Top-notch quotes as min­is­ter vis­its Pil­bara re­gion

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Golden tongue

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.

Emu art

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?

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

A gi­ant Emu Draft can at An­chovy Flats.

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