ breakfast and
Country exhibition was highly successful. Lindy lunch. This way the mothers can stay working.
Brodie, Flora Holt and Peggy Jones all exhibit “It’s more than just work. There’s no argument or
interstate, and Peggy Jones also exhibits disagreement, we use polite words rather than be
internationally. Then there’s Ruth Dawson, whose angry. It’s about being friendly, we are not alone,
work is on view for all to enjoy on the side of our we are one mob. It’s about listening, treating
new freight train. people equally and being friendly,” she said.
Senior Warumungu women, Nicky Morrison and “It’s not a factory, it’s really relaxing,” said
Jessica Jones do the day to day running of the Coordinator Alan Murn. “It’s a time for the women
centre, whilst Coordinator Alan Murn does art themselves, to be creative, to use the phones and
training and administration, with the help of Admin do community business. The women are really
Trainee Kaylene Kenny. strong, highly organised, aware of what is needed,
and engaged in many community processes.
Lindy Brodie works on the
Kids Tracks logo “Tennant is pretty exciting - there’s a real regional
art style starting to attract attention. Tennant was
once a wealthy place - it now realises it has to do
something to stop tourists driving straight through,
so Aboriginal culture is emerging as a strong force -
its big asset rather than something that was
“Tennant’s isolation was once a weakness, it was
ignored for many funding and development
purposes, but it is becoming a strength. Tennant
people have learnt to stand on their own feet a lot,
and there is a lot of pride here,” he said.
Contact: Ph (08) 8962 2163
Whole of family,
Whole of community
Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation Staff from the Stronger Families program are
(previously known as Anyinginyi Congress) working closely with communities around
is an Aboriginal Primary Health Care Tennant Creek to develop culturally responsive
Service based in Tennant Creek. programs.
Anyinginyi’s Primary Health Service delivery Governments and Non-Indigenous agencies
model is based on the Whole of Family, Whole discuss collaboration but nothing real happens in
of Community Approach to how we do developing specific health care programs that are
business. community driven.
We have recently combined the Alcohol- After Anyinginyi Health is doing this!
Care & Social Emotional Wellbeing programs and
call the program Stronger Families Piliyinta-ki. By: Barbara Shaw Ph (08) 8962 2633 email@example.com
Are we having an impact?
“There are many good things, but there is “The rate of psychosis has shot up, the unreported
still the dark side of Tennant,” said Patrick rapes, the number of beggars, the crime rate.
Ah Kit, Anyinginyi Education Program
Officer. “Are we having any impact? The fact is the real
issues around social employment are not being
“It’s distressing to see what is happening. We addressed. We really need to say why are we
have a lot of role models here, but they get burnt doing all this? There’s lots of training and cultural
out. Who will be the next generation of leaders? entertainment provided, but where are the jobs?
There aren’t many full time Aboriginal positions in
“The women hold their culture better than the
town because most Aboriginal employment here is
men, but the old women are not grandmothers
any more, they have become the front line
mothers! Our youth are being fast tracked into “We need to do quality research in the region and
adults and missing out on being kids. A lot of the provide sustainable programs. We need an
girls having babies too early and that was even employment strategy, directed to full time
before there was this extra baby money. Aboriginal staff and helping individuals develop
“There’s a huge drug and alcohol problem. We
need to recognise the drugs are changing for the “For now, most folk just sit around and watch
younger men – they use speed and smoke dope a Austar. If we don’t watch it, it will all snowball,”
lot rather than booze. he said.
Things are on the move?
Michael Dougall wears many hats. He is the “We will have employment opportunities
Chair of the Barkly Regional Coordination with the two new mines opening, new
Committee under the Department of Chief directions to increase tourism, we want to
Minister. He is also the Regional Director of involve community councils in government contracts,
DCM, DCDSCA, DIPE and much more. and there should be training opportunities in the new
Michael agrees employment is an issue, but is housing developments. And next year families will
hopeful things may change. “The town has worked be able to return back to Tennant in the near future
well together and things are on the move,” he said. with the opening of the renal dialysis clinic,” he said.
6 Kids Tracks Issue 1 November 2004
Left to Right:
Lea Fry, Kim Bracken,
Burri Butler, Nick Foster
“We have a
of photos of
all our teams
and kids and
Anyiningyi Sports Centre & Burri Butler
The Anyiningyi Congress Sports Centre some Olympic swimmers,” he said.
opened in the mid 1990’s. One of the centre’s
secret weapons is manager George ‘Burri’ The Sport Trust has recently supplied the new
Butler. Canteen Creek Recreation Centre with equipment
and are working on the Alekerenge Men’s Centre
Burri represented the NT in AFL, cricket, hockey, gym. Burri plans to bring training to the
played Sydney Rugby League with Western communities in how to use the new equipment.
suburbs, West Perth AFL, the Darwin Buffaloes,
coached NSW All Blacks teams and more. “Lots of people leave their kids here when they
come into town and a lot of the town kids use it as
Not surprisingly, this ATSIC & NT Sport and Rec a drop in centre, especially as the TC Raiders
Sports Centre is one of the best things in town. closed few months back.
It employs one woman and three men. Two are “The Tennant Creek Council ran the after school
part time CDEP and all are Aboriginal. “Our jobs care Raiders for years, but they weren’t getting
are seven days a week, all hours,” said Burri. enough support and other kids don’t go to the
Raiders any more ” he said.
“We provide around 11,000 people services a year.
We would like to employ another woman and Hopefully the TC Raiders will be up and happening
employ properly - take them off CDEP, pay a again soon, plus a school next to the Raiders for
proper wage, but our funding has not improved over bush kids who come in for longer stays.
Sport and Rec officer Nick Foster is really proud of
“The Barkly and Borroloola always miss out, but his workplace. “We have the only gym program in
it’s got a bit better the last couple of years. Tennant,” he said. “It's for everyone, we have all
new gear, the centre is open for kids anytime, it's
“The best thing we have done is our mentor all free, except the gym, and kids can use the
program for kids from low self esteem families. It’s tramps, new soccer tables, table tennis and TV
ATSIC funded through the Indigenous Barkly Sport room.
Trust for mentoring individuals and supporting
sporting groups. “We run school training in basketball and AusKick
and maybe croquet and skate boarding.
“In the school holidays last year we sent three kids
off for two weeks to Timmy Duggan’s basketball “Remote schools use our facilities for shelter and
Hoops Mentor Program in Cairns. Timmy is from we provide a venue for accredited training courses
an old Darwin sports family - he uses sport to like Certificate 3 in Fitness and the Bronze
teach young kids about healthier lifestyle - it builds Certificate,” he said
up their self esteem,” he said.
As we said, everyone we spoke to in town says
Burri hopes to do it again and start a swimming this Sport Centre is one of the best things going.
mentorship with Warrego School. “Maybe we’ll Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation Administration Ph: (08) 8962
send them to Sydney this year - line them up with 2633 Sports Centre Ph: (08) 8962 1959
The Nyinnka Nyunyu lizard
Nyinnka Nyunyu Cultural Centre Youth
Performance and Production Program
The Tennant Creek Nyinnka Nyunyu Youth the only youth performance programs running in
Performance and Production program seeks the NT for kids to learn dance, music and drama,"
to engage youth in education and employment said Nyinnka Nyunyu Manager Georgina Bracken.
through the arts and it’s operating out of the
beautiful new Nyinnka Nyunyu Art and "Everyone will come together around kids and it
Cultural Centre, a Julikari enterprise involves partnerships throughout the Barkly youth
development project. sector, targeting both high school children and non-
attenders," she said.
This year the program will run four full-time two
week workshop blocks, with each group of kids The program is also developing partnerships with
having one or two hours a day over the period - a dance and theatre groups in the NT and nationally,
total of six hours of dance, six hours of drama and including ARTS NT, Ausdance NT, Music NT,
six hours of music. NAISDA, Australian Theatre for Young People,
NT Writers Centre, NIDA, Red Dust Theatre,
Each workshop culminates in a community Corrugated Iron Youth Arts. Next March a
performance at Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Redfern group is coming over to Tennant.
Patrick McClosky has lived in Tennant about four
There were 160 kids at the first program this years now. “Patrick gets the kids so motivated.
March, with over 80 performing in the It’s just the way he is!” said one project admirer.
contemporary performances community show.
“The performances have been absolutely “He is driving the program with his enthusiasm and
wonderful!” said one of many admirers. skills, with the approval of Julalikari Council and
with the involvement of as many Wunpurani people
"Nyinnka Nyunyu is a fantastic venue to be as possible,” said Georgina Bracken.
working from," said program manager Patrick
McCloskey. “The kids are loving it. They keep Rose Graham, Warramunga Visitor Information
screaming for more," he said. Officer for the Cultural Centre said “The whole
town comes to this Centre, it’s really brought
“This is a groundbreaking program, being one of everyone together, Indigenous and non Indigenous
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Child Care Centre
The Tennant Creek Child Care Centre is next to
the Pre School.
This lovely new 50 place centre opened in 2003.
It cost $1.25M, paid by NTG, and replaced the
previous centre located in the old Peko Rd Com-
munity Health Centre.
It is parent managed service, about half the chil-
dren are Aboriginal and it is accredited - a good
achievement given the high staff turnover and re-
students working together. Before the Culture cruitment issues!
Centre there was nothing like this. Even the The Director is the only fully qualified staff mem-
communities from out of town benefit. And Patrick ber, and the service has had to pay her housing
works with the traditional perfomers too, they rental to make the salary package more attrac-
always open the youth programs. He’s working tive.
with everyone,” she said.
Tennant Creek lacks sufficient outside school
The program is funded under the Australian hours care (OSHC). The Childcare Centre reserves
Government Local Community Partnerships eight of their fifty places for OSHC.
program administered by the Department of
The school and the child care service are cur-
Education, Science and Training. rently negotiating to set up an alternative location
for the OSHC service.
