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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,…

VAST! – 17/05/2018

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The Vast concert at the REAP last week was a brilliant evening of original music and aerial art work. We had a packed house and on stage we had some…

NORTHERN INFRASTRUCTURE – 03/05/2018

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Last week, the annual Pilbara-Kimberley Forum was held in which the eight councils from our two regions again met up to discuss issues of common interest and investigate new opportunities…

ANZAC DAY – 26/04/2018

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ANZAC Day has become one of the most important celebrations on our national calendar and in Karratha we now see 2,000 to 3,000 people mass on the Golf Course for…

USING YOUR MONEY WISELY – 19/04/2018

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In 2017, the City of Karratha purchased The Quarter, a state-of-the-art office building in our main street – Sharpe Avenue. We did this for two main reasons – it was…

COMMUNITY SURVEY – 12/04/2018

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The City of Karratha Annual Community Survey has now been completed and we are very pleased with the results, which are the best we have ever received. Again we had…

RATES AND TAXES – 29/03/2018

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Taxes! Don’t we hate them? Council spends a lot of time considering our taxes – the rates property owners must pay each year. It is important that the services we…

RUBBISH! – 22/03/2018

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I always thought that all our recycled rubbish was treated somewhere in Australia, but that’s not the case.Although it totals only about 5% of our municipal solid waste, a huge…

REAP OPENING – 15/03/2018

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Well it’s come – the opening of our amazing Red Earth Arts Precinct! Saturday April 28, 2018 is the day we will officially open our beautiful new facility to the…

NEW INDUSTRY – 08/03/2018

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To enable the long term viability of Karratha, it is vital that we diversify our industrial base away from the two dominant industries – iron ore and gas. Your council…

COMMUNITY SURVEY – 03/01/2018

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Each year the City of Karratha run an annual community survey to assess our performance within the community and benchmark our services against results received in previous years. This gives…

RED EARTH ARTS PRECINCT NEARING COMPLETION – 22/2/2018

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As you might have noticed, works at the Red Earth Arts Precinct are rapidly nearing completion. We are now past the 90% mark and you will see trees, signs, artworks…