Uploaded on Apr 28, 2011
Outback Australia was even more remote in 1986 when Ken and Val Lamb moved to Roxby Downs with their 3 young children and two trucks. For accommodation the whole family made do living in a caravan for 2 years.
But what the area lacked in big city comforts, it made up for with work -- lots of work. And Ken and his wife would let no opportunity pass them by. In the early days, they would rise at dawn while their kids were still asleep to sweep out sheds for $24 each.
Together, the Lambs started a transport business, Olympic Dam Transport. There wasn't much in Roxby Downs then, Ken had to build the road out to the quarry himself. But Ken was willing to have a go, and along with all his hard work came a lot of growth.
What began as two trucks became a fleet of over 120 prime movers, dump trucks, loaders, graders, water trucks, garbage trucks and excavators. And along with all this equipment came a lot of jobs for the community.
As the Lambs, and Olympic Dam Transport, grew, so did their ability to support Roxby Downs.
When the Lambs first moved to town there wasn't a local hospital. And even now, the hospital doesn't carry out operations or do obstetrics. Pregnant women have to leave town a month before their baby is due.
Ken and Val saw the community need for the Royal Flying Doctors Service.
So Ken's trucks travelled the area, picking up donations to be auctioned off, raising money for the Flying Doctors. Together, the Lambs have raised nearly a million dollars for the RFDS the region relies on so heavily.
Ken Lamb and his family is one story.
There are many more stories of ordinary Australians doing extraordinary things all over the country.
And when you put them all together, that is the story of Australian Mining.