They have no funding guarantees after May, but
are hopeful. Patrick McClosky suggested NT “It’s a small community, everyone knows each
government could think about funding some part of other,” said Acting Assitant Director Ros
this project.... Vandenhoek. “So we are very family orientated
and very multi-cultural. We don’t just care for our
“Maybe extending the cross cultural education children, we love them!”
program to bring in kids from other regions to
Tennant and take Tennant Creek kids there, all Contact: Ph (08) 8962 1128 firstname.lastname@example.org
based around performing arts,” he said.
“The arts ties in all the major social issues. Our Barkly Population 2003
kids are getting outcomes in relation to social and (DH&CS ERP Time series)
emotional well-being and numeracy and literacy. It
Age Total Aboriginal Non-Aboriginal
is planting the seeds and they are presenting more 0-4 603 444 12% 159 7%
to youth programs and schools to be a part of the 5-9 579 455 13% 124 6%
projects,” he said. 10-14 552 435 12% 117 5%
15-19 553 368 10% 165 7%
Contact: Ph (08) 8962 2221 0-19 2267 1702 47% 565 25%
email@example.com www.nyinkkanyunyu.com.au All ages 5881 3640 62% 2241 38%
Nyinnka Nyunyu Cultural Centre
Blue Bush Bore Station stockyard with YDU participant
The YDUs The Tennant Creek
The Commonwealth has provided $15.6M over Youth Development
four years (2000-2004) to NT Police, Fire and
Emergency Services for a Juvenile Pre-Court Unit: best practice
Diversion Scheme (JDS). A minimum of $1.3M
each year of this is allocated to the development The Tennant YDU had a good start. It
of community-based programs and program evolved from the Community Development
services for juveniles. Unit (CDU) established in 1999 by Anyiningyi
This year around $3M extra was provided to extend Congress. The CDU was identified by NT
the program to June 2005. Details have yet to be Police as a best practice youth alcohol and
resolved regarding funding beyond next year. health education program and became a
model for YDUs across the Territory.
Community Youth Development/Support Units
(YDUs) were established in response to remote When the new youth diversionary funding became
community needs. available in July 2001, the CDU was re-badged to
The units plan to provide a range of programs
the YDU, under the guidance of the Barkly
and an opportunity for community consultation Regional Safer Communities Strategy steering
about holistic juvenile interventions and provide committee (see over page).
a structure for the implementation and
coordination of youth development initiatives
The Tennant Creek YDU is now administered by
funded by government. This is a flexible model the Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation,
that can be adapted according to local community funded at $435,000 over two years until December
needs 2005 through the Juvenile Diversionary Scheme
under a joint Commonwealth FACS, NT Police
The Tennant Creek YDU is one of and NT Department of Health and Community
the shining stars under this Services arrangement.
program. It’s still a best practice service, providing a holistic
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youth program with a greater diversity of services There are twelve regulars attending, and lots of the
plus a diversionary component. With three youth others are currently out at Blue Bush Station.
workers (three males, one female), two CDEP
plus top up trainees, one team leader and one Run a Blue Bush Station and Kalalumpa
manager, this unit has added significant resources residential program. This porgram began this
to the region. July, based on Cert 1 in Agriculture (beef cattle
management). It is also a residential for those with
“This community has shown how all the players alcohol and offending issues.
can engage to make holistic programs,” said
previous Manager Patrick McClosky. “This youth “Bluebush is isolated - 100k NW of town,” said
program links to everything a kid would usually get Stewart. “It’s run by a family - Norman and Bunny
at school - music art, bush trips, sport, cultural Hooker, and the Blue Bush elders. There are about
education, and whilst the kids are on it, they do not nine young men there now and six more waiting to
re-offend. These kids don’t get into trouble in go and the young women will start going out soon.
order to get rewards. They get into trouble
“When the people are with us they are not
because of all the other events in their lives.”
offending or having such alcohol problems. There
“We work with young people at risk,” said are so many people are behind Bluebush - the
Manager Stewart Wiley. “With kids twelve to magistrates have been talking it up and we have a
twenty-one years old, with those facing challenges close relationship with police,” said Stewart.
with education, training, alcohol, homelessness, we Visit communities twice a month across the
provide advocacy and run diversion programs Barkly –providing craft and recreational programs,
from courts, including undertaking case whatever the community asks for. “Discos are
management. We also do a lot on the out of main thing – all the latest stuff, D12 Eminem, but
school care programs. We also: have to worry about the swearing a bit. We have
been given the police equipment and the young
Provide access to training for remote youth
people do all the DJ’ing,” he said.
(Cert 1 Building and Maintenance, Cert 1 in
Agriculture, Certificate 1 for the women accessing Work with the Nyinnka Nyunyu performance
employment and Certificate 2 in computers.) programs.
Have an alternative education program for Have a junior football team with Barkly AFL
those who do not fit in with schools, teaching which plays on Saturdays. “It’s not doing too well
numeracy and literacy in the morning then other yet. I’m one of the coaches and we don’t practice,
approaches in the afternoon (alcohol and other but things may change,” said Stewart.
drugs, computers, cultural, young mums, life skills,
bush trips, health, nutrition, domestic violence, The YDU wants to a supported accommodation
sport and rec.) program for those at risk of being homeless and
seeking some education, or doing community work
We have thirty-five young people on the books, orders through Department of Corrections. But
twelve to fourteen years old and the training is getting the funding is not proving easy….
done with the Department of Education and we
have an AIEW and teacher from the high school. Contact: 0409459380 firstname.lastname@example.org
Indigenous Governance Awards
For Incorporated Australian Indigenous organisations
www.reconciliation.org.au Phone: (08) 9791-3529
Nominations close 30 November 2004
The winner will receive $10,000 and the two runners up $5,000 each.
Barkly Region Safer Communities Committee
All collaborating to achieve decent programs for kids
The Barkly has about the youngest population former Chair Michael Dougall (working with
in Australia and youth issues are one of the DCDSCA).
key focus areas for a new, twenty-eight
agency committee. Other names to mention are Patrick McClosky,
Bonny Kappler Thomson (regional Director DIPE),
It’s called the BRSCC and Collaboration is The Anyiningyi Congress SEWB program under Barbara
Word. Shaw, Stewart Wiley at Julalikari Council Aboriginal
Corporations Youth Development Unit and Julalikari
Last year the Tennant Creek Youth Initiative Council Night Patrol.
Committee (funded by the NTG Office of Crime
Prevention), directed an eight month consultation The Town Council is also rewriting their policies and
leading to the development of the Barkly Region developing a strong youth policy.
Safer Communities Committee (BRSCC).
"Getting the public services working together is a
The BRSCC project is auspiced by Tennant Creek major achievement," said Rob Trenery.
Town Council and funded for two years, largely by
by Commonwealth FACS, plus the NTG Office of "The process is also being supported at the NTG
Crime Prevention. political level. All the groups are now working
together co-ordinating youth activities. This in-
The BRSCC committee includes Julalikari, cludes involving kids in the decision making.
Anyinginyi, NT and Commonwealth departments,
NT Police, Town Council, the Crime Prevention As a separate process, but hopefully related, the
Committee, BRADAAG, the Chamber of CDSCA Community Harmony Project is developing
Commerce and more. In December 2003 the a process for elders and traditional owners to
BRSCC endorsed the Barkly RegionCommunity participate and help negotiate some community
Safety Strategy and Action Plan and Rob Trenery protocols with outstation groups.
was recruited as BRSCC Coordinator.
Are Tennant crime stats improving?
Coordinator Rob Trenery is also obviously a good
talent, having lived seven years in Tennant co- "One of our minor successes is to get an increase
ordinating Julalikari and Buramana Outstation in crime reporting,” said Rob. “There has also been
Resource Centre projects. an increase in the crime clean up rate, so the crime
statistics need to be approached carefully.
"The BRSCC holds monthly meetings - they are
usually pretty interesting discussions," said Rob. “We are all a bit careful about what to say because
it is such an early phase in implementation, but we
"With twenty-eight players you don't always agree are all optimistic and we hope to do an initial
on everything, and the committee is yet to reach a evaluation of the project by looking at residents'
definitive position on the direction of their input into attitudes.”
the NT Alcohol Framework.
Rob is concerned that the key Tennant Creek
“But by and large meetings are harmonious as projects such as the YDU and the Nyinnka Nyunyu
people realise the importance of what we are trying performance project only have short term funding.
to achieve and put their difference aside. Tennant "All we can do is lobby," he said.
Creek may be small, but people are committed to
this place," he said. Have any other regions across remote Australia
twigged onto this good networking thing happening
Talking around Tennant services people seem to in Tennant Creek yet?
have a lot of good will for the committee process to
date. In part this is due to good Chairpersonship "No, but they will," said Rob.
under Kent Peak (recently retired after eleven
years as Deputy Manager of Julalikari Council) and Contact: (08) 8962 0000 email@example.com
12 Kids Tracks Issue 1 November 2004
Combined crisis The Tennant Creek
& family support Graffiti Project
service in the The Office of Crime Prevention has recently funded
an artist for a short term town based project to
Barkly engage the town's graffitists. Artist John Turpie is
auspiced by the Tennant Creek Town Council.
John has worked with youth painting up a number of
The Building Healthier primed and sealed plywood boards placed in some
Communities Central of the alleged graffiti hot spots. The boards went up
Australian Regional Plan in mid September. They are very beautiful.
2004 2009 notes that: Julalikari Council has now placed a request for
painting up the town camp telephone booths. The
‘DH&CS will support the establishment of a idea is that people won’t paint over their friends' or
combined crisis and family support service in their own beautiful work.
the Barkly region.’
Alice Springs based Lyn Buckley is the NT
FACS officer undertaking consultations to de- Portable Skate Park
velop this proposal.
The Council has also got up a portable Skate Park
“The BRSCC has already done a lot around the project. It hasn't left town yet, as the Town Council
Barkly Region Community Safety Strategy and is recruiting a new Sport & Rec officer. But the plan
Action Plan,” said Lyn. is to tour from Alpurrurulam to Alekerenge - wherever
there is a basketball court to set it up.
“The BRSCC action plan links in with our sup-
There is a stock pile of roller blades and skate
port service proposal, which in turn feeds into the
boards which travel with the ramps. Sport and
Barkly Regional Development Plan 2005-
Recreation are happy to share equipment if required.
