Paraburdoo, Western Australia

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Western Australia
Welcome to paraburdoo.jpg
Population 1,607 (2006 census)[1]
Established 1960s
Postcode(s) 6754
Elevation 391 m (1,283 ft)
LGA(s) Shire of Ashburton
State electorate(s) Pilbara
Federal Division(s) Durack
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
33.3 °C
92 °F
18.7 °C
66 °F
280.8 mm
11.1 in

Coordinates: 23°12′04″S 117°40′16″E / 23.201°S 117.671°E / -23.201; 117.671

Paraburdoo is a town in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The name of the town comes from an Aboriginal word for 'white cockatoo'. It is located 1,536 kilometres north of Perth and 79 kilometres southwest of Tom Price. Paraburdoo was developed in the early 1970s to support Hamersley Iron's (now Pilbara Iron) local iron ore mining operations, and gazetted as a town in 1972. Most of the town's residents are employed by Pilbara Iron's mining operation and the supporting services. The region is served by Paraburdoo Airport, which is situated 9 km from the town.

The town provides housing to workers of the three near-by Rio Tinto mines, those being the Channar, Eastern Range and Paraburdoo mine.[2]

Highway just outside the town of Paraburdoo showing the high iron oxide concentrations in the soil
Paraburdoo from the air

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  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Paraburdoo (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  2. ^ Mining Rio Tinto Iron Ore website, accessed: 6 November 2010

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