Airfare sales on the rise

Karratha Airport. Credit: City of Karratha

Karratha Airport. Credit: City of Karratha

The City of Karratha continues to work with the airlines that service Karratha Airport to reduce the cost of flights for residents and visitors.

Already this year Qantas Airways and Virgin Australia Airlines have offered a number of sales on flights to and from Karratha, including this week.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said it was pleasing to see airlines responding to community demand for affordable flights and introducing more regular airfare sales.

“Council has been proactively working to facilitate the provision of intraregional, interstate and international services from Karratha Airport to improve the liveability of our community,” Cr Long said.

“The City also continues to advocate to the State Government for improved connectivity for travelers to experience our unique and under-rated tourism experiences.”

Cr Long encouraged residents to subscribe to Qantas’ discounted residents’ fares program, and to Qantas Airways and Virgin Australia Airlines mailing lists to receive alerts about current and upcoming airfare sales.

For more information, please visit the Karratha Airport website at

Basketball, bouncy castle and birthday cake to celebrate milestone

The City of Karratha's Youth Shed and Indoor Play Centre are celebrating seven years this weekend. Picture: Stock image

The City of Karratha's Youth Shed and Indoor Play Centre are celebrating seven years this weekend. Picture: Stock image

The community is encouraged to help celebrate the City of Karratha’s Youth Shed and Indoor Play Centre’s upcoming seventh birthday, with a program of fun festivities on offer to mark the occasion.

The Indoor Play Centre, located within The Youth Shed facility on Hillview Road, is a family-friendly facility offering an air-conditioned children’s playground for infants to 12-year-olds and a café with a revamped menu for parents and grandparents.

Birthday celebrations will kick off at 9am and include a free petting zoo, face-painting, bouncy castle, birthday cake and roving entertainers. Normal admission fees apply.

The Youth Shed’s space for 11-18 year olds offers at least five free programs for young people each week, in addition to table tennis, pool, computers, gaming stations and a skate park.

Activities and entertainment at The Youth Shed to mark the special occasion include a mural art project, basketball tournament, barbecue, birthday cake and beats.

There will be competitions and prizes throughout the event, which starts at 1pm and finishes at 9pm.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the focus of youth services had evolved dramatically over recent years from drop-in recreational activities to providing leadership opportunities.

“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 youth to enjoy across the City,” Cr Long said.

“By actively engaging the views of our young people, the City continues to increase our level of service and explore opportunities to do more to meet community need.

“This birthday is a great opportunity to celebrate our progress in this area so come down and enjoy the fun.”

For more information about the event, please contact the Indoor Play Centre on 9186 8647 or The Youth Shed on 9186 8687.

Direct freight link could halve transport costs for Pilbara businesses

Recent studies by the City of Karratha and Pilbara Development Commission have found the establishment of a direct maritime freight link could halve the cost of transporting goods to Pilbara based businesses.

The organisations worked in collaboration to independently fund two separate but related studies on freight into the Pilbara.

The combined findings of the reports identified that there is sufficient demand through cargo aggregation for new direct maritime freight links to major Asian trans-shipment ports.

If a direct freight service was established it could reduce freight costs by up to 50% and delivery times by up to 70%.

The lower costs would increase annual gross regional product (GRP) of the Pilbara by 1.14%, or $120 million per year.

Recycling, building products, machinery, industrial supplies and consumables are just some of many Pilbara freight categories that can benefit from direct services.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the City was committed to reducing costs for local businesses.

“The Pilbara is completely reliant on imported goods of every kind to support industry and community life – whether it is a toothbrush or a mining truck.”

“Each year more than 6.5 million tonnes of freight flows in and out of the Pilbara, which is carried over great distances because of our remote location.”

“The establishment of direct freight links would significantly reduce costs for Pilbara based businesses as well as create additional opportunities for new businesses to establish, particularly those with export potential.”

“The development of exports in live seafood, oysters, horticultural products and beef could be facilitated by an air link triangulated over Perth.”

The City of Karratha Council endorsed its freight study at Monday night’s Council meeting and it is being presented to local businesses at the City of Karratha Small Business Breakfast Briefing today.

The next stage is recommended to be independent facilitation work to assist the business development of new direct maritime and air freight services between the Pilbara and Asia.

The City of Karratha Pilbara Freight Study is available here.

Have your say about the City’s economic future

The draft Economic Development Strategy has been released for public comment. Picture: City of Karratha

The draft Economic Development Strategy has been released for public comment. Picture: City of Karratha

A strategy to attract diverse and sustainable business and employment opportunities to the City of Karratha has been released for public comment.

