Would you like fries with that ?

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 18:43
ThreadID: 30530 Views:2257 Replies:8 FollowUps:6
This Thread has been Archived
I was surprised to find out fairly recently that some mines will cater for meals for outsiders at a reasonable rate. Walk in, pay, eat. Is this a common thing ? It is worth knowing, as some of the food places in remote towns cater mainly for the local tastes :((
Back Expand Un-Read 0 Moderator

Reply By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 19:06

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 19:06
You must have shares in those mining companies Footloose . Everytime I drive onto a mining site they are , not what you would call friendly and do not ask me in for lunch .
Bit of a red day today , eh mate .
AnswerID: 153677

Follow Up By: Footloose - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 19:12

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 19:12
Red is the polite version I suspect :)

I'm not sure how it works, I guess you ring the mine and see how you go. Obviously you can't have outsiders crawling around everywhere for safety and works sake. It probably depends on company policy and the individual head honchos on the ground.
I've had excellent dealings with them. The guys in Weipa even took us on a free conducted tour.
0
FollowupID: 407580

Follow Up By: BenSpoon - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 22:21

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 22:21
Dont hold much faith in calling the actual mining company- The mess/camps are usually run by a catering company and they decide. As mentioned, remote ones generally dont welcome visitors, but if the camp is in an actual town (Karratha, Kambalda, Kalgoorlie, Norseman etc) you should be safe- Call the local tourist bureau.
0
FollowupID: 407640

Reply By: Alan S (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 19:12

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 19:12
As you said on "some mines". Back when i was doing my time on mines in the early 90's this was genrally applicable for mines if they were located in a town, such as Kambalda, or was that large had its own town such as Lienster.

However those that were remote never encouraged visitors.

Alan
AnswerID: 153682

Reply By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 19:34

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 19:34
yep thats right. Leinster does it, the SPQ at Kambalda does it Leytons In Kalgoorlie Used to when they were there. The trick is to wear an orange reflective shirt as they dont always man the door getting room numbers and on big sites you can easily walk in unnoticed. This does not work if your 17 year old daughter is with you though as everyone notices that.
Other minesites are considered private such as the one I am at and doesnt cater for visitors
AnswerID: 153687

Follow Up By: V8Diesel - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 21:12

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 21:12
Knew a bloke in Kal who ate free for two whole years at the Golden Mile Village using that method. Talk about arse!

Driller mate of mine used to go on a strict egg, mystery bags, baked beans, fried onion, green apple, dried apricot and Emu Export diet for a day before shift change on a fly in / fly out with the little 12 seater turbo props. Made for an interesting flight in the cramped pressurised cabin he reckoned. Glad I wasn't there. His preferred 'humour beveridge' is drinking yoghurt and tinned Stag brand chilli these days. It certainly does work too:-0
0
FollowupID: 407616

Reply By: Lone Wolf - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 20:20

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 20:20
This is probably encouraged when a new cook has been flown in, and the cook's credentials aren't quite up to scratch.

They'll get the regular cook to do the regular meals, and the newbie will have his - her own Bain Marie, which is the one you chose from.

If you walked out of the mess, unaided, then the regular cook is allowed to fly out.

Cheers

Wolfie
AnswerID: 153704

Reply By: desert - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 21:30

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 21:30
All you'd get from Moomba would the door and foot up the clacker!
AnswerID: 153721

Follow Up By: gramps - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 22:13

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 22:13
Yep, but then again they're not in the tourist industry :)))))
0
FollowupID: 407638

Follow Up By: ellmcg - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 01:34

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 01:34
They do let tourists in in case of emergency.

But having eaten there for almost 6 months of this year, I'd rather do the 90km drive to Innaminka if given the choice! - actually, the foods not that bad, but the spirits at Innaminka would definitely sway my decision...
0
FollowupID: 407674

Reply By: Member - Luxoluk - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 22:07

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 22:07
The mine at Norseman welcomes outsiders and puts on a very honest 3+ course meal. Cheap and hearty with multiple serves and enough to sustain a traveller for days.
AnswerID: 153733

Follow Up By: BLUEBAG53 - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 22:47

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 22:47
Lets put these items in the Menus follow up searches! Thanks nugget!
0
FollowupID: 407646

Reply By: Footloose - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 22:52

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 22:52
Thanks for all the replies, very interesting to say the least. It appears to be a matter of if but and maybe. My sons been floating around mines for a while and he's never mentioned seeing too many strays in the mess. Mind you he didnt mention that there are females there also.
There appear to be very different attitudes towards paying guests. If I'd been on site for a while I rekkon some tourists might provide a diversion for a while.
And just reading one reply, now I understand why the son doesn't especially like the small aircraft :))
AnswerID: 153745

Reply By: Snowy 3.0iTD - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 08:45

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 08:45
Footloose.

The mine messes that are part of a actual mining towns, anyone can eat there for a small fee. As for the remote FIFO (Fly In Fly Out) sites it varies from site to site, if you are in genuine trouble, then all will help you to varying degrees. As for using them as resupply places, some will, some won't. Most of the ones I have worked at although they did not advertise this if you just rock up for a once off it was not too much of a problem, altought everyone will know you are the outsider, and you will probably be treated as such.

Regards

Snowy
AnswerID: 153792

Sponsored Links

Popular Products (13)