Pioneering partnership recognised for excellence and innovation

Left to right: Rio Tinto Manager Community Engagement Shaun McLoughlin, City of Karratha Partnerships and Community Projects Coordinator Nancy Milligan, Rio Tinto Iron Ore Core Services Division Manager Facilities Strategy Louise Thomas, City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long and Chief Executive Officer Chris Adams, Rio Tinto Vice President Corporate Relations Brad Haynes, General Manager Facilities and Core Services Jess Dvorak and Principal Advisor Community Engagement Renae Rutherford. Supplied by WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

Left to right: Rio Tinto Manager Community Engagement Shaun McLoughlin, City of Karratha Partnerships and Community Projects Coordinator Nancy Milligan, Rio Tinto Iron Ore Core Services Division Manager Facilities Strategy Louise Thomas, City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long and Chief Executive Officer Chris Adams, Rio Tinto Vice President Corporate Relations Brad Haynes, General Manager Facilities and Core Services Jess Dvorak and Principal Advisor Community Engagement Renae Rutherford. Supplied by WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

A pioneering partnership between the City of Karratha and Rio Tinto received recognition at the WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s 2019 Resources Sector Awards for Excellence in Perth last week.

The Community Infrastructure and Services Partnership was a finalist for the Community Partnership Resources Sector Award, which recognises long-lasting legacy in local communities.

The Community Infrastructure and Services Partnership is a social investment partnership that has significantly enhanced the liveability of all five towns within the City of Karratha by providing improvements to infrastructure, facilities and services at a grassroots level.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the Community Infrastructure and Services Partnership combined the best of public and private sector knowledge and experience to deliver positive outcomes for the local community.

“Now in its eighth year, this partnership has contributed to a diverse range of multi-million dollar projects and popular community events, including the Red Earth Arts Precinct, Karratha Leisureplex, Wickham and Dampier Community Hubs, as well as the Cossack Art Awards, Red Earth Arts Festival and NAIDOC Week,” Cr Long said.

“Being a finalist for this award is great recognition of the ground-breaking approach and collaboration taken by the City and Rio Tinto to pool our respective resources to improve facilities, services and amenity across Karratha, Dampier, Roebourne, Wickham and Point Samson.”

The partnership has previously won the WA Corporate Social Responsibility Pinnacle Award, the Australian Business Awards 100 Winner for Community Contribution and has been a finalist for the WA Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management.

It is currently in the running for the WA Department of Local Government’s Making a Difference Award, to be announced on October 18.

For further information about the partnership, please visit https://karratha.wa.gov.au/listing/city-karratha-and-rio-tinto-partnership


Inter-regional flights ready for take off

Left to right - Michael McConachy (Managing Director, Aviair), Cr Anita Grace (Shire of East Pilbara Deputy President), Cr Peter Long (City of Karratha Mayor) and Shaun Pikor (Rio Tinto manager Rolling Stock Maintenance, Rail)

Left to right - Michael McConachy (Managing Director, Aviair), Cr Anita Grace (Shire of East Pilbara Deputy President), Cr Peter Long (City of Karratha Mayor) and Shaun Pikor (Rio Tinto manager Rolling Stock Maintenance, Rail)

A network of inter-regional flights between centres in the Pilbara and Kimberley has been unveiled at the Developing Northern Australia conference.

The City of Karratha, Shire of East Pilbara and Aviair announced the route network on Thursday evening with ports to include Karratha, Newman, Broome and Port Hedland with Rio Tinto committing support for the introduction of a further route between Karratha and Paraburdoo.

Flights are expected to commence on August 16, with a service from Karratha to Broome in time for the Broome Cup on August 17.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said getting inter-regional flights off the ground had been a priority for Council for a number of years.

“Council is pleased to be able to support this new flight network which improves connectivity for our residents and opportunity for our business community,” Cr Long said.

“After a number of years of hard work, this is a great example of progressive regional Councils working together with industry partners to achieve a shared vision that benefits the entire region.

Shire of East Pilbara president Lynne Craigie said the collaborative approach to establishing this network had been very successful.

“This flight network leads the way for the provision of flight services in regional areas and the Shire of East Pilbara is excited to be part of a project that delivers for our community,” Cr Craigie said.

Aviair Managing Director, Michael McConachy, said the Aviair team have worked hard to be a leader in the provision of regional air services including regular public transport, charter and tourism flights.

“We are proudly locally owned, committed to the regions we operate in and to delivering a safe and high quality service to all. Aviair is delighted to be working with the stakeholders to provide what we believe to be an essential service for the future development of the Pilbara and Kimberley regions,” Mr McConachy said.

Rio Tinto Managing Director Port, Rail and Core Services Ivan Vella said the company supported the new route servicing Paraburdoo and Karratha.

“We are supportive of initiatives like this that promote economic development in the Pilbara by making it easier for businesses, the community and our workforce to travel within the region. This new service should also ensure greater employment opportunities for Traditional Owners residing on the coast.”

Information on schedule and fares will be released shortly at www.aviair.com.au

Budget focuses on City vision to become Australia’s most liveable regional city

The City of Karratha 2019/20 budget was endorsed on Friday, June 28.

