All eyes on Reg­i­ment

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Tom Zaun­mayr

Watch­ful wal­la­bies

The Pil­bara Reg­i­ment’s motto is “mintu wanta”, which means “al­ways alert”.

Its task is to pro­vide per­sis­tent sur­veil­lance along our coast­line in an ef­fort to spot il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties.

Land­ing on is­lands among man­groves, cross­ing spinifex plains and set­ting up camp in rocky out­crops, they go about their work un­de­tected. Well, al­most un­de­tected. There is one crea­ture even more adept at this line of work — the hum­ble black-flanked rock wal­laby, and no amount of se­crecy can keep you un­der its radar.

This was dis­cov­ered on a re­cent train­ing op out at West Lewis Island, where the lo­cal rock wal­laby pop­u­la­tion watched as Pil­bara Reg­i­ment troops set up their sur­veil­lance point on a rocky out­crop above the shacks.

Show­boat­ing Sheila

Long-time Pyra­mid Sta­tion man­ager Glenn Con­nell may have left the Pil­bara this year, but it is good to see the red dirt has not left his blood.

The larger-than-life pas­toral­ist had a pen­chant for weird and wacky ideas, and a unique way with words which landed him reg­u­lar spots in this pub­li­ca­tion over the years, and it seems he is destined for the same fame in his new home in the Mid West. Con­nell will be rid­ing his beloved don­key Sheila in Gin­gin’s Pink Lady Bar­rel Clas­sic next year in sup­port of breast can­cer re­search.

See https://hopes­ndreams­gin­gin2018.go­fundraise.com.au/page/Glen­nCon­nell.

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