Meet some of your neighbours in Tennant Creek through the Many Voices One Place project. Hear the full stories on 8CCC throughout our programming.
“I was born on Banka Banka Station in the NT. We had to make our own toys where I grew up … we made a box car out of a fruit box, and number eight wire for wheels, and welding rods and more wire for steering … then roll it along.
Tennant Creek is a good top town … we do a lot of culture stuff with kids from out bush … I have my own business that keeps me busy … that’s why I choose to stay.“
“I was born in Switzerland. I didn’t choose to come to Tennant Creek, it chose me, and has kept giving me lots of challenges, kept me interested, and kept me here.“
“I was born in Papua New Guinea … In 1975 my family travelled through Tennant Creek and we got stuck here in the floods. I’ve been here ever since! I got married here, had my family here, set up a business. Tennant has got a wonderful, generous heart, it is accepting of anyone or everyone who wants to give it a go.“
“I was born in Coburg, Victoria. I came here as a policeman, and then decided to take on running a business. Running your own business is something everyone should try in their life! I like the Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Tennant Creek, and have made many lifelong friends here and I choose to stay here because its a really friendly close knit community.“
“I was born in Rockhampton Downs Station in Queensland, and I chose to come to Tennant Creek for work and for a better life. I started painting at the Pink Palace, and got better and better with my painting. Tennant feels like home for me now.“
“I was born in Uganda and I came to Australia as a refugee with my family, and we choose to call Australia home. I come to Tennant Creek each year for some months to work with local Indigenous women on a music project called LadyBeats, which I really love doing. Being in Tennant Creek, its a bit like my home village in Uganda, everyone knows where everyone lives, knows each others families, are proud of culture. A big difference I notice is that in Uganda people are able to grow their own food.“