Opinion: 2018 a year of achievements for the City of Karratha

Peter LongPilbara News
The Red Earth Arts Precinct was one of the major projects delivered by the City of Karratha in 2018.
Camera IconThe Red Earth Arts Precinct was one of the major projects delivered by the City of Karratha in 2018. Credit: Pilbara Site Pics

Over the course of the year councillors meet regularly to discuss the daily operations of the City of Karratha, review projects and make sure council as a whole is on track to achieve the best results for our community.

However, once a year, we meet for more “big picture” thinking around the future of our City, and this is what we did at Point Samson over the first weekend in December.

These strategic planning sessions allow us to come together and focus on the future of council, decide our long-term goals and feed these back through the organisation for implementation.

These past 12 months have been very successful for council.

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We have delivered more than 70 community and infrastructure projects including the Red Earth Arts Precinct and the Point Samson viewing platform.

We have spent more than $48 million with local businesses and held more than 55 community events.

Our footpath network is a kilometre longer and it’s brighter with the installation of 80 more solar lights. We have planted more than 1400 plants and trees, and provided close to $1 million in local grants and event funding.

As a council, we continue to strive for more and are excited for a busy 2019.

Some of next year’s highlights will include the opening of Wickham Community Hub, the progression of the Dampier foreshore redevelopment and the completion of our Welcome Park project.

Key focus areas for council in 2019 include youth, flights and foreshores as well as advocating for improved health services, a residentially-based workforce and the sealing of the Karratha–Tom Price road.

As always, the services we provide will continue to improve, ensuring residents receive a level of service in line with our vision to become Australia’s most liveable regional city.

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