|Kalgoorlie Town Hall|
|Plush seating in the upstairs gallery of the Town Hall|
|Ceiling detail in the Town Hall|
|Government Buildings. The dome is gilded bright gold|
|The York Hotel, lavish inside and out|
|Kalgoorlie Markets Building|
|Boulder Town Hall|
|The Old Federal Hotel, Boulder. Has 3 ghosts and an old mine shaft was discovered beneath the cellar|
The Superpit is a major employer and attraction in town. All workers live locally and work a 7 on 7 off roster with 12 hour shifts. More than 50% of the truck drivers are women, who apparently keep their trucks cleaner and treat them better than the men do. We took a tour of the mine which filled us with heaps of facts which are difficult to recall. I was surprised to learn that before the rock is trucked to the surface it is sampled for gold content and then stockpiled according to quality. The lowest paid job in the mine is the stick picker whose job is to separate out from the rock any old pit props which are brought to the surface. These can't be burnt as they have previously been treated with arsenic - they're stockpiled and re-buried later. The tour took us part way into the pit to give us a better look. We also saw some of their collection of Komatsu trucks and some ore being crushed.
|Safety message. Apparently the crushing of this truck is on YouTube|
|Old pit props excavated from the pit|
|Below, various views of the Superpit|
|Lots of ant like trucks at work|
|One of the larger trucks|
We have been camping at Lake Douglas, a free camp about 12 km out of town. It has a massive amount of space, and a generous pile of firewood was available for us to use. The pile will be significantly lower when we leave. We have found one easy way to keep warm at the campfire. Put a small pile of coals under your chair and the warmth goes right through you. Unfortunately you can't do it nowhere there is grass but that's not a problem at Lake Douglas, or many other places in WA either.