Independent umpire rules in favour of City on Bay Village camp

Woodside will need to comply with all 14 conditions recommended by the City of Karratha in order to build its proposed Bay Village camp.

The City had expressed disappointment that Woodside would be contesting a number of conditions including how many years the camp could operate and who it could accommodate.

The independent Joint Development Assessment Panel, however, has sided with the City and ruled that the camp can operate for a 10-year time limit only, instead of the 30 pushed by Woodside, and that it can only be used for the company’s employees and its contractors.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said he was pleased with the outcome and that the community’s interests were upheld.

“Our Council has fought extremely hard to ensure that if this facility is to be built, it is done with the community’s best interests at heart,” Cr Long said.

“The 10-year development approval is in line with all recent camp developments to ensure that FIFO facilities only remain while demand exists.”

“Limiting its use to Woodside workers and contractors will ensure the facility operates as originally proposed by Woodside, i.e. for its expansion projects only, and not in the open market.”

“To have these conditions upheld by the independent umpire is proof that Council’s diligent endeavours to ensure the best possible outcome for the community has paid off.”

“The City will continue to work with Woodside and the State Government to ensure that the Bay Village camp is built in line with community and Council expectations.”

Brew and the Moo still the premier beer and beef festival of the North West!

After two massive years with attendance numbers exceeding 1800 in 2017, ‘Brew and the Moo’ will return in 2018 on Saturday 10 November as the Pilbara's premier beer and beef festival, and addition of Brewed Family on Sunday 11 November. 

Since launching in 2016, this unique regional event has attracted over 3,000 beer and beef lovers from across Western Australia with 30% of patrons travelling from outside of the region to attend the event. This year the event is set to be even greater with an extended range of food and beverage options plus the addition of Brewed Family on the Sunday which will allow families the opportunity to be part of the beer and beef action. The 2 day event looks set to attract an even larger crowd to the City of Karratha across the weekend. 

Tickets went on sale only weeks ago and are selling fast. Event Director, David Yakas believes 2018 will be the biggest year yet “We’re so excited to be bringing all the brew and all the moo back to Dampier in 2018. The addition of Brewed Family is quite exciting as we have received numerous requests over the past two years from parents asking to be able to bring their children and we think our chilled Sunday session will the perfect opportunity”. 

The combination of beer and Pilbara beef with live entertainment on a balmy November evening at Hampton Harbour’s idyllic beachside will be perfectly complimented by a chilled Sunday session for the families. Over the two days, Brew and the Moo will showcase six musician acts from chilled acoustic sets, to dance floor hits right through to an old school DJ session. The Brewed Family event will include a kid’s zone to keep the kids entertain with face painting, roving entertainment and rides. 

And if you’re budding chef or maybe a BBQ legend wanting to learn more, Brew and the Moo is offering Pitmaster University on the Friday afternoon where you can learn from some of the best beef smokers and chefs of WA.


Brew and the Moo is also working hard to increase the exposure of the thriving cattle industry of the region. “This year, 75% of our food vendors have indicated that part or all of their menus will be created with Pilbara beef from the team at Outback Beef which is really exciting. Our aim of the event is to not only increase the exposure of the beautiful region but also showcase our fantastic beef.” David Yakas said. 

Wrapped Creations, the Karratha based event management team behind the development and organisation of the event, aim to offer with Brew and the Moo, an earthy sense of sophistication and style in the Pilbara, breaking down the traditional perceptions of the region. With contemporary performers, a smorgasbord of fusion and traditional beef dishes, and a great range of craft beer, Pilbara folk need not want for the city life. 

By siting the event at Dampier’s Hampton Oval, Brew and the Moo is drawing attention to the seaside suburb and its stunning beachfront views, as well as encouraging engagement in Karratha. This event and venue looks to provide a gateway opportunity to draw in visitors and pique their interest to explore the region further. With tourism becoming an increasingly major focus for our region, Wrapped Creations will continue its partnership with the Karratha Visitors Centre to offer travel destination packages including accommodation for Brew and the Moo 2018. 

Wrapped Creations has been successful in securing ongoing funding for the event through the City of Karratha council and through the WA Tourism Regional Events Scheme along with numerous local and national businesses keen to see the event succeed long into the future. 

For information and ticket sales please go to There are still opportunities for food vendors to participate, and any interested Vendor can contact Wrapped Creations via email, or call 9144 4204.

City raises concerns ahead of Bay Village development decision

Woodside will contest a number of conditions proposed by the City of Karratha when it make its case for the development of Bay Village workers camp next week.

