September, 30 2012
Port Hedland
Annet van der Voort


I was born in Sydney. I’ve been in the Northwest since 1986, in Roebourne, Karratha, and now, Port Hedland. I love the Pilbara, its ruggedness, and beauty. I used to run tours out to Karijini. I was once in the Navy, I traveled around the world. To me Karijini is one of the most amazing places on earth, it’s just beautiful and I love it.

I’ve seen a lot of changes here. The Fly in Fly Out (FIFO) culture has taken away the community spirit, you go to the airport and don’t know anyone. Now you don’t have the same people to socialize with, and town is losing its character. I’d like to see us go back to people living in town, rather than fly in fly out.

I’ve always worked for the small companies up here, so I’ve always been classed as a battler, I don’t own a house, if I was an animal, I’d be a tortoise,  I carry my house on my back, a dual cabin with no back seats, a water tank. I’ve got solar panels that fold up, heavy duty batteries to run the fridge for a few days. I’m up here because I enjoy the bush, I like to visit beautiful waterholes, to go out there and just enjoy it, get the boat and go out fishing.  I’ve always got my camera with me in the truck, you never know what is going to crop up.

I’ve been up here so long, running fishing charters, scrap metal yards, transport, and my own handy man business.  You can always get work here, accommodation is the problem.  We usually work seven days a week, every day the routine is different, sometimes we start at 6.30am and work until 8.00pm, we run trucks on the weekend, freight comes in on the weekend, and we deliver on Monday.  We work long working hours, sit around waiting for a truck to come in, start unloading the trailers again, out in the lovely Pilbara sun.

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