FRIDAY 30 JUNE KUNUNURRA
Woke to a day with some cloud about. We even wondered if it might rain, but it didn’t, and the cloud cleared a bit, later.
The Olympic Torch Relay was coming to town this morning, so we joined the throng going out to the airport, to see its brief stop there. The airport was the only place in town it would be.
There were many small planes and helicopters bringing people in from outlying areas. There were quite a few small buses – mostly Coasters – from local aboriginal communities in the car park, too.
It seemed to us like rather laid-back event organizing, but it did all come together.
The local fruit and produce growers put on a display stand, complete with some agricultural machinery. We scored some free melons, afterwards! They took around some cut up melon for people to eat, too, in the lead-up to the Torch arrival. A nice touch.
Premier Court of WA was there. There was a small media contingent, and AMP representatives – they were sponsors.
The Torch arrived by Air North commuter jet plane, from Darwin. There were several local Torch-bearers organized to carry it on a little procession, and they had escorts – guess that involved more people. One of the bearers was an old aboriginal lady, with very bad legs, in a wheelchair. A couple of the escorts were from Halls Creek.
Slingair flew in school children from all over the Kimberley – even from Kalumburu.
We saw the Torch go by, amidst the crowd. Later, John touched the Torch holder that one of the escort runners had.
We watched the flame-carrying plane depart for its next whistle-stop, but few other people waited round, so the mass exodus happened before we left.
We went back to town, and put the wheel with the bad tyre in for changing – before the coming GST applies!
I put in two more films for processing. We had to do some banking. Refuelled Truck – 96cpl.
Went to the Tourist Information Centre, which is a modern, slick operation, here. Found out that the track to Mitchell Falls is open now. Bought the annual notes on the Gibb River Road and surrounds, produced by the Derby Tourist Bureau. A staff person phoned Mt House Station and found out for us that the Tablelands Track is too wet to use, at the moment. We remain hopeful that, by the time we are looking to go that way, it might be passable. That is the reason we plan to leave the van stored and take to the tent for our trip into those parts – would not be any hope of taking the van on the Tablelands Track.
I picked up my photos and was pleased with them.
I paid for another five nights at the caravan park. The price had risen – because it is July and the onset of GST – to $19.80 a night, after discount.
John went back to the tyre place and collected the wheel with the new tyre on it. The man there did not make any adverse comments about the suitability of our Dunlop tyres for these parts. Since he had what we needed in stock, there must be some demand for others for them, up here.
Tea was savoury mince and bread.
There was a lovely sunset. It was a bit cooler at night.
Today was the last day GST-free! The media was full of GST talk and speculation and dire predictions about its likely impacts.