Council endorsed the draft Economic Development Strategy in December as part of the City’s commitment to diversify and grow the local economy.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the strategy would provide a framework for Council’s continued leadership to support local businesses and attract new industries to improve the local economy’s resilience to the resources sector.

“The City has played a major role in developing the local economy through significant investment in infrastructure and supporting the small business sector,” Cr Long said.

“Last financial year Council approved more than $160,000 in business development grants to help small and medium businesses achieve their potential.

“The draft strategy has been prepared in consultation with local businesses, business support organisations, government agencies and the City’s advisory groups.

“It focuses on initiatives that will deliver the greatest economic impacts and benefits to the community, which work towards achieving our vision to become Australia’s most liveable regional city.”

The strategy’s four key outcomes include strengthening Karratha as the regional capital of the North West, population growth, economic diversification and improved air, sea and land connectivity.

Focus areas to achieve the strategy’s outcomes include enhancing small and medium business support, attracting business investment and building investment partnerships.

The draft Economic Development Strategy will be advertised for public comment for 21 days.

The draft strategy is available online at or can be inspected at the City of Karratha Administration Building on Welcome Road Monday-Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Public comment can be made in writing to the City of Karratha, PO Box 219 Karratha WA 6714 or via email to before 1 March 2019.

Activation of Roebourne town centre begins

The restored Victoria Hotel. Picture: Tina Nevil, Yurra Pty Ltd

The restored Victoria Hotel. Picture: Tina Nevil, Yurra Pty Ltd

The restoration of an iconic 152-year-old building in Roebourne’s town centre will help to facilitate tourism and business growth in 2019.

Yindijibarndi Aboriginal Corporation have redeveloped the Victoria Hotel which will support the local community through the provision of current and new services, showcasing the vibrancy and diversity of the town and its community.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the ambitious restoration fits with Council’s larger, long-term vision for the revitalisation of Roebourne’s main street and would create a hub for the community and visitors.

“Congratulations to Yindijibarndi Aboriginal Corporation on the completion of this incredible redevelopment project,” Cr Long said.

“The Victoria Hotel is a recognisable building in the heart of Roebourne and its redevelopment embodies many of the objectives outlined in Council’s Roebourne Structure Plan.

“Our vision for Roebourne was developed after extensive consultation with the Indigenous community and other stakeholders with strong interest in the town.

“It focuses on celebrating culture, supporting the local community and building a diversified economic base that contributes to the Pilbara region.

“Council look forward to seeing the Victoria Hotel open in the coming weeks, and will increase street sweeping, pavement and street furniture cleaning programs ahead of this.

“Council has been working hard improve amenity along Roebourne’s main street including upgrades to the median strip and parking at the Ngurin Centre."

The redeveloped Victoria Hotel will house an interactive cultural centre, visitor and information services and the Roebourne Library, offering extended hours and state-of-the-art technology as a cornerstone of user experience.

Local Aboriginal Corporation, Juluwarlu Group, will tenant the space and support Council services.

The Victoria Hotel redevelopment has been led by the Yindijibarndi Aboriginal Corporation with support from the WA Government, Federal Government through the Department of Infrastructure, Pilbara Development Commission and the City of Karratha.

The City of Karratha Roebourne Structure Plan is available to view at

Have your say about the City of Karratha

The City of Karratha's annual community survey opens today and closes on February 28, 2019.

The City of Karratha's annual community survey opens today and closes on February 28, 2019.

The City of Karratha’s annual community survey is now open for residents to make their voices heard regarding a range of Council matters.

The community survey is an important tool for gathering feedback about the City of Karratha’s performance across 26 service areas.

Survey responses are collated and used by Council to consider areas for increased funding for the following financial year.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long encouraged residents to have their say.

“Council values the feedback residents provide through this survey, which the City has conducted for the past seven years,” Cr Long said.

“The data we collect enables us to benchmark our results so we can focus our efforts in response to the community’s priorities.

“Last year residents told us community safety and security was a high priority, so we allocated an additional $200,000 to expand our footpath lighting program and introduced a security subsidy scheme to help residents feel safer.”

Other recent examples of how the community survey has influenced Council’s priorities include:
- $16m Wickham Community Hub and $80,000 Wickham BMX track to increase youth services and activities
- $2.6m Welcome Park to provide more parks and gardens
- $11.7m Dampier Palms and Hampton Oval redevelopment, $650,000 Point Samson boardwalk and viewing platform, $200,000 Wickham Boat Beach ramp works and Hearsons Cove upgrades to enhance foreshore amenity, and
- $2.4m to upgrade Mooligan Road in the light industrial area to improve local roads.

The community survey opened today and closes on February 28, 2019.

