Took my new little camera into town last week.
We went in to have a look at Toranafest. I saw Torana’s in every colour you can imagine. Why doesn’t spellcheck like the word Torana? Don’t tell me you don’t have Torana’s!
One day we’re going to catch the ferry over to Stockton and walk that walkway – it goes for miles. I know it looks like it just ends there near the grass but trust me. (You can see it behind the splashing dogs.)
But its a great place to sit and have a drink and watch the world go by. It’s a working harbour, in fact I think we’re the biggest coal exporting harbour in the world so there’s always something to look at. There are massive coal chips being taken in and out by tugs, people fishing, speedboats racing around, the ferry going back and forth, always something going on.
And there’s a huge foreshore you can walk along or ride your bike on, you can fish, there are shops and bars and restaurants. It’s a pretty nice place. Until recently it was a steel city. BHP operated it’s steelworks here for over eighty years and they only closed down in 1999. It put a lot of people out of work and when you look over the harbour you see all the old sheds and factories still there. I don’t know what will happen there, I guess they’ll all be developed one day but they cover a massive area. At the moment one of the biggest employers here is the University. Once the steelworks closed the city had to find a new direction and I think we’re just hitting our straps now.