The City of Karratha 2019/20 budget was endorsed on Friday, June 28.

A focus on delivering enhanced community facilities, services and infrastructure developments to cater for future growth are the key components of the City of Karratha’s 2019/20 budget.

Adopted by Council on Friday, the budget provides a balanced approach to spending with a commitment to meet community expectations regarding the provision of high standard facilities, services and amenity.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the budget reflects Council’s continued efforts to improve efficiency while aligning with key priorities identified in Council’s Strategic Community Plan.

“Despite an anticipated rise in revenue requirements to maintain new facilities and a significant increase in operating expenditure due to increasing electricity, water and insurance charges, Council has worked hard to deliver value for money,” Cr Long said.

Increasing community facilities

“This budget prioritises maintaining and improving a growing number of community facilities,” Cr Long said.

“These include the Red Earth Arts Precinct, Karratha Tourism and Visitor Centre, Wickham Community Hub, Balyarra Parkway, Welcome Park, Andover Park, Dampier Palms and Hampton Oval redevelopment and Johns Creek Boat Ramp.

“Other infrastructure projects catered for in this budget include a preliminary design and geotechnical work for the Dampier Marina and the completion of upgrades to Mooligunn Road in the Karratha Industrial Estate.

“This budget includes the expansion of local road and footpath networks, continued road reseal and playground renewal programs, and a community event to celebrate Karratha’s 50th birthday.

“We have also increased the delivery of services that keep our environment clean and tidy, by increasing road, car park, footpath and pavement sweeping and introducing more litter picking services and pressure cleaning of public areas.”

Improving efficiency

Cr Long reaffirmed Council’s commitment to improving efficiency within the organisation.

“Council has introduced a range of efficiency measures in recent years and this budget continues those efforts,” he said.

Actions include expanding the solar path lighting program, completing the solar power supply system at the Operations Depot, implementing energy and water saving strategies, and bringing the provision of visitor and tourism services in-house.
Karratha is calling

Cr Long said Council is committed to attracting a growing number of high profile conferences to the Red Earth Arts Precinct over the next financial year.

“Council is actively pursuing more high profile conferences, with the Developing Northern Australia Conference, WA Regional Tourism Conference and Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development Meeting of Mining Regions and Cities set to boost the local economy and showcase the investment potential, tourist appeal and lifestyle on offer over the next year,” Cr Long said.

“We remain committed to supporting innovative economic development and diversification initiatives and increasing exposure of our tourism industry to a national audience through our Karratha is calling place-branding campaign.”

Financial responsibility and sustainability

Cr Long said the majority of Council’s operating revenue was generated from sources other than rates, which had enabled Council to limit the rates rise to a modest two per cent.

“This year was the fourth consecutive year the City has introduced a rates increase lower than the Australian CPI and the figure identified in Council’s Long Term Financial Plan,” Cr Long said.

“Returns from alternative, sustainable income streams, such as The Quarter HQ investment, Class 3 landfill cells at the 7 Mile Waste Facility and new helicopter hanger at Karratha Airport will ensure Council can keep rates income consistent, representing less than one-third of this budget.

“Council looks forward to a productive year ahead as we progress our vision to become Australia’s most liveable regional city.”

2019/20 budget highlights include:

  • Dampier Palms and Hampton Oval redevelopment $11.1m

  • Andover Park redevelopment $1.9m

  • Footpath network expansion $1.4m

  • Welcome Park $1.3m

  • Road reseal program $1m

  • Mooligunn Road reconstruction $1m

  • John’s Creek Boat Ramp $1m

The 2019-20 City of Karratha budget was adopted by Council on Friday, June 28. The budget can be viewed at http://karratha.wa.gov.au/budget


2019 Cossack Art Awards attract high profile judging panel

Australian street artist Stormie Mills will return to Cossack as part of the Cossack Art Awards judging panel after visiting Cossack in September 2017 for The Vast Project. Credit: Supplied by artist

Australian street artist Stormie Mills will return to Cossack as part of the Cossack Art Awards judging panel after visiting Cossack in September 2017 for The Vast Project. Credit: Supplied by artist

A trio of respected Australian artists will converge on the historic settlement of Cossack next month to participate in the prestigious City of Karratha Cossack Art Awards.

World-renowned street artist Stormie Mills, Melbourne-based Archibald Prize winning contemporary artist Sam Leach and award-winning Curtin University John Curtin Gallery manager Jane King will form the judging panel for this year’s awards.

Director Community Services Arron Minchin said the Cossack Art Awards continue to attract a panel of accomplished artists with diverse backgrounds to judge the highly anticipated awards.

“I am pleased to announce the judges and look forward to seeing the unique artistic talents and experience they each bring to this year’s exhibition,” Mr Minchin said.

“For 27 years, the Cossack Art Awards have continued to grow in size and reputation to become one of the country’s leading regional art prizes.

“I have no doubt this year’s high calibre judging panel will have their work cut out for them as they consider the impressive standard of submissions entered by artists from across the Pilbara and beyond.”

The Cossack Art Awards are presented by the City of Karratha with principal partner Rio Tinto.

