Not just the dish .. that stares out into the wide universe.
I recently spent great week in a tiny, little place called Baldry, 48 km outside Parkes. No phone, no internet, unless you stood on top of the dunny and hung the phone almost out the window! I kid you not - 2019 and Telstra or anybody else can't or won't service some of our vital industries. User pay all the way. The govt (all of them) should give themselves an upper cut..
But I digress ( as usual).
Went into Parkes and had a good look round. That city will really hit it's straps in about 3 years.
The success story is that Parkes is becoming the main hub for Australia's freight movement.
It is the crossroads of the Sydney to Perth rail line and the new Inland Rail line that is going inland and will be the main line from Brisbane to Melbourne. At the moment, the longest freight trains are single stacked 1,500 m trains. In 8 to 10 years this line will be carrying 3,600 m trains double stacked from Brisbane to Melbourne in under 24 hrs and Sydney to Perth on under 48 hrs.
This is huge, particularly when you realise that the current coastal rail line will stop carrying cargo and will only carry passengers and that most of the large B Double truck traffic will disappear from the highways.
This is one of the most exciting infrastructure projects of this century. Even more so when you see the sheer size of the rail container yards that are being built there and already Linfox, SCT. Pacific National Rail and others yet to be announced are spending millions on freight terminals. They reckon 2,000 + families will relocate there. Bloody exciting, I reckon.
Now if we could just turn our minds to capturing all of that rain that falls into the ocean, we would be on the right track.
But the best bit of the whole trip was when our wonderful host, Hodgie took us for a Chinese meal at the Cumnock Sports Club. Great night, meeting some wonderful people and a great meal. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie .... you get my drift.