Paraburdoo, Western Australia

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Western Australia
Welcome to paraburdoo.jpg
Population1,607 (2006 census)[1]
Elevation391 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 mining town in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The name of the town comes from an Aboriginal word for 'white cockatoo'. 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.

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

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

Paraburdoo is located 1528 kilometres north of Perth. Its located 24 kilometres north of the Tropic of Capricorn and nearly 300 kilometres from the coast.

Climate is variable in Paraburdoo. It can get as hot as 45 degrees Celsius and drop to single figures. Rainfall is also very variable, especially in cyclone season. the average temperature is around 25 degrees Celsius.

Most residents in Paraburdoo are employed by the mine or work to support workers from the mine. Kids can go to daycare and school from pre-school to TAFE(college). There are also skateparks, swimming pools, tennis courts, netball, cricket and football fields. Paraburdoo has its own shopping facilities and medical centres.

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  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Paraburdoo (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 February 2008.
  2. ^ Mining Archived 12 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine Rio Tinto Iron Ore website, accessed: 6 November 2010

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