“As principal partner, Rio Tinto is committed to enhancing arts and culture in Western Australia through initiatives such as the Cossack Art Awards,” Rio Tinto acting general manager Ports Dampier and Marine Tim McDougall said.

“The awards provide artists with an opportunity to showcase their creative talent at a nationally recognised event, which is judged by a highly-regarded panel. I’m really looking forward to hearing what the experts have to say,” Mr McDougall said.

Entries to the 2019 Cossack Art Awards have reached capacity.

The winners of 10 categories will be announced at the Cossack Art Awards gala on Saturday, July 20, with the Horizon Power People’s Choice awarded at the end of the exhibition.

The exhibition opens to the public on Sunday, July 21 in conjunction with Cossack Family Day and the public program and runs until Sunday, August 11.

For further information, please visit the Cossack Art Awards website and follow the Facebook page.


Karratha to host international mining conference

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long and chief executive officer Chris Adams putting Karratha on the map.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long and chief executive officer Chris Adams putting Karratha on the map.

Karratha has been announced as the host destination for an international development and mining conference.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Meeting of Mining Regions and Cities will travel to the Red Earth Arts Precinct in July 2020.

The event was hosted by Chile in 2017 and Darwin in 2018.

The OECD is an intergovernmental economic organisation, comprising 36 member countries including Australia, which aims to stimulate economic progress and world trade.

The 3rd Meeting of Mining Regions and Cities was held in Skelleftea in Sweden last week.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long and chief executive officer Chris Adams attended the three-day event and delivered presentations outlining the City’s global economic significance, preparations for future economic growth and positive outcomes of working cooperatively and collaboratively with the resources sector.

Cr Long said Council was thrilled to secure hosting rights for the international event, which was expected to attract approximately 300 delegates to the City of Karratha.

“Securing this high-profile conference is a coup for the City of Karratha and opportunity to showcase our ongoing efforts to become Australia’s most liveable regional city,” Cr Long said.

“Hosting the OECD Meeting of Mining Regions and Cities will promote our status as a City of the North to an international contingent of representatives from all levels of government and the private sector.

“We expect these high-profile visitors to stimulate our local economy, support local businesses and potentially generate interest in economic investment.

“Council recognises our region’s position at the forefront of innovation shaping the future of the mining industry, and looks forward to participating in discussions about mining and regional development with world leaders and policy-makers.”

More information on the 4th OECD Meeting of Mining Regions and Cities – Karratha, Australia, will be released in coming months.


Conference to showcase local tourism industry

Karratha will host the 2019 WA Regional Tourism Conference in September.

Karratha will host the 2019 WA Regional Tourism Conference in September.

The City of Karratha will host the tourism industry’s leading conference when it travels north for the first time in coming months.

The WA Regional Tourism Conference heads to the award-winning Red Earth Arts Precinct on September 16 – 18.

More than 200 delegates from across the state are expected to attend the conference, including tourism operators, visitor centre staff, local tourism bodies, consultants, suppliers and representatives from all levels of government.

City of Karratha Director Planning Services Ryan Hall said it was the first time the major event has been held in the North West and only the second time it has been held in a regional location since its inception in 2015.

“Following a competitive tender process, Karratha was awarded hosting rights in recognition of our significant commitment to growing the region’s tourism capacity and offering,” Mr Hall said.

“The City is committed to improving the economic capacity and diversity of our local business sector and hosting this event aligns with our Economic Development Strategy.

“This is a key opportunity to showcase our emerging tourism industry and promote our local tourism operators to the wider industry, as well as supporting local businesses.

“Hosting the 2019 WA Regional Tourism Conference is a coup for the City of Karratha and we are confident it will have ongoing benefits for our local economy, tourism industry and community.

Tourism Council WA chief executive officer Evan Hall said the conference was predicted to inject more than a quarter of a million dollars into the local economy.

“Economic modelling shows conference delegates are expected to inject $310,000 into the local economy during the three-day event,” Mr Hall said.

“These delegates will come from all around Western Australia and will spend on accommodation, meals, tours and entertainment.”

The conference program includes speakers, workshops, tours and networking.

Registrations are now open.

Visit www.watourismconference.com.au for more information.


Strong financial management allows for modest rate increase

A commitment to deliver new facilities and enhanced community services has resulted in Council supporting a modest rates increase.

Residential, commercial and industrial properties will see a two per cent rates increase for the 2019/20 financial year, after Council endorsed the proposed differential rating model on Friday.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said it was the fourth consecutive year the City had introduced a rates increase lower than the Consumer Price Index, or current inflation rate.

“Council has worked hard to reduce its reliance on rates, with the majority of its revenue sourced from government grants, the private sector, fees and charges,” Cr Long said.

“This year’s rise is less than the 2.1 per cent increase identified in the City’s Long Term Financial Plan and is equivalent to an average of $44 per residential ratepayer.

“The rating model reflects the minimum increase necessary to maintain and improve the services we provide to the community and support our growing number of high standard facilities, including the Red Earth Arts Precinct, Karratha Tourism and Visitor Centre, Wickham Community Hub, Balyarra Parkway and Dampier Palms and Hampton Oval redevelopment.