To complete the survey and go in the draw to win a Go Pro Hero 7 Black valued at $598, visit

The results of the survey will be published online and in the 2019 April Ordinary Council Meeting minutes.

Coastal conservation for 40 Mile on the horizon

40 Mile (Gnoorea) is a popular for nature-based camping, fishing, boating, four wheel driving and swimming.

40 Mile (Gnoorea) is a popular for nature-based camping, fishing, boating, four wheel driving and swimming.

A popular coastal recreation spot is set to benefit from foreshore enhancement works this camping season.

Residents and locals flock to 40 Mile (Gnoorea) for nature-based camping experiences, four wheel driving, fishing, boating and swimming.

Located 60km south south-west of Karratha, the 40 Mile area incorporates approximately 11km of coastline and is part of the determined Native Title area for the Yabrurara and Coastal Mardudhunera people.

The City will commence implementing foreshore enhancement works recommended by Council’s adopted Gnoorea (40 Mile Beach) Foreshore Management Plan this year, after securing State Government funding.

The plan provides guidance to protect, maintain and enhance the environmental and cultural values of the 40 Mile reserve.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s Community Stewardship Grants Program allocated $97,000 to the City this month to improve campsites and rehabilitate vegetation and dunes, which have been impacted by uncontrolled access.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said it was important to conserve the coastline, which played a big part in the lifestyle of many residents.

“Council is committed to improving the amenity of our foreshores, with works recently completed or underway in Karratha, Point Samson, Wickham and Dampier,” Cr Long said.

“The City’s application for funding was submitted in partnership with the Yabrurara and Coastal Mardudhunera Aboriginal Corporation (YACMAC) and the foreshore enhancement works will be carried out side-by-side with the Marduthani Rangers on-country.”

The works are expected to be undertaken over the next three years, with the first stage coinciding with the designated camping season from May 1 to September 30.

The Gnoorea (40 Mile) Foreshore Management Plan is available to view online at

Annual Report highlights City liveability

Improved liveability was a strong theme running through the City of Karratha 2017-18 Annual Report endorsed by Council at the Annual Electors Meeting in December.

The opening of the Red Earth Arts Precinct and delivery of enhanced amenity and services indicate the City’s vision to become Australia’s most liveable regional city is on track.

Additional highlights include the distribution of more than $1.3million in community and business development grants, a total local procurement spend of more than $62million and the expansion of Nickol West Park, our network of footpaths and continued roads maintenance.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the 2017-18 annual report provides a comprehensive overview of City of Karratha activities as Council continues its work to become Australia’s most liveable regional city.

“We’ve made some great progress in the last financial year with the completion and opening of our Red Earth Arts Precinct and advanced construction on the Wickham Community Hub. The Point Samson viewing platform is now complete and planning is well advanced for the redevelopment of Dampier Palms and Hampton Oval,” Cr Long said.

“In addition to the progression of these infrastructure projects, we’ve seen the delivery of city services that provide exceptional value to our residents and we’ve been able to focus in on those areas of our performance where more work is required,” he added.

“The City of Karratha is ready for growth and I am extremely proud of all the work we have been able to achieve together over the past financial year.”

An electronic version of this report is available for download at

Council chooses local Aboriginal company for welcome addition to CBD

The Welcome Park project is part of the City's ongoing work to activate and enhance the amenity of the city centre.

The Welcome Park project is part of the City's ongoing work to activate and enhance the amenity of the city centre.

Plans to transform the vacant lot on the corner of Welcome Road and Sharpe Avenue into a peaceful public space have progressed to the next stage.

Council nominated local Aboriginal company GBSC Yurra Pty Ltd as the preferred tenderer for the construction of landscaping and a pedestrian bridge for Welcome Park last week.

The $2.6m project is part Council’s ongoing work to activate and enhance the amenity of the city centre.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said City officers would continue negotiations with the local company regarding the scope of the significant project.

“Welcome Park will provide a landscaped link between the Red Earth Arts Precinct and the city centre,” Cr Long said.

“This development will be a welcoming entry statement for visitors and provide a place for our community to get together.”

Plans include public artworks by local artists and groups, interpretive signage and park furniture located among native plants.

The landscaping and pedestrian bridge works will complement the long-vehicle car park at the rear of the shopping centre, which was completed in December.

Community engagement will continue throughout the construction process via social media and displays and competitions at Karratha Library.

Construction of Welcome Park is anticipated to commence in March and expected to be completed by August.

Welcome Park is funded by the City of Karratha, State Government’s Royalties for Regions program administered by the Pilbara Development Commission and Australian Government's National Stronger Regions Fund.

Australia Day highlights city’s finest

Horizon Power retail and community manager Michelle South with 2019 City of Karratha Citizen of the Year Sandra Spadanuda.

