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Embracing Pilbara Life

For Monadelphous Operations Superintendent, Brian Porch, making the move to Karratha meant a move towards a more family-friendly lifestyle.

Having been a member of Monadelphous for more than 10 years, Brian’s current role involves the management of over 100 team members at the Woodside-operated Karratha Gas Plant and a handful of team members at the Woodside-operated Pluto LNG Plant.

Brian was previously working in a fly-in-fly-out position out of South Korea, when five and a half years ago, he and his family made the decision to permanently relocate to Karratha – a decision Brian says was a high-priority for him. “I was pretty keen to transition out of the FIFO lifestyle that I was living,” he said. “Moving to Karratha meant being able to spend more time with my family, which was the most important aspect for me. Plus, it’s a really close community up here."

As an active member in the local Karratha community, Brian coaches his son’s soccer team, and has  previously coached the local rugby league team, the Karratha Broncos. But for Brian, there’s nothing he enjoys more than getting out and about outdoors with the family to visit the fantastic scenery the region has on offer.

“There’s a lot here to do – if you’re an outdoors-y person, it’s a really great place to be. Surfing and camping are pretty regular activities up here. Our family is also very involved with BMX up here, with recent upgrades to the Karratha BMX track putting it as one of the best tracks in the Pilbara region,” Brian says.

“There’s also some beautiful beaches and lots of swimming holes and canyons around town that are fantastic to go and visit on the weekend.”