2010,” she said.
Contact: (08) 8962 0000
“The people I spoke to last month were all part firstname.lastname@example.org
of the BRSCC, and I will be addressing BRSCC
Australia’s Mother of the
“The Tennant Creek Community seem to be Year Awards
working as a cohesive group looking for solutions
to issues in their community,” she said. 02 9281 7933
Contact: (08) 8951 5132 email@example.com Nominations open 1st November 2004
Inaugural Tennant Creek Skate Park opening celebration face plant
Barkly Regional Alcohol Drug Abuse Advisory Group
Tennant Creek has a Residential Alcohol and clients to break their cycle of alcohol and sub-
Drug Treatment Centre. They also operate the stance abuse.
Sobering Up Shelter and the Domestic Vio-
lence Counselling Service. “We practice a harm minimisation model and
promote self responsibility. People stay here for
BRADAAG provides a range of services for both three months generally, however there are occa-
residential and non-residential clientele. Their staff sions where people are required to stay for up to
comprise a Director, two fulltime counsellors/ two years and beyond.
community development officers/educators, a
“There has been some positive changes over the
supervisor and other support staff – a total of
time I have been here, but we have a long way to
go. We need to have family support in the town, a
“We have a lot of recruitment problems so I work unit that will assist women and children.
sixteen hours a day, with no weekends,” said
“We can’t just work with primary person that is
Director Sharon Kinraid. “I can’t just walk away
experiencing substance abuse, we need to be
and there’s never a day when I dread going to
working cohesively with families. Children are
work, every day is different.”
exposed to violence, substance abuse, parents
Over the years Sharon has been a key mover and drunk, no food.
shaker in Barkly regional youth and alcohol issues.
“We need to be working with young mothers,
“This year we celebrate twenty years of service by
supporting grandmothers, starting at grassroots.
the Sobering Up Shelter and ten years for the
We need programs like Holyoake for the young
Staunton Street Residential Centre,” she said.
people. We need aftercare for individuals who have
“Our residential care is primarily for residents of the been through programs after their release from
Barkly region, but also for Central Australians. We prison or treatment programs.
can accommodate twenty people at a time. “Tennant Creek has the fastest rate of growth of
young population in Australia and lump sum pay-
“Earlier in our program we felt that partners and
ments do not do anything to discourage teenage
children should be included in our program, not just
pregnancies. We need to prepare young men and
the primary user. At the time, we addressed such
women for parenthood, to educate at an early age.
issues as health and education for the family and
This is where we should be starting. How else can
children whilst working with the person who was
we care for our own children if we’re not taught in
suffering from substance abuse.
our own childhood?” she said.
“We no longer provide that service because the
BRADAAG is funded by the Dept of Health &
demand for beds has increased. We offer an
Community Services, Alcohol & Other Drugs and
alternative to prison for the judicial system - for
part SAAP funding. They also receive fee for
those on bail conditions, early releases, parole and
service from residential clients. BRADAAG has an
home detainees. We also cater for referrals from
AGM elected management committee.
self and other agencies.
“Our aim is to provide an opportunity for individual Contact: Sharon Kinraid Ph (08) 8962 1912 firstname.lastname@example.org
Portable skate board ramps
14 Kids Tracks Issue 1 November 2004
The Tennant Creek Women's Refuge has
Kids Tracks is for all NT service providers in
been operating since 1987. They have eight Aboriginal child and family wellbeing to
SAAP funded beds for domestic/family vio- network and share their stories.
lence victims. The service runs from two
separate ground level housing commission Emphasis will be on community level initia-
style houses owned by Territory Housing. tives directed to giving kids a good start in
life, strengthening families and communities
Around 90% of the refuge clients are Aboriginal and creating better ways of working with each
who come through self referral, Julalikari Night other.
Patrol, Police, or hospital. Kids Tracks is a friendly newsletter, for all the
"It’s a community effort in Tennant Creek - there service news and views you choose to offer.
has to be co-operation across sectors otherwise Kids Tracks will be published three times a
the women and children suffer," said Linda year (March, July and November.)
Rendell, locum coordinator.
2,000 copies will be distributed free to NT
"We offer a short term service for women where service provider organisations and policy
they can be safe, sit back and think about what makers. Indivduals seeking copies should
they want to do. When the women leave we offer email email@example.com
follow-up support until they get settled,” she said. Interested people are encouraged to
contribute, either on behalf of organisations
"There is never enough accommodation or exit or as individuals.
points for the women who don't want to go home.
But the good thing about Tennant Creek is that the You can ask us to write up your stories or
agencies work together. Nobody "owns" a client. suggest stories to us.
This pulling together that is unique to Tennant Ck. All stories will be approved by the informants
and their organisations.
"The Refuge runs exceptionally well and the town
really supports us. Our Council of Management is Standard journalistic protocols apply.
made of community women". Articles to be easy to read and not too boring.
The Refuge has two full time staff (coordinator Debate is encouraged when offered in a spirit
plus CDEP top-up support worker), plus casual of partnership.
relief. All but one are Aboriginal. Stories that criticise other organisations will
"We are an ordinary refuge, culturally appropriate offer those organisations involved right of
to our client group, with ordinary people doing a reply.
job that’s necessary," said Linda. Major community service providers will be
contacted regularly for input and feedback.
Contact: (08) 8962 1940 firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos and art works are very welcome but
will require signed talent release forms
(available from email@example.com).
BARKLY REGION FACS
Family and Community All copy approved for release in this newletter
may also be used for a Kids Tracks website.
Copy will be edited at the Editor’s discretion.
If you know of a child who is not being looked All formal complaints to be addressed to the
after or is being harmed call our 24 hour service. Editor.
Free Call Ph: 1800 700 250 All informal dialogue to be addressed to the
After Hours: (08) 8951 7777 Content Manager.
Tennant Creek is the outback town famous for its min-
eral treasures. However the town’s real treasures are
its people and what they do to support and encourage
each other when and where needed.
The Tennant Creek Primary School has 335 students and
34 staff. Innovative programs are a reflection of its dedi-
cated staff, supportive parent group and students.
Over the years projects such as the Mayor’s Morning Tea,
Rock and Water, Student Representative Council and First
Steps have been recognised for their value in putting stu-
dents on the path to success.
Recent and more enduring programs that continue this cause
are its commendable Breakfast With The Stars, Student
Led Conferences and the nationally acclaimed Nutrition
School nutrition program This year the
school has received national recognition for their recent
Nutrition Program. This program shifts from the traditional
school canteen to a school kitchen where for a minimal
$3.00 per day students receive a breakfast of juice and
toast, morning tea of sandwich and yoghurt and a hot
meal and fruit for lunch.
Parents can opt to have Centrelink deduct the payments
from family allowance payments. The major benefit of this
Flora Counter and is in the noticeable improvements in concentration in the
classroom leading to positive learning outcomes.
Breakfast with the stars is now an annual school event for NT Education Week. Every
student in the school reflects on their successes and what makes them special and then scribes their
thoughts on to large individually decorated cardboard stars. These are then displayed in the school’s GP
room to be proudly shown to parents when they are invited to join their children for a scrumptious hot
breakfast cooked by the staff.
Student led conferences are part of the school’s reporting to parents agenda. Students lead
a conference with their parents, showing them their achievements for the year, setting goals together and
mapping a way to reaching those goals. The Conferences are an opportunity for the students to sense
pride and reflect on themselves in a positive way and promote purposeful parent child interaction.
These Tennant Creek Primary School initiatives are not the only aspects of this gem in the desert. Other
effective ventures have been launched at the school in years gone by and others just as worthwhile are yet
to come. The message is that Tennant Creek and especially Tennant Creek Primary School are places
that contribute in many ways and the town and its people are willing, capable and have more than it takes
to build a healthier community.
By: Neil Williams DLO Barkly region DHCS (08) 8962 4260 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
16 Kids Tracks Issue 1 November 2004
TC Raiders New Anglicare Youth
Youth Services in Tennant
For ten years the TC Raiders provided youth Anglicare is new in town - it's been setting up
activities including Thursday night basketball since July and has now completed
and Friday night discos. The Raiders were recruitment.
largely run by a single worker, who resigned
Anglicare will be running three programs from
their Paterson Street office - a
TC Raiders then closed. Its loss is keenly felt. Commonwealth FACS funded
personal support program,
The TC Raiders closure is attributed variously to which includes a Indigenous
being too much work for one person, a failure to get youth pilot and an emergency
enough family support and an increasing separation financial relief program.
between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal youth.
Caroline Bossenberry is the Tennant
The Commonwealth FACS Youth Activity Council
Office Manager. Caroline has lived in
funding plus Family Liaison Worker Funding were
Tennant for the last eighteen months.
then put to tender and Christ the King Catholic Parish
Pastoral Council was successful. Caroline runs the Personal Support
Centacare NT is auspicing the funding and providing Program in partnership with
infrastructure and management support. Centrelink to help clients overcome the barriers to
employment. Client participation can last up to two
The funding of $80,000 will cover staff and admin years. The end pathway is focussed on
costs but not materials or activities. The scope of employment, but also community participation gains
the service has expanded from the previous youth will be measured.
activities only service.
Geoffrey Shannon and Rhonda Plummer (both
Youth Activities & Family Liaison
Waramunga people), have been recently recruited
Centacare have located a main street premises to to run the Indigenous youth pilot personal support
run the Family Liaison Worker Program. This space program.
will hopefully be vacated by the time this newsletter
goes to print and the Tennant Creek Town Council Lisa Robinson will undertake the program’s action
has agreed to lease the former TC Raiders area to research component.
Anglicare is one of several Tennant agencies to
Claire Dreaver of King Catholic Parish Parish allocate Commonwealth FACS emergency relief
Council is the new Coordinator. Claire has been a funding - the Women’s Shelter and BRADAAG
key driver of this proposal. The Parish Council will have a small amount of relief funding and one other
continue to act as Steering Committee. Tennant agency has recently given up this function.
