City of Karratha

Danny on the job for 40 years

13 Feb 2018

A special presentation was held at 7 Mile Waste Facility in February to recognise long-time City of Karratha employee, Daniel Blanket.

Tuesday 6 February 2018 marked 40 years since Mr Blanket began working with Council as a Low Loader Driver and Bulldozer Operator in 1978.

Since then he has worked in Construction, Technical Services and Waste Services where he is currently based as a Dozer Operator at the 7 Mile Waste Facility.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said Mr Blanket was an exceptional employee and a wealth of knowledge on the history of Council and the area, experiencing the growth of the City first hand.

“We count ourselves very lucky to have Danny as part of the City of Karratha team. He is an exceptional employee and has worked in a number of different roles over the past four decades,” Cr Long said.

“Forty years has seen incredible change both in Council and in the City of Karratha and Danny has witnessed this first hand. He has seen Karratha grow from a single street and building to the regional city it is today and has some fantastic stories of times gone by to share,” he said.

“Danny was made a life-time member of the employee social club in 2009 and was instrumental in ensuring the Torres Strait Islander flag is flown outside Council administration on Welcome Road. He is a much-loved and respected employee,” he added.

Mr Blanket said enjoyed working with Council and noted how little was in Karratha when he first arrived.

“I came to Karratha when I was 22, in 1969, working for Bell Brothers as a truck driver. There was no town back then, just one shed which belonged to the Public Works Department,” Mr Blanket said.

“I am particularly grateful to Frank Gouw, Eddie McEwan and Jimmy Hutton who were very supportive of me in those early days. They really looked after me and that support is one of the reasons I am still happy in my work 40 years on,” he said.

Mr Blanket is one of the original 300 Torres Strait Islanders who came to Western Australia in the 1960’s to convert part of the State’s rail network to Standard Gauge. He has worked on the Perth to Kalgoorlie Railway, the Darwin to Katherine Railway and the Port Hedland to Newman Railway which bought him to the Pilbara region he now calls home. Just prior to starting with the City of Karratha, Mr Blanket was based in Wickham, where he helped to build the Cape Lambert to Pannawonica Railway.