The City of Karratha Council resolved to support the application subject to 14 conditions including that the facility would have a time-limited development approval of 10-years and could only be used for Woodside employees and contractors.

Woodside has now indicated it will contest these conditions as well as another to build a lit pedestrian way and cycle path linking Bay Village with the Tambrey Estate.

Instead, Woodside is pushing for a 30-year approval and wants to remove the other conditions altogether effectively meaning that the camp coul operate in the open market.

City of Karratha Chief Executive Officer Chris Adams said he was disappointed with the decision by Woodside to contest the conditions.

“Despite Council strongly objecting to a new lease for this development, the City has been working with Woodside in good faith to achieve the best possible outcomes for our community,” Mr Adams said.

“We have set out what we think is a very fair and reasonable list of conditions to enable a facility of this type to operate in our community. The 10-year development approval is in line with all recent camp developments to ensure that FIFO facilities only remain while demand exists.”

“Woodside’s justification for this facility was that it was required for staff and contractors associated with their projects, but they are now saying they will not have a participating interest in the facility and want it to run as a commercial operation.”

“We are hopeful that the joint development assessment panel will have our local community in mind when it makes its final decision on the Bay Village development next week.”

The Joint Development Assessment Panel will meet on Tuesday 9 September to make its decision.

If the JDAP approves the development, Woodside will seek a lease from the State Government for the site.

The City will continue to advocate that, if this facility to be built, it needs to have appropriate rules and regulations around it so it works as a part of our community and is not detrimental to the local community and local businesses.

Council takes next step to cultivate bright prospects

Council is moving forward with plans to develop two economic diversification projects which would generate jobs and attract business investment to the city.

Two separate studies have been completed which identified suitable sites for commercial-scale solar and wind energy farms and an intensive agriculture business.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the study into solar and wind power land supply options found northern WA has one of the best solar resources in the world.

“More than 119,000 hectares of land was identified as highly suitable for commercial-scale solar electricity generation, with 7245 hectares highly suitable for wind energy,” Cr Long said.

“Five suitable solar power sites have been identified, with one site large enough that the solar energy generated could be exported.”

“Council has been working hard to develop renewable industries for a long time, and the Pilbara sun already generates a large portion of Karratha Airport’s power needs, with the first-of-its-kind solar farm supplying the airport’s operations.”

The feasibility study to assess if intensive agriculture was a commercially viable and sustainable industry identified a site within the City’s Airport Reserve, known as the Eco Hub, as the best location.

The study looked at tomatoes as a potential crop and assessed two scenarios – two hectares of greenhouses and 20 hectares of greenhouses.

Cr Long said the study found the 20-hectare scenario could produce 13 million kilograms of tomatoes per year.

“To put that into scale, that is nearly 2000 per cent of the Pilbara’s demand for tomatoes, so there would be significant export potential,” Cr Long said.

Intensive agriculture businesses generate approximately five to 10 jobs per hectare, the study found.

“This means the smaller option could create up to 20 jobs while the larger option could employ up to 200 people if it went ahead,” Cr Long said.

“These projects are great examples of our efforts to diversify into more sustainable industries so business in Karratha isn’t restricted to the resources sector.”

Council is committed to investment attraction in the city and will continue to highlight opportunity for developers and identify suitable sites for these kinds of projects.

Council welcomes green haven for city centre

A shady green public space that connects the Red Earth Arts Precinct with the city centre is one step closer following the completion of a detailed concept design.

The City of Karratha will call for tenders next month for the construction of Welcome Park after Council endorsed the scope of works last week.

The $2.3 million project will transform the vacant lot on the corner of Welcome Road and Sharpe Avenue into a peaceful place to rest.

The development aims to provide a landscaped link between the arts and culture precinct and the city centre so residents and visitors can stroll from the library or cinema to the shops and cafes, restaurants and bars.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said Welcome Park would provide an increased level of amenity to the community and visitors.

“This exciting project continues our efforts to activate the city centre and will offer a welcoming entry to Karratha,” Cr Long said.

“The design features a focus on shade, native vegetation and seating areas for quiet contemplation or picnics, which I hope the community will enjoy.”

The development includes long-vehicle parking at the rear of the shopping centre and a pedestrian footbridge to link the new car park to Welcome Park.

“As well as a shady spot to enjoy your lunch, this park will be a place to learn about elements of our community’s unique story through interpretive signage,” Cr Long said.

“Sites have also been identified for sculptural artworks to promote public artworks by local artists and groups.”

Brew and the Moo – showing WA and the rest of Australia what the big fuss is about!