Horizon Power retail and community manager Michelle South with 2019 City of Karratha Citizen of the Year Sandra Spadanuda.

Grassroots community heroes were celebrated at the annual Australia Day Awards breakfast over the long weekend.

Twenty-eight nominations were received across six award categories, with winners announced at the community celebration hosted by the City of Karratha and supported by Rio Tinto, Horizon Power, Woodside and the North West Shelf Project joint venture participants on Saturday.

Sandra Spadanuda was named 2019 Citizen of the Year for her tireless dedication toward improving the lives of children and young people throughout the region.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the awards provided an opportunity to formally recognise and thank the many remarkable individuals within our community and congratulated all nominees on their achievements.

“Australia Day gives us the chance to commend the people who are first to raise their hand, who give up their weekends, who spend hours organising and contributing, not because they have to but because they are passionate about giving back to the community that we all call home,” Cr Long said.

“I would like to personally congratulate all of our nominees and award winners. Their unwavering commitment to our community, makes the City of Karratha the enviable place to live that it is today,” he said.

“Our program of Australia Day celebrations have become a highlight on the local events calendar. In addition to the awards breakfast, we welcomed nearly a dozen new citizens into our community with a special ceremony."

Rio Tinto general manager Ports Cape Lambert Chris Osborn presented the Community Spirit Award, Community Service Award and the Community Event/Activity of the Year Award, recognising each recipient’s personal achievements and contribution to the local community.

“Rio Tinto are committed to working with local community groups and organisations to build stronger communities across the region. It’s a great pleasure to present these awards, which clearly demonstrates the importance community plays, in the hearts and minds of local residents here in Karratha,” he said.

Award nominations were evaluated in a number of areas, including time contributed to volunteering, demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the City of Karratha and achieving good outcomes for the community.

Other awards included Citizen of Year, Young Citizen of Year and Environmental Achievement.

Woodside’s Karratha Gas Plant Asset Manager Andrew Lobb said Woodside and the North West Shelf Project have proudly supported the City of Karratha’s Australia Day Awards since 2012 and will continue to place importance on this annual community celebration.

“The Australia Day awards recognise the generous spirit and culture of service that define Karratha. Congratulations to all of the nominees and recipients whose efforts make our community a wonderful place to live and work," he said.

Horizon Power Retail and Community Manager Michelle South congratulated all winners and nominees of the Australia Day awards and acknowledged the achievements of 2019 Citizen of the Year recipient Sandra Spadanuda.

“Congratulations to all of the winners of this year’s City of Karratha Australia Day Awards and well done to all of the nominees.  It’s easy to see why this is such a great place to live and work, with so many outstanding individuals investing their time and energy back into the community,” she said.
“Sandra Spadanuda is a very deserving winner of this prestigious award and through her efforts has dramatically improved the lives of countless children and young people across the region.”

2019 Australia Day Award winners:

Citizen of the Year – Sandra Spadanuda
Presented by Horizon Power
Dedicated to improving the lives of children and young people in the region, Sandra is a volunteer Director on the YACWA (Youth Affairs Council of WA) Board and a voluntary member of the Baynton West Primary School Board. A caring and passionate person, Sandra believes in working with young people to help them create a brighter future for not only themselves, but also the wider community. In early 2013, Sandra became an endorsed foster carer for the Department of Communities – Child Protection and Family Support. In an attempt to close the gaps in youth services, programs, funding, resources and youth servicing providers, Sandra co-founded the Blue Beanie Projects in 2015.

Young Citizen of the Year – Pansy Derschow
Presented by Woodside
A positive role model for young Indigenous girls, Pansy is a lovely young girl who always has a positive outlook and a big smile for all she meets. Despite many barriers, Pansy engages full time in a VTS training program and through dedication, she has now been chosen to mentor and train the students. Pansy actively participates in the local Blue Beanie Projects assisting the management team with make-up, directing the girls and mentoring. A positive role model, Pansy is willing to give anything a go to make a brighter future.

Community Service – Karratha Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service
Presented by Rio Tinto
100% volunteer based, Karratha Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service is the primary emergency response brigade for bush, industrial and structure fires, HAZMAT and road rescue within the township of Karratha. The Karratha Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service also provides support to other emergency response units for fires, traffic accidents and storm clean ups. During the 2017/2018 financial year, they attended a total of 219 call-outs; one of the busiest years in Karratha Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service’s 45-year history.

