It was a guard of honour with a difference as Gladstone Ports Corporation celebrated the life and legacy of Reg Tanna today (June 12).
Three shiploaders at the RG Tanna Coal Terminal Wharf rose to form the guard and GPC staff held a moment’s silence as they marked the anniversary of Mr Tanna’s death 20 years ago.
With his motto, ‘there is no I in team’, Mr Tanna (pictured below) was remembered as a humble man who was the driving force behind the powerhouse that has today become the Port of Gladstone.
Acting chief executive officer Craig Walker said Mr Tanna was a much loved and respected member of the GPC family, with the RG Tanna Coal Terminal named in his honour in 1994.
“He was the general manager of the Gladstone Harbour Board and Port Authority, as we were known then, for over 34 years,” Mr Walker said.
“Under Reg’s leadership, GPC completed the earthworks for nearly every school oval and sporting field in the Gladstone region, with the employees of the day even maintaining those fields.
“It is an honour to be part of GPC today as we celebrate Reg’s life work.”
Mr Tanna is survived by his wife Norma and children Catherine, Michael and Anthony