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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (11 November 1986)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (11 November 1986)


Debates for 4th Assembly 1983 - 1987; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 4th Assembly 1983 - 1987




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DEBATES - Tuesday 11 November 1986 His carriage of the day was a 1934 Chevvy ute with a canvas hood and wooden tray. On arriving in the Territory, Ted first settled in Tennant Creek where the locals soon discovered that he was a saxaphone player of some renown. He was later employed by the Department of the Interior in Alice Springs as a plumber. During the war years, Ted worked on essential services looking after water supplies on stock routes between Alice Springs and Birdum, and Wave Hill and Burnette Downs. During this period, he also carted supplies out to Tanami and the Granites goldfields. Ted risked his life when he rescued an Aboriginal woman and child when his truck was washed off the causeway at Tennant Creek. The truck completely disappeared into the water. After the war, he started a scrap metal business and, in 1949, he purchased a Commer truck and started Outback Transport, a well-known local company. Ted brought the first modern Mack truck into the Territory, an AB61. He carted perishables from Alice Springs to Darwin and Alice Springs to Mount Isa and served the many small communities along the side of the track. He also started the first refrigerated service to these towns. At its peak, his fleet grew to 6 trucks and he became a local identity known for his sense of humour and his generous nature. Whilst playing his saxophone at a do in Adelaide River after the war, Ted vanished from the white ant-eaten stage in a cloud of dust but, such was the man, he did not miss a beat. Unfortunately, his heart did and, some years ago, he had a pacemaker fitted. Even that did not keep poor old Ted going and he died a little while ago. He was a true pioneer of the Territory and I know he will be sadly missed by many of his friends and particularly by his family. I offer my condolences to the family. Mr EDE (Stuart): Mr Speaker, tonight I wish to speak on a subject on which you no doubt spoke and acted on over the many years during which you had the honour of representing the electorate of Stuart. However, I am afraid to say, Mr Speaker, that you were no more successful than I have been in relation to this particular matter. I refer to the water supply at the Anningie community. My involvement with the water supply at Anningie goes back to 1979 or 1980 when, as the Director of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, I was invited to be a member of the Water Needs Committee in central Australia. I must add that the nomination came from the Northern Territory government and was opposed very vociferously by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs which objected to my being on that committee. However, thanks to the support of the Northern Territory government, I was on that committee and one point that I raised very was the fact that Anningie community had no water. At that stage, it was surviving by what it could get out of a soak in Anningie Creek. I am afraid to say that the situation has not improved a great deal. In those days, I was a proponent of a Mexican dam for Anningie. I said that I agreed that the water in the area was probably not of sufficient quality to be able to be used by the community for drinking and suggested that a Mexican dam be built. A Mexican dam is constructed on a creek which has a impermeable bed rock and a sufficient depth 6f sand so that you can scrape out a trench across the creek. By the use of wire gabions to hold up one side, you then place an impermeable substance to stop the water from moving through. We can use plastic sheeting these days whereas the Mexicans used clay. The advantage of this system is that the water itself banks up underneath the sand and you do not have the very high level of evaporation that occurs in central Australia with water that is held above ground. The other advantage is that there are not the same dangers from bacteriological infestation of the waters. The 878