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REGIONAL CITY VISION CONTINUES – 13/12/2018

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There have been a number of proposals in the past to develop a major city in the mineral-rich but sparsely populated north west of Australia. Business News recently resurrected a…

COUNCILLOR SESSION REFLECTS ON A BUSY YEAR – 06/12/2018

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Over the course of the year Councillors meet regularly to discuss the daily operations of the City of Karratha, review projects and make sure Council as a whole is on…

CHRISTMAS IN THE PILBARA – 29/11/2018

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It’s hard to believe December is upon us and 2018 is drawing to an end. Many residents head out of town at this time of year but if you are…

THE BENEFITS OF GOOD FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT – 22/11/2018

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As part of our ongoing commitment to financial management, Council’s budget is reviewed twice each year and is also independently audited by external accountants. The comprehensive audit, recently completed, found…

A PILBARA UNIVERSITY CENTRE – 15/11/2018

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Council has been strongly advocating for a regional universities centre in the Pilbara for a number of years now and has financially supported the committee of volunteers, led by Kylah Morrison,…

NEW 7-MILE CLASS 3 WASTE CELLS – 08/11/2018

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After a five-month construction period, the City has recently completed two new landfill cells at the 7-Mile Waste Facility. The new landfill cells are Class 3 rated, which means they…

IMPROVED HEALTHCARE – 01/11/2018

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Access to high quality health care services is essential for regional communities, so it is encouraging to see two significant new medical facilities officially opened this month. The Karratha Health…

STEP-UP STEP-DOWN MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY – 25/10/2018

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Council is aware of some concerns in the community regarding the proposed step up, step down mental health facility. The proposed $9.7m facility is a State Government development, commissioned by…

RESIDENT MAGISTRATE – 18/10/2018

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It is encouraging to see a renewed community push for a full-time magistrate to be assigned to Karratha Magistrates Court. Currently, Karratha is one of just two major regional centres…

BAY VILLAGE JDAP – 11/10/2018

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This week the independent Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) approved Woodside’s proposed Bay Village camp subject to a number of conditions imposed by the City of Karratha. Council had fought…

WELCOME PARK – 04/10/2018

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The City of Karratha will call for tenders next month for the construction of our latest new park. It will be in the City centre on the vacant triangular lot…

DIVERSIFICATION – SOLAR ENERGY – 27/09/2018

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The City of Karratha is keen to diversify our economy to improve the sustainability of our towns and to insulate us somewhat from the rapid rise and fall of commodity…

ARDC 2018 – 20/09/2018

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Last week our CEO, myself and the Deputy Mayor attended the 2018 Australian Regional Development Conference in Tweed Heads, NSW. The aim of the ARDC is to assist the development…

A NEW HOTEL – 13/09/2018

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Last week Council decided to proceed with the proposal to develop a 100-room 4-star hotel in the city centre. There were a range of differing opinions in the community about…

RENEWABLE HYDROGEN – 06/09/2018

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Last week the State Government held a Renewable Hydrogen Conference in Perth, the intention of which was introduce the technology of renewable hydrogen, establish where the science and economics were…

PAC AUSTRALIA CONFERENCE – 30/08/2018

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If Karratha seems like it is bustling this week, it is because hundreds of the nation’s arts leaders and top performers are here for the 32nd Performing Arts Connections Australia…

WICKHAM DOCTORS – 23/08/2018

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Since the 360 Health and Community general practice closed a year ago, Wickham residents have had to travel to Roebourne or Karratha for medical treatment, a most unsatisfactory outcome. Council…

CONFERENCES – 16/08/2018

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Since we opened the doors on April 28, thousands of people have been through our magnificent Red Earth Arts Precinct. In addition to being a huge boost for arts and…

PILBARA CITIES – 09/08/2018

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The Pilbara has experienced a dramatic transformation over the past decade. Back in 2009, the Pilbara Cities program set out to develop our region into more attractive and economically sustainable…

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE REGIONS – 28/06/2018

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This year marks the 125th anniversary of the discovery of gold at Kalgoorlie and as you would expect, our most important inland City, is making the most of it. In…

DEVELOPING NORTHERN AUSTRALIA 2019 – 21/06/2018

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The Commonwealth Government has produced a White Paper on Developing Northern Australia, whose vision is to unlock the great potential and opportunities of the north we live in. We all…

DIVERSIFYING EMPLOYMENT – 14/06/2018

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This week the Developing Northern Australia Conference was held in Alice Springs and was attended by a number of people from our City as we will be hosting the conference…

JETGO – 07/06/2018

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Many are wondering what is happening with JetGo after last week’s announcement – fair question! JetGo has advised that it has entered into Voluntary Administration and has suspended all regular…

RATES – 31/05/2018

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At its meeting of May 7th, Council voted to advertise and invite submissions on its proposed differential rates model for 2018/19. As we have done for the previous 2 years,…