Since launching in 2016, this unique regional event has attracted over 3,000 beer and beef lovers from across Western Australia with 30% of patrons travelling from outside of the region to attend the event. The combination of beer and Pilbara beef with live entertainment on a balmy November evening at Hampton Harbour’s idyllic beachside seems to be getting noticed on the National stage.

In a huge week of highs for Wrapped Creations, the Karratha based event management team behind the development and organisation of the event, Brew and the Moo has been announced as a State Finalist in the Australian Event Awards. 

Brew and the Moo has been confirmed as amongst the best events in Western Australia with the announcement of State Finalists in the 2018 Australian Event Awards.  Entries are judged on all aspects of event management including best practice, innovation, marketing, stakeholder engagement and management, sustainability and event legacy. 

Co-chair of the Event Awards Judging Panel Sandy Hollway AO said:

“The diversity of Australia’s events industry continues to amaze me, as does the ability of the Awards to put a spotlight on not just the incredible events and achievements which take place each year, but to draw out the challenges event organisers manage to overcome through determination, innovation, collaboration and resourcefulness.” 

And if that is not enough to be excited about, Brew and the Moo has also been announced as a finalist for the category of Festivals & Events in the prestigious 2018 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards which were announced last night at the Finals Fever event which was attended by more than 180 tourism operators and industry representatives at Little Creatures in Fremantle. 

Event Director for Wrapped Creations, David Yakas said:

“To be able to create an event that within only two years of inception is being recognised on the State and National stage against long term events is just fantastic. We are so proud to have created this signature tourism event for the region and we know that is has a long term future on the Pilbara events calendar”. 

Whilst all the spotlights seems to be shining on Brew and the Moo, it shouldn’t go unnoticed that Wrapped Creations was also confirmed as amongst the best small event management companies in Australia with the announcement of being a National Finalist in the 2018 Australian Event Awards. 

Event Director for Wrapped Creations, David Yakas said:

“To have your event recognised at a National level is fantastic but then to have the judges recognise not only the incredible events we create for the Pilbara and but also the achievements of our hard working team to deliver so many events year after year is exciting.”


Winners of the 2018 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards and Australian Event Award will be announced at award ceremonies held in November 2018. 

Brew and the Moo will be coming back on the 10th and 11th November 2018. 

For information and ticket sales please go to

Multimillion dollar upgrades for busy Karratha heavy haulage roads

 The City of Karratha has received more than $4.4 million of Federal Government funding to improve heavy vehicle safety and freight efficiency.

The City of Karratha has received more than $4.4 million of Federal Government funding to improve heavy vehicle safety and freight efficiency.

The City’s road resealing program has received a significant boost, with extra funds allocated through the Federal Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

The Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program provides funding to local and state governments for projects designed to improve heavy vehicle safety and freight efficiency.

In addition to $1.3 million budgeted by the City of Karratha for road resealing and gravel re-sheeting this financial year, more than $4.4 million of Federal Government funding has been allocated to projects within the City.

Almost $3.4 million has been allocated to build a road train assembly area on Madigan Road at the intersection of North West Coastal Highway.

Just over $836,000 has been allocated to widen the intersection of Mooligunn Road and De Witt Road in the light industrial area, and $175,000 will be used to upgrade heavy vehicle parking at Mardie on North West Coastal Highway north of Fortescue River.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long welcomed the boost to upgrade busy heavy haulage highways and major roads.

“The City works hard to pursue funding from sources, including government grants, corporate partners and returns on investments, to reduce reliance of revenue generated by rates,” Cr Long said.

“This is a significant amount of funding which will go a long way towards making our busy roads safer for truck drivers and other motorists.

“The City has budgeted $2.4 million to upgrade Mooligunn Road and the extra funds will help us expand that project and deliver a major upgrade to the LIA."

Cr Long said the community had identified improving roads as a priority in the Community Survey and Strategic Community Plan.

“With more people choosing to live and work within the City, we recognise grassroots infrastructure are vital to achieving our vision to become Australia’s most liveable regional city,” Cr Long said.

Ninth annual Red Earth Arts Festival launch a success

The ninth annual Red Earth Arts Festival is underway after festivities kicked off on Friday, August 31.

More than 3000 people flocked to the award-winning facility to enjoy a free, family-friendly evening of roving entertainers, dynamic performances and tasty food stalls under the stars.

City of Karratha mayor Peter Long said it was the first time the launch had taken advantage of the superb facility, which was a big boost to the region’s thriving arts and culture scene.

“It’s always a pleasure to launch the festival, which has been one of the highlights of our annual events calendar and much-loved by the community for almost a decade,” Cr Long said.

