Pilbara-based reality TV should be a thing

Tom ZaunmayrPilbara News

Australia’s TV networks are busy spruiking their reality TV shows for 2018 and it’s got us thinking: what if these big-ticket shows had a more Pilbara flavour?

We could have Married At First Site, where couples are married off after meeting each other on their first swing at a new mine.

Rio Tinto staff at the port facilities on East Intercourse Island, Dampier.
Camera IconRio Tinto staff at the port facilities on East Intercourse Island, Dampier. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr.

Or perhaps My Fishing Rules, where instead of cooking for a crowd, contestants are tasked with rigging up their best tackle combo while the rest of the contestants one-up each other’s fishing tales around a pub table.

My Kitchen Rules co-host Manu Feildel as well as Perth's own Debra Ch'ng and Eva Lean, who were semi-finalists on the show in 2015, are reunited at the 2017 Good Food and Wine Show. Pictured sampling some Taittenger champagne. 14 JULY 2017
Camera IconMy Kitchen Rules co-host Manu Feildel as well as Perth's own Debra Ch'ng and Eva Lean, who were semi-finalists on the show in 2015, are reunited at the 2017 Good Food and Wine Show. Pictured sampling some Taittenger champagne. 14 JULY 2017 Credit: Danella Bevis The West Australian

The front-runner for us would have to be Pilbara Eye for the City Guy. In this show, five true blue North Westerner’s would give a latte-sipping concrete cowboy a country makeover, replacing business attire with thongs and flannos, and European SUV’s with a V8 LandCruiser and a boat.

Port Hedland's Pier Hotel circa 2012. The Pier was officially put up for sale recently. Pic by Alex Massey / North West Telegraph
Camera IconPort Hedland's Pier Hotel circa 2012. The Pier was officially put up for sale recently. Pic by Alex Massey / North West Telegraph Credit: North West Telegraph

Whatever it is, we strongly believe TV stations should take note of the Pilbara’s reality TV potential.

Miaree Pool rapids after heavy rain inland.
Camera IconMiaree Pool rapids after heavy rain inland. Credit: Tom ZAunmayr

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