Top-notch quotes as minister visits Pilbara region
Alannah MacTiernan has a solid reputation for not speaking like a politician.
She has a way with words the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Paul Keating days.
So it was no surprise the Regional Development Minister dished out a few golden offthe-cuff quotes during her trip to the Pilbara last week.
“We were really excited when Kevin decided he wanted to come on board as our candidate. We did a Thelma and Louise throughout the region during our election campaign,” she said about herself and now-Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel’s election campaign.
“I go away for eight years, come back and think ‘bloody hell, those issues are all still on.’ It’s Groundhog Day,” she said as she mocked the previous Government’s lack of progress on projects such as the Karratha to Tom Price Road.
The minister even brought Federal Labor’s “fraudband” jab back from the ashes as she criticised the NBN, which is now being rolled out in Karratha.
Those driving to and from Dampier recently may have noticed the latest art installation at Anchovy Flats on the westbound side of the highway. Hot on the heels of the giant Emu Export and Emu Bitter cans, the latest installation pays homage to the third Emu stablemate, Emu Draft.
All three giant cans have been crafted by the same group of artists, dubbed Beersy by the Pilbara News team, out of salvaged oil drums.
With the triumvirate of Emu classics now complete, the Pilbara is left to wonder if the Beersy group will rest on its laurels or turn to other popular canned brews such as VB and XXXX.
Karratha’s Fiorita Deli is not shy of breaking the mould.
We can say with a certain degree of confidence it is the only gourmet deli in WA that sells condoms.
Last week it announced the acquisition of a liquor licence and a promise to stock the kind of alcohol your full-bearded, chino-wearing mates froth over. For impartiality’s sake this reporter is also a lover of craft beer and does not fit the above description.
The announcement caused a stir on social media as the new licence means under-18s can no longer go to Fiorita without a parent or guardian present.
Stocking fancy-pants booze was always the intention at Fiorita, but the news was still a bitter pill to swallow for those under-aged locals who had come to enjoy the venue.
So, teens, no more sneaking out of home to sink a freak shake unless you bring your parents with you. You may think that sucks, but who says parents can’t be rad?
A giant Emu Draft can at Anchovy Flats.