“It also reflects a significant increase in operating expenditure due to the State Government increasing utility charges. These include a 6.7 per cent rise in electricity charges, 4.5 per cent increase in water costs and seven per cent rise in insurance costs.”

The rating model will generate $41.5 million or approximately one third of the City’s total funding required for 2019/20.

The rating model was advertised in May to seek feedback from rate payers, with a total of two submissions received.

The City will now seek ministerial approval for the 2019-20 differential rating model.

Inaugural Biannual Community Grants Scheme recipients announced

The Dampier Billy Cart Derby is a popular annual community event. Image: Dampier Community Association

The Dampier Billy Cart Derby is a popular annual community event. Image: Dampier Community Association

More than $260,000 has been allocated to local community and sporting organisations across the City of Karratha through Council’s Biannual Community Grant Scheme.

Councillors approved 11 applications for financial assistance on Monday, with funds to be awarded in the 2019/20 financial year.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said applications were evaluated based on criteria including volunteer hours, event impact, demonstrated community need and sustainability.

“This is the inaugural funding round following Council’s community grants review in December, which recommended combining the Annual Community Association Development Scheme and annual community grants scheme,” Cr Long said.

“Streamlining the two grant schemes to create the Biannual Community Grants Scheme will provide greater consistency and improved outcomes for the community.

“Community and sporting groups are vital to the growth and liveability of our City and these grants reflect Council’s commitment to support local organisations who deliver worthwhile projects and activities.”

Successful applicants:
• Dampier Bowling Club to assist with care and maintenance of the green
• Dampier Community Association to deliver the Dampier Billy Cart Derby
• Karratha Women’s Place to facilitate mental, social, emotional and physical health and wellbeing programs
• BighART to facilitate digital programs
• Karratha Gymnastics Club to assist with administration, coaching and office space
• Move Your Body Studio School Readiness Program to provide programs for children with disabilities
• Move Your Body Studio All Abilities Sports Program for facility hire and program equipment
• Raiders Boxing Club to facilitate free boxing classes for at risk youth
• Karratha Senior High School P&C for the ‘My Town in the Pilbara’ video project
• West Pilbara Cricket Association to host the 2019 North West Cup in Karratha
• Karratha City Markets to deliver markets

In addition, Council approved a three-year Memorandum of Understanding with Dampier Community Association and Roebourne PCYC to provide financial assistance totalling more than $198,000 to deliver beachside markets, sunset movies and the Lights On Project.

Have your say about plan to reduce plastic pollution

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The City of Karratha would like to hear your thoughts about a plan to eliminate tens of thousands of disposable plastic bags, cups, water bottles, straws and utensils within City operations.

Under the draft Internal Strategy to Minimise the Use of Single Use Plastics, single-use plastics will be phased out from City of Karratha operations and events over the next 12 months.

In January, Council endorsed a proposal to develop a strategy to replace disposable plastic products with reusable, biodegradable and compostable alternatives after the City’s Single Use Plastics Working Group formed in September.

On Monday, Council resolved to advertise the strategy for public comment.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said it was important the City leads by environmentally-responsible example.

“As a progressive Council, we are committed to changing current practices to reduce our carbon footprint and become as eco-friendly as possible,” Cr Long said.

“We have already introduced biodegradable doggie bags, distributed reusable water bottles and coffee cups to staff, and eliminated drinking straws and utensils but we are keen to do more to reduce our contribution to landfill and minimise the impact of plastic pollution on our environment.

“Council is also eager to investigate options to deliver the first single-use plastics free Red Earth Arts Festival.”

The draft Internal Strategy to Minimise the Use of Single Use Plastics is available to view at the Administration Office on Welcome Road between 8.30am-4.30pm Monday-Friday or online at www.karratha.wa.gov.au/public-notifications

Submissions can be made in writing to the City of Karratha PO Box 219 Karratha WA 6714 or via email to enquiries@karratha.wa.gov.au by close of business Wednesday, June 19 2019.

MASTER THE ART OF SLEEP & IMPROVE YOUR HEART HEALTH - FREE COMMUNITY HEALTH TALK

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Do you or your loved ones struggle to get a good night¹s sleep or suffer from high blood pressure?

Join world-leading sleep and heart health experts, Professor Russell Foster and Professor Markus Schlaich, as they discuss ways to manage these major medical conditions and start living your best life during this FREE Community Health Event.

WHEN Monday, 20 May 2019, from 5pm to 6.30pm. Free blood pressure checks are available from 4pm.

WHERE Red Earth Arts Precinct Auditorium, 27 Welcome Rd, Karratha

COST FREE

 

SIGN UP Via Eventbrite by visiting http://bit.ly/sleephearthealthtalk

OUR SPEAKERS

Professor Russell Foster CBE, FRS, FMedSci is the Director of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience at Oxford University.

Professor Markus Schlaich is the Head of the Dobney Hypertension Centre (a joint venture between the RPH Research Foundation, Royal Perth Hospital and the University of Western Australia).

DID YOU KNOW?

