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  1. Guest

    Farewell to the Pilbara

    Finally this week we said farewell to the Pilbara, me after 4.5 years and my husband 24 years. We sold our home in less than 2 weeks, had a great Settlement Agent down in Perth, exceptionally reasonable and kept us informed every inch of the way. The company relocated us to Tasmania using Crown Relocations (Perth) who were excellent, professional and very friendly, I cant speak highly enough of them! We managed a quick trip upto Broome staying with a girlfriend who runs a beautiful B & B near Cable Beach, enjoying a sunset camel ride along the beaches, and many cocktails under the lush palm /Frangipani trees. The weather was absolutely beautiful not overly warm or humid, definitely my favourite time of the year up north WA. We camped out at 80 mile beach in our swags, I have never seen skies like that of the Pilbara... no light pollution, ( I loved hanging my washing out at night in Karratha, it always felt so surreal under the magnitude of stars) watching the end of season turtles with their young, dugongs, whales, dolphins and we even caught some Threadfin and Blue Salmon for dinner. We had an emotional farewell to good friends who organised a wonderful party for us. We have left a young one there now working for Woodside after completing Uni down in Perth, and another son working in a hospital in Perth so WA remains very much active for us and of course OH will still go back to his much loved fishing haunts. Karratha has changed dramatically even during my period there... FIFO has grown in abundance. Land release and new builds have increased, accomodation costs remain high, schools are being re built, shopping has improved but the big Two remain with no competition. Air services have improved, covering direct flights to Melbourne(Mon) Brisbane(Tues)Adelaide (Wed?) and Sydney (Friday?) thus bypassing Perth .. services commence with Air North to Broome lst June and plans are afoot to commence Singapore to Karratha direct. Now back in my husband's native Tasmania which we are in love with and onto the next stage of our lives. My OH has transferred to the same company but within asia and I commence work in asia on a FIFO basis next week as well. My father lives in northern Thailand so it gives us a chance to spend some quality time with him, this is where he wants to see out his days despite the fact I would have loved him to come to Australia. One of my sons remains working in S. Korea where he is happy and the other has just had a visa for NZ granted to him so finally my side of the family are closer. Anyone considering rural WA... I would say "go for it"....for me it has been an amazing experience, all positive and I feel truly very lucky at having had the opportunity of experiencing the bush, the sea, the environment, even the cyclones! Despite having seen many decry the Australian people, I have found them to be a warm, friendly and caring race they appear to excel even more so in times of strife!. Wishing all those guys awaiting their visa "Bon Voyage", its a great country , those going back to europe, you go back with a more open mind knowing where you want to be, and "Bon Chance" to all new settlers... Best wishes to one and all :wubclub: Susie
  2. Hello Im looking at moving to Australia in the future on my Painting and Decorating NVQ3. I have passed my NEBOSH General Certification and wish to do my NEBOSH Diploma. Is the Nebosh Diploma a respected qualification in Australia? I ask as a lot of job advertisements Ive seen ask for a degree. As I will be on a skilled visa for my NVQ3 I will have to stick with Painting for now so wont have any experience in OHS, will it be hard to find a job in OHS once in Australia with no experience? I was hoping I could get a training role and would like to work in the Pilbara. Any help that anyone could provide would be greatly appreciated. Kind Regards, James
  3. spud-u-like

    Pilbara Mines

    Hi All, Ive been offered a position with a large mining company in the Pilbara region of WA, I'll initially be on a years unaccompanied probation but guaranteed Oz residency (initially going on a 457 visa) on completion. The company have offered me 8 weeks on, 2 wks off, flying back to my family back in the UK all paid for, or they will fly my wife over. My questions are - 1. What would be a great place to live in this area (coastal preferably) 2. Can anyone recommend a good property agent 3. Has anyone got any advise on fly in/fly out contracts Many thanks in advance Spudulike:biggrin:
  4. Major iron ore project in the Pilbara one step closer Updated August 09, 2011 13:49:25 The Environmental Protection Authority has recommended the State Government approve Aquila Resources' West Pilbara iron ore project. The project involves the development of eight iron ore deposits south of Pannawonica, and a heavy-haulage railway from the mining area to the proposed new port at Anketell Point, north-east of Karratha. The EPA says a number of conditions should be imposed on the project, including measures to protect rare flora and fauna. The EPA report is subject to a two week appeal period. Aquila says work is continuing with the State Government on the design of the proposed multi-user Anketell Port. First posted August 09, 2011 13:36:03
  5. PILBARA women reckon the booming resource region is a great place for single women to find a man. A spokesman for the Shire of Roebourne said men outnumbered women 4.5:1 in the Pilbara, though the figure was heavily influenced by transient workforce numbers. Among the women who have found love is Karratha bar manager Hayley Warne, 23, who within eight months of moving from Queensland, met 20-year-old local Axel Mayo, an electrician. "There are so many men here for women to choose from," Miss Warne said. "Most of them are decent guys, but some get pretty drunk and get in fights. "There's too much testosterone in one place and that doesn't go down well. "We definitely need more women in the place." Miss Warne said barmaids in Karratha could earn $20 to $23 an hour and up to $1000 a week in tips. Former Perth resident Kelly Strange, 42, met her partner, logistics supervisor Bevan Ferguson, in a month of moving to Karratha. Miss Strange encouraged more Perth women move to Karratha, for love and money. "I sent my resume out to three recruitment agencies recently and had three job offers within two hours," she said. Karratha Tavern manager Mick Brown said it would be wonderful to see more women around because they would create a calming influence on the men. "They're a rowdy bunch, but they're all making big money and they're good guys," he said. But a local sex worker, who did not want to be named, said Karratha did not need more women, but women in the town needed to change their attitudes. She said local women were ignoring men who had non-mining jobs. "There are plenty of girls, but many of them are gold-diggers," she said. "I know quite a few of the young guys and they say unless you work in the mine site earning $2000-$3000 a week, the girls don't want to know you."