Environmental Award – Rose Best
Presented by the Woodside-operated North West Shelf Project
Ambassador for the Pilbara Wildlife Carers since 2018, Rose Best has been assisting all species of wildlife and doing her best to rehabilitate and release all that come through Pilbara Wildlife’s doors. Education is a significant part of what Rose does, offering great support and knowledge to community members and businesses. Her passion for wildlife in the region is contagious and many have been touched by her amazing work from rescues to relocations, advice and releases.

Community Spirit – Stephen Clarke
Presented by Rio Tinto
An active member of the Karratha Scout Group and church youth leader for over 10 years, Stephen demonstrates respect, integrity, honesty and goal setting. Involved with the turtle monitoring and through community service, Stephen continues to inspire and assist the next generation to be their best through his love for the land and the people and teaching how to care for the environment.

Event/Activity of the Year – Dampier Billy Cart Derby
Presented by Rio Tinto
Now in its third year, the Billy Cart Derby was brought to Karratha by Jamie and Alison with inspiration from Marble Bar. They have worked through the safety complexities, engaged the local community and businesses to deliver this iconic event. In the months leading up to the Derby, the communities of Dampier and Karratha are buzzing with excitement. Families are getting together in sheds, carports and living rooms, in an attempt to build a person-carrying beast that can roll down a hill. This event wouldn’t be possible without the many volunteers that assist with set up and local businesses that provide in-kind services to ensure the event is a success.

Karratha Council plan to ban single-use plastics


Plastic bags, disposable drink bottles and straws will be banned from City of Karratha operations and events over the next 12 months under a new single-use plastics reduction strategy.

Council endorsed a proposal to develop a single-use plastics reduction strategy and replace single-use plastics with biodegradable or reusable products on Monday.

The strategy was developed by the City’s Single Use Plastics Working Group (SUP), which formed in September to tackle the use of disposable plastic products within the organisation.

SUP conducted an audit of the five most common single-use plastics – plastic bags, coffee and water cups, water bottles, drinking straws and utensils – across the organisation.

Once implemented, the new strategy will eliminate 71,000 plastic bags, almost 16,000 cups, more than 5000 water bottles and nearly 3000 straws and utensils.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said Council recognises the importance of reducing plastic waste.

“Phasing out single-use plastics is an effective way to reduce our contribution to landfill and minimise the impact of plastic pollution on our wildlife and oceans,” Cr Long said.

“While this won’t happen overnight, we have taken the next step to become ‘single-use plastic free’ environmentally responsible organisation. We will also investigate the feasibility of our popular Red Earth Arts Festival becoming single-use plastics free.

“While commercial businesses operating within Council facilities are not obliged to replace single-use plastics, we encourage businesses and the community to choose to reuse wherever possible.”

The single-use plastics reduction strategy follows the introduction of biodegradable doggie bags in dog-friendly parks, distributing reusable coffee cups and water bottles to staff and not providing drinking straws or plastic cutlery.

Council endorsed a single-use plastics reduction strategy to tackle the use of single-use plastics within the organisation.

Historic agreement to benefit Dampier community

If completed, the agreement will enable the City to progress the $10.7m Dampier Palms and Hampton Oval redevelopment. Credit: City of Karratha

If completed, the agreement will enable the City to progress the $10.7m Dampier Palms and Hampton Oval redevelopment. Credit: City of Karratha

Council’s vision to develop the Dampier foreshore has advanced to the next stage after a multimillion-dollar agreement was endorsed on Monday.

The historic agreement with Rio Tinto involves the transfer of ownership of land owned under freehold or lease by Rio Tinto to the City of Karratha.

Endorsement by Council is a positive step in the process toward a formal transfer agreement, which remains subject to negotiations with the State Government.

The 10 sites subject to the agreement include popular community facilities, infrastructure, public spaces and tourist attractions: Hampton Harbour Boat and Sailing Club, the Dampier foreshore and public boat ramp, Hampton Oval and Windy Ridge Oval, Dampier Bowling Club, tennis and squash courts, Jurat Park, Hardy Reserve, Red Dog Entry Bay and the Dampier Lookout.

If completed, the transfer will enable the City to progress the $10.7m Dampier Palms and Hampton Oval redevelopment and the estimated $15m Dampier Marine project.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the agreement had been 35 years in the making.

“Negotiations have been ongoing for many years so it’s great to see it come to fruition,” Cr Long said.

“Transferring these assets will enable Council to upgrade community facilities, activate public spaces and open the door for future development in Dampier, which is a great outcome for the community.”

These works are anticipated to be included in the City’s 2020-21 budget.

Rio Tinto will also allocate $2.5m from the Community Infrastructure and Services Partnership reserve towards the Dampier Palms and Hampton Oval redevelopment.

Rio Tinto managing director Port, Rail and Core Services Ivan Vella said endorsement by the City was an important milestone.