Fatigue results in decreased productivity and is the cause of more road accidents than alcohol and drug use combined.*

Four in every 10 Australians are not getting the sleep they need.*

The direct financial cost of this inadequate sleep is currently estimated to be $26.2 billion annually. If health and well-being costs are considered, the cost rises to $66.3 billion annually.*

In 2016-17, inadequate sleep was estimated to contribute to 3017 deaths in Australia.*

High blood pressure is the No. 1 contributing risk factor for global death causing many cardiovascular complications.**

One in three adult Australians has high blood pressure, but half of them don¹t even know.**

Some people only discover they have high blood pressure after suffering from a heart attack or stroke, or being diagnosed with something else, such as heart or kidney disease.**

*Source: The Australian Parliament¹s Health, Aged Care and Sport Committee report Bedtime Reading: Report on the Inquiry into Sleep Health Awareness in Australia 2019.

** Source: Dobney Hypertension Centre. Free Community Event proudly brought to you by the RPH Research Foundation



Wickham celebrates new community hub

The $16.35 Wickham Community Hub, officially opened today, will connect the community and cater to their current and future needs.

The $16.35 Wickham Community Hub, officially opened today, will connect the community and cater to their current and future needs.

A community celebration was held in Wickham today to mark the official opening of the Wickham Community Hub.

Located in the heart of Wickham, the $16.35 million multipurpose facility boasts a suite of modern indoor and outdoor spaces, including a public library and courtyard, early learning centre accommodating 50 children with outdoor play areas, multi-use shared spaces to accommodate community groups, youth drop-in centre and skate park, offices, water playground and refurbished Wickham Squash Centre and Community Hall.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the hub would connect the community and cater to the current and future needs of residents of all ages.

“This contemporary, functional facility is a game changer for the Wickham community and provides a new home for enhanced community services and programs while activating the town centre,” Cr Long said.

“Delivering high standard amenities and services is a vital part of the City’s commitment to creating vibrant, sustainable communities and our ongoing efforts to become Australia’s most liveable regional city.

“Local businesses have also benefited from construction of the facility, with 33 local Pilbara suppliers and contractors engaged during the build, representing 57 per cent of all suppliers and sub-contractors employed by project builder CWD Builders Developers.”

Rio Tinto Managing Director Supply Chain and Services Ivan Vella said he was certain the hub would bring positive and lasting change that improves the liveability of Wickham.

“This exciting new precinct is a great example of what local government, industry and the community can achieve together,” he said.

“I would particularly like to acknowledge our partners the City of Karratha for their dedication and constant focus on improving the liveability of communities right across the City region. This latest project here in Wickham builds on a long list of successes.”

The $16.35 million project was made possible with $8 million funding from Rio Tinto, $6.85 million funding from the City of Karratha and $1.5 million funding from Lotterywest.

Further information about the project is available online at: https://karratha.wa.gov.au/wickham-community-hub

First year of Red Earth Arts Precinct an overwhelming success

Red Earth Arts Precinct front of house supervisor Kelly Davidson and patrons services officer Dorothea Lloyd.

Red Earth Arts Precinct front of house supervisor Kelly Davidson and patrons services officer Dorothea Lloyd.

The Red Earth Arts Precinct’s first year of operation has been heralded as an overwhelming success.

Since the $56 million facility was officially opened at a community open day which attracted thousands of residents, the precinct has created unprecedented opportunities to host local, state, national and international events.

More than 44,000 tickets have been issued to events at the state-of-the-art precinct during the past year, with an additional 85,000-plus visits to the library.

The precinct’s striking design is an abstraction of the Pilbara landscape and reflects Karratha’s iconic rocky red hills.

The facility has received numerous prestigious awards. These include the 2018 Master Builders Excellence in Construction Award’s Best Regional Project in WA, 2018 Master Builders Building Excellence Awards Best Kimberley-Pilbara Regional Project, Commercial Industrial Building over $15M and various awards for excellence in innovation, craftsmanship and energy efficiency. It is a finalist for the 2019 Architecture Awards, announced in June.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the Red Earth Awards Precinct has been well received by the community and placed Karratha on the national arts and culture map.

“Council’s vision was to create a modern hub for arts and cultural experiences and the first year has been an overwhelming success,” Cr Long said.

“This contemporary facility demonstrates how the arts enrich communities and has strengthened Western Australia’s touring circuit, which previously lacked a high standard venue between Broome and Geraldton.”

“The Red Earth Arts Precinct beckons residents and visitors with an appetite for the arts to embrace the wide variety of entertainment on offer and enhances the liveability of our city.”

“This facility has attracted a growing number of high profile conferences, which stimulate the local economy and generate interest in the many opportunities to work, live and invest in the City of Karratha.”

Past conferences include the Performing Arts Connections Australia national exchange and conference and the World Heritage Summit and Southern Deserts Conference, with the Developing Northern Australia conference to be held in WA for the first time in July and the WA Regional Tourism Conference heading to the Pilbara for the first time in September.

