NT election 2020 candidates – Rebecca Jennings

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The NT Independent is providing you with a light-hearted look at the candidates for the August 22 NT general election. We’re not looking at policy or platforms at this time, but rather at the person behind them.

Our Q&A should help you get to know the humans of NT politics.

Today’s profile is Territory Alliance candidate for Fannie Bay, Rebecca Jennings.

Rebecca grew up in Darwin’s rural area, the eldest of three kids, with her dad doing FIFO work and her mum working in early childhood education. Weekends were spent as a typical bush kid: camping, exploring creeks and playing sports. From an early age Rebecca understood what it meant to grasp an opportunity and started working and volunteering, taking any chance she could to step up to the plate and challenge herself. Like a lot of Territory kids Rebecca worked hard to represent the NT. She represented the NT six times in soccer, and travelling interstate for competitive academic scholarships in years 11 and 12.

Rebecca studied environmental science and economics in Perth, after which she landed a job with the Western Australian Department of Agriculture in the natural resource management program. This role allowed her to work with numerous environmental not-for-profits and community groups to support best outcomes for funding projects.

Moving back to her home town in 2016, Rebecca worked in numerous roles for the Northern Land Council, from joint management officer in the Victoria Daly region, training officer to the remote rangers, event coordinator for the Indigenous Ranger Forum 2019 and a project officer with the Learning on Country program.

Trying to always think outside of the square, she has proposed new projects and innovative ideas to create new roles and explore alternative partnerships to improve land management and training outcomes.

When Rebecca moved back to Darwin she put her hand up to join numerous committees, undertaking roles such as vice president of the Litchfield Football Club, chair of the Midnight Basketball Program and as a general member on both the Darwin City Council Youth Advisory Committee and Football NT’s women advisory committee.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received and who did it come from?

“The worst that can happen is they say no, the best that can happen is they say yes.” This was advice from my Dad to always give everything a shot.

Tell us something interesting or quirky about yourself.

I’m a bit of a wine nerd. I hate salty plums and can never say no to a great experience. This led me to climbing Mount Rinjani in Lombok whilst having Bali belly. I left at midnight very sick, and got to the crater rim at dawn, bouncy and alive from sweating it out!

How would your best mate describe you in twenty words or less?

Hard working social butterfly who is honest and to the point, ready to jump at any opportunity and challenge. Not afraid to speak up or speak her mind.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could bring one movie, one album and one book, what would they be?

Book – The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.

Album – Sam’s Town by The Killers.

Movie – Anything directed by Quentin Tarantino.

If you could have dinner with any person in history, who would it be and why?

Robin Williams. He was a great actor and stand up comedian. I’m inspired by his quick wittedness and loud personality and ability to bring a whole other dimension to the screen, including finding humour in the darkest of stories.

A couple of really quick questions. You can give one-word answers if you wish.

Tea or coffee?

Coffee, but obsessed with silky oolong tea.

Folder or scruncher?

If we are talking bedsheets, fitted are always a half scrunch-fold and stuffed away quickly in the cupboard.


I play soccer, but AFL is fun to play and the chaos is fun to watch.

Wet season or dry season?

The monsoonal wet where the 4pm storms roll in.

Coles or Woollies?

Woolies, but nothing beats the weekend markets for fresh veggies.

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