Tennant Creek

Sandra Morrison

Languages: Warlmanpa, Alywarre and English

“I am proud of teaching young kids about language and culture at primary school in Tennant Creek. A lot of people past and present are inspiring me.”

Annie Morrison

Tennant Creek
Languages: Warumungu, Warlpiri, Alyawarre and English

“I work with young families at Anyiginyi, as a community support worker for the Stronger Families program, and as supervisor for the Nyinkka Nyunyu Arts Centre. I also work as a prison liaison officer, talking to the mob in jail. I have been doing that for 35 years. I will speak up for my community.”

I also teach kids Warumungu at the primary school. I take them out and show them the country, bush medicine and tucker. I am proud of supporting our young ones and my family.”

Hamish Robertson

Languages: Alyawarr, Kaytetye, Warlpiri, Warrumungu and English

Michael Jones

Tennant Creek
Languages: Warumungu, Warlpiri and English

Former CLC executive member, linguistics graduate and former art and housing worker. “I am proud of my achievements as elder and first Warumungu night patrol worker, of getting the Devils Marbles back and setting up the Nyinka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre in Tennant Creek. Hatches Creek and land around that, we won that. I worked on leasing with the Australian and NT governments.”

Dianne Stokes

Languages: Warumungu, Warlmanpa and English

CLC delegate 2002-2004, campaigner against nuclear waste who helped to stop a nuclear waste dump at Muckaty Station. Spokeswoman for two tribes, night patrol worker and former Community Development Employment Project co-ordinator.
“I am proud of doing a community development plan for Karlumpurlpe community near Tennant Creek.”

Graham Beasley

Languages: Alyawarre and English

Community leader who supports his community on many committees, for example the school, the store, the community development working group and the farm.

“I am mentoring youth for future jobs in the community, talk to them about work and look after the elders.”

Jeremiah Corbett

Wutunugurra (Epenarra)
Languages: Alyawarre and English

First-time council member, former night patrol and shire worker. “All in the Epenarra community, to make it strong. I have been a groundsman at the school for the past three years.”

“I’m on the council to help my community.”

Elizabeth Dobbs

Imangara (Murray Downs)
Languages: Alyawarre and English

Works for the federal government’s work-for-the-dole scheme. “I am proud of telling stories about country and community. I look after my community and help young children understand their culture.”

Greg Murphy

Ngurratiji (Nguyarrmini)
Languages: Warumungu, Kaytetye, Alyawarre and English

Former ranger who likes working on country and mustering.

Would like to see more community housing and facilities for nurses and health staff.

“I am proud to work on my outstation Ngurratiji ,mustering cattle, teaching my family. I would like the council to focus more on outstations.”

Basil Mick

Canteen Creek
Languages: Alywarre and English

Works at the Canteen Creek Health Centre as a driver, cleaner and gardener. Former civil construction operator. Member of the Canteen Creek Owairtilla Corporation since 2012.

Was elected as a CLC delegate in 2018 and wants to speak up about jobs for people in communities and activities for youth.

“It is good to travel and to see what is happening in other communities throughout the CLC region. It is important to return to my home community and share information about what’s happening in other places.”

Ronald Brown

Languages: Warlmanpa, Warlpiri and English

Disability worker with the Julalikari Home and Community Care program and a CLC delegate since 2016.

“What I want to see is opportunities for people in my region to have a home and live with their families on their traditional lands. I’d like to see opportunities for joint ventures. It would be good to develop our own economy to sustain a lifestyle without having to depend on government or others.

“It’s important to stick together and support one another. You can do something good for your region if you work together and if the support is there.”

Jimmy Jnr Frank

Tennant Creek native title holders
Languages: Warumungu and English

Cultural advisor and artist specialising in carving spears, shields, boomerangs and coolamons. Worked in construction and mining.

“Sitting on boards and committees I learned about governance, job opportunities, economic development and how to apply for funding.

“Aboriginal people are missing out on a lot. Sometimes, when the money comes in, I see non-indigenous people getting the main benefit. They take away opportunities from our people and they get the money and take it elsewhere. We need information about business opportunities and mentors who can teach our people how to start and run a business.”

“Aboriginal people have got to learn better to live with money. Non-indigenous people plan for their kids before they start to walk. They set them up for life, getting a diploma or a degree, or a job, or house. We have to adapt to think in this new world.”

Supports an Aboriginal voice to parliament. “We definitely need that. Once we get a voice in parliament, we’ll begin to think how our young people can become doctors and lawyers.”



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