First month in Newman

I finally have a chance to sit down and write this post. For those of you that have been wondering what I have been doing the past month, I took a job in Newman at the Seasons Hotel for a few month. I am working in both housekeeping and the restaurant and been working a lot! The hotel was very busy leading up to Christmas.

Newman is in the East Pilbara region of Western Australia, 9 kilometers north of the Tropic of Capricorn. Newman is a modern day mining town complete with small shopping complex, a few takeaways, a post shop, a library, and a pool! It exists to support the iron-ore mines at Mount Whaleback and the population that works for BHP Billiton.

It is hot, hot, hot in Newman. I happened to arrive during the hottest part of the year; in January the temperature averages 40°C or 104°F. Apparently, Newman rivals Baghdad in terms of temperature. Now imagine pushing a cleaning trolley around 6 blocks of rooms, some of which are two floors. That’s what I do every day.

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It’s only 9:00 in the morning!

For recreational opportunities, Newman has a few walking tracks. One goes to the top of radio hill, which offers some spectacular sunsets. There’s also an outdoor swimming pool, but with temperatures over 40 degrees, the pool water isn’t exactly refreshing. The day I went it was 32°C or 90°F. And boy, you better remember your sunscreen!

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Cue the Star Wars Binary Sunset Theme Song

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Newman in a way is a victim of its own success. The mines in Western Australia have been so successful that they have driven up prices in the surrounding communities. Houses are worth about 1.2 million for the following, which is a typical ranch style home. Most casual jobs provide housing, which is what I live in.

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Ranch style home

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Seasons Crew Quarters, the shoes were left by previous staff members

Overall, there isn’t much to do in Newman, except work, work, work!

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The Newman Visitor Center

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Seasons Hotel front entrance

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