TRUCK STOP: The Great Northern is a heavy-haulage highway.

Northern Highway creates opportunity

My family’s recent whirlwind holiday to Karijini National Park in the centre of Pilbara has reminded me of the opportunity that lies in the state’s north.


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Why do you look at migrants and refugees first? If it was affordable to rent or buy a house in a northern town when there are jobs people would have moved in already. The very high cost of living and lack of amenities makes it uneconomical for many people to even consider relocating.

It is clear most Aussies don't want to shift from comfortable cities to what the Pilbara offers today - as you suggest it is expensive and lacking in infrastructure. If we want houses and amenities built there we need to find people for whom the choice is more positive. Refugees and migrants are leaving places that are not so comfortable. They want to live the life we already have here. I am just suggesting that we let them come, but the price of immigration is to live and build a city in our north that they, and eventually existing, southern-dwelling Australians, might consider more like home in the future. If they work well and get on with the job it seems more productive than wasting away either in a dictatorship like Iran, a warzone like Afghanistan or a resettlement limbo in a refugee camp.

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