Not Europe, but home for fam­ily

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Kar­ratha may be a long way from the ski slopes of Europe but for Yara Pil­bara gen­eral man­ager Rob Stevens that is no prob­lem, Kar­ratha is an easy place to call home.

Mr Stevens still gets the op­por­tu­nity to head back to Nor­way to ski, but has found equal plea­sure in more stereo­typ­i­cal Pil­bara hob­bies since mov­ing to Kar­ratha to take the helm of Yara’s Bur­rup Penin­sula op­er­a­tions.

“You look at my drive­way and yes there is a boat, yes there is a cam­per trailer, yes there is a four­wheel-drive,” he said.

“My fam­ily loves the bush camp­ing along the Nin­ga­loo Reef as well as Kar­i­jini.

“My favourite is Osprey Bay at Nin­ga­loo Reef, sim­ply wak­ing up there in the morn­ing and ... hang­ing around snorkelling and standup pad­dling.”

Hav­ing fol­lowed him around from the Nether­lands to the Mid­dle East and Nor­way, fam­ily was an im­por­tant fac­tor in agree­ing to a red dirt coun­try move ac­cord­ing to Mr Stevens.

He said Kar­ratha had proved it­self an ideal place for his wife and him­self to raise their three daugh­ters, the el­dest of which is now back study­ing in the Nether­lands.

“The mid­dle one has a beau­ti­ful group of friends at St Luke’s Col­lege and my youngest is at Bayn­ton West Pri­mary School,” he said.

“She loves the school, the sports, the mu­sic and just play­ing in the street.

“We’re lucky — the street we’re liv­ing in she can just play with the neigh­bours’ kids.

“I think that is the most you can give your kids, that free­dom.”

As for his view on the choice most peo­ple have made to leave their lives be­hind to make the move up here, Mr Stevens hits the nail on the head.

“A lot of peo­ple are far away from their fam­ily and so­cial net­works so I think that is the beauty of Kar­ratha, that it is easy to get help from neigh­bours and col­leagues,” he said.

“Home is where the fam­ily is.”

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Yara Pil­bara gen­eral man­ager Rob Stevens.

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