Pubs’ demise causes online frenzy
Stephen Dawson made his first visit to the Pilbara as environment minister this month, and it was straight to the Burrup Peninsula, where the fine line between development, the natural environment and indigenous heritage is plain for all to see.
Mr Dawson had just been welcomed to country by one of the Murujuga custodians, which included a brief ceremony asking the spirits to allow people safe passage on their country.
But just moments after this was explained to Mr Dawson, Yara’s sirens started blaring out across the Burrup.
A reminder, perhaps, that as environment minister, Mr Dawson will have many powerful interests to balance.
In a week when the Federal Budget was handed down, when Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce copped a pie to the face, and when several big drugs stories broke, there was no shortage of strong news content. But of course, none of those stories topped the Pilbara charts this week.
We love our pubs here, so it was little surprise that, when we broke news of the Tambrey and Karratha taverns falling into receivership, social media went into overdrive. Between nostalgic memories of swimming at the “Brey’s” pool and the temptation of purchasing the Tav, Karratha’s last remaining skimpy bar, the story racked up nearly 30,000 views on the web, head and shoulders above all that dull Budget analysis.
A true West Aussie icon went on sale this month but you won’t find it in any tourism brochures.
The “famous bush chook” as the post proudly stated, is what we are referring to.
It is a 1990s-era Suzuki Swift with a rather West Australian paint job — seems to have added value to the car as well. Old Swifts sell for about $1500-$3000 dollars these days, but with the Emu-themed lick of paint this red can has been bumped up to $3999. Still, a bargain for any die-hard running bird disciples out there.
The “bush chook” is up for sale.