More to the region than first expected
■ Another year, another city slicker comes to the Pilbara and writes about the stereotypical expectations they had of their time here.
Like so many, I had visions of nothing but red dirt, suffocating heat and hordes of workers in high-vis vests.
In my case, the stereotypes were probably more exaggerated than most because I’ve never ventured up north until now.
But in the few days I’ve been here, I’ve already learnt there’s a lot more to Karratha than most Perth residents assume.
I’m excited to be joining the Pilbara News as a journalist, a role that I know involves a lot of responsibility to the community.
I’ve spent the past few years trying to break into journalism after changing career direction from law.
The Pilbara is, thankfully, a world away from the flashy corporate environment of Perth.
The relaxed lifestyle here is a breath of fresh air. Karratha is proving to be a pleasant surprise.
Everyone I’ve met here so far has been so welcoming and the more I learn about the area, the more fascinating it becomes.
There was a distinct lack of high-vis clothing on my flight here, and walking around town it’s clear not everyone is involved in mining.
I think you actually have to be here to appreciate the region’s landscape.
The Pilbara has a harsh beauty of its own, and driving along seemingly endless roads through the wide, flat land gives an immense sense of freedom.
Learning about local indigenous people’s deep connection to this land also gives it an intriguing spiritual dimension — a perspective that just isn’t possible to get in Perth.
I’m looking forward to experiencing “the real Australia” up here in the Pilbara, and finally looking beyond the stereotypes to hear the real stories of this unique part of WA.
Alicia Perera takes in the views of Karratha.