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Up the creek



Up the creek


Victoria Daly Shire Council. Pine Creek Service Delivery Centre


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Victoria Daly Shire Council. Pine Creek Service Delivery Centre

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Pine Creek


Up the Creek


June 2021

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SPACE AGE FUN Pine Creek Community Library had the opportunity to host the Children from Pine Creek Primary School and some of the folk who attend the Chew and Chat Morning Tea at The National Stimulus Storytime 2021 held at the MRC on the 19th May 2021. This year was a bit special with Astronaut Shannon Walker reading Give Me Some Space , a book by Author and Illustrator Philip Bunting, from the International Space Station. The (21) children plus Teachers and Aids attended the MRC for the Live reading directly from the International Space Station. Over 25,500 registrations worldwide were received to take part and Pine Creek Library was proud to be involved in such a great event. Janet Purje the Pine Creek Primary Acting Principal was delighted with the turnout and was able to secure enough copies of the book that each child who attended would receive a copy. On the day each child was presented with a Participation Certificate as their own personal memento of being part of the event. The children really got a kick out seeing Shannon kick off and float away after the reading leaving the book hanging in space! Kathryn Wynne - Library Officer Hello Everyone Great time of the year to be outside enjoying all the wildlife that is happening around Pine Creek at the moment, the bats have come back in and whilst none of us like them ,we appreciate they are an important part of the eco system. Dingoes are skirting the town as are Brumbies and buffalo. The bird life is as good as ever and there are quite a few photographers out and about with their gigantic cameras. Night Patrol have been busy helping Sport and Rec getting kids to and from the different activities. Its a fantastic site to see the town oval having so much use, with lots of eager participation from all the different ages. There are some very talented kids who show enormous heart and stamina. Night Patrol have also been assisting the Pine Creek School by taking home kids who generally catch the school bus, while the school bus was in for repairs. Again Community Night Patrol have been talking to kids who are riding in the middle of the roads and doing wheel stands, explaining that while it takes a certain amount of skill to do these wheel stands its also very dangerous to be riding in the middle of the roads especially at night. Night Patrol are always on the lookout for casual employees, so if you feel its a job you would like to try then come to the Council office and pick up the appropriate papers .You can get a head start by having a current ochre card and a criminal history check. If you have a service provider then they can assist you with all the relevant paperwork. Working Night Patrol is very rewarding and being able to assist vulnerable people leaves a good feeling in the patrol vehicle, its not just about helping vulnerable people, sometimes people just want to say hello and to let you know whats going on in the community or in their own house or around the township. We are often asked for advice about children and their behaviors and about getting them motivated for school. Generally its just that people want someone to listen. The night Patrol vehicle has been kitted out with new spot lights which make it easier to see some of the night time wildlife. Community patrol generally has people in the back so please have patience when we are driving slowly as we are only able to travel at 80 km per hour. We are experiencing a lot of people passing us on the white double lines on the Stuart Highway while we are travelling people around. It goes without saying that the white lines have been put there for a reason. Night Patrol have been attending training in Katherine and met up with Patrollers from across the Victoria Daly Regional Council, It was interesting to see how other night patrollers operate in the different communities. Hope everyone is enjoying the cooler weather. Helen Reed - Night Patrol Team Leader NIGHT PATROL UPDATE

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