“This year is extra special because we have a magnificent arts and culture hub to host many of the exciting entertainment options for children, adults and families. I’m looking forward to seeing the community out in force over the next 10 days, immersing themselves in the diverse REAF program.

“I’m proud that the City continues to deliver a festival that is still evolving after many years and that transforms our communities into vibrant celebrations of artistic and cultural expression.”

Rio Tinto general manager Ports Cape Lambert Chris Osborn said he was looking forward to being part of the 2018 Red Earth Arts Festival.

“This year’s programme ensures the whole community can get involved, from the family-friendly launch to the children’s activities and shows just for adults, there is something for everyone,” Mr Osborn said.

“Rio Tinto is committed to the long-term development and effective delivery of arts and culture initiatives across the Pilbara that help add to community vibrancy.

“The arts and culture scene in the Pilbara has grown significantly in recent years and we are very proud of our contribution to the local community in this space.”

REAF 2018 runs from Friday, 31 August to Sunday, 9 Septemberwith events held in Karratha, Roebourne and Wickham. For more information and to purchase tickets visit

This year’s Red Earth Arts Festival is proudly presented by the City of Karratha alongside principal partner Rio Tinto with support from the State Government of Western Australia, Pilbara Ports Authority, Performing Arts Connections Australia, Kennards Hire, Cleanaway, Nielsen Liquid Waste, Karratha Signs and Pilbara Media.

 The ninth annual Red Earth Arts Festival took over the Red Earth Arts Precinct on Friday August 31.  Credit: City of Karratha

The ninth annual Red Earth Arts Festival took over the Red Earth Arts Precinct on Friday August 31. Credit: City of Karratha

Reduced rate increase following community feedback

The City of Karratha Council has opted to reduce its proposed rate increase for residential properties to an average of 1 per cent following a public advertising and submission period.

The revised model means that 32 per cent of property owners will receive a reduction in their rates, while 38 per cent will increase by less than 2 per cent.

Overall the increase in rate yield for 2018/18 will be less than a third of the consumer price index.

In addition, the City will develop a policy around rate relief for property owners facing hardship.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said Council had listened to the calls from the community and opted for the minimum rate increase possible while continuing to maintain the standard of services expected from the community.

“While there are clear signs of economic recovery and many exciting projects on the horizon, we understand that some people in the community are doing it tough at the moment and we have tried to implement a rate model which has the smallest impact on those in most difficulty,” Cr Long said.

“The City has critically reviewed all areas of its expenditure in an attempt to reduce costs and is actively looking at ways to increase revenues from sources other than rates. The City has deferred spending on new equipment, increased energy efficiency measures and improved procurement processes to maximise savings.”

“At the same time we are delivering more and better services to the community including the new Red Earth Arts Precinct, upgraded roads and footpaths, new parks and ovals, community events and additional sporting facilities."

"Our community survey feedback indicates that the community loves these facilities and wants to see more of this type of activity. The 2018/19 proposed rates reflects the minimum increase possible while maintaining and improving the delivery of these services and facilities.”

"Unfortuantely due to a revaluation of properties this year rates will fluctuate between property owners.”

“Rates are calculated by multiplying the gross rental value of a property set by the State Government, by the rate in the dollar set by Council.”

“Each property is valued individually so changes in value are inconsistent across the City, and even within suburbs and towns.”

“As valuations have dropped this year, the rate in the dollar charged has increased to ensure the City receives the rate yield required to deliver the infrastructure and services planned for the next financial year.”

“When valuations have previously increased, Council has significantly reduced the rate in the dollar to compensate."

The City’s 10-year Long Term Financial Plan anticipates annual rates income growth of approximately 2 per cent per annum.

Council calls wrong decision on State Government camp approval

The City of Karratha has condemned the State Government’s decision to allow Woodside Energy to build Transient Workforce Accommodation in Karratha. 

Premier Mark McGowan announced the approval of a 30-year land lease for the camp earlier today, subject to a memorandum of understanding.

The development will see a 700-bed camp built on the outskirts of town. The Premier has linked this project to the potential Browse and Scarborough gas projects. 

While the City is extremely keen to see Browse and Scarborough gas fields processed through the Burrup gas processing facilities, the application to the government for this proposal did not mention these projects and, to date, there has been no commitment from Woodside to progress with these initiatives. 

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said that approving the camp on this basis is putting the cart before the horse. He did welcome the announcement regarding Woodside’s local jobs portal but indicated that this commitment to local jobs seems to be at odds with the decision to allow a new, very large camp to be built for FIFO employees. 

