Ab­sent friend toasted two years af­ter Swino’s death

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

This week marks the sec­ond an­niver­sary of the death of the Pil­bara’s most beloved al­co­holic pig.

Swino made in­ter­na­tional head­lines in Septem­ber 2013 af­ter re­port­edly steal­ing and drink­ing 18 beers from campers, get­ting into a fight with a cow then raid­ing bins for a drunken feed.

Main Roads re­ported at the time the buzzed boar then con­tin­ued to cause havoc in his search for booze for more than a week af­ter the ini­tial heist.

Trag­i­cally, just weeks later his fate was sealed un­der the weight of a road train on the North West Coastal High­way near Port Hed­land.

Main Roads WA Pil­bara main­te­nance co-or­di­na­tor Mick Ed­wards said a me­mo­rial plaque was mooted at the time of Swino’s death but it never even­tu­ated.

“Main Roads were ea­ger to get a plaque erected with the in­ten­tion to raise aware­ness to driv­ers about driv­ing tired,” he said.

“Fund­ing the plaque was the main bar­rier and public con­tri­bu­tions were en­cour­aged but un­for­tu­nately the fund­ing fell through.

“Although he caused a lot of havoc at the De Grey River rest area he will al­ways re­main a part of the Main Roads fam­ily.”

Mr Ed­wards said the history of Swino was part of the in­duc­tion for all new staff at the Main Roads South Hed­land of­fice.

In the words of the man who first tracked down Swino, Brad Archer: Dampier had Red Dog, Hed­land had a pig.

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