Mandatory community visit while traveling Sandy Blight Road?

Submitted: Friday, May 03, 2019 at 06:41
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I was just browsing through the permit information on this page:

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And I came across this statement regarding the Sandy Blight Road: "Travellers on the Sandy Blight Junction Road must travel via Tjukurla Community where food, fuel and general supplies available at the Tjukurla Community Store."

No word if a mandatory minimum purchase is enforced. :) But seriously, has anyone been on the SB recently? Did you stop there, or does that seem to actually be enforced?

Judging by the map linked on that page, the visit may be unavoidable, as they show the route detouring over to the community, then back over to the actual SB.
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Reply By: Michael H9 - Friday, May 03, 2019 at 07:27

Friday, May 03, 2019 at 07:27
I read that as you must travel the road via the community and that there are services available there. I'm not aware that anybody can force you to purchase from a store anywhere.
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Follow Up By: Candace S. - Sunday, May 05, 2019 at 07:37

Sunday, May 05, 2019 at 07:37
The bit about the mandatory purchase was just a joke. :)
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, May 03, 2019 at 08:01

Friday, May 03, 2019 at 08:01
We did SB track N-S in early July ‘18, Candace, and didn’t call into the community, nor did we see any signs saying we HAD to visit.

Coming from the south, it would be easy to get diverted into the community, as the access road, about 6 lanes wide, turns to NE off the very narrow SB track.

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Reply By: Life Member - Duncan W (WA) - Friday, May 03, 2019 at 10:04

Friday, May 03, 2019 at 10:04
Be interesting what impact this will have on Warakurna as both communities are within spitting distance of each other. Look on the bright side, it gives you the opportunity to visit a community which is usually out of bounds to the general tourist.

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Reply By: Gerard S - Friday, May 03, 2019 at 10:58

Friday, May 03, 2019 at 10:58
Extremely clean and tidy store, not as big as Docker River, good takeaway food. Diesel was around $2 A litre. There is no community around this store...Warburton gives you a bit Of an insight and the Docker River store is in the middle of the Community.
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Follow Up By: Candace S. - Sunday, May 05, 2019 at 07:39

Sunday, May 05, 2019 at 07:39
Are you saying the store is some distance from the rest of the community? I'm having trouble getting EO places or maps to load. On Google Maps, the store is shown as being where the rest of the buildings are.
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Follow Up By: Member - oneofthedamons - Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 17:49

Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 17:49
Tjukurla Store is within Tjukurla Community. Perhaps Gerard S was referring to the Warakurna Roadhouse (which is some distance from Warakurna Community).
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, May 03, 2019 at 12:17

Friday, May 03, 2019 at 12:17
How many people would drive past without stopping, not many i think! Michael
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Follow Up By: Candace S. - Sunday, May 05, 2019 at 07:41

Sunday, May 05, 2019 at 07:41
Because the community is actually well off the SB track, and I might decide I don't have time to visit. :)
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Reply By: ian - Friday, May 03, 2019 at 17:56

Friday, May 03, 2019 at 17:56
Candace,
I have travelled that road a number of times and have never visited the community or store. Its 30kms off the north-south road.
I would ignore that request.
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Reply By: OBJ - Friday, May 03, 2019 at 19:11

Friday, May 03, 2019 at 19:11
My take on this, having travelled the Gt Central Road is more along the lines that you stay on the road and don't divert.

On the GCR they are fairly insistent that you don't do side trips. Nobody can force you to buy anything you don't want to buy.

Enjoy the trip.

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Reply By: Member - Wildmax - Friday, May 03, 2019 at 19:51

Friday, May 03, 2019 at 19:51
…..but if you get the chance, make a detour. Many of the aboriginal communities are a delight to visit, helpful friendly adults and delightfully curious kids. If you get an opportunity to visit one of the schools do so, and you'll appreciate the opportunity to interact.
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, May 05, 2019 at 09:47

Sunday, May 05, 2019 at 09:47
We visited the community in 2003 when it was closed to visitors.
I recall that it was very tidy with very friendly people. I don't recall visiting the store.
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Reply By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Sunday, May 05, 2019 at 15:33

Sunday, May 05, 2019 at 15:33
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Candace,

I would believe that the expression of "must" is intended as "Oh, it's very good, you must not miss it" rather than as an authoritative direction to visit.

There is no requirement to deviate through Tjukurla community, although you may find it of interest. Anyone visiting the community should of course observe good manners and cultural respect.
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Follow Up By: Candace S. - Monday, May 06, 2019 at 00:01

Monday, May 06, 2019 at 00:01
I see your point, regarding the use of the word "must."

However, a similar statement on that page with regards to Tjirrkarli uses rather different wording: "Travellers on the Heather Highway are welcome to visit Tjirrkarli Community for the purposes of visiting the store."

Thus, I interpreted the statement regarding Tjukurla as being somewhat more directive than suggestive. :) Plus, there's the matter of the map showing the route going through the community.
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Follow Up By: cookie1 - Monday, May 06, 2019 at 08:24

Monday, May 06, 2019 at 08:24
Candace,
I see that statement as an invitation to go into the community as most communities are closed for various reasons and entry is via invitation only.

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