Paraburdoo will this year become home to the Pilbara’s newest rodeo, with a group of locals spending the past seven months bringing the event to fruition. The idea for a new rodeo at Paraburdoo was raised by locals last year as a way of improving the liveability of the town and to bring in tourists. Rodeos are loved around the Pilbara, with the Robe River Campdraft and Rodeo and the Onslow Rodeo highlights of the outback calendar, drawing thousands of spectators. The Paraburdoo Rodeo Association was incorporated in June last year and had their proposed date of July 30 endorsed by the Australian Bushmen’s Campdraft and Rodeo Association in January. PRA president Hannah Purss said a rodeo would bring benefits to the community. “It will bring, we hope, thousands of people to the town who will be a welcome boost to local businesses and perhaps even create further business opportunities,” she said. Ms Purss said the goal was to eventually build a permanent rodeo arena that then could be used for various events throughout the year. “We anticipate that it could be utilised for live music, picnic days, gymkhanas and training events, whatever it is that the people of Paraburdoo want it to be, really,” she said. “I am located on a cattle station nearby and I know that there are a lot of local ringers, cowboys and cowgirls that are also really excited at the prospect of having a new rodeo on the Pilbara circuit.” Ms Purss said the idea for a rodeo was floated by Rio Tinto’s greater Paraburdoo operations general manager Alysia Tringrove to improve the liveability of the local community. “She put out the call last year on social media and we had a bunch of enthusiastic Paraburdoo locals and a few local cattle station folk put their hands up, which is how we formed the committee,” she said. The plan for this years event is to hold a Bulls and Barrels event which would include bull riding, barrel racing and perhaps one or two other timed events. “Rodeo may have started in North America, but it has very much become ingrained in the culture of outback Australia and it’s an opportunity to celebrate our evolving heritage as well as to witness the incredible athleticism of the humans and animals that are rodeo competitors,” Ms Purss said. “Life in the Pilbara is incredibly isolated for everyone here, especially those on cattle stations, and it’s important for everyone’s well-being to have events to look forward to and opportunities to socialise. “ The rodeo circuit in the Pilbara has been a rollercoaster in recent years; outside of the consistent Onslow and Pannawonica events, Newman, Hedland and Whim Creek have had varying degrees of success.