17 October 2002
I moved to a new hotel room today. Apart from wanting a non smoking room, the list of things that needed fixing just kept growing! The aircon leaked, the bathroom light flickered and the light over the fridge flashed in the manner of Christmas lights.
And all this without mentioning the fact that the aircon remote was missing upon my arrival. It's unmentionable because when the maintenance guy came to replace it, I spotted it sitting chameleonlike on the bed, nicely blended with the fabric! Don't you hate that?
But anyway, enough chit chat... Today's postcard comes to you from Karratha, administrative centre for the Pilbara region. Catalytic in its establishment was Hamersley Iron's 1965 decision to mine iron ore at Tom Price. Karratha was established as the administrative centre and Dampier the port to service the new operations.
Since then, the North West Shelf gas project on the Burrup Peninsula and Dampier Salt have also provided considerable impetus to the local economy, but more on those later.
Apologies for the quality of today's pics... camera's obviously not great for distance photography.