This is a community service announcement to hopefully protect some of the people here. Blind Freddy could tell you that Darwin along with Perth have been hurt by the mining crash etc.... But it's not as bad as I was expecting. It's a bit curious. Darwin's property listings seem to have hit a wall at 1500 properties for sale at any one time. Prices have dropped but not the total carnage I was expecting. I suspect that this is due to the very low unemployment rate of 3.5 percent. This keeps prices high as there's enough work to support repayments. But here is where it gets dangerous. 3.5 percent is GUARANTEED to only be a temporary thing due to the inpex project finishing the construction phase. Darwin's population is approx 140000. Of which approx 100000 (I'm being generous) are counted in the ABS stats (over 15 and not in defense). So currently there are 3500 people out of work. Which is up from a couple of years ago, but by no means a disaster. 8000 people are currently employed on the inpex project, or 8 percent of the population. And many other indirect services benefit from this project as well. This project is due to wrap up mid next year, leaving a skeleton production crew in place of about 600 people. So that's 7400 jobs lost. Or a 7(ish) percent increase in the unemployment rate, and that's a best case scenario as a lot of service providers will have to either downsize or close. The only way it could be less is if people leave town which a lot will do. So we're either looking at 10 percent unemployment or a huge spike in the already high vacancy rate or both. This isn't a guess, this is inevitable. All Darwin's eggs are in one basket. If any of you are considering investing in Darwin, I urge you to reconsider. It's well known that things will slow down after inpex. Realising how much has been a shock. Alarm bells are ringing. Be careful out there. Peace. H.