Fast facts:
• 187 movies screened in the cinema
• 17,160 boxes of popcorn, 2,758 bottles of Coca-Cola, 1,779 glasses of white wine and 1,941 boxes of Maltesers sold
• 49 live shows in the auditorium
• 466 tickets sold to the sell-out VAST concert
• 10 minutes – time it took to sell out The Waifs concert
• 1,047 tickets sold to locally-produced play Pilbara Pan
• 2 rehearsal rooms used by 3 dance and theatre groups on average each week
• 56,000-plus items borrowed from the library
• Nearly 3,000 hours logged on the public use computers
• 37 loans – Moana DVD (most popular library item)
• 23 loans – I will never not ever eat a tomato (most popular children’s book)
• 23 loans – The Barefoot Investor: The Only Money Guide You’ll Ever Need (most popular adult’s book)


The construction of the Red Earth Arts Precinct was supported by the Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund, State Government’s Royalties program administered by the Pilbara Development Commission, the Woodside-operated North West Shelf Project, Rio Tinto, Lotterywest and the City of Karratha.

Innovation hub could create jobs and boost local economy by millions

Establishing an eco-business park for innovative emerging industries has the potential to create more than 400 jobs and inject more than $200 million into the local economy, a report has found.

The proposed Eco Hub development involves 131ha of land adjacent to Karratha Airport dedicated to renewable enterprises with the aim of attracting new industries and diversifying the local economy.

A business case funded by the City that assessed the economic impact and return on investment of establishing the Eco Hub and reviewed the City’s role in the development was presented to Council this month.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said financial modelling found the project could create up to 406 jobs, contribute $241 million to the local economy and increase the Gross Regional Product by nearly $104 million.

“A number of high-tech renewable enterprises are looking to set up in Karratha so Council is investigating opportunities to create a collocated precinct to make this commercially viable for the proponents,” Cr Long said.

“Council’s role would be to facilitate the development by providing access to the land and basic infrastructure, such as roads and utilities.

“This development aligns with the City’s Strategic Community Plan, which aims to attract diverse and sustainable business and employment opportunities.”

The business case recommended the City purchase the full site and lease lots to prospective proponents, which include the Sahara Forest Project (SFP).

SFP completed a feasibility study last year that showed an intensive agriculture industry could be commercially viable and sustainable to establish in Karratha.

The next step is to explore options to move forward with the Eco Hub project in a financially sustainable way.

Council will consider a budget allocation to progress the Eco Hub project in the 2019/20 budget.


Proposed rate model released for 2019/20

Council’s proposed differential rate model will deliver new facilities and enhanced community services during 2019/20.

The model proposes a modest increase of two per cent, which is lower than the 2.1 per cent increase identified in the City’s Long Term Financial Plan.

If implemented, this would be the fourth consecutive year the City has introduced a rates increase below the Australian Consumer Price Index.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the proposed model meets the anticipated revenue requirements while responding to changing economic conditions.

“Council’s annual community survey demonstrates that while the community is happy with the City’s performance, they would like to see more and better services delivered by the City,” Cr Long said. 

“The proposed rating model would meet the anticipated rise in revenue requirements, which includes the maintenance of new facilities such as the Red Earth Arts Precinct, Karratha Tourism and Visitor Centre, Wickham Community Hub, Balyarra Parkway and Dampier Palms and Hampton Oval foreshore redevelopment,” Cr Long said.

“Council has worked hard to reduce its reliance on rates, with the majority of its funding sourced from government grants, the private sector, fees and charges.

“Despite the significant increases in operating expenditure to maintain facilities and deliver enhanced services, the overall funding required from rates is on par with previous years.”

The proposed rating model will generate $41.5 million or approximately one third of the City’s total funding required for 2019/20.

The City will now seek public feedback on the proposed model with a final decision made in May.

Sets under the stars to kick off WA’s biggest celebration of young people

Hundreds of youth atended the City of Karratha's WA Youth Week Colour Fest event in 2017.  Picture: City of Karratha

Hundreds of youth atended the City of Karratha's WA Youth Week Colour Fest event in 2017. Picture: City of Karratha

A beachside concert featuring an internationally-renowned DJ will headline the City of Karratha’s WA Youth Week festivities for 2019.

Covechella Youth Festival will be the highlight of a jam-packed program for 11-25 year olds in Karratha, Dampier, Roebourne and Wickham during WA Youth Week and continuing throughout the school holidays.

WA Youth Week is an annual state-wide celebration of the positive contributions of young people to their communities. It runs from April 13-20 this year and provides young people with the opportunity to express their ideas and raise issues.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the local program coincided with more than 100 events held across WA under the theme ‘Nurture the Now.’

“This year’s theme encourages young people to affirm their potential for positive impact during their development and to validate their achievements,” Cr Long said.

“Council understands youth services is a priority area for our community and we are proud to provide a wealth of diverse programs, activities and events for young people to enjoy across the City.

“By actively engaging the views of our young people, the City continues to increase our level of service for our future leaders and explore opportunities to do more in this space.

“I encourage young people to get along to one of the many events on offer from tomorrow and throughout April.”

Covechella Youth Festival will take place at Shark Cage Beach in Dampier from 5-9pm on Saturday, April 13. It is a free event for 11-25 year olds featuring a showcase of live performances from local young musicians, a two-hour DJ set by Brisbane-based DJ Noiz, stalls including a henna hut and glitter gazebo, with food and drinks available for sale. Free supervised transport will be provided from multiple stops across all City of Karratha townships. To see the bus timetable, visit the Covechella Facebook event, @kcityteens on Instagram or email yscas@karratha.wa.gov.au.

