Territory Stories

Coomalie Community Government Council newsletter



Coomalie Community Government Council newsletter

Other title

Stop press


Coomalie Community Government Council


http://hdl.handle.net/10070/306525; Coomalie Community Government Council newsletter; Stop press; E-Journals; PublicationNT; Stop press; Coomalie Community Government Council newsletter






Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; This publication contains many links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.




Coomalie (N.T.). Council; Decision making; Coomalie Region (N.T.); Politics and government; Periodicals

Publisher name

Coomalie Community Government Council

Place of publication



Stop press; Coomalie Community Government Council newsletter


Newsletter, October 2021

File type




Copyright owner

Coomalie Community Government Council



Parent handle


Citation address


Page content

COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Over the past few weeks we have installed two new panels and placed some text around objects donated from Rum Jungle employees. Sporting teams were very active in that time. Bowling is still around, but hockey does not appear to be. We do have Bruce Jones cricket cap and Bruce played a huge part in the upgrade of the buildings now housing the Museum, and contributed in many ways. Not many would realise the esteem with which Egerton Batchelor, for whom the town is named, was regarded. A South Australian Labour politician, he was asked to become a minister in the Conservative Government when it won power - and his party agreed. He then transferred to national politics and was the Minister for Territories when he suffered a heart attack and died prematurely. The board for Mr Batchelor was there from when the Museum opened in 2012, but the display as recommended (Simona) is not as clear as the metal panels with black text and white background used since. After tourist queries about Mr B there is now a more readable text. The other new item is about Sister Hateley who served with MRS1 (Medical and Receiving Station)which shifted from Daly Waters-a major airfield then- to Batchelor after the bombing of Darwin and the establishment of so many units in this area. Very notably including the American and Dutch heavy bomber aircraft. There was a good attendance of tourism people at a meeting (3/9) held at the Council with NT Tourism and their consultant firm. There was the opportunity to note the ways in which Coomalie Community tourism would grow and be enhanced. It was a lively meeting and NT Tourism were certainly given some different aspects and suggestions. Lucinda has been working on our records storage. We had to seek assistance with data retrieval and consequently are reviewing the storage system we use for all records. Several lots of advice. We will proceed with an upgraded system, though obviously there is no absolute guarantee with any item. Just need to duplicate. The numbers of visitors has declined dramatically over this month, but it has been good numbers overall. Gaye and Darryl continue to welcome the visitors who do come- caravans are still around, and have had enquiries about opening hours from Darwin residents. Jan Hills B ATCHELOR MUSEUM oev LOPM NT A SSOCIATIO INC