The extraordinary mining activity in Western Australia

south bound 08It’s well worth seeing “Australia with Simon Reeve” now showing on BBC2 and here on iPlayer.

It was great to see him yesterday travelling down the Bruce Highway, which we did over two days. I didn’t know there was so much sugar cane in the world.

One of the things which comes out of the series (apart from the surprising fact that there are more camels in Australia than in any other country in the world, including Egypt) is the extraordinary mining activity in Australia. Simon Reeve visited Perth airport to witness the vast “fly in fly out” (FIFO) activity which ferries mine workers in and out of Perth to remote mining operations in Western Australia. It is estimated that 30% of the passengers going through Perth airport are FIFO “resource related” passengers – about 52,500 a week.

Seeing Simon Reeve standing amongst the planes preparing to fly at around 6am, and walking amongst all the mine workers waiting for their planes, brings home the sheer magnitude of mining in Western Australia.

Photo above: Some rights reserved by Fernando de Sousa

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