A plan to move Dampier away from its mining town roots has moved a step forward with the City of Karratha adopting a new draft plan. At the February 28 meeting, councillors unanimously adopted the draft master plan that would guide the development of Dampier over the next 10 years. The plan would see the development of a Windy Ridge Sporting Precinct including squash courts, team change rooms and an umpires room. Included in the document is a plan for a new 40-site tourist park at Jurat Park. A shire officers’ report said the Jurat Park land was under-utilised. “The proposed size and location of the park allows for the development of a high value site that creates a strong connection to the foreshore,” the report said. “The key detractors of this site are concerned about the proximity to the primary school, the risk of traffic congestion on Church Road and losing the existing sporting facilities (squash and tennis).” The report stated the relocation of the squash courts and tennis courts to the Windy Ridge Sporting Precinct was subject to further engagement with the clubs. It comes after the City and Rio Tinto completed the Dampier Land Transfer last April enabling the City to develop the land and improve the town’s liveability, community, infrastructure and tourism. The transfer of 10 lots of land included the Hampton Harbour Boat and Sailing Club, Hampton Oval and Windy Ridge Oval and Dampier Bowling Club, tennis and squash courts.