Pubs’ demise causes on­line frenzy

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Tom Zaun­mayr

Jug­gling act

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.

Pop­u­lar pubs

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.

Chook raf­fle

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.

Pic­ture: Me­lanie Green

The “bush chook” is up for sale.

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