As activity returns to the region, we're very happy to see Whyalla's Visitor Centre reopen to the public, and the promise of tourism accross the state.
It is, however, a blow to Big Bob Lozza, who planned to capitalise on the attraction's temporary closure by starting his own visitor's centre, inside his house. Rob had hoped it might finally persuade friends and potential friends into visiting him, but it just doesn't seem worth opening anymore. People aren't going to stop by when Whyalla's visitor's centre is a much bigger draw.
ROB'S BEEN FORCED TO LAY OFF SEVERAL EMPLOYEES - via GIPHY
Whilst only in preliminary development, Rob had worked hard to present an informative and entertaining experience, offering patrons an insight into his life. For example, one display - framed on the fridge - was dedicated to the takeaway menus of his favourite local restaurants. Also in the kitchen: a pile of tea towels he owns, and a mop, presented in perfect mint-condition.
YOU'LL JUST HAVE TO IMAGINE
In the living room, Rob's television would display a welcome video, or pretty much anything else you want to watch, if you have the remote. He has most of the classic era Simpsons on DVD too.
The biggest investment, however, was the new outdoor table and chairs, part of the cafeteria. The menu would include instant coffee (wet or dry!), tap water in your choice of glass, a selection of berries and flowers found in the backyward, and any biscuits, cakes or sandwiches you'd thought to bring into the centre with you. He was also about to get the smoke alarm batteries replaced, but he won't bother with that now.
A NICE DREAM WHILE IT LASTED - via GIPHY
And although Rob is no longer in violation of his residential lease, the shut down is a definite loss... not to the public, obviously, but Rob's been kind of moody since the news broke. Since tours of the Whyalla Steelworks are yet to reopen, Rob did threaten to start a competing steelworks up in his shed, but that seems like too much effort for him. In the meantime, get to the Whyalla Visitor Centre!