A meeting has been called for youth to discuss a “In opening an office in Tennant Creek, we are
new name for the TC Raiders area and keen to find areas where we can fill service gaps,”
discuss activities. said Anglicare NT CEO Liz Forsythe.
After school activities are being planned “The PSP program was an opportunity to
to commence soon. contribute to the region.”
Contact: (08) 8924 3200. Contact: (08) 8962 3899
Jayne Lloyd Director Centacare NT email@example.com
Kids get spoilt in Elliott/Gurungu!
The Gurungu community of about 44 houses and 460 people is split in two parts, with the Elliott
township sandwiched in between. The Gurungu Community Council and the Elliott Community
Government Council split administrative responsibilities between them.
Kids Tracks talked to some of the people working to make a difference for the kids in Elliott/
Gurungu. Just about everyone agreed things seem to be getting a little better. Elliott also has a new
country rock band called the Storm Riders. Will they be picking up some of that old Marlinja Magic
from the old Kulumindini Band? Here are some Gurungu stories.
A women, babies & kids place “I can’t believe how they all so proud in that town
- they just keep pushing on ahead.” said Veronica
Many years ago Elliott had a woman’s centre. Johns, field officer with the Remote Aboriginal
That was before the 1996-97 ATSIC funding cuts. Children’s Services Support Unit.
Two and a half years ago a new centre opened,
located back at the camp, close to the children.
“Caroline gets the women together so well.
The Naayakuku, Wawala and Amamjamanja
They all believe in the kids and where the
Centre place for women, babies and children is community is going.
staffed by full time supervisor Caroline Jackson
(originally from Barunga), plus five or six CDEP “When people come from Alice she gets the
women workers. women together, and get out in the
community. The women march at the head
The Centre is for all women in the community to of the line and the children fall in behind.
join in. The children’s programs are funded
“They are out there moving in the
through Commonwealth / FACS and the Women’s
community all the time. Caroline is at the
programs by ATSIS. head, but doing it to represent all Gurungu
“We’ve got a big building, a big yard for kids to women.
play, we also have a nursery and trees all around, “She doesn’t use an email or fax - she just
food trees, lots of indoor and outdoor equipment, moves, just marches on,” said Veronica
lots of kids,” said Caroline. Johns.
“Our childcare program runs four mornings a
week for little kids and our Outside School Hours Whilst the Women’s Centre’s childcare service has
care runs four afternoons a week. recently lost their JET funding, the Commonwealth
says this funding can be reviewed once reporting
“Some kids get bored at home. This is a safe place
requirements are fulfilled.
with lots of activities and the kids really like it.
When we go to The Lake for fun days, we get a lot This matter remains a little vexatious for some:
of parents coming too. We provide breakfast, “Funding bodies need to broaden their view of
smoko, afternoon tea and lots of parents think their child care to include what the women and
kids are happier and healthier now. We encourage community decides needs doing,” said one
the children to go to school, and the Youth Centre observer. “Fluctuations in utilisation of services
bus comes to pick them up,” she said. should not result in removal of funding.”
18 Kids Tracks Issue 1 November 2004
But creche services are just a part of the Women’s parents to get it stopped,” he said.
Centre program. Their holiday care program is
really big, with kids five days a week – from sixty The Gurungu Council has been working with the
to eighty kids. “The older students coming home Community Participation Agreements programs for
from college come along too and help out with their the last five months. These programs are for
brothers and sisters,” said Caroline. people on pensions or the dole - not CDEP.
“We have held Health Weeks which get lots of “We have managed to fund a boat, disco
families involved, like by getting the nutritionist to equipment, band equipment and cooking equipment
talk about healthy food. When the community for the school and four laundromats,” said Edward.
sees something different they get excited. “We are renovating a safe house for women and
kids suffering from domestic violence, and for the
“We have discos and best dressed competition by whole family, including the men, to get help with
age groups and the parents really get behind that their problem. This is part ATSIS funded and part
dressing the kids nicely,” she said. self funded from Gurungu owned Ampol servo.
“We are undertaking the Healthier Life Style
program, where everyone has been issued with
house cleaning equipment. All the gear went out
and people are coming back for more. So it must
have been used,” he said.
Gurungu Council Ph: (08) 8969 2127 firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Centre & S&R Officer
For the last ten years Elliott has had a Youth
Centre, a fully equipped gym and a sport and rec
officer . The officer organises programs for the
whole community for all age groups. The most
recent S&R officer didn’t stay long and the position
has been advertised. But when it’s working well,
the officer supervises the kids (pool, TV, basketball,
music) 3pm to 10pm, including weekends. The
officer picks and drops off the kids in the 18 seater
bus provided by Elliott Council, who also provide a
Contact: Caroline Jackson: Gurungu Women’s Centre. Ph: (08) house for the officer.
8969 2175 Wall mural by Agnes Palmer
Gwen Squires retired to Elliott in 1985, and started
“My enthusiasm for my work today is the same as working again in 1993 as part-time librarian. “I
it was when I arrived three years ago,” said hate to see kids on the street,” she said. “Not so
Edward Winter, Gurungu Council Aboriginal Corp. many kids come to the library now, but before the
CEO. Women’s Centre and Youth Centre opened I used
to have forty kids coming in on the afternoons we
“We have a good staff here, and they have been
were open, reading, playing games, on the
here the whole time I’ve been here. We can all
computers, drawing, watching videos.
see the place getting better and we enjoy the job.
“Things are definitely better in Elliott for the kids
“We had one night of petrol sniffing. We got all
now. What they are doing I don’t know! The kids
the kids together and bought them to a meeting
are looking healthier, less snotty noses, no skinny
with all the parents and had a really tough talk with
kids, they’re better dressed and there’s less break
them. That was the end of it.
and entering,” she said.
“We have a young, strong council that is prepared
to say how it is and put enough pressure on the Gwen Squires Elliott Library (08) 8969 2073
With the Elliott S&R position vacant
recently, the Elliott Community Education
Centre Headmaster, Afshin Park, has taken
on the after school activities. During the
coming holidays, Afshin is taking the kids to
Borroloola for a soccer competition and
Afshin immigrated to Australia in 1974. Over the
years he has worked three years in Elliott, two
years in Lake Nash and twenty years in Darwin. Front: (L-R) Afshin Park (Head), Mona Rennie (TA)
Middle: Heather Wilson (Teacher), Caroline Jackson (Chair), Sharon
A great nutrition program Bill (TA) Back: Spencer Campbell (TA), Trevor Kosh (relief)
“Our students are fed well,” said Afshin. “We “There are lots of good things are happening
have a special menu we devised with Alison around the Territory, some are mentioned some are
Lorraine, the Barkly nutritionist. Different days, not,” said Afshin.
different feeds - bacon and eggs on toast,
scrambled eggs on toast, baked beans on toast, “Parents support their children, they do whatever
orange juice. For recess we have sandwiches and they need to do, like today, when one kid didn’t
Milo, a cooked meal at lunch and we have banned want to come, the mum came and stayed until
soft drinks.” recess when the child settled down.
It’s all funded through ATSIC funding plus $10 per “But I would like to make a special mention of one
week the parents pay for the lunches, plus some of my assistant teachers who runs the pre school, a
CDEP effort. “Everyone pays - we have no Jingili woman Mona Rennie. She is so caring, she
problems collecting money for our kids,” he said. gets them ready for transition, she’s as good as any
teacher I have seen and she has been here over 23
“The kids are happier and every morning they look years,” he said.
forward to coming to school and they are
beautifully behaved. They have a much better Afshin ParkElliott Community Education Centre (08) 8969 2050
concentration span, our recent MAP Tests scores
confirm their improvement and we have a post
Do the kids get spoilt in Gurungu?
primary class with about 90% attendance out of
our fourteen enrolments. “I think the kids are really spoilt and they are
“They do their normal class until big lunch and benefiting a lot,” said Aboriginal Health
after lunch we have two film makers with them Worker Lynette Bathern.
making a documentary. We are going to produce a “Before the youth centre and women’s
DVD by the end of this term and send copies to all centre and library there were gang fights
the schools,” he said. and stealing, a lot of fights.
“The filmmakers were touring Australia and “It’s settled now, there’s no break and
offered to work with us for a few weeks entering, no trouble with police, and kids
paid within our SAISO and CAP are going to school more now because of
Commonwealth grants,” he said. the breakfast program, and because they
So is Elliott School special? aren’t so bored anymore,” she said.
20 Kids Tracks Issue 1 November 2004
Stories from Owairtilla Canteen Creek
Owairtilla, often called Canteen Creek, is a grog free community of around 200 people, 320k SE of Tennant.
They have made many years of small consistent gains. The community has taken time to adjust after the
death of the community founder, but is stabilizing.
"It's a really good community," said Graham Clegg, Owairtilla Association Vice Chair. "We have new houses,
bitumen, it’s running smooth, no grog or petrol sniffing, the people here are great, kind and happy," he said.
They do have a donkey problem though. A fence is being built around the community to stop those Jesus
Donkeys knocking off the taps to get at the water. The kids are riding the young ones and having a ball.
New sports and recreation centre because the donkeys will just love the vegies. “I
hope it will work,” said the new Canteen Creek
The big news is the opening of a sports and Chair Priscilla Mick.
recreation centre on the 15th October, dedicated to
the Canteen Creek founder. “David Clegg will be looking after it with help from
seven or eight other CDEP workers,” she said.
“A plate has been cemented at the front doorway
in dedication to our loved one, Raymond Mick,” A secondary school teacher?
said Janet Mick
The community hopes to get a high school teacher
The large shed was originally built as a garage, but next year. "Kids leave primary school, some go to
was too near the bores. It was sitting out there for Darwin or Tennant, but most don't want to move,
five years, empty, empty..... But this year the so they are in limbo as they can't get CDEP for a
ATSIC funded Barkly Indigenous Sport Trust has couple of years after primary school," said RN
donated over $5000 worth of weights, a tramp, Kerry Austin.
soccer games, table tennis, basketball. The shed
has had a make-over. "You need to keep them motivated, something for
the boredom. We need some training schemes
The school put on a performance to celebrate the going - even if it's just watching a mechanic
opening, there was a BBQ and disco run by the working," she said.
