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Dexter Barnes Electrical
& Australian Energy
Solutions offer Tennant
Creek Solar System
Installations for Domestic
Housing and Commercial/
Call Dexter Barnes for a free quote for a design and installation on
89622674 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We can now offer a Hydra Kleen of Split system airconditioners as
well as new refrigeration and split system installation.
Any new split system installed we are offering a FREE hydra kleen
and service within 12 months of installation.
Call us now if you would like a quote.
Solar systems supplied
and installed by locals
Phone 8962 2674 Email: email@example.com
NEW CABLING SERVICE!
Congratulations to Bob Baker on his retirement.
Dexter Barnes is
proud to announce
we now provide
cabling services to
• CAT5E & CAT6
• Coaxial, Aerial and Underground
• Communication and Entertainment
(free-to-air TV & Satellite)
Phone 8962 2674
8 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2015
Scabies is a big problem in Tennant
There are many babies, children and
adults in our community with early and
Treatment for advanced scabies
(infected sores stage) is very painful
and distressing for young children.
We as a community need to take action
and seek medical care early to stop the
spread of infection.
Scabies is harming our children,
making them very sick.
The scabies mite dig holes in our skin,
then live and lay eggs underneath the
This causes us to itch, causing a sore
which gets infected. Sores can allow
bacteria to enter the body causing
our blood to get infected leading to
Rheumatic Heart Disease which can
require monthly needles for up to ten
Scabies infections can also lead to
Scabies is serious.
Scabies spread person to person. If an
infected person shares towels, clothes
or bedding with another person, they
too can get scabies.
If anyone in your family has small lumps
on their skin (which can be itchy) they
must go to the health centre for early
treatment. Everyone living in the home
must also be treated.
The staff at the Health Centre are here
to help and support families to stop
this infection spreading throughout our
To prevent scabies, everyone must
wash bedding, towels and clothes
weekly then put them in the sun.
All pillows, mattresses, child car seats
and prams must be put in the sun every
week. The sun kills the scabies mite.
If anyone wants more information
please come to the clinic, we all need
to work together to stop scabies.
Scabies is serious – don’t let our
families get sick from scabies.
Scabies is serious SCABIESMITEINSKIN
l Above: A model showing how the scabies mite burrows into the skin.
l Above left: Make sure to put your mattress,
pillows, blankets and sheets in the sun every week
to kill the scabies mite. Above right: Scabies causes
itching and infected sores.
~ Prevention is the Solution ~
LEADING Edge Computers is living up
to its name in more ways than one hav-
ing recently purchased a state of the
art, 10 kilowatt/hour solar power unit
for its Paterson Street premises.
Capable of providing up to 50 per cent of
the electricity needs of the business, the three-
phase solar converter and rooftop panel array
will save the proprietors sufficient reductions
on their quarterly power bill to pay for itself
in about four years.
The unit was supplied and installed by local
solar power experts, Dexter Barnes Electrical,
and is the fourth unit of its kind to be installed
on a business premises in Tennant Creek by
“We installed the first 10kw/h unit on our own
site soon after we took on the franchise,” said
Dexter Barnes Electrical’s Russell O’Donnell.
“Once people realised that it was a viable cost
saving option, we soon had an order from Carse
Mechanical in Brown Street and Manungurra
Aboriginal Corporation also in Brown Street.
“Central Australia and Tennant Creek par-
ticularly has one of the best solar ratings in the
world so it makes good economic sense to be
energy self sufficient.
“Australia has committed to a Mandatory
Renewable Energy Target of 20 per cent by
2020 so the incentive to install solar is likely
to increase over time.”
With solar panels carrying a 20-year guaran-
tee and five years for the inverters, a healthy
return on the investment is assured.
At this stage, PowerWater Corporation will
only allow solar units to displace up to 75 per
cent of domestic power consumption from the
grid and 50 per cent for businesses.
The situation changes for remote residents
who are not connected to the main grid supply.
“For the average domestic unit on a residence
connected to the grid, it costs around $13,000
to install after rebates have been applied,”
“A 10 kw/h system like the Leading Edge unit
is about twice that but both will break even
on the investment after around four years and
from then on your saving money and have a
value added improvement to the dwelling or
business it supports.”
Hybrid systems that utilise a bank of batter-
ies to compliment the direct solar input can be
installed at remote sites and add about $10,000
or more to a domestic unit, depending on loca-
tion and install requirements.
“We have installed all up about 20 solar power
systems in town over the last couple of years
and have had to upgrade or fix nearly all of
the units purchased by out of town suppliers,”
“It pays to have local support when you pur-
chase something like this.
“We have had the policy from day one to
install only top quality equipment and the
premium payed at the beginning ensures you
get the result you want without the headaches.”
Dexter Barnes Electrical and Barkly Crane
Hire are combined businesses run by Russell
and Kerry O’Donnell and currently employ 12
tradies including two apprentices.
“Over the last few years we have had up to
18 people working for us and we have always
recognised the need to support apprentices as
they are the skill set of the future,” said Russell.
“Young Frank Tarahija was a school based
apprentice when he started three years ago at
17 years of age.
“Frank has almost completed his apprentice-
ship and he actually did most of the install
on the Leading Edge job so he makes us
very proud and confident in training our own
“Luke Evans has just begun an apprenticeship
with Dexter Barnes Electrical at the tender
age of 16.
“Luke is the second generation from his fam-
ily to work for us as his dad, Harry Evans, was
an DBE electrician for four years.”
Shining light on the
benefits of solar power
ENERGY SOAK: Leading Edge Computer apprentice Frank Tarahija.
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