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Bertram Road

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Name Bertram
Type Designation Road
Place Id 24939
Place Type Road
Status Registered
Date Registered 24 May 2018
Locality / Suburb  
Local Government Area  
  Palmerston City Council
History/Origin Jurgen (John) Bertram was born in Prerow, Germany, in 1944 and immigrated to Australia in 1950. He moved to the Northern Territory in the 1970's, taking up a job "working on the roads" at Ayres Rock (now Uluru / Ayers Rock), before continuing to work around the Territory in various locations including Wave Hill, Borroloola, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs and Darwin.

Working in Borroloola in the 1980's, John saw the need for local children to be able to play sport, and initiated the onset of the Borroloola Cricket Club. He next moved to Tennant Creek, where he continued his community involvement through the Tennant Creek Go Kart Grand Prix and as President of Tennant Creek Bowling Club, President of Tennant Creek Pistol Club and President of the Tennant Creek branch of the Country Liberals Party.

In 1986 John commenced his career with the NTPS, obtaining a position with Transport and Works in Tennant Creek. John's career progressed from machine operator in Civil Works, to Regional Director of the Tennant Creek region at his retirement in 2010. Highlights of John's career include him being seconded to East Timor to undertake road and civil work repairs following the withdrawal of Indonesia, being instrumental in remedial works on the Barkly Highway following severe flooding (which had resulted in 60 kms of damaged road cutting off access to Darwin and other parts of the NT). He was recognised for this work when the Department, under his direction, was awarded the 2009 Construction Division Project Award and the NT Civil Contractors Federation's 2009 Earth Award for the Barkly Highway emergency repairs.

From 2001 to 2003 John had a break from working with the NTPS to start his own successful business in Earthworks. On his retirement from the NTPS in 2010, he continued with his own business in Tennant Creek until he passed away in 2014.

Register & Gazettal information

Date Gazettal Comment
24/05/2018 Date added to the Register ( Certified Plan S2017/117)
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