Tennant Creek YDU and battle of the bands. Story continued overpage
Then the footy and softball carnival games began -
so many teams! Canteen Creek, Yuendumu, Ti
Tree, Epenarra, Harts Range, Plenty Highway,
New Store, and half the Alekerenge team who
split up with the other teams. Each of the teams
had a scratch band too, it was good music, using
equipment supplied by Joe Daby of Barkly Arts.
Too many people to count. It was packed. All
weekend until Monday. Just makes you smile all
over to imagine it.
Fresh food dreams
Janet Mick, a pioneer of the community, now runs
the store. The store supplied the Sports Centre
opening visitors with a mobile store service for the
The store truck sometimes comes in only once a
month, so fresh produce isn't that fresh. They are
trying to repair their truck so they can get in
fortnightly fresher food. It's a tough job so the
Council is trying to get a market garden Linden Clegg, Tyron Mick, Andrew Bob & friend
happening. That's going to have a fence as well –
After two and a half years as the Barkly District
Nutritionist, Alison Lorraine, has changed positions.
As former nutitionist with the Department of Health and
Community Services based in Tennant Creek, Alison
has really enjoyed the joys and challenges of working
as a sole practitioner in a small town. This is a
summary of her progress to date.
Nutritionist Alison Lorraine on Goanna Day
With so many different communities to visit and “Elliott Health Week was a great chance for the
activities to support Alison says she was never community to really enjoy physical activity and
bored. With over ten remote stores, many market have a fun” said Alison. “I worked on this
basket surveys to complete and feedback to community development program with Jennifer
communities she was always assisting store Kitching the Aboriginal Health Promotions Officer,
managers to come up with new healthy ideas for and Rhonda Plummer the Community Child Health
their customers and passing on ideas from the Worker,” she said.
community cooking classes.
Alison has now accepted a position with Central
“One of my favourite parts of the job was delivering Australian Aboriginal Congress as the Grow Well
nutrition education to all the remote primary schools Project Coordinator.
and the Food Hopscotch Game certainly came in
She will still be based in Tennant but will support
handy”, said Alison. She also supported the remote
Epenarra, Canteen Creek, Murray Downs and Ali-
area nurses to help families prevent growth failure
Curung with community development projects
and anaemia in children.
aiming to prevent failure to thrive and anaemia.
Many smaller health promotion and community
“With such a friendly supportive town, great friends
development activities were also enjoyed with the
and opportunity to meet interesting people, beautiful
other health development team members.
scenery and weather, a great national park nearby
The child health nurse and Alison held playgroups at and with Nynikka Nynuyu making the best coffee in
the Epenarra Women’s Centre and Alison and the NT, I couldn’t think of a better place to live,
Richard Elder, the Environmental Health Officer (though a cinema and a surf beach would make it
supported the Alekarenge school implement their even better,)” she said.
school breakfast program.
Contact: (08) 8962 2862
"There are no community police at Canteen Creek,"
Canteen Creek said Kerry. "The leaders are pretty strong with their
Continued from previous page kids, there is no grog and not much domestic violence.
There is occasional ganja, but it is strongly frowned
on," she said.
Little kids’ services and the clinic
AHW Tony Duggie recently got a good deal on a
The Women's Centre Strong Women Strong really good second hand 1984 LWB Landcruiser.
Babies program is run by Tibby Bob and Jedda He’s happy about that! Tony says the children are
Philomac. They are smoking the babies, talking fairly healthy apart from the three or four skiny
with the young girls and getting a program for low kids in the community at the moment.
weight kids with the Council providing a hot
midday meal if the women clean up afterwards. Despite its history of good AHW service, this is
yet another community where there are no AHW
At the same time, the new headmaster and his students enrolled.
wife has just started up a pre-school for kids three
and a half to five, three mornings per week. But problems and all, Canteen Creek just shines in
Around seven kids attend. the hearts of all those who visit this quiet and
remote Alyawarre community.
The clinic has been long staffed by AHW Tony
Duggie and currently has RN Kerry Austin too. Contact: (08) 8964 1515 email@example.com
22 Kids Tracks Issue 1 November 2004
L to R: Renata Harris, Kathleen Hayes, Nungarrayi Dixon, Melissa Edwards
New child care centre in Inkuntji
The beautiful new Ikuntji Child Care Centre “They are going fantastically - working really hard
opening was held on the 30th September. to set up the new centre” she said.
People came to celebrate from all over, including “We have three shades in the front and planted
Titjikala Child Care staff who will open their own some trees around,” said Co-director Rebecca
new centre next month, and staff from Mt Liebig Hayes, one of the main drivers of this project.
Child Care centre, which opened last year.
“The staff come to work every morning and finish
Yamba also came and rode the kids tricycles and at 3pm. Three staff members are on CDEP and
fell off, of course. The kids loved it. It was a two on part-time wages and we have 10 to 18 kids
great day, and included speeches and a big BBQ at coming most days.
the Station House.
“Thankyou to Donna Bradley from DHCS, Melissa
In 2002 FACS Innovative Child Care funding was Edwards, Tangentyere Landscaping, John Gaynor
directed to seven Central Australian communities from Commonwealth FACS, Renata Harris, Ikuntji
some years ago - Ikuntji, Titjikala, Laramba, Council, especially Johnny Jugadai and Scott
Mutitjulu, Mt Liebig, Kintore, Yuendumu. McConnell. And the design of the centre was by
senior women lead by Alison Multa, Haasts Bluff
Some communities were funded for service
Teachers Aid talking with the architects,” she said.
expansion, others for new services. These centres
are now coming on line. “The new centre replaces the community house
that has been used the last two years,” said Lyn
Melissa Edwards has been the centre’s mentor but
Fasoli, Ass. Prof. Research Indigenous Early
has just left Ikuntji for eight months. Co-directors
Childhood Batchelor. “It is very well organised
Rebecca Hayes and Kathleen Nungarrayi Dixon
with all the new toys and equipment. It’s a
are looking forward to running the centre by
beautiful, brightly painted building with a well
established play ground. It will be much easier to
“Six staff from Ikuntji are studying Certificate 2&3 run than the old child care house as it’s bigger,
in Children’s Services” said Renata Harris from easy to clean and the dogs can’t get in,” she said.
Contact: (08)8956 8533 firstname.lastname@example.org
Opportunity to study overseas
2005 Churchill Fellowships
The Churchill Trust awards Fellowships to
Australians with worthwhile overseas projects.
Merit of your project and its value to Australia is the L-R
primary selection criteria. No prescribed Rebecca
qualifications are required. Nungarrayi
www.churchilltrust.com.au 1800 777 231
Apply 1 January to 28 February 2005 Hayes
Aboriginal Congress NPY
Home visits in the Early Childhood Women’s
Development Programme Council
Congress recognises that infant mortality has
decreased and indigenous birth weight is on a par
with non Indigenous. However some Indigenous
infants are still not growing well.
The Congress Early Childhood Development
Programme aims to reduce the number of NPY Women’s Council is funded through a
Indigenous children who are failing to thrive, combination of OATSIH (DoHA), DoHA and
Telstra Foundation funding to provide a
enhance family and social function and protective
child nutrition program.
factors including good communication and problem
solving in relation to health needs, and support The program was initiated because of the
mother and infant bonding. concern senior women had about mothers
and their babies. It also coincided with
Unlike other services the Under Two’s home visiting child protection agencies in the SA, NT and
program has a case management approach, working WA seeking Women’s Council’s assistance
with families in their homes. The program consists to deal with the high number of ‘fail to
of a Coordinator, Aboriginal Health Worker, part- thrive’ cases referred to them.
time Registered Nurse and Doctor. Any one can The child nutrition program builds on the 25
refer a client, but consent must be obtained by the year relationship the Women’s Council has with
client. families on the lands to work with carers and
Contact Project Coordinator Lesley Nuttall (08) 8951 4437 young children, community members and
services such as clinics and stores.
It uses a community development model
whereby child nutrition workshops take place in
communities and outcomes and
recommendations are then presented to the
The program also works with individual families
and their young children focusing on healthy
foods and cooking for young children.
Women’s Council and Nganampa Health
Council are also involved in Mai Wiru stores
policy on the SA APY Lands where stores will
Child care for children with physical adopt healthy foods practice, buy healthy foods
more economically and train Anangu to work in
and developmental delay the stores.
Congress Child Care has 55 places for children The child nutrition program works Malparara
which are constantly filled. This year however, way -ie employing an Anangu worker to work
Child Care has provided support to children with side by side with a non-indigenous professional.
physical and developmental delay. These children
The program has two teams, covering east and
have only been accepted on the condition that west communities. Each team of two workers
Congress has the ability to provide effective care. covers thirteen communities.
The children now visiting childcare have benefited By: Ariel Couchman: Manager Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara
greatly from the stimulation and opportunities. Their Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council Child and Youth Development
skills have remarkably improved. Congress Child Programs. Ph: (08) 8950 5452 Email: email@example.com
Care hopes to expand their service. www.waru.org.npywomenscouncil
24 Kids Tracks Issue 1 November 2004
discussion. On the Bush Picnic the women also discussed
issues that were happening in Imanpa around domestic violence,
stories were shared and support was given by some of the older
women for the younger women. Five sessions were held at the
Women’s Centre involving cooking and educational games.
The Women’s Centre kitchen was not an appropriate venue for
these sessions, as the kitchen is far too small, there is no ex-
haust fan, air conditioning, or fly screens on the windows. But the
adjoining room was great for eating, watching videos and keeping
the children occupied while the mothers were cooking.
It was observed that some young mothers did not persist with
their children to eat a whole meal and often became distracted by
other events around them. This was especially when a new food
or flavour was introduced and the child was particularly slow to
eat. However, the exclusive use of the Women’s Centre meant
that young mothers were able to stay until their children had
Education activities included discussion about the importance of
feeding children regular meals and healthy snacks, and having
Alan Wilson from Imanpa convenient nutritious food available all the time, especially when
travelling. There were also many discussions about what is ‘bad’
food and why it is ‘bad’. Informative videos were constantly
playing to a large receptive audience in the adjoining room.