“This camp approval has disregarded the best interests of residents and the community will be disappointed with this decision,” Cr Long said.

“Housing workers in such a segregated manner is old school thinking and will result in poor outcomes for the community.  Where FIFO is necessary, our desire is to integrate FIFO workers into the community with quality, permanent buildings near to town facilities; much like what has been achieved by Rio Tinto in Wickham,” he said.

The TWA proposal was overwhelmingly rejected by the community in a survey conducted at the end of last year with 80 per cent of respondents preferring operational workers to be accommodated residentially in town based dwellings.

The City did offer better solutions but they were rejected. To date, Woodside has refused to issue a copy of the plans and drawings so that Council can properly assess the proposal.

Research commissioned by the Karratha Districts Chamber of Commerce and Industry indicates that the decision brings with it a net loss of 69 local jobs and takes $4.8 million in local incomes and $6.6 million per year from the local economy; figures which City of Karratha residents found unacceptable in the recent survey.

Cr Long noted that Council was doing its best to grow local employment and Woodside did not demonstrate to Council a need for this village at this time, particularly for a 30-year term. 

Council will continue to advocate for local community in this matter, working with the State Government and Woodside to try to ensure the best possible outcomes for residents and the local community from this poor decision.

Local company to build viewing platform

Trasan Contracting have been awarded the tender for Stage One of the Point Samson Foreshore Management Project.

A decision was made at the March Ordinary Council Meeting to award the construction of the 70 metre viewing platform off Point Samson beach to the local Karratha company, injecting almost $1million back into the local economy.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the project had been a number of years in the planning and now that the contract had been awarded, residents could expect to see on the ground works begin in April.

“The Point Samson Community Association have been a driving force behind this project and we are very pleased to be able to commence construction of the viewing platform, especially with a local contractor,” Cr Long said.

“The new platform design reflects the history of the precinct with the platform to imitate certain aspects of the original jetty and site. I know the community are very excited to see this project come to fruition and all going well it should be completed and in use by mid-2018,” he said.

This development forms part of Council’s work to rejuvenate the Point Samson Foreshore under the Point Samson Foreshore Management Plan.

The proposed second stage of this project is a jetty that extends 150m out over the water, ending with a fishing platform. However funding is yet to be allocated for this component.


Karratha-Brisbane flight schedules released

JETGO Australia will provide direct flights between Karratha and Brisbane from the 25th June subject to final regulatory approval.

The Karratha to Brisbane service will operate on Tuesdays and Fridays from the 25th June until 21st September, and then Wednesdays and Fridays from the 24th September.

The Brisbane to Karratha service will operate on Mondays and Thursdays from the 25th June until 21st September, and then Mondays and Wednesdays from the 24th September.

Tickets will be available online from from Thursday 5th April.

JETGO Australia’s Managing Director Airlines Paul Bredereck said the company was very excited to offer the new services, marking two major milestones for the company. 

“JETGO currently operates the smaller Embraer ERJ135, ERJ140 and ERJ145 jets with 37, 44 and 50 seats. This service will see Jetgo introduce the larger 98 seat Embraer E190 to its fleet along with Business Class,” Mr Bredereck said.

“The larger E190, whilst new to JETGO Australia’s fleet, has previously been operated in Australia by Virgin Australia and Cobham, and is very popular in the region.”

The new services are being established with support from the City of Karratha.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said expanding services from Karratha Airport had been a top priority for Council.

“We consistently receive feedback from the community that they want more flight options from Karratha and we have been working hard to attract additional services,” Cr Long said.

“We are delighted at the introduction of Brisbane flights, opening up new opportunities for inbound travel to the City of Karratha and direct access to the East Coast and international connections from Brisbane Airport,” Cr Long said.  

“JETGO Australia is planning to introduce flights between Karratha and Singapore from late September, however considerably more work is required before these flights can commence,” he added.

Tickets will be available online from from Thursday 5th April.


Council disappointed at Water Police loss

The City of Karratha Council has expressed its disappointment at the announcement that WA Police resources will be withdrawn from the community when the North West Water Police, based in Dampier, will be shut down at the end of the month.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said that the North West Water Police had a vital presence in the community especially given their heavy involvement in a number of recent incidents in the City of Karratha and wider Pilbara region.

“It is with great regret that we have learned of the decision to retire WA Water Police vessel Delphinus which is currently based in Dampier,” he said.

“Delphinus has provided a preventative police presence for the region’s critical infrastructure since 2006 and has been heavily involved in a number of security and safety incidents including the recent drug bust in Dampier Port, marine accidents such as The Returner fishing boat sinking, island rescues, and the helicopter incident in Port Hedland.”

