Kambalda residents suffered a tough 2018 with the departure of their bank and closure of their last nickel mine, but 2019 has got off to a positive start with the reopening of the town’s sole fuel stop after a four-month absence.
The BP bowsers at the end of the Goldfields Highway are back up and running 24/7.
It comes after a major redevelopment to replace the facility’s 47-year-old fuel storage tanks, which left residents with a 50km-plus trip to Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Coolgardie or Widgiemooltha to fill up.
A BP spokesman said the “new and improved site” would provide a better service for residents.
“The upgraded site includes new fuel storage tanks (the old tanks were over 40 years old), B-double truck access, high-flow diesel, 24-hour fuel availability, amenity upgrades and improved food and beverage offers,” he said. “We value our presence in Kambalda, hence the investment, and we look forward to servicing the community.”
Kambalda-based Coolgardie Shire chief executive James Trail said the return of the town’s only service station was a welcome one for residents.
“There’s certainly more access points now for getting fuel and the design of it is much better, so from a community use perspective and access perspective, it’s certainly a massive improvement,” he said. “I was talking to someone the other day in the community and also one of the mining companies, that having those facilities there certainly helps attract people to stay in Kambalda.”