“This is an important step toward progressing the transfer, which will significantly enhance community facilities and infrastructure in the region,” he said.

“Our partnership with the City of Karratha has gone from strength to strength in recent years, delivering real benefits to the local community with more than $50m contributed since 2012.

“The proposed transfer of land builds on our shared vision of creating vibrant, healthy communities in this amazing part of Australia.”

Call for community input on sustainability

The Point Samson viewing platform. Credit: City of Karratha

The Point Samson viewing platform. Credit: City of Karratha

Expressions of interest are open for community representatives to join the City of Karratha’s Environment and Sustainability Advisory Group.

The group was established in 2016 to provide advice to Council on the development of environmental conservation strategies and sustainability actions.

The group currently comprises community representatives, Mayor Peter Long, Deputy Mayor Grant Cucel and senior city officers.

Community members with an interest or experience in environmental conservation and sustainability are encouraged to apply.

The group is currently reviewing the City’s 2013 Environmental Strategy and calling for more members to provide input and  feedback to guide preparation of a revised strategy.

The scope of the review is broad: conserving and managing natural assets; renewable energy generation and energy efficiency; recycling and waste management, sustainable use and management of resources; and creating sustainable and attractive built environments.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the Council is committed to conserving and promoting the region’s spectacular natural environment as part of a well-balanced growth strategy.

“We know residents value the natural environment from the results of our annual Community Survey, so Council considers it important to conserve and enhance our natural assets and give our residents the opportunity to be engaged in that process,” Cr Long said.

“Council will continue to look at how we can be more sustainable as an organization and believes the community can help so we are giving residents with a passion for environmental sustainability the opportunity to join this advisory group.”

Group members are appointed for a two-year period and expected to attend quarterly meetings to discuss environment and sustainability issues.

To nominate, please post or email a written Expression of Interest to P.O. Box 219, Karratha WA 6714 or outlining why you would like to join the group. Nominations close 31 January 2019.

Have your say about the Cleaverville foreshore management plan


The City of Karratha would like to hear your thoughts about the management of popular fishing and camping spot, Cleaverville.

Cleaverville, located 20 minutes west of Karratha, is used for fishing, camping and off-road driving by locals year-round and visitors during the winter months.

However, a growing residential population and number of seasonal visitors are impacting the area.

An extensive network of unregulated access tracks are causing dune erosion and campers are establishing new campsites along the foreshore, which provides habitat for four critically endangered bird species and two vulnerable turtle species.

The City has developed a draft foreshore management plan to protect the coastal environment for future generations.

The draft foreshore management plan will guide the City’s management of Cleaverville to ensure the site’s long-term recreational, cultural and ecological values, and enhance tourism activities.

The draft foreshore management plan was developed in consultation with traditional owners and the community, including community workshops, an online survey and interviews with visitors at Cleaverville.

Council endorsed the draft foreshore management plan in November and the City is inviting the community to review the plan and make comments and suggestions.

The draft foreshore management plan is available online at

Submissions should be made in writing to Ranger Services, City of Karratha PO Box 219 Karratha WA 6714 or via email to before Wednesday, 19 December.

Destination plan to boost tourism industry moves ahead


An ambitious plan to double the current visitor spend in Karratha and be ranked in the top 10 places to visit in Western Australia by 2030 has been released for public comment.

Council endorsed the draft Destination Management Plan (DMP) this month as part of the City’s commitment to strengthen the local tourism industry, increase the number of visitors to the region and diversify the City’s economy.

The City commissioned the plan to provide a framework to identify opportunities and coordinate strategies to develop the region’s underrated and unique adventure, nature and eco-cultural experiences.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the plan was developed in consultation with local tourism industry stakeholders.

“This plan identifies some of the challenges and strengths to promote Karratha as a tourist destination and proposes priorities to attract more visitors to our spectacular region,” Cr Long said.

“The Destination Management Plan will be a practical tool to guide the sustainable development of our tourism industry, working with local tour operators and businesses.”

Karratha received 372,000 visitors in 2018, which was an 82 per cent increase from the 167,000 people who visited Karratha in 2012, according to Tourism Research Australia (TRA) data.

“This is a significant increase and encouraging sign for the future of our emerging tourism industry,” Cr Long said.

Fifty-five percent of visitors to Karratha were domestic and international overnight visitors, who injected $262 million into the local economy, according to TRA.

Karratha ranked second behind Broome for total holiday visitation based on the average number of visitors between 2016 and 2018, out of eight local government authorities in North West WA.

Focus areas to achieve the plan’s objectives include introducing a destination event program, encouraging investment into new tourism products and experiences, and raising awareness of Karratha as a vibrant tourism destination.