“I met with the Pilbara Police Superintendent Paul Coombes and Local Member for the Pilbara Kevin Michel today to express the Council’s concern and we urge the State and Federal Governments to step up to the mark and replace the Delphinus with a new vessel capable of providing these essential services in our remote north-west.“

Karratha Podiatry Rural Placement

 WA Centre for Rural Health Associate Professors Dr Rohan Rasiah, Dr Monica Moran, Lecturer Ornissa Naidoo (at right) with UWA Doctor of Podiatric Medicine students Evan Papadopoulos, Mengyuan Huang and Deborah Lai-Tong on placement in Karratha, WA.

WA Centre for Rural Health Associate Professors Dr Rohan Rasiah, Dr Monica Moran, Lecturer Ornissa Naidoo (at right) with UWA Doctor of Podiatric Medicine students Evan Papadopoulos, Mengyuan Huang and Deborah Lai-Tong on placement in Karratha, WA.

Written by UWA Doctor of Podiatric Medicine students Deborah Lai-Tong, Mengyuan Huang, and Evan Papadopoulos. 

In February 2018, as final year University of Western Australia Doctor of Podiatric Medicine post-graduate students, three of us undertook a two-week non-traditional rural placement with the WA Centre for Rural Health (WACRH) in Karratha, Western Australia. This placement was liaised through UWA’s Head of Division Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, Associate Professor Michael Wilding, and organised by WACRH’s Associate Professor Dr Monica Moran and the rest of the WACRH team based in Karratha.

The placement involved an orientation program outlining health care in the Pilbara region, community project work and visits to the Hedland Health Campus. A significant portion of our time was spent with the UWA medical students learning about the issues of healthcare faced in the Pilbara region, especially high staff turnover, limited resources and transport limitations in delivering health care, as well as the programs set in place to help tackle these difficult issues. ‘Closing the gap’ is a major focus in the Pilbara, aiming to close the health and life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians. We were able to merge the theories we’ve discussed into real-life experiences during our visits to the Hedland Health Campus with Dr Scott Westover, who did everything he could to ensure a rich learning opportunity for podiatry, and more importantly rural podiatry.

Despite the weight of the topics we were being faced with during our placement, our experience was nothing short of amazing. Not only did we learn valuable lessons about podiatry in the rural health care setting, we were also able to explore the surrounding towns, go on a boat cruise, and eat at many of the local restaurants.

We would like to extend a special thank you to the WACRH staff, Dr Scott Westover and Associate Professor Michael Wilding for organising such an enriching rural experience for us.

Waiting continues on Bay Village

The State Government is yet to hand down a decision on whether Woodside’s proposal for a 700-bed FIFO camp on the outskirts of Karratha will be allowed to go ahead.

Council maintains there is no demonstrated need for the development and allowing it go to ahead would be detrimental for the local community.

Should the proposal be approved, a study undertaken by the Karratha Districts Chamber of Commerce and Industry indicates 69 local jobs would be lost and $6.6 million would be removed from the local economy each year.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said he was optimistic the State Government would take the interests of the local community under consideration and make the right decision for those that live locally.

“The State Government is taking its time with this decision and I am hopeful this is because they are ensuring a good outcome for our local community and residents,” Cr Long said.

“We are yet to see any compelling evidence that demonstrates that there is a need for this facility and even if need can be demonstrated, the Council does not believe that the proposed location is the right location for a camp for the next 30 years.”

“Additionally, the designs and plan that the City had been shown for the facility are underwhelming and not in keeping with the Council's vision for the future of the City.”

It is likely the State Government will let us know their decision on Woodside’s Bay Village proposal in the next month.

The City of Karratha will continue to work with the State Government and Woodside to ensure the best outcome for the community as discussions continue.

Cossack Art Awards Residency announced

Local Dampier artist, Monty Montgomery, will take up residence at Cossack for four weeks as part of the 2018 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 environment of Cossack.

During her time in residence, Ms Montgomery will be available for a series of public events and produce a body of work inspired by the Pilbara.

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

“Our annual Cossack Art Awards allow us to showcase our exceedingly talented local artists alongside works from all over Australia. In addition to this, through the generous support of our business community, we are able to shine a national spotlight on the region and promote the Cossack area as an artistic hub right here in the North West,” Cr Long said.

“The Artist in Residence program is an opportunity for an exceptional artist to live among the history and beauty of Cossack, allowing them to focus on their creativity full time. It is a sought-after experience and I congratulate Monty on receiving the 2018 prize,” he said.

