2019 was another big year for our City. Although our “mega” projects like REAP are finished, this year we delivered 15 infrastructure projects, including the exceptional Wickham Community Hub, beautiful Walgu Park and the Dampier foreshore redevelopment, which we officially opened on the weekend.
We asphalted Mooligun Road, upgraded the KTA runway lighting, bought ourselves a new airport hangar (Babcock), completed hundreds of meters of concrete pathways along Millstream and Bayview roads and completed the leachate management systems at our two new big tip cells at 7-Mile.
We held 57 community events, provided more than $685,000 to community groups and organisations through grants and reimbursed $6500 to residents through our Security Subsidy Scheme.
We spent more than $31 million with local businesses, provided more than $136,000 in business support and development grants and booked approximately $55,000 worth of local tours through our Tourism and Visitor Centre, which welcomed 11,5000 visitors.
Our Red Earth Arts Precinct had 55,000 patrons in 2019, showed 204 movies, 33 live shows and hosted two major conferences.
We had over half a million visits to the Leisureplex, nearly 10,000 visits to our Cossack Art Awards and over 100,000 visits to our libraries.
We had 76,000 tonnes of waste delivered to our facilities this year and we diverted 607 tonnes of waste to our Tip Shop. Our waste crews collected 1479 tonnes of green waste after Cyclone Veronica hit us in March.
We partnered with Aviair, the Shire of East Pilbara and Rio Tinto to increase connectivity through our new inter-regional flight network, with flights now from Karratha to Broome, Newman and Pannawonica soon to come.
Council’s vision is for the City of Karratha to become Australia’s most liveable regional city and we have made some great strides towards that goal in 2019. There is much still to do so we now look ahead to a productive 2020.