As the COVID-19 global pandemic continues its spread world-wide, the City of Karratha continues its work to help our small business sector withstand the major economic impacts the virus has caused.

Our COVID-19 Small Business Support Package, confirmed by Council on March 30, included the development of an online portal that will sit on the City of Karratha website.

The online portal is almost complete and will provide a platform to profile local small businesses, most of whom have shown remarkable resilience and flexibility adapting to the many restrictions put into place by the State and Federal governments and health agencies to minimise the spread of the coronavirus.

While some local small businesses have had to close their doors, various hospitality venues are still offering takeaway sales, deliveries, promotions and special offers. The aim of the portal is to provide a one-stop-shop where the community can support them.

It will provide opening times, location details, current services on offer and other information about the business.

We hope to showcase the innovative offerings of local small businesses and drive online traffic to their websites and social media platforms to encourage local spending.

Once the portal is live, the City will implement another initiative of the Support Package – an advertising campaign to raise community awareness of the portal. Our intent is to direct traffic to the featured businesses, with the aim of providing additional exposure to our small business sector.

We were very pleased to be informed last week that Qantas and Virgin Australia Groups will operate a minimum domestic network to service Karratha and other regional routes in Australia. This initiative has been enabled by a significant investment from the Federal Government of an initial $165 million.

We are not yet sure of the number of Regular Public Transport return flights between Karratha to Perth but it is great to have this service available again.

Council’s vision is for the City of Karratha to become Australia’s most liveable regional city and a thriving small business sector is critical to achieving this vision. If you are financially able to do so, I encourage you to get behind our hospitality, retail and commercial businesses.