Rio Tinto General Manager Ports Dampier Jess Farrell said Rio Tinto is proud to be the Principal Partner of the 2018 Cossack Art Awards, a partnership the company has supported for 26 years.

“The Artist in Residence program is a vital component to the success of the overall event which does a fantastic job in showcasing local talent,” Ms Farrell said.

Artwork entries for the 26th annual Cossack Art Awards will open in mid-March with up to 300 works being accepted for exhibition.

Entries should be two dimensional, by artists who currently live in Australia and all pieces must be completed at the time of entry.

Winners will be announced at the Cossack Art Awards gala awards presentation on July 21, 2018.

More information is available at with updates and event news on the Cossack Art Awards Facebook page.

Carpark upgrade at Point Samson foreshore

A carpark upgrade along Point Samson foreshore will get underway next month with Council awarding the construction tender for the project at last night’s Council meeting.

Local Wickham-based company, Norwest Sand & Gravel, will carry out the redevelopment of the Point Samson Community Hall carpark to support extensive revitalisation works planned for the area.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the carpark redevelopment would allow rehabilitation of the adjacent dune and supported a number of foreshore revitalisation projects planned in Point Samson.

“The carpark as it currently sits is having a negative impact on the nearby dunes and these redevelopment works will include the fencing and revegetation of the area to help protect it from future erosion,” Cr Long said.

“Works will also see the demolition and re-asphalting of the carpark surface, formalisation of drainage and the construction of a pathway from the carpark down to the beach,” he said.

“Our work at Point Samson is focused on enhancing the level of amenity for the local community and visitors and protecting the natural environment. We’ve been working closely with the Point Samson Community Association to ensure we are providing the best environmental and recreational outcomes for everyone involved.”

“We are very excited to be bringing a viewing platform and jetty to the foreshore, together with the PCA and Rio Tinto, and this car park will support these larger infrastructure works as they take shape over the next few years.”

The upgrade project is set to begin in March and the carpark will be closed while work is carried out. Alternative parking and access to the community hall will available via Millers Close until the project’s completion in May.

Access for the Point Samson bush fire brigade will be maintained for the majority of the project and other arrangements will be made in advance should they be required.

Australia Day highlights city’s finest

Australia Day festivities began with a celebration of community champions in the City of Karratha at the annual Australia Day Awards breakfast.

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

Tammy Tennant was named the 2018 Citizen of the Year for outstanding community involvement through her impressive volunteer commitments, in support of local schools and sports groups.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the Awards provided opportunity to thank those members of our community who are seen as leaders among their peers and congratulated all nominees.

“These grass-roots heroes are the fabric of our community and I am very proud to be able to recognise each of them at our City of Karratha Australia Day Awards,” Cr Long said.

“Congratulations to all of our nominees and to our Australia Day Award winners. It is inspiring to see so many wonderful people in our community giving freely of their time and effort to improve the experiences of others,” he said.

“Our program of Australia Day celebrations is a highlight on the local events calendar and in addition to this morning’s awards breakfast, today we also welcome nearly 40 new citizens into our community in a special Australia Day ceremony. This evening, we wrap up the day with a free, family evening of true blue Aussie fun on the Karratha Leisureplex oval and all are welcome to attend.”


Rio Tinto General Manager Rail Maintenance, Matt Baartz:

“On behalf of Rio Tinto I would like to thank and congratulate all the winners and nominees for this year’s City of Karratha Australia Day Awards, along with their nominators. Volunteers are the glue that holds our Pilbara towns together and makes our communities great places to live and work.  It’s wonderful to have a platform such as these Awards to recognise and celebrate their contributions.”


Horizon Power Manager Pilbara Retail and Generation, Evette Smeathers:

“Congratulations to the winners of this year’s City of Karratha Australia Day Awards and well done to all of the nominees.  With these amazing people constantly working to better our community, it’s no wonder this is such a great place to live.  The 2018 Citizen of the Year, Tammy Tennant, is a very deserving winner of this prestigious award and since moving to Karratha has contributed her time to a wide variety of activities within the community.  Thank you Tammy for your commitment to the City of Karratha community over the years and congratulations again.“


Woodside’s Asset Manager at the Karratha Gas Plant, Andrew Lobb:

“Woodside and its fellow joint venture participants in the North West Shelf Project have proudly supported the City of Karratha’s annual Australia Day Awards since 2012. The Australia Day awards recognise what’s great about our community and recipients embody the spirit which makes Karratha a wonderful place to live and work.”