Additional activities include a spin the decks session with DJ Noiz tonight at The Youth Shed, three-on-three basketball competitions, dodgeball tournaments, arts projects, Birds of Prey interactive displays, stand-up paddle boarding at Hearson Cove, an aqua run at Karratha Leisureplex, bake off, movie screenings and dance party. View the full program here.

For more information about events, please contact City of Karratha Youth Services Coordinator Chrystal Ashby on 0408 389 970 or email yscas@karratha.wa.gov.au

Dampier Palms and Hampton Oval redevelopment set to break ground

The Dampier Palms and Hampton Oval redevelopment is set to break ground in May.

The Dampier Palms and Hampton Oval redevelopment is set to break ground in May.

The tender for a multimillion-dollar redevelopment that will transform the Dampier foreshore was awarded this month.

Council nominated Georgiou Group as the preferred tenderer at the March Council meeting, with the contract now finalised.

Georgiou Group is the civil and building construction company behind the $50 million Scarborough Beach redevelopment, which earned them the 2018 Urban Development Institute of Australia Award for Excellence in Government and Public Use.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said all tenders received for the $10.3 million project exceeded the budget.

“Council endorsed the additional $3.3 million required to progress this significant project to be sourced from the 2019-2020 budget,” Cr Long said.

“This brings the City’s contribution to $9.6 million, with Rio Tinto contributing $2.5 million and Lotterywest contributing $1.5 million.

“This ambitious redevelopment continues Council’s work improving foreshores so our towns offer attractive coastal experiences for residents and visitors and it is important to keep the momentum moving.

“It will be a game changer for the Dampier community and I look forward to works commencing in May.”

In January, Council endorsed a historic agreement with Rio Tinto to transfer ownership of land along the foreshore and Hampton Oval, which was required to progress the project.

The Dampier Palms and Hampton Oval redevelopment is anticipated to be complete by the end of the year.

Works to refurbish the pavilion at Hampton Oval are currently underway by contractor Mitie Construction.

These works are expected to take approximately 10 weeks and include significant modifications to the building. There may be some disruption to oval, beach and car park users during construction.

For more information, please visit https://karratha.wa.gov.au/listing/dampier-palms-hampton-oval-redevelopment


Community shares priorities with Council

The 2019 City of Karratha Community Survey is complete.


The 2019 City of Karratha Community Survey is complete.

The 2019 City of Karratha Community Survey is complete with feedback from residents highlighting key priorities for Council moving forward.

The annual survey invites residents to rate the overall performance of the City across 26 services areas during the past year, and rank priorities for the City during the following year.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the City received some of the highest scores since the survey commenced in 2012.

“The City recorded an overall satisfaction score of 75 per cent, which is an increase compared to 73 per cent in 2018 and 70 per cent in 2017 and our highest yet,” Cr Long said.

“This is very pleasing because it indicates the community feels Council is moving in the right direction and providing services and facilities that meet community expectations.”

“Of the 1430 responses received, 88.3 per cent of people rate the City is an average or above place to live, with 63.6 per cent saying it’s good or excellent. Nearly half the respondents rating the City as a better or much better place to live compared to 12 months ago, which is a 7.5 per cent improvement from last year’s results.”

“Another highlight is the increased number of residents who have no plans to leave the City of Karratha. Back in 2011, this figure was 14 per cent but today we have climbed to 41.9 per cent.”

“Rest assured, Council is always looking for ways to improve and we will keep assessing our performance across the board and strive to close any gaps in the services we provide.”

Further analysis of results found an upward trend in community satisfaction for the majority of the 26 Council services that the City seeks feedback on.

The best things about living in the City were identified as:
1. Natural environment
2. Leisure, recreation and entertainment
3. Sense of community

Areas of concern were:
1. Cost of living
2. Safety and security
3. Retail offerings

The top three Council services that exceeded community expectations were:
1. Dog and cat control
2. Libraries
3. Wickham Recreation Precinct

The services where satisfaction was lowest compared to community expectations were:
1. Illegal dumping
2. Financial responsibility
3. Airport services

These survey results will be used to inform budget planning and resource allocation for the next financial year.

Full results can be viewed at www.karratha.wa.gov.au/annual-reports


Remote residency to inspire 2019 Cossack Art Awards artist-in-residence

Award-winning Fremantle illustrator Ross Potter works on his life-sized sketch of Perth Zoo’s Asian elephant Tricia as part of the Fremantle Arts Centre exhibition Animaze – Amazing Animals for Kids in 2018. Supplied by Ross Potter

Award-winning Fremantle illustrator Ross Potter works on his life-sized sketch of Perth Zoo’s Asian elephant Tricia as part of the Fremantle Arts Centre exhibition Animaze – Amazing Animals for Kids in 2018. Supplied by Ross Potter

Award-winning Fremantle illustrator Ross Potter will take up residence in the carefully maintained remnants of one of WA’s earliest settlements as part of the 2019 Cossack Art Awards.