IMANPA / NPY
Most of the women who participated said they wanted to continue
Workshop cooking activities at the Women’s Centre. Many women re-
quested further education about the nutritional values of various
May 2004 foods and more cooking lessons with new recipes. They sug-
gested that if the store orders in new healthy products, special
This May, the Imanpa Clinic, lessons could be given to teach how to use them in daily cooking.
Imanpa Aged Care Program and
NPY Women’s Council organized Further encouragement needs to be given for new mothers to start
an Imanpa Nutrition Workshop feeding their children appropriate food at four to six months. This
run by the NPY Child Nutrition could be achieved by stocking baby rice and soft fruit at the
East Team - Michele Robinson, Women’s Centre or some other facility, and making it a safe and
with Barbara and Margaret supportive environment where young mums women and children
Woods. are welcome to come each day.
This was an excellent week for young NPY Women’s Council looks forward to supporting Imanpa in
mothers to participate in cooking future nutrition activities and Michele would like to thank the
sessions and learn about good food community for their participation.
for their children. Interactive cooking
By: Michele Robinson & Patricia Boko
and nutrition sessions promoted
NYP Women’s Council Aboriginal Corporation Ph: (08) 8950 5452 firstname.lastname@example.org
healthy eating, general kitchen
hygiene and good food storage. The
program included breakfast, lunch Kids Tracks congratulates the committee & staff of the
and dinner cooking sessions and Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku
educational nutrition videos for young Aboriginal Corp and the communities of the Western Desert
mothers, children and mothers-to-be for successfully delivering dialysis at Walungurru (Kintore).
at the Women’s Centre.
Amy Nampitjinpa returned home to Kintore this September
The attendance and participation rate to have dialysis in her community. This is the first time in
was good with mothers bringing their Central Australia, EVER!
children throughout the week. A
small group of women and children You inspire us with your efforts to get people home and
participated in making food for reunite families.
travelling, which was followed by a Contact (08) 89530002 or email; email@example.com
bush picnic and an informal nutrition
Last year the Scouts Association of Australia received funding to introduce scouting
to three communities in the NT and three in Queensland. Funding was from the
Stronger Families and Stronger Communities Strategy in Commonwealth FACS.
Scouting Australia had initially sought philanthropic funding but could not raise it
in the amounts required.
The concept began between Australian Sporting Commission, the Reconciliation
Commission and Scouts and originated when Sir William Deane was Governor
General. The Reconciliation Commission identified the six communities nationally.
Scouts NT has chosen to implement this project in a different fashion to the
Indigenous Scouts Northern Territory
Hi. My name is Cliff Walton have developed their own long term benefit? Only time will
and I am the Indigenous Codes of Conduct. Creating a tell, but I intend to keep going as
Development Officer for strong sense ownership. long as I can.
I have started by working with If the enquires I am receiving are
My job is to get Scouts up and the kids and young people anything to go by scouting has
running on remote communities. creating a demand from the turned full circle. After the
Building self-esteem, creating grass roots. Slowly the adults decline in interest and
self-purpose and guiding self- have been getting involved. membership in the 1980’s and
direction – ‘Creating Currently there are 90’s we are seeing new groups
Tomorrow’s Leaders Today’. approximately forty young springing up all around the place.
people and four adults in each For information about the Scouts
I focus on Beswick, Barunga of the community scout groups. movement and ideas on how to
and Nauiyu (the Daly River start a group in your community
community). Through our Standards Award check out the website or call me.
Structure the groups are looking
I love what I do. I think this at life skills, hygiene, diet and Scouting NT has RTO status and
really makes the difference. nutrition. Some are even is able to deliver a Cert. 2 in
People can tell that I want to be looking at supply and demand - Leadership and in Business.
out there and that I’ll return, rain how they can influence what Yours In Scouting
or shine. I ensure communities foods the local tuck shop sells. Cliff Walton
are aware that my role is to
assist them to run this program. These feelings of understanding
Provide them with the skills to and control can have amazing PS Kids Tracks rang Cliff’s Dad
run Scouts themselves. Letting impact. The Beswick mob to find out some personal details.
communities create their own have now approached Council
and taken over the running of He said “Cliff’s been living in the
directions. Territory for the last twelve years.
some of the recycling centre,
From word go I appointed Patrol That’s when he moved to
contributing to a sense of self- Palmerston from Victoria with his
Leaders and allowed them to run esteem and community baby daughter.
things (with some supervision). participation.
I take Patrol Leaders to Darwin “He’s 36, has many talents and
to visit mainstream Scout Groups I like to take a real interest in has been involved in Scouts as a
the kids and their communities kid and as an adult leader for the
to see how within each Scout
and we talk about issues that last ten years. Cliff is very proud
Group the young people make
are important to them, like of the fact he’s now a qualified
their own decisions. trainer in a number of areas
substance misuse, gambling and
They choose their own activities through his study with the Scout
the effects it has on home life.
and design their own scarves movement,” he said.
and flags, do their own Big questions remain – is this Contact (08) 8981 5553 www.scouts.com.au
fundraising, bookkeeping and sustainable? Is there really any or email firstname.lastname@example.org
26 Kids Tracks Issue 1 November 2004
This I saw as a powerful message that the children
Reversing the tables! were keen to give their parents and the community.
Children and Family The planning then commenced with youth and
children in each community planned their own role-
Violence East Arnhem plays. The four roleplays are presently being
worked on and are at various stages of
Family and community violence affects all development. However, at this stage I could let you
members in the family, including kids who know what has transpired.
appear unscathed on the ‘surface.’
The ‘on the surface,’ unbattered kid may
pose a problem in the future. Name of Role-play:
Message in a bottle
With this in mind the East Arnhem Alcohol and Theme: The role alcohol
Other Drugs Program is targeting remote plays in family violence
community children and youth in developing Participants: Ten children
resources that families could use in their own and youth
homes. Filming and Editing:
While talking to children and youth in four of the
Funding of Program: Being sought at present
communities I visit (Yirrkala, Milingimbi,
Completion: Mid December 2004
Gapuwiyak and Angurugu), it was obvious that
they want to assist reduce violence. They felt that The other three communities have yet to decide on
parents and older persons in the communities their role-plays, but we hope to have all videos
(especially those involved in violent episodes) completed and ready for community use by mid-
were not receptive to talks and counselling, December 2004.
“maybe they feel guilt” said one child. Whether it
was guilt, shame or arrogance, the kids felt that I have chosen this opportunity to share with other
should be addressed. service providers the hidden recourse that many
children have to offer in redefining their role in the
One girl excitedly mentioned how she makes her family and community. The progress of these
parents laugh when she imitates their behaviour programs will be for all to share.
(arguments and fights). This made others suggest
that ‘role plays’ acted out by the group on video “Watch This Space!!”
would be a good way of showing the adults how By: John Hopkins (08) 8987 0434
the younger ones see them. Community Support and Ed. Officer/Counsellor
Katherine Region: A link in the chain
A chain - a connected series of links or things. A guest speaker presents at each meeting. Some
With this in mind back in 1998 an idea formed. guest speakers have been Katherine Region On Line,
What if a meeting was held on a regular basis NT Shelter Darwin, CRS Australia, Centrelink, Anti
open to any individual or organisation with an Discrimination Commission, Katherine Town
interest in the human services field? Out of Council, Australian Red Cross Society – Katherine
this idea CHAIN was born. Branch, Katherine Regional Harmony Group and
“Breathing Space” Darwin Family Day Care.
CHAIN - the Community Helping Action
Information Network. CHAIN meetings are held at the Katherine Club
Inc., O’Shea Terrace, Katherine and commence at
This Katherine community service interest group 1.00pm lasting for approximately one hour. The
meets bimonthly. It aims to help develop quality Katherine Club Inc.provide the venue and light
services for the Katherine Region by facilitating refreshments. Their support is greatly appreciated.
networking and fostering openness. State and
Commonwealth governments and NGOs attend and For further information, please contact us.
do not impose their organisation’s philosophy, or
agendas: eighteen or more attend regularly. By: Leith M Wood CLO Ph: 08 8973 8989 email@example.com
Yingana: Creation Mother Story
Please listen up…we’ve got a great story to tell! It is a story with a few words that you might not
know yet, so we’ll introduce you to those words now.
The Yingana Project Team – Frank Nadjalaburn, Cheryl Nadjalalburn, Faith Mongiru, Brendan
Muldabul and Noelene Maralngurra with John Barber as the Project Coordinator. Latest member is
June Nadjamerrek. John Barber is a lecturer of Community Services and the Yingara Project
members are enrolled in Certificate II in Community Services (Community Work)
In 2003 John Barber, Project Co-ordinator from organisations to provide strong support for this
the Batchelor Institute and the Traditional project. This includes Traditional Owners,
Owners from Gunbalanya (Oenpelli) created Batchelor Institute, Injalak Art Centre, FACS,
parenting resources using traditional stories. Oenpelli Health Centre, Gunbalunya
Community School and NT Office of Children &
“We as traditional owners and mature aged, see
the need to produce a locally based educational
tool that is culturally acceptable to Bininj The project shows that communities can use
people,” said a spokesperson. their own knowledge and resources to develop
innovative, relevant, child abuse prevention
“As traditional land owners living in isolation,
particularly during The Wet, Bininj people have
many issues. We do not want our children Emotional: “It taught us how to promote
removed and want to work in partnership with education in child nurturing and young mothers
key people in promoting the protection of at risk Bininj way.
children and young mothers Bininj way.
“We agreed to take the project on because it
“The project is not only for sick children or was practical training. Importantly for us to
mothers. have the knowledge in passing community
messages about caring for our children and
“It is a whole community approach to all
children, young mothers, grandmothers, fathers
and grandfathers, in promoting good health The process:
Bininj way, balancing Bininj and Balanda health
outcomes. Working with everyone in the In 2003 the Yingana Project Team received
community creating a sense of belonging funds from NAPCAN’s DH&CS funded National
culturally.” Child Protection Week grant allocations.
