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« Reply #75 on: April 04, 2015, 07:08:00 PM »
Enjoy the drive out to Warburton, can't wait to hear what the road is like.

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Matt will update on road conditions once we get there.

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« Reply #76 on: April 04, 2015, 10:18:54 PM »
Terry about $1.39 per litre

not to bad considering some places in Brissy were charging $1.34 per litre on Thursday night...though the Matilda at Kybong (near Gympie was only $1.24 per litre at the same time.
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« Reply #77 on: April 05, 2015, 09:39:41 PM »
Well we left Ayers Rock this morning  and hit the dirt road to Warburton.

Once we hit the dirt road the coruggations were waiting for us. That plus some sandy patches kept our speed to around the 80 klm per hour. It was on this section of road that a large herd of camels decided to stand in the middle of the road. after waiting for them to decide which way they wanted to go the road did improve slightly. Once we hit the tWA border , our time zone went back 1.30hrs, the road improved and was like a highway. Forgetting that today was Easter Sunday the fuel stop at Warakurna Roadhouse I was going to fuel up at had the closed sign on the door.  Back up plan was to use the extra fuel I was carrying , 80ltrs in Jerry cans. Only had to use 40ltrs.

We arrived at Warburton at 3.30pm WA time and unpacked some gear into our new accommodation and will do the rest tomorrow. We don't start work until Tuesday and we live right next door.

The accommodation is very different from our last place. It's a half duplex with 2 bedrooms, lounge / dining area with a good size kitchen. Bathroom with bath and separate shower, big laundry that has a chest freezer  if we want to use it, a patio that surrounds 3/4 of the place and a lock up garage. There is a cage surrounding the property and will get pics. The new manager greeted us and also had some food in the fridge and chocolates on our bed to welcome us. The best thing is that we stay rent free and that includes the Internet and a phone. A bonus is we now have a TV.

Some pics from today.

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« Reply #78 on: April 05, 2015, 10:42:52 PM »
Thanks McGirr, those pics pluck the heart strings a bit, Would love to get back over into WA for a look see again ..All the best in the new role to you both .
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« Reply #79 on: April 05, 2015, 11:27:27 PM »
Nice pics. The roads look quite good.
The WA side was very good, and was a LOT better than the NT section for us.

You seem happy with your new digs.... :cup: :cup:

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« Reply #80 on: April 06, 2015, 12:30:03 AM »
Hey Mark,

Sounds like things are on the up and up  :cup:

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« Reply #81 on: April 06, 2015, 05:42:46 AM »
Love those shots McGirr
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« Reply #82 on: April 06, 2015, 06:07:29 AM »
Why is it that sand can be so soft to touch until you try with a 4WDs tyre    ??? Looked as though the camels were using the corrugations for shade . Glad that was the only trouble you had  :cheers:
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« Reply #83 on: April 11, 2015, 03:00:02 PM »
We have completed our first week working at the Warburton store. Penny has been sent to the roadhouse to assist in the kitchen making meals. She will be there for the next month. It's a 2 min drive to work for her.

The community store is very big and gets a dry food truck every 2 weeks and a cold food truck once a month. The truck comes from Perth, approx 1800klms away.

It's a busy store and a very enjoyable work place.

Our terms of employment are great. We don't get any overtime and only work 38hrs per week. we have a half day every Wed and Sat and Sunday off. What we do get also is every 3 months a flight each to Alice Springs plus a weeks holiday. We can take the money, approx $1200 for the 2 of us, plus a weeks pay and drive. After working for 12 months we get 5 weeks holiday plus return flights to Cairns. A total of 8 weeks holiday in all. As mentioned our only costs are food and fuel as everything else is free.

Some pics below showing the store, in blue, and how close we are to the store.   
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« Reply #84 on: April 11, 2015, 03:03:23 PM »
Some more pics.

We are still yet to unpack alot of gear as we may be moved to a 3 bedroom house in the future.

Will get out and about soon and get some pics of around the area.

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« Reply #85 on: April 11, 2015, 04:00:00 PM »
Looking good Mark  :cup:  this sounds like a better place than the first job

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« Reply #86 on: April 11, 2015, 05:04:52 PM »
I found out recently that an ex neighbour is working out in Warburton area on the road construction crew. He loves it. They work 4 weeks on and 2 off.
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« Reply #87 on: April 11, 2015, 06:14:20 PM »
I found out recently that an ex neighbour is working out in Warburton area on the road construction crew. He loves it. They work 4 weeks on and 2 off.

Yes there are quite alot of people out here working. Slowly meeting them when they come into the shop.

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« Reply #88 on: April 12, 2015, 07:16:04 AM »
l can recommend a Good Landscape Gardener to zip up the front yard a bit  :cup: :cup: :cup: As long as it not a dry location lm in  :cheers:
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« Reply #89 on: April 12, 2015, 07:27:23 AM »
Hi Mark,

We've been wondering how you and Penny were settling in to the new place.
Looks like you've got a pretty good setup now. :cup:

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« Reply #90 on: April 12, 2015, 09:38:08 AM »
Hi Mark,

We've been wondering how you and Penny were settling in to the new place.
Looks like you've got a pretty good setup now. :cup:

 :cheers:

Geoff

A great set up. The place is perfect and bigger than our unit we had in Cairns. Settling in and we both are enjoying working here.

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« Reply #91 on: April 12, 2015, 10:28:43 AM »
Good stuff, looks like you guys have done well for yourselves....... see, sh!t happens for a reason! ;D
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« Reply #92 on: April 12, 2015, 08:01:04 PM »
Yes there are quite alot of people out here working. Slowly meeting them when they come into the shop.

Mark

Good luck to you and well done for talking on the challenge.


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« Reply #93 on: April 13, 2015, 07:29:08 PM »
Nice to see the pair of you happy Mark.
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« Reply #94 on: April 14, 2015, 01:30:14 PM »
Good Stuff Mark. At least you wont have to mow the lawn. All the best to Penny and you in the new job. Regards  Martin

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« Reply #95 on: April 14, 2015, 08:56:44 PM »
You are not too far from some very nice country if you are looking for a bobby.
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« Reply #96 on: April 14, 2015, 10:29:32 PM »
Finished work and took a quick pic of the sunset.

We had a bit of a storm but only had a small amount of rain. The lightning put on a show though.

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« Reply #97 on: April 15, 2015, 07:27:17 AM »
They do lightening well out that way  :cup:   :cheers:
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« Reply #98 on: April 15, 2015, 01:04:16 PM »
Been a great read here and looking forward to hearing more about your adventures.
Never been that far outback, so loving the pics.


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« Reply #99 on: April 15, 2015, 07:12:42 PM »
Another storm came through this afternoon. Some decent wind but not much rain.
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