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4 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 13 APRIL 2018
TENNANT Creek’s United
Service Station was put
into lockdown for nearly 24
hours last week after a gas
refueller discovered a leak.
The Origin truck driver was
about to fill up the tank at the
service station when he noticed
Police and NT Fire and Rescue
Service officers were called to the
scene which was cordoned off at
about 7:30pm last Wednesday
Tennant Creek Fire Station Act-
ing OIC, Jim Bateman, said the
area was manned by police and
fire officers overnight and into
the next day to ensure ignition
sources were kept away.
“The driver noticed the leak was
minor but uncontrollable due to a
component malfunction,” he said.
“We had to wait for specialists
from Alice Springs to arrive so the
problem could be fixed.
“In the meantime, the contents
of the tank were decanted into
the tank on the Origin truck to
minimise the hazard.”
Mr Bateman said water jets
were used throughout the night
to disperse the gas.
The service station was able to
resume service at about 4pm on
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IT looks like we are about to cop an-
other knee-jerk reaction from our big
The Liquor Commission and all the cru-
saders just don’t get it – alcohol abuse is
not the root cause of the dysfunction in this
Alcohol abuse is a symptom of the illness
and the scapegoat for years of mismanage-
ment and incompetence of governments and
At a recent public forum I heard a person
make the statement; “this town exists on Ab-
original money” it’s disappointing that these
racist comments still appear but let’s look at
Considering the Government expenditure
on Social Security, housing, roads, educa-
tion, communication, power/water generation
and medical facilities throughout the Barkly
shouldn’t they have said “this town exists on
By definition “Government money” is raised
by taxation and actually belongs to ALL
Australians; Governments are really just a
gathering of bickering halfwits we employ
to manage that money for us.
If big brother keeps running our lives for us
there’ll soon be nobody here to deliver and
maintain all the above services – that should
An example of irresponsible Government
expenditure is the tens of thousands being
spent to refurbish our esteemed local Mem-
There is an unused rotunda at the show
grounds that would have adequately facili-
tated the requirements of an office for Gerry
at a lesser cost and with the added attrac-
tion of being in close proximity to the other
Considering the rate of unemployment and
the massive amounts of Territory and Federal
funding that has been spent in the Barkly
over the years shouldn’t that be “ this town
exists on money provided by the Australian
It doesn’t take a genius to work out the con-
sequences if we keep making this town less
and less attractive for people to live here and
provide the services that are essential to make
keep the Barkly functioning.
Ask anybody in business that is trying to get
staff to come here now.
It’s not just the liquor outlets that will suffer
every single business will be affected. What
about the hospital staff who work do shift
work and are unable to get to a liquor outlet –
what about the hundreds of tradies who work
remote on stations?
– G.D Egan, Tennant Creek.
Liquor Commission just doesn’t get it
Servo in lockdown after gas leak
Photo by IRENA EDWARDS-KELLY.
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