107 PROJECTS - 05/08/2020

If you have found it hard to find a builder lately, it’s because they have all been flat-out doing repair works after damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Damien.

But that work is coming to an end soon, so the City has brought forward a range of projects to help keep our local industries occupied for the next 12 months.

In fact, we are doing 107 projects over 52 weeks, which means we need to be completing, on average, two projects a week. While some are relatively small, we also have some quite significant developments planned also. These include:

• Bayly Ave (Karratha Airport) reconstruction - $7.6m (August 2020 – May 2021)

• Wickham Aquatic Centre redevelopment - $2.6m (July 2020 – January 2021)

• Kevin Richards Memorial Oval reconstruction - $1.6m (August 2020 – October 2020)

• Andover park redevelopment - $1.6m (July 2020 – October 2020)

• Baggage handling systems upgrade - $1.5m

• Community and Business support initiatives - $1.3m

• Johns Creek jetty - $956k (August 2020 – October 2020)

• Point Samson fishing jetty - $452k

In total the City is spending about $40 million on these 107 projects.

While Country and Regional local government authorities are at a big disadvantage compared with our Metro cousins because of our physical size, length of roads, small number of ratepayers and other unique costs, we were pleased to see that Karratha is sitting at number 13 of all 138 LGAs in WA in terms revenue. And we are number one in regional WA.

In addition, our Financial Health Indicator for 2018/19 is 95 out of a possible 100, which is the second highest score of all local governments in WA and well above the score of 70 which indicates sound financial health.

We were very pleased to see these results as your council works hard to deliver quality services and facilities, whilst being financially responsible. And this enables us to support our community when they need it most – like now.