Williamstown sits on the edge of The Superpit, which forms part of The Golden Mile, one of the richest gold deposits in the world. Some residents are currently in negotiations with the mine owners to sell their homes, as increased blasting activity has made it more difficult to live there. Until a decision is made, the future of these alpaca - much-loved companions of a Williamstown local - remains unknown.
Melissa Drummond is a photographer based in Kalgoorlie, in the eastern Goldfields of Western Australia. Born in 1973, Melissa grew up in Melbourne, and studied at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. At the end of 1997 she graduated from RMIT with a Bachelor of Applied Science. In the winter of 1998 Melissa packed up her old Land Cruiser and headed west across the Nullarbor on what would be the first of many adventures across the southern part of the continent. She has lived in Kalgoorlie for the last 20-odd years. Melissa is a geologist and former GIS specialist and has worked in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. Her photography reflects her own interests and life, from a documentary perspective, as well as incorporating a love of nature and science.