When Remote Australia and Mining Australia Meet continued.

A couple of days ago I wrote about When Remote Australia and Mining Australia Meet.

Four Corners, an Australian ABC current affairs show ran a program looking at the mining and gas/oil companies and their impact on remote Australia. A reading of the transcript states:

Tonight on “Four Corners” – the virgin coast, gas giants out to plunder the deep and the Indigenous deal-maker looking to make the development pay off like never before.

VOX POP: Rents will go up higher, we’ll have more fly-in-fly-out people that are very disconnected from the community come here to spend money on alcohol, on drugs. I think a lot of those problems will get worse.

PPP: A month ago Four Corners reported on boom times in the Pilbara – the West Australian money pit driving the national economy. On the ground, there was more pain than prosperity.

RAY SKENDER, SKENDER CONTRACTING (Excerpt from “The Money Pit”, “Four Corners” – August, 2008): Everyone comes up here hoping to make a big dollar, then they find out they can’t get accommodation. The infrastructure up here’s just ridiculous.

MATTHEW CARNEY: Rather than growing communities, centres like Port Hedland were being gutted and the divide between the haves and the have-nots was as wide as an open cut.

(Excerpt continued):

LINDA DOOGIEBEE, BUNARA MAYA HOSTEL: Now, mining boom-town has come, it just blew everything out, blew our people away from each other.

REAL ESTATE AGENT: Port Hedland, we’ve got a three-bedroom, one-bathroom, for $1400 and a five-bedroom, two bathroom for $1500 a week.

The program can be seen in full here


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Robbo is a pharmacist working with a very remote Aboriginal Health Service in the deserts of Western Australia. + Andrew Robbo Roberts

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