The draft DMP will be advertised for public comment for 21 days.

The draft DMP is available online at and at the City of Karratha Administration Building Monday-Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Public comment can be made in writing to the City of Karratha, PO Box 219 Karratha WA 6714 or via email to before 5pm December 7.

Nearly $1.5m of savings to flow back into the community after budget review

Nearly $1.5 million in savings identified in Council’s November budget review will be re-allocated to enhance liveability across the City of Karratha.

Council’s budget was reviewed in October and $1.49 million in savings will be redirected to fund new projects and extend current programs and services.

Community safety initiatives will receive a significant boost, with the City’s solar walkway lighting program extended and security screens installed at the Frank Butler Community Centre.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said a subsidy scheme for residents to claim rebates on private sensor lighting and closed-circuit television cameras would also be established.

“Community safety is a priority for the City and we continue to investigate ways to work with police to prevent crime and anti-social behavior,” Cr Long said.

Community projects and events will also benefit from the surplus funds.

“The Dampier community will benefit from a vibrant new artwork at the skate park and Council will undertake a detailed design for the Hampton Harbour Marina,” Cr Long said.

“The first stage of the Karratha Revitalisation Strategy will be implemented, the Nickol Bay Bushfire Brigade will benefit from funding towards a new shed, and Council has set aside funds to celebrate Karratha’s 50th birthday in 2019.”

The City’s kerb and footpath maintenance program will be extended and carpark works completed at the Karratha Leisureplex.

The amendments to Council’s budget will not affect Council’s bottom line, with a modest surplus forecast for the financial year.

Council’s budget is reviewed twice each year as part of its ongoing commitment to financial management.

Changes to the Karratha Visitor Centre coming in 2019

The provision of visitor information services will be delivered by the City of Karratha in 2019.

The City’s current contract with the Karratha Visitor Centre (KVC) expires at the end of 2018 and Council decided in June to bring the services in-house.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said bringing the services in-house would provide significant operational efficiencies.

“The City has many operational systems in place and bringing visitor information services in-house will improve efficiency and economic sustainability,” Cr Long said.

“The KVC has provided valuable visitor information services to support local tourism from Karratha and Roebourne for a number of years and I would like to thank the organisation for their hard work.”

“Tourism is an important area for our region’s economic diversification and Council has invested significant resources into a national place-branding campaign which will complement the new in-house service.”

City of Karratha officers have been working with the KVC staff to ensure a smooth transition and that disruption to visitor information services is minimised.

The Karratha and Roebourne visitor centres have now closed. During the transition period, the City of Karratha will provide an interim service from the Administration Building on Welcome Road.

A selection of maps and brochures are available from the City of Karratha and reservations for Integrity Coach Lines bus routes can be made.

A revamped tourism and visitor information services is anticipated to launch in February 2019.

Woodside compromise on Bay Village

An amended proposal put forward by Woodside regarding the Bay Village development has been endorsed by the City of Karratha Council.

The revised proposal follows months of negotiations between the City, Woodside and the State Government over the facility.

A key component of the revised proposal will ensure use of the camp is limited to Woodside employees and contractors.

The endorsed proposal also includes a limited approval period of 10 years with the option of a five-year extension based on need, instead of 30 years as originally put forward, and a reduced bed count of 604 beds instead of 700 beds.

In addition, Woodside will comply with all of the other City recommended conditions of approval, including the establishment of a daily bus service for residents of the facility so they can easily access local retailers and services.

Other initiatives include higher quality urban design, the employment of Village Lifestyle Coordinators who will work with City of Karratha to ensure there is a high level of integration between this facility and the Karratha community, and commitments around local contracting during construction and operations.

There will be no bar facilities within the camp and sporting and recreation facilities have been downsized in an effort to encourage residents to integrate with the community by utilising existing quality facilities within the community.

Woodside advised that if Council accepted the modified conditions of the proposal it would withdraw its appeal from the State Administrative Tribunal and the Minister for Planning.

Council will continue to work with Woodside and the State Government on this matter to ensure an acceptable outcome for all parties.

Comments from City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long:

“This has been a long and challenging process for everyone involved, but it was absolutely necessary for the City to advocate the strongly held views of our community and seek a better outcome than what was originally proposed for this facility,” Cr Long said.

“The City has always supported the exciting growth opportunities that were being proposed by Woodside through the Scarborough and Browse projects, but wanted to make sure that the local community got significant benefits from these projects.  The City believes that the tough negotiations that have been held with Woodside and the State Government on this issue has led to a significantly better outcome for all parties.”

“Woodside has demonstrated that substantial growth opportunities are being progressed and that, if these projects proceed, there will be a need for significantly more accommodation.  This accommodation will include a combination of residential and Camp style accommodation.”

