South West Queensland
|In 1982, I had never heard of the town of Tara. A town population of
1000 (1991), a shire area of about 11,614 square kilometers with a total population
of about 4,303 (1991) is aproximetly 300 kilometers west of Brisbane, Queensland
I was offered a position with the Southwest Queensland Electricity Board as the District Inspector for the shire with a staff of three men. It was all very daunting at first having the responsibility for such a big area. With the aid of my very competent, young staff I soon became conversant with my duties.
|We had to do everything from collecting unpaid power bills to repairing
33,000-volt power lines.
The electricity supply industry has gone through many changes since I retired in 1989 but the hard work on line maintenance is still carried out by the tough linemen.
Our Depot was small but well set up with modern well equiped line trucks.
|Mother Nature takes its toll on the power lines and the poor linesman.
Many stormy nights and occasional floods keep the linesmen busy repairing the damage caused. We see here a pole that has been struck by lightning and the 'live' 12,700 volt line just inches from the ground.
|The Tara shire was one of the first districts to be invaded by settlers in the
80s and 90s when some of the local properties were sub divided into smaller blocks. It was
a struggle for these people at first but it has developed with considerable success now
with several nice homes.
Being on call for more than 50% of your life was hard but you soon got used to it.
spending 7 years in Tara I retired in 1989 on my 55th birthday and returned to
live on the Gold Coast where
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