The prestigious artist-in-residence program is sponsored by the awards principal partner Rio Tinto and provides an opportunity for a selected artist to immerse themselves in the unique and inspiring surrounds of the historic settlement.

Mr Potter is a well-regarded artist and two-time finalist for the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, which is considered Western Australia’s version of the Archibald Prize. Last year, he won the City of Melville Art Award drawing award, the Joondalup Community Art Award for works on paper, and was a finalist for the Busselton Art Award and Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award.

Mr Potter has an interest in capturing the heritage of buildings and has exhibited his graphite on paper works as part of the Fremantle Heritage Festival and a National Trust of Australia WA touring exhibition.

In July, Mr Potter will relocate to the heritage-listed colonial pearling settlement for four weeks to produce a series of artworks inspired by his experience living among some of the oldest buildings in WA with a rich multicultural history.

As artist-in-residence, he will also facilitate a series of workshops as part of the public program of events on offer each year during the Cossack Art Awards.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the Cossack Art Awards provide an incredible experience for local artists and attract entrants from across Australia.

“The annual Cossack Art Awards allow us to showcase our talented local artists alongside works submitted from across the nation,” Cr Long said.

“Through the generous support of our business community, we are also able to shine a spotlight on the Pilbara and promote Cossack as an artistic hub. The artist-in-residence program is an opportunity for an artist to focus on their creativity and I look forward to seeing what Mr Potter produces during his time at Cossack.”

Rio Tinto General Manager Ports Dampier Tim McDougall said Rio Tinto has been a proud sponsor of the awards since 1993.

“We’re committed to promoting arts and culture in the Pilbara region and are very excited to see what Mr Potter produces during his time as artist-in-residence,” Mr McDougall said.

Entries to the 27th Cossack Art Awards are now open, with up to 300 works accepted for exhibition.

Winners will be announced at the Cossack Art Awards gala on Saturday, July 20.

The public exhibition and program runs from Sunday, July 21 to Sunday, August 11. More information is available at www.cossackartawards.com.au and the Cossack Art Awards Facebook page.


City welcomes funding commitment to seal Karratha-Tom Price Road

Sealing the Karratha-Tom Price Road will generate substantial economic and social benefits for the entire Pilbara region.

Sealing the Karratha-Tom Price Road will generate substantial economic and social benefits for the entire Pilbara region.

The City of Karratha has welcomed the Federal Government’s pre-election commitment of $248 million to seal Karratha-Tom Price Road.

The funding allocation was announced today by Prime Minister Scott Morrison as part of a $1.6 billion infrastructure package for Western Australia.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long congratulated the Federal Government for their commitment to the road, which has been a priority for Council for many years.

“It is pleasing to see the Liberal Party of Australia acknowledge the Karratha–Tom Price Road is of strategic importance for Western Australia and commit to sealing the full length of the road,” Cr Long said.

“The condition of the road is very poor and sealing it will generate substantial economic and social benefits for the entire Pilbara region. These include improving travel times and access to healthcare for remote inland communities, enhancing flood resilience, and unlocking opportunities for our tourism and mining sectors.

“Council would like to thank the WA State Government for their strong advocacy on this issue and their commitment of $50 million towards the project, and we call on the Australian Labor Party to make a similar commitment to fund this vital regional infrastructure upgrade.”

Tenders for the construction of Stage 3, which includes the section of road from Karratha to Millstream Chichester National Park, are expected to be released by the end of March.


City of Karratha and Woodside extend agreement to benefit community

The partnership funds NAIDOC Week events.

The partnership funds NAIDOC Week events.

A three-year social investment agreement between the City of Karratha and the Woodside-operated North West Shelf Project has recently been extended for another year.

During the period of the agreement, the City and North West Shelf Project worked together to achieve significant community outcomes. This includes around $300,000 since 2016 awarded to more than 150 community and sporting groups through the Quarterly Grants Scheme.

In addition, the City and North West Shelf Project have improved the youth services program, with nearly 5000 young people attending The Youth Shed to participate in a diverse range of activities and programs last financial year.

The City and North West Shelf Project have helped create safe, healthy and liveable communities through the Safer Communities Partnership, which delivers initiatives focused on reducing crime and antisocial behaviour.

The partnership delivered a vibrant and inclusive Australia Day celebration and annual citizenship awards in 2019. Woodside will also continue its funding of NAIDOC Week events this year.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said he was pleased to extend the agreements with Woodside and the North West Shelf venture for 2019, valued at a total of $341,000.

“These agreements secure funding to continue engaging with and entertaining local youth, working with police, government agencies and stakeholders to improve safety through our Safer Communities Partnership and continue to delivering community events that foster a sense of belonging,” Cr Long said.

“As Woodside complete their planning for the Scarborough and Browse projects, the City will continue to collaborate on meaningful social investment to provide more benefits to the community.”

Woodside Karratha Gas Plant Manager Andrew Lobb said Woodside is proud to have supported youth, education and safety outcomes across the City.

“We’ll continue to collaborate with our community partners and joint venture participants as we progress our Burrup hub growth plans,” Mr Lobb said.

“It’s a core value for Woodside that we are active members of the community.”