Tennant Creek entry statements

The Northern Territory Government is delivering iconic tourism entry statements in Tennant Creek. The entry statements will be located on the southern and northern Stuart Highway approach to the town.

Each entry statement will feature a Nyinkka sculpture, otherwise known as a spikey-tailed goanna, as the centrepiece.

Local Indigenous enterprise, Barkly Regional Arts was awarded the tender to construct the sculptures.

The entry statements will:

  • help foster a sense of pride in the community
  • promote Tennant Creek’s cultural significance and heritage
  • provide visitors a welcoming sense of arrival to the town.


In preparation for the installation of the sculptures, civil works were delivered in 2019. This work includes the construction of:

  • slip lanes
  • parking bays
  • pedestrian friendly pathways.

The Nyinkka sculptures are expected to be completed and ready for placement in July 2020. Works for the backdrop/signage wall will begin shortly.

Consultation with the local cultural representatives is ongoing for the following:

  • the layout and positioning of the sculptures
  • the design of complimentary landscaping.


Project Manager: Damien Burton
Email: damien.burton@nt.gov.au

Last updated: 04 November 2021

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