Karratha was gazetted as a township on August 8 in 1969 and commemorates 50 years of history and development this year.
Established to meet a need for staff housing for Rio Tinto, then Hamersley Iron, Karratha has grown over the past five decades to become the largest town in the Pilbara and a thriving regional City of the North.
Council and the community’s strong preference for Karratha 50 commemorations was for the City to enhance long-running community events that coincide with the ‘birth’ date to avoid detracting from these well-established events.
Council therefore decided to partner with community associations to mark this milestone and have financially supported the Karratha Dampier Lions Club and the Karratha Community Association to enable community-driven celebrations.
Our annual citizenship ceremony will be held on August 1 to welcome our newest citizens, with past City of Karratha Citizens of the Year, councillors and community group representatives also invited.
The 47th FeNaClNG Festival is on the weekend of August 3 and 4, so the festival’s official opening and float parade on August 2 has been themed “50 years of Karratha”. We are expecting many creative ideas celebrating our 50th anniversary at this popular competition.
When you visit FeNaClNG, be sure to see the City’s Karratha 50 stall, which will feature a historical display, free commemorative caps, a book of historical images available for purchase, and a video featuring some of Karratha’s long-term residents reflecting on the past 50 years. Keep an eye out for the video also on the big screen at the Red Earth Arts Precinct cinema.
The City has involved local primary school students who are producing artwork based on the theme ‘what I love about Karratha’ to cover a giant ‘50’. This will be available to view and have a photo with at the Karratha 50 stall.
This giant 50 will also be at the Karratha Community Association’s 10th Yaburarra Community Walk on August 10. Starting at the Karratha Tourism and Visitor Centre along a section of the Yaburara Heritage Trail, the walk ends at the Karratha Leisureplex with free bus transport and a barbecue provided.
Follow the City’s Facebook page to see some great historical images in the lead up to August 8 as part of our Monday Memory posts.