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MUSICIANS from local rock band Unbroken
Expanse, were lucky to escape serious injury
when they ploughed head on into a steer just
south of Barrow Creek.
Thanks to cool heads, seat belts and a sensible cruising
speed of 100 kilometres, no one was injured and the
vehicle may still be repairable.
The band had left Tennant Creek for Perth last
Wednesday on the second leg of a national tour, which
saw them play four shows in four nights supporting the
high profile Australian band British India.
They were on their way home when the accident oc-
curred on Monday night.
Lead guitarist and owner of the vehicle, Jimmi Khat-
tiyakul, said that everyone was shaken to the core by
“Because we all have jobs as well as our band com-
mitments, we regularly drive at night just to meet our
deadlines,” Jimmy said.
“I know it is not the safest thing to do but living in Ten-
nant Creek, there are times when we don’t have a lot of
choice if we want to further our band careers,” he said.
As a wake up call to anyone intending to drive over
the Christmas break, this is the bands recollection of
It had been raining lightly and there was a lot of storm
activity in the area.
Because of the relatively flat terrain and a dark moon-
less night, flashes of lightning could be seen many miles
into the distance.
The rockers had just come out of a slight bend at
around 9pm and were approaching a four wheel drive
vehicle coming south.
The approaching vehicle dipped their lights as did
Jimmi and the boys and the two passed each other
without a problem.
On bringing the lights back to high beam, they found
themselves on a collision course with the 300 kilogram
animal about five metres in front of them.
“It was black and slowly walking across the road,”
Wheezy Helmond, a rear seat passenger said.
“We hit the beast head on and it spun around, smashed
into the backdoor taking out the window and then spun
off into the culvert on the side of the road.”
“I left the other three members in the car whilst I
hitched a ride with a road train to Barrow Creek and
called Tennant Creek Police.”
Wheezy then phoned another local music identity in
Tennant, Steve Goddard.
Steve organised a car trailer, picked up the Longtails’
drummer to ride shotgun and within a couple of hours
they were at the scene.
The boys from the band were pretty glad to see their
saviours because they’d spent about three or four hours
wondering what would happen next.
A health professional gave Wheezy a lift back to the
vehicle from Barrow Creek.
Just to add a bit more horror to their evening, the
medico had driven to Barrow Creek to drop off a tour-
ist who had been assaulted by someone on the side of
the road, just a few more kilometres south of where
Unbroken Expanse had their bingle.
Shaken, but not too stirred, the quartet now have to pull
themselves together for the next leg of the tour which
will see them play Brisbane on Sunday, Alice Springs
next Friday, two nights in Sydney next weekend, and
two more in Melbourne to finish up on 20 December.
CHRISTMAS came early to many
residents who participated in pay-
ment-plan hampers during the year.
The popular Chrisco orders arrived in town
Food, clothes, toys and festive fare arrived
by the truckload in Tennant Creek.
However, many people ordered up big on
grog, much to the dismay of local police.
According to Acting Senior Sergeant Andy
Bedwell, the influx of alcohol contributed
to a busy time.
“There was definitely an increase in social
disorder when the orders arrived,” he said.
“Many of the boxes didn’t even make it
through the front doors of homes, they were
ripped open in front yards.”
Acting Senior Sergeant Bedwell said while
it’s obvious the revellers enjoying their
Chrisco orders create bedlam, there was not
much police could do.
“We did check the orders to make sure
none were destined to liquor restricted
addresses but the ordering process is not
illegal,” he said.
“We’re not attributing all incidents to
the Chrisco orders but there was a notice-
able increase in work for police and that’s
something we don’t need, especially at this
time of the year.”
One of the jobs that kept police busy last
Thursday was the assault of a woman with
a glass bottle.
A 33-year-old man was charged with ag-
gravated assault after he allegedly struck a
33-year-old woman to the head.
The woman was taken to Tennant Creek
Hospital for treatment for injuries and the
man was arrested a short time later.
The man, who appeared in the Alice
Springs Magistrates Court yesterday, was
also charged with breach of bail.
Xmas grog orders dismay police
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