Behavioural: The immediate effect has been “We decided that Bininj language and a
the coming together of people and painting would send a powerful message
28 Kids Tracks Issue 1 November 2004
through the project that it was done by Bininj people. That
is our goal.”
Physical: The Yingana Project Team produced a T-shirt
design using a screen print of a traditional painting called
Yingana Creation Mother, posters on child nurturing (in
Bininj language of Kunwinjku), a book to complement the
T-shirts and posters and provide a story about the Yingana
story and a PowerPoint presentation.
The Yingana Project Team have now received funds to
create a CD-ROM on the project from the 2004 NAPCAN
National Child Protection Week grants. This project will be Tasmar &
undertaken in partnership with Gunbalanyah school. Adeline
Contact: (08) 8939 7342 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wadeye Respite Centre
Marlene Mullumbuk, who is in her late seventies, is one of the first clients of Respite Centre in
Wadeye. She has Short Term Memory Loss (STML) syndrome. She is totally dependent and that
makes her high care patient. During daytime Marlene spends time with other elderly women in
the Self-Help Centre. There are as many as seven clients in the Respite Centre and up to fifty
five in the Self-Help Centre.
Anne–Margaret Dumoo and Eileen Gumbarduk are working as carers in the centre. Eileen has been
working for over two years and Ann for over four years. Eileen said they provide all the necessary
services to elderly women. They bathe them, make their rooms, put them in clean clothes, prepare food
for them and some times take the out for a drive such as to the beach.
Eileen and Ann are happy to work in the respite centre. They said it is a good job to look after the elderly
women and that the centre provides opportunities for older people to have good living and be looked after
well. It also decreases pressure on family so they can allocate more time to support their children’s
education and wellbeing.
Eileen and Ann are taking an active role in aged care and have filled the gaps created by the departure of
a non-Aboriginal staff member. Though Eileen and Ann do not have formal qualification and training in
aged care, they are able to successfully manage their duties as carer.
Gary Kwapil, Aged Care Coordinator said some formal training would make Eileen and Ann fully
competent in their work. They are on CDEP wages and are happy as they can financially support the
needs of their family. However, they indicated that with the higher responsibilities, their salary should
also be reviewed and made comparable with non-indigenous workers.
The Indigenous Community
Coordination Pilots (ICCP) process is
also making a difference in Wadeye
aged care services. The NT and
Commonwealth have allocated
additional funds for new facilities.
Thus, the Respite Centre seems to be
making positive impact.
Marlene Mullumbuk, Anne-Margaret Dumoo, Eileen By Kishor Sharma - Community Development Officer
Gumbarduk, Gary Kwapil CDSCA (08) 8999 98817 email@example.com
Ngawarramangi To end the volunteer’s visit, we arranged a Healthy
Bodies Healthy Environment Day involving many
Kakarijuwi - Nguiu Nguiu organizations.
As part of this festival we planted fifty bush tucker
Looking after children trees next to the childcare centre. We look forward
to running this festival in August every year.
Jirnani Child Care Following this success we organized a family night
with a performance from the famous Saltwater Band
from Elcho Island. Financial support was provided
Jirnani Childcare Centre provides long day care by The Club, Wulirangku Land Trust, Sport and
and after school care for children aged 0 to 12, Rec, Youth Diversionary and childcare. Thanks to
five healthy meals and snacks each day, President Gawain Tipiloura who made sure the club
educational and cultural programs, health and was closed for this special family night. Thanks
hygiene awareness for kids, nutrition and family also to CDEP Parks & Gardens who helped set-up.
programs. The night saw the oval packed with all generations
and communities. Not a card game in sight!
In July we did a big promotion to encourage
parents to attend the centre with their children. From this success we will be planning future family
We have also been working with the baby clinic on concert nights. We have already set up a family
the health of children and babies with anemia and event fund which we are contributing to through the
low weight. sale of CDs. Our next band will be Nabarlek Band.
The clinic has begun weekly health checks visits to Finally a new friendly sign for childcare has been
the centre and staff have been training for our ear displayed out the front of the centre.
care program which begun in July. There are still
many children who do not attend creche who could Jirnani is now planning parenting classes for
benefit as we have had great success in improved teenagers to help prevent child abuse and neglect
health and weight with children who attend provided through the Save The Children Fund. A
regularly. committee will be formed to decide how this
program will be delivered.
Our centre, the clinic and store have developed a
strong relationship after a meeting at Nguiu Store. Batchleor provides monthly on the job training for all
The store is providing many of the healthy food our staff. Other training such as first aid, fire
items requested. The store also donated a fridge awareness training, ear care, helping children with
and food for the Healthy Bodies Festival. speech problems, programming, computer and
management skills are provided to help us meet the
In August five volunteers visited for two weeks goal that all paid jobs will be held by Tiwi by 2010.
providing activities for the 5-12 year olds, including
gymnastics, pois, a fire show, yoga, body With only one non Tiwi employed we are
percussion, bow and arrow target fun. Older getting closer to this goal.
community members are coming in to teach All welcome to visit 7.30am-4pm Mon-Fri.
culture and Tiwi art every week.
Report by: Mandala Pupangamirri Manager Ph (08) 8978 3798
30 Kids Tracks Issue 1 November 2004
NT & National News
Secretariat of National
Aboriginal & Islander Child Care Inc
SNAICC, is the national peak body in Australia Its main recommendations were that parenting
representing the interests of Indigenous children information and programs need to be developed at
and families. the local level with support and assistance from
state and national bodies. Parenting programs
SNAICC was established in 1981 after The First need to be informal, run by existing services
Aboriginal Child Survival Seminar held in including child care and family support services and
Melbourne in 1979. work with the whole family not just birth parents.
SNAICC’s membership of Indigenous community
Contact: Chairperson Muriel Bamblett or Coordinator Julian Pocock
based family and children’s services includes child Ph: (03) 9482 9380 firstname.lastname@example.org www.snaicc.asn.au
and family welfare services, Multi-functional
Aboriginal Children’s Services (MACS), JET
Creches, playgroups and mobile services,
women’s services, family support services, foster
care agencies, link up and family reunification
services, family group homes, Indigenous
childcare centres, pre schools, parenting
National Investment for
programs, early childhood education services,
the Early Years
family and domestic violence services and services
for young people at risk. www.niftey.cyh.com/
SNAICC is governed by a national executive of NIFTeY is a great gossip network about child and
Indigenous people drawn from our members family well being. Every day you get a little
representing all States and Territories and operates message or three about interesting new moves in
from an Melbourne office funded by
the field. You can join in too.
It’s a great forum about what’s going on in the
The 2004 SNAICC AGM will be on 10-12 November
early childhood field in Australia and a vehicle for
in Melbourne. Our NT members are Wendy
Puautjimi from Karu Aboriginal and Islander Child discussion and debate. It’s accessible to a broad
Care Agency and Veronica Johns from the Remote range of people, talking in everyday language,
Aboriginal Children’s Services Support Unit. throwing daily life experience stories alongside
more academic exchanges.
SNAICC is to receive $4M Commonwealth funding
over the next four years for a National Indigenous NIFTeY has been on the move since 1999. To
Family and Children’s Resource Centre. The subscribe to niftey-list, send an email to:
centre will produce resources focussed on email@example.com Join in the chat or
Indigenous child rearing, child development and just enjoy.
child welfare to support local services in the
delivery of early childhood programs. SNAICC will
also assist agencies establish new programs for
children, strengthen networking between local
services and document the good work of
Indigenous children’s services. SNAICC
anticipates the centre opening n early 2005.
The Child Wise Choose With Care kit - easy to
The Federal Government has agreed to work with follow guidelines to develop child safe systems
SNAICC and other agencies to develop an
including setting up police checks, child protection
Indigenous childcare accreditation system.
policies, staff supervision, a code of conduct,
SNAICC recently completed a parenting research managing complaints and parent information. Kits
project which developed recommendations for the
federal government on parenting information and for loan from The Office of Children and Families.
programs for Indigenous families. Contact Lesley Taylor on (08) 8999 2471
NT & National News
Office of Family and Children’s Services
Parentline Phone Counselor Irene
The parenting helpline - Parentline (N.T) was Irene Crawford was born near London, currently
launched on the 10th May 2004. lives in Brisbane and lived in Karumba and the Gulf
area for over four years.
Parentline is a telephone help line service for She has worked for eleven
parents and carers raising children (all ages) years in special education
providing access to a confidential, professional and eight years as a
response which can be a mix of counselling, counselor.
support and behavioural management services. All
for the cost of a local call - 8am to 10pm, seven Irene’s three children have
days a week. now grown up. She now
paints whenever she gets
All Parentline counsellors enter the counselling free time - people and
services through Kids Help Line counselling. scenes, everything. “I like
Kids Help Line counsellors are recruited on the to capture people’s expres-
basis of appropriate tertiary qualifications. sions,” she said.
Many NT young Aboriginal people access Kids “I always try see people on the phone when I talk
Help Line. In 2003, 896 (18%) of the 4978 calls with them. It’s the uniqueness of people keeps me
came from this group. involved. Every situation is so different and I think
I’m good at being there with the person. I try to
Parentline counsellors receive training in issues
enable people get a sense of themselves, look at
relevant to counselling indigenous parents. We are
their strengths, see what they already have, she
confident that Indigenous parents will find the
telephone service supportive, informative and
relevant. “Irene is the most calming, competent, counselor,”
said Director of Counseling Service Kath Ellerman-
Families Website Bull. “She is non-judgmental, and has a good
planning sense, knows the NT environment, is
The NT Families Website contains over seventy passionate in her belief in people, is competent and
tip sheets about children’s development and ethical.”
parenting, information about events for families, Irene covers anything from general questions about
children and teenagers and links to the Parentline developmental information to critical high risk
e-mail support service. situations and also often acts as advocate for
Child care centres, schools and family services people.
NT & National News
providers report the tip sheets have been very “There’s no time limit, it’s by need and as often as
useful. There are no charges for the information. you like,” she said.
The Office of Children and Families would like feedback about Parentline and the Families Website.
Contact Di Halloran or Lesley Taylor, Parenting Support Coordinators.
