BE (Hons); BA; BSc(Env Sc); GAICD; CPEng (1988-2012); CEnvP; FIEAust
Peter has lived in Karratha since 1985, where he moved with his wife Vicki after nine years spent working and travelling overseas in Europe, Asia, South Africa and the USA. His wife, Vicki is one of the Pilbara’s foremost botanists with over 30 years of experience in the identification and rehabilitation of arid area and coastal vegetation.
Peter first became a councillor and Deputy President of the Shire of Roebourne in 2011. Having lived in the area for so long and having had the privilege of working on many of the large projects in the Shire, he was keen to lend a hand in its governance and development. He became Shire President in 2013 and when the Shire became a City, in 2014, he became its first Mayor.
In his time on Council, Peter has worked with the organisation to see the development of major new infrastructure in Karratha, including the City Centre revitalisation project, the Karratha Airport Terminal Upgrade, the Airport Solar Power Station, the Dampier Community Hub, The Quarter development, the Waste Facility Upgrade, the Tip Shop and many other buildings and facilities. He has been working to improve the lives of Aboriginal people in Roebourne, has been successful in assisting in the establishment of the Roebourne Community Association and instigating various initiatives to remove young people from the streets into safe houses.
Before becoming Mayor of the City of Karratha, Peter was the Managing Director of the Astron Group of Companies, which he founded in 1985. Originally a Professional Engineer and Environmental Scientist, Peter and his subsequent business partners, including his wife, Vicki, grew the Astron group to a staffing of nearly 100 and a turnover of $14M per annum. Astron started and is still represented in Karratha but now has offices in Perth and Margaret River.
Peter has extensive experience across the Pilbara and the islands of the north-west shelf, having had the opportunity to work on major local projects including the Harriet Oil and Gas Field Developments, the Goldfields Gas Transmission Pipeline, the Mount Newman Iron Ore Beneficiation Project, the Griffin Gas Project, the Gorgon, Wheatstone and Pluto LNG Projects, plus a wide range of projects for Rio, BHP, Dampier Salt, Robe River Iron, Dampier Port Authority, Chevron, Western Mining, Woodside and many others. He has taken design and senior management roles on many of these and has worked on some of the world’s largest resource projects overseas including oil and gas and mining projects in the North Sea, the Arabian Gulf, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Peter and his wife, Vicki are proud to have been a part of the Karratha community for over 30 years. They have raised and educated two beautiful daughters, one who is a practicing physiotherapist, the other a PhD student at the University of WA. Both girls went through primary and secondary school in Karratha before heading to Perth for their university careers, proving you don’t have to send your children away form Karratha in their secondary years to ensure their success in later life.
Peter has been closely aligned with both cultural and sporting activities in our town, in particular music, dance, the performing arts, netball and Scouts. A strong believer in the importance of education, he has served on the TAFE College (now Pilbara Institute) and St Luke’s College Boards and has long advocated for funding and support for education.
With his strong interest in the arts, Peter was involved with the Walkington Theatre from its inception in 1986, taking roles on the management committee, the maintenance committee and others. He has been extensively involved with the planning of the Walkington’s replacement theatre, the new Karratha Arts and Community Precinct, which will start construction in 2016.
He has a very diverse range of interests including reading, swimming, walking, boating, surfing, cycling, politics and music. Many in the local community will know Peter as the lead singer in local pub-rock band the “Wandering Pilbaries”.
Peter has seen a lot of changes in Karratha since 1985, when you had to travel to Port Hedland to buy a television. The CBD in those days consisted of a Farmers Supermarket and an alleyway of small shops open to the Pilbara summer heat. Since then he has seen the construction of the entire Karratha City shopping centre, St Luke’s College, the Tambrey Centre, the Walkington Theatre, much of the TAFE College, several schools and many houses – and that was prior to the year 2000! Iron ore and oil prices have gone up and down, huge new projects have arisen and people have come and gone, but the town has continued to prosper, reaching a GRP of $19.6 billion in 2014 – the largest per-capita revenue in Australia. He is very proud to have participated in this amazing story and to continue to be a part of it: Karratha is vital to our nation’s prosperity.