“The design and functionality of the facility has vastly improved from the original proposal.”

“Woodside has been a part of our community for over 30 years and the developments proposed by them indicate that they are likely to be here for at least another 30 years.  The City looks forward to working with Woodside to progress the exciting expansion opportunities that they and the other North West Shelf joint venture partners.”

2018 Walkington Award recipient announced

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long with 2018 Walkington Award recipient Richard Shaw.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long with 2018 Walkington Award recipient Richard Shaw.

Year 12 St Luke's College student Richard Shaw received the prestigious Walkington Award for his academic excellence and generous community service at an awards ceremony on Monday.

The Walkington Award commemorates the service of the founding director of North Regional TAFE (previously known as Karratha College and the Pilbara Institute), Doctor Al Walkington.

The purpose of the annual award, valued at $5000, is to encourage local students to continue full-time or part-time tertiary studies at a recognised education institution.

For his achievements, Richard will receive a $5000 bursary from the City of Karratha to be used for tuition fees and to support his studies.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the Walkington Award had a proud history of assisting local students pursue their academic aspirations.

“We have been running the Walkington Award for 34 years now, which gives students in our community a helping hand to further their studies and career goals,” Cr Long said.

“I am always proud to see the hard work in our young people put into their education and the ways they generously give back to our community.”

“It is an exciting time for our education sector, with funding recently secured to establish a Pilbara Universities Centre right here in Karratha so aspiring students can access nationally accredited courses and degrees without having to leave their hometowns.”

Cr Long congratulated this year’s winner and all the applicants.

“Richard is an exceptional leader who volunteers his time mentoring younger students at St Luke’s College and also through soccer,” Cr Long said.

“I wish Richard and all of the 2018 Walkington Award applicants all the best in their future endeavours.”

Local sports stars shine at 2018 Community Sports Awards

2018 Community Sports Awards recipients (left to right back row): Sporting Group of the Year Karratha Junior Rugby League President Nic Rolle, Sportswoman of the Year Cheyenne Wailu, Sportsman of the Year Cody Scale, (left to right front row): Junior Sportsman of the Year Max Grasso, Junior Sportswoman of the Year Sophie Taylor, Official of the Year Simi Cagilaba, Coach of the Year Gavin O’Brien with guest speaker former Australian cricketer Dean Jones.

2018 Community Sports Awards recipients (left to right back row): Sporting Group of the Year Karratha Junior Rugby League President Nic Rolle, Sportswoman of the Year Cheyenne Wailu, Sportsman of the Year Cody Scale, (left to right front row): Junior Sportsman of the Year Max Grasso, Junior Sportswoman of the Year Sophie Taylor, Official of the Year Simi Cagilaba, Coach of the Year Gavin O’Brien with guest speaker former Australian cricketer Dean Jones.

More than 100 members of the local sporting community gathered at the Karratha Leisureplex on Friday evening to celebrate the achievements of local clubs and codes at the sixth annual FUTURECLUBS Community Sports Awards.

Presented by the City of Karratha, Rio Tinto and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, the annual awards recognise volunteers, players, officials and coaches, nominated by their peers, who have made a significant contribution to their code.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the annual awards were an opportunity for the City to showcase the talent of local sports stars and excellence within the thriving sporting scene.

“Not only do these annual awards acknowledge local athletes’ sporting prowess, they celebrate the commitment and countless hours of work behind the scenes by volunteers involved with more than 100 diverse sporting groups, ranging from boxing to water polo,” Cr Long said.

“It was great to see so many high caliber nominations once again this year. Congratulations to all the nominees – your nomination is a testament to the respect your team and club have for you. The award recipients should be very proud of their passion and dedication.”

Cr Long said the sports awards were also a reflection of the success of the City’s club development program.

“Our FUTURECLUBS club development program offers support and assistance to local sporting clubs and associations with their continued growth and development,” Cr Long said.
FUTURECLUBS is a City of Karratha, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Rio Tinto initiative.

2018 Community Sports Award recipients are:

  • Novo Resources Junior Sportswoman of the Year – Sophie Taylor

  • Rio Tinto Junior Sportsman of the Year – Max Grasso

  • Rio Tinto Sportswoman of the Year – Cheyenne Wailu

  • CITIC Pacific Mining Sportsman of the Year – Cody Scale

  • Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries Coach of the Year – Gavin O’Brien

  • Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries Official of the Year – Simi Cagilaba

  • Red FM/Spirit Radio Volunteer of the Year – Lisa Moore

  • City of Karratha Sporting Group of the Year – Karratha Junior Rugby League.