Ph (08) 8999 2478 firstname.lastname@example.org or (08) 8999 2471 email@example.com
Any family, any day, anything 1300 30 1300
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NT & National News
Coming Soon Get inspired
NAPCAN is a children’s
charity committed to working
Have your say on the new legislation for children and with communities to share
families. A Discussion Bill for a new Act to replace information and resources for
The Community Welfare Act 1983, will canvas:- the prevention of child abuse
Licensing children’s services;
NAPCAN stands for the National
Background screening for people who work with Association for the Prevention of
children; Child Abuse and Neglect
Revised definition of a child in need of care NAPCAN coordinates Child
& protection; Protection Week each year and
this year NAPCAN NT
Arrangements for complaints & advocacy. distributed $40,000 in grants to
Consultations will happen across the NT shortly. communities across the NT.
Priority was given to rural and
Call 1800 005 485 or firstname.lastname@example.org remote communities. Some
Communities hosted Strong Family
Days, children’s rights and play
forums, workshops with child care
Both Ways Children’s workers, training to build child
safe organisations, parenting
Services Project sessions and much, much more.
A research team from Batchelor Institute of Indigenous
Tertiary Education and Charles Darwin University have
The level of innovation and range
just finished a study of the development and sustainability of activities demonstrates the
of children’s services in six NT Aboriginal communities. depth of knowledge and
commitment in Territory
Funded by the Bernard van Leer Foundation, the study took over Communities to take a proactive
18 months and involved Barunga, Gurungu, Titjikala, Ikuntji, role in this difficult and
Galiwin’ku and Nguiu.
confronting social issue.
The final report tells the story of each community’s children’s
service from the viewpoints of the people who have run, used
Applications were for minor (up to
and supported these services. $1,000) or major (up to $5,000)
grants and will continue for the
Each service has developed a children’s service to suit their next two years starting June ‘05
community. In November the team will get together again with and June ‘06.
the community participants for a follow-up workshop where
community resources booklets will be developed for each Go to the NAPCAN web-site to
community. These resources and the overall report will be get inspired about what you can
useful for staff professional development, as a base for do to protect children.
securing new funding and to share stories.
Contact: (08) 8948 0884
Report by: Lyn Fasoli Ph 0408 443836 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org www.napcan.com.au
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Donna Bradley Helen Walls Neil Williams Leith M Wood Susan Crane
The Five DHCS Community Liaison Officers who:
• Provide support to NGOs to facilitate capacity building.
• Develop and maintain collaborative partnerships and strategic alliances with providers and other
• Provide advice and support to DHCS Officers on issues relating to providers, community capacity and
• In consultation with relevant DHCS Officers provide advice and support to providers and facilitate community
/ and or service development within the region.
Donna Bradley Central Australia CLO Susan Crane Darwin Region CLO
After Nursing and Childcare studies were I am the Community Liaison Officer for Darwin rural
completed, I came to Alice Springs for a holiday. and remote. This area includes Oenpelli, Tiwi
That was in 1983! I’ve been here ever since. Islands, Minjilang (Croker Is), Warruwi (Goulburn
Is), Nauiyu Nambiyu (Daly River), Wadeye (Pt
I’m looking forward to my new role as Community Keats), Jabiru, Peppimenarti, Maningrida and
Liaison Officer. The work will revolve around the Belyuen.
Commonwealth FACS funded childcare centres on
seven remote communities. The aim is to improve My main role is to liaise between communities and
the wellbeing of young children by strengthening the Department. To follow up issues on behalf of
child-friendly communities within the context of communities or feed back community issues to the
community development and capacity building program areas in the Department. Luckily, I get to
within the communities. travel out of Darwin once a month and am always
Contact: . (08) 8951 5185 or email@example.com amazed at the level of dedication shown by those
who live and work in remote communties to improve
Helen Walls East Arnhem CLO the quality of life of those they provide services to.
Contact: (08) 8999 2854 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I am Acting Community Liaison Officer, East
Arnhem for a 6 month period ending January 2005.
I have been ‘acting’ around EA on and off since 1994. Neil Williams Barkly CLO
Remote areas and wee children are my passion. I
can’t think of better things to do than swing off the Neil began working with DH &CS this August after
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end of an axe seeking mangrove worms, or sit on 28 years as a teacher in the NT, with the last 14 in
the cliffs of Galiwinku watching the sun set over the Tennant. “My new role is to support community
sparkling blue water. organisations in partnership with government and
other stakeholders, enabling worthwhile and
However, more seriously, I am a DHCS employee effective services to meet ongoing needs,” he said.
and hope to maintain excellent working partnerships
across DHCS programs, other departments, and with “I am excited about this position, as it makes use of
those people who tirelessly provide services in their the knowledge and experience I have gained in
community. I am also hanging on to my Children’s Tennant and the Territory over the years. What I
Services hat in relation to the remote area child care like particularly about my new role is the promotion
centres in EA, Nguiu and Nauiyu Nambiyu. of a positive outlook for communities,” he said.
Contact: (08) 8999 2726 or email@example.com Contact (08) 8962 4260 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Leith Wood Katherine Region CLO me and I have thoroughly enjoyed the whole Territory
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experience. So much so, we will be permanently
I have been the Katherine CLO / DLO since October settling in Darwin.
1999 - formerly known as Non Government Liaison
Officer, Purchasing Liaison Officer and Purchasing My manager and I will undertake a timely recruitment
Support Officer. During that time I have seen many process. Keep up the good work!
changes both in my role and in the Department. I am located in Katherine.
Recently the CLO’s focus has changed, which I feel My boss is in Darwin.
I have no staff to manage.
is for the better. We are now part of the Community
I have a nice office all to myself.
Liaison Unit - we are now CLOs, not DLOs! I travel alone and with others.
In this job you need to be able to make people feel at I meet people in both urban and remote environments.
ease and talk the leg off of a chair – something that I talk to a lot of different people about a lot of different
I do really well. In Katherine I have become the things.
I attend a multitude of meetings.
‘hub’ or the ‘conduit’ for regional information for
I learn about all the different DHCS programs
And I get paid every fortnight
But sadly, after eight years, my family is relocating I have the best job in the world
to Darwin early 2005. Katherine has been good to Contact: (08) 8973 8989 or email@example.com
The Family and Community Services
Advisory Council (FAC SAC)
Back row left to right Vicki O’Halloran, Beth Walker, Barry Hanson, Adam Tomison (ex officio), Janet
Fisher, Anthony Vidot, Bev Wilson,
Middle row: Fran Coughlan, Lavinia Mills, Jane Alley, Indrani Doloswala, Dwane Baker
Front row: Charlie King (Chair), Gamaritj Gurruwiwi, Sue Brownlee, Marion Scrymgour MLA
Absent: Ariel Couchman, John Morgan, Raymattja Marika
The Family and Community Services The Chairperson, Charlie King and other
Advisory Council held its first meeting in members will provide independent advice on the
Darwin on 25 August 2004. progress of the Government’s Child Protection
Agenda and on broader social policy and issues.
This Council has been set up to advise the
Minister for Family and Community Services on Charlie King recently visited Central Australia to
ways forward in matters relating to the welfare of meet with FAC SAC members in their
families and communities and support the community.
directions established under the Building
He also visited the Barkly to hear from
Healthier Communities Framework.
community members about their issues. The FAC
The FAC SAC has 21 members. Members were SAC will discuss the possibility of traveling
selected from applicants with a view to obtaining a Territory wide to hear community views.
cross section of NT views from community
members, service providers and professionals. Contact (08) 8999 2965 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2004 Australia’s Mother of Year
Maryanne Malbunka, Senior AHW Hermannsburg Clinic, is the 2004
winner of Barnardo’s Australia’s Mother of the Year Award. The award
was presented in Sydney on 6th May.
“Maryanne Malbunka is an amazing woman,” said Helen Haughton RN who
nominated her. She is one of the most dedicated mothers I have met. She has
so much enthusiasm and energy – working full-time, studying and caring for
eight children!” she said.
When Marianne won her award she had two of her own children and cared
for six other children aged three to eleven. Since winning the award
Maryanne has fostered one more child full time and two more part time!
Maryanne has worked full-time for over ten years at the Hermannsburg
Health Centre as Senior Aboriginal Health Worker. Maryanne said: “I fostered the children because their
parents were drinking. They are all my family – my nephews and nieces. I’ve had the ten year old twins
since they were born, two for five years and two for a couple of years. Three go to boarding school in
Alice and they all see their parents regularly. And my husband - he’s good with the kids, really good,” she
“This award is really good recognition of the work foster carers do,” said one observer. “It’s about looking
after kids here and now, not long term stuff. Because you can parent in a lot of different ways, it’s not just
about mothering your own child, you can be mother to a lot of children,” she said.
There were material prizes along with the recognition - a Holden Astra, a DVD and Samsung television,
Canon Camera, Vodafone, Just Kids and Myers kids clothes, a Captain Cruise trip along the Murray,
Windoware timber venetian blinds, a MotherInc Privilege Membership card, sun cream, Avon perfume and
other cosmetics. “The kids got the perfume and cosmetics,” said Maryanne.
MARVIN, Jimmy and Vanessa have arrived!
The NT Office of Children and Families is proud to adventure begins. The characters can
announce the arrival of Jimmy and Vanessa. speak in any language you record.
They are 3-D toddlers animated by the MARVIN The Office of Children and Families will be
technology. They can talk, walk, blink, scratch, sigh, working with organisations across the NT
blow their noses, cry, chuckle and eat, which turns the with this technology to promote mes-
most boring information into a fun teaching tool. sages of healthy child development and
The technology is user friendly and simply requires
effort to develop a story that the community want told. Our first MARVIN project will be with
Then the fun begins, using a whole range of Indig- Batchelor Institute and the Oenpelli
enous characters - “Uncle”, “Auntie”, “Sis”, and a frilled Yingana Project Team, who are devel-
necked lizard. oping the “Creation Mother” story into
a CD ROM application.
The characters can tell the story on any backdrop
such as a photo of a community, add music and the Report by: Lesley Taylor NTDHCS (08) 8999 2471