Home' Tennant and District Times : 2017-0512 TDT Contents 4 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 12 MAY 2017
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LAST week PowerWater Corp sent a
tree-trimming contractor to Elliott to
trim eight trees.
The contractor has a home base in Humpty
The same trees were trimmed late last year,
and were heavily pruned.
I was critical at that time, but surely Pow-
erWater would not send them in again as
The trees are now little more than stumps.
Four of the trees were paperbarks that would
be lucky to grow 150mm yearly in this envi-
No other trees in Elliott were trimmed by the
contractor. None of the trees trimmed posed
a threat to power lines.
I can understand that there may be an issue
with trees and shrubs growing under power-
lines, but in this case trees have been there
for over 30 years and kept trimmed, if not by
PowerWater contractors, then by ourselves.
Four of the trees had good lateral limbs pro-
viding shade to the roadside verge, no more.
Obviously there is now a danger of branches
I need to question if PowerWater have a
policy of these works being undertaken with
no prior notice, and no warning of excessive
Machinery and branches blocked the house
exit for more than 1.5 hours, preventing
Does the PowerWater Corp endorse these
works be carried out without a traffic man-
agement plan, no signage or traffic control
evident, even though a street was completely
blocked for over an hour adjacent to a cross-
The only control evidenced was a couple of
witch’s hats, and then the machinery operated
outside of their perimeter.
To top it off rubbish was left on both sides
of the fence, and on the road.
Are PowerWater going to get their contrac-
tors to do another 1,500km round trip to
A token effort was made to rake, only to
leave the heaps where they are.
Given Elliott has had a recent history of
power outages, at times daily, perhaps PW’s
focus should be on generation.
Is this how PowerWater carry out their
I don’t have to worry about further payback,
as there is nothing left to trim!
– Bob Bagnall, Elliott.
IT was good to see the turnout at
both services on Anzac Day.
It has been a number of years since we
attended Tennant Creek Anzac Day, after
being accused by an ex-veteran, assisted
by an affiliate member who no longer
resides here, that we misappropriated a
heap of funds from the RSL.
Here is a bit of history.
When members took over the RSL
building in 1997, after Norforce vacated
the premises, there was only a brick
building and a besser-block monument.
The building was built by Frank Drew
who also designed and built the rising
sun gates and front entrance.
The toilet block was donated by the
Show Society and was an old shower
With volunteers, it was turned into the
The monument was built from Mt
Bundy granite at a cost of $28,000 and
paid for by six RSL members and their
The back verandah and kitchen were
built with donations from local busi-
nesses and money raised from raffles.
We were also also donated a WWII
telecommunication mast and part of an
ambulance which were Tennant Creek
history of the war years.
These items are no longer part of the
We were sorry to see that a lot of the
wreaths were laid by two RSL members.
The WWI wreath has always been laid
by Davina Cook who is the great grand-
daughter of an original Light Horse
veteran and organisations could not have
been asked to have a representative avail-
able to lay a wreath.
The saddest part of all is that the
Vietnam veterans were forgotten in the
Somebody must have remembered it
at the last minute as it was the last item
on the agenda.
A couple of Vietnam veteran tourists
from Victoria were very disappointed
with this and we apologised on behalf
of the RSL.
We wish the Tennant CreekRSL well
in the future.
Ann and Edward (Ted) Wilson,
Big turnout to Anzac services great to see
Elliott resident stumped over trimmed trees
I WOULD like to
thank the Tennant
Creek RSL Branch
for its very gener-
ous hospitality dur-
ing the ANZAC Day
It was a great privilege
to represent the Navy in
Tennant Creek and be in-
vited into the community
as we were.
Of note was the invita-
tion to attend both the
High School and Pri-
mary School during their
tive services. It is a great
tribute to the RSL that
the spirit of Anzac Day
is so well supported,
which was evident by
the significant effort put
into the services by the
The dinner and Anzac
Day service were great
highlights for me per-
sonally. I was humbled,
and appreciated the op-
portunity to take the
salute for the march past
which was so well sup-
ported by the local com-
I would like to recog-
nise the great work the
RSL does in Tennant as a
sub-branch and the great
contribution it makes to
serving and ex-serving
members of the Austra-
lian Defence Force.
I am hopeful that we
may be invited to attend
Anzac Day in Tennant
Creek in the future.
er, RAN, Cape Inscrip-
Great job Tennant RSL
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