The 2018 Australia Day Award winners are:

Citizen of the Year – Tammy Tennant
Presented by Horizon Power
For nearly a quarter of a century, Tammy has been an integral part of many local community groups, working tirelessly to ensure they operate efficiently and effectively.  She has been closely involved with the Baynton West Primary School P&C, the Karratha BMX Club, the Karratha-Dampier Tee-Ball Association, the West Pilbara Softball Organisation plus cricket, football, social club and other P&C organisations.  Tammy has spent long hours, month after month, year after year to support these clubs and is awarded the 2018 Citizen of the Year for her incredible commitment to our community.

Young Citizen of the Year – Navyaa Shukla
Presented by Woodside
Navyaa is a role model for her peers, contributing to local community through volunteer work with a range of organisations alongside academic achievements. She is also a strong advocate for young women and the recipient of the Leeuwin scholarship in 2017.

Community Service – Graeme Wilkes
Presented by Rio Tinto

Graeme has been awarded the Community Service Award for his selfless support of many community groups and events, in particular his commitment to the Karratha Bowls Club.  A self-employed small businessman, Graeme contributes to many charities including our Seniors, Police Legacy, the Jockey Club and many others.  With his wife, Mel, Graeme’s tireless work has ensured the continuation and success of the Bowls Club, while his etiquette, sportsmanship, honesty and integrity is an inspiration for others.

Environmental Award – Dan Pedersen
Presented by the Woodside-operated North West Shelf Project

Dan is passionate about the environment, consistently giving his time and sharing his expertise over many environmental projects and causes throughout the City of Karratha, including ‘Communities Against Rubbish and Environment’ (of which he founded and chaired) and the Bucks for Bags program.

Community Spirit – Gary and Glen Slee
Presented by Rio Tinto

Both Gary and Glen have been integral to the growth of our community over the last 35 years and their work to grow and support local groups such as the Karratha Community Garden and Karratha Rotary Club will leave a lasting impression for many years to come.

Event/Activity of the Year – Karratha Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service Santa Lolly Run
Presented by Rio Tinto

The annual Karratha Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service Santa Lolly Run is a highlight on the Christmas calendar and it takes an enormous amount of effort to carry out each year. More than 400 volunteer hours going into the preparation and execution of the event. All of this is done in addition to the work the brigade must do to train and respond to emergency call outs.

Camp land tenure not in line with Council vision

Council has reaffirmed its position on transient workforce accommodation, objecting to a proposal which could extend the life of temporary accommodation at Searipple Village. 

Fleetwood Corporation has applied to the State Government for permanent ownership over a portion of land on the site which is currently under a temporary lease arrangement to 2022.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said granting freehold title over this land could lead to an additional 800 rooms being used for long-term transient workforce accommodation.

“The accommodation at Searipple Village, which is currently on State Government leasehold land, was built as an interim measure to meet the short-term spikes in demand during the mining construction boom.  It was never intended as a long-term accommodation solution.”

“We have developed a high level of amenity in our towns and residents now have access to a good range of community facilities, health and education services. Where possible we want to encourage workforces to support residential arrangements which help to build our City and community.”

“Demand for short-term workforce accommodation has dropped significantly since these types of facilities were built and evidence suggests there is enough supply in the market to meet the demand for construction and maintenance peak periods.”

“If Searipple Village is entirely freehold, then it may lead to a position where additional accommodation is used for long-term baseload supply. This is against Council’s established position and vision to reduce transient workforce accommodation in favour of permanent residential dwellings.”

The City of Karratha will respond to the State Government Department of Lands, objecting to the granting of freehold tenure.

Great view at Point Samson

New views are on the horizon for Point Samson with Council signing off on the final design for an elevated viewing structure at Monday night’s Council meeting.

Council opted to fund the longer of two design options based on that it would deliver a better outcome for the community.

Tenders will now be called for the estimated $1.2million project, which will extend 70 metres in length and finish with a 40 square metre viewing platform and shade shelter.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said Council had worked closely with the Point Samson Community Association on this project and the viewing platform had been designed to have the same look and feel as the original jetty.

“This is a really important project for the City and the Point Samson Community Association have been a driving force in getting it off the ground. Council and the PSCA have worked together to come up with a final viewing platform design that meets with community desires and we are excited to see it get underway,” Cr Long said.

“Our final design reflects the history of the precinct with the viewing platform essentially sitting over the original jetty site and even imitating some aspects, including painting all steel elements white and decking reminiscent of wooden boards,” he said.

This development forms part of Council’s work to rejuvenate the Point Samson Foreshore under the Point Samson Foreshore Management Plan. The proposed second stage of this project is a jetty that extends 150m out over the water, ending with a fishing platform however funding is yet to be allocated for this component.