Tower leaves memories
THE Henwoods admit that the police and ambulance communications tower built beside them more than 30 years ago was an eyesore.
But they said it was very handy as a landmark when they needed to give directions to their home on Old Maryborough Road.
“Just look for the house beside the 100-foot tower” was pretty foolproof.
Les and Ruth Henwood said they watched the tower go up and last Friday they watched it come down.
The tower is believed to have been sold to a “computer chap” at Wondai.
There were some teething problems when it was first built. The Henwood’s children would sit beside it with a pencil and paper and were able to trace where the ambulance was going. The volume was eventually toned down.
And watching TV proved a bit of a challenge at first too.
Mr Henwood said the family would be sitting watching television when their program would be interrupted by various police messages.
When he first contacted the police they wouldn’t believe it was happening.
“So I told the wife to turn up the television and then I told this bloke what was going over the radio.”
“He said ‘hell, that is our messages going through the television’,” Mr Henwood said.
“Then he sent someone to fix it up.”
The tower has not been used for about two years.
Initially it was used by both ambulance and police, however when the ambulance built their new station, communications was moved there and when the new Gympie police station was finished, they no longer required the tower.