The City of Karratha will carry out a $61.8 million capital works program on the back of a 3 per cent rates increase as part of its 2022-23 budget. The budget, approved at the June 30 council meeting, will see all rates categories increase by 3 per cent. The capital works program covers a slew of projects and includes $21.2m for the Walgu Park multi-storey apartment complex and $8.1m for the Kevin Richards Memorial Oval redevelopment. Other projects include the Coolawanyah Road reconstruction ($2.3m), the Shakespeare service worker accommodation ($4m) and $1m for stage one works of the Roebourne streetscape master plan. The endorsed budget has an estimated operating revenue of $119.6m compared to an expenditure of $114.8m. A city report said $48.5m would come from general rate revenue and 59 per cent from other sources, including grants, fees and charges. “With the benefit of 59 per cent of operating income coming from sources other than rates, the 2022/23 budget will ensure both the immediate term needs of current residents are met while at the same time providing enhanced services and infrastructure developments to meet future requirements,” it stated. The 3 per cent increase in rates will see residents pay a rate in the dollar of 7.1 cents, below the advertised rate of 12.2092 cents. City of Karratha mayor Peter Long said the 3 per cent rates increase was below inflation. “For the past four years we actually have put them (rates) up less than CPI, so we’ve been going backwards really for all that time,” he said. Cr Long said the city was aware of the pressures still facing residents on the back of COVID-19 and the cost pressures in the Pilbara.