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 www.karratha.wa.gov.au/public-notifications 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 economic@karratha.wa.gov.au before 1 March 2019.