So, this remarkable year is nearly done and I am sure all of us are looking very much forward to a peaceful and relaxing holiday.
Only six weeks into the year I was writing about Tropical Cyclone Damien – Karratha’s first direct hit - which rivalled Chloe’s 170 km/hr over Roebourne in 1984 and Orson’s 250 km/hr recorded at Dampier in 1989.
Damien treated us to 205 km/hr winds and it was heartening to see so many neighbours joining together to help each other out, cutting damaged trees and shrubs, tidying yards and repairing buildings. In the CBD our City’s staff were out as soon as the Red Alert was cleared and moved 183 trees in 10 semi-trailer loads to the tip just in that one day alone.
Six weeks after this the Corona Virus appeared and I wrote 19 epistles on this tragic pandemic that is still raging in Europe, Africa and the Americas. We had some great leadership at Federal, State and local levels which effectively protected us from COVID-19 and has rendered us extremely well placed for 2021.
Our City staff have been awesome this year – changing jobs as our facilities had to close, preparing and delivering ‘care packs’ consisting of food and basic essentials for seniors, doing cleaning and painting jobs that we never get around to. Our executive came up with a range of options to support small businesses and the community and the City has provided over $500,000 assistance since April.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one for your contributions and engagement throughout 2020.
It has been an absolute pleasure for me and Council to serve you for another year. I take a lot of pride being able to call Karratha home and look forward to 2021 as we continue to make our community better for all.
Please enjoy a well-deserved break, have a happy Christmas and New Year and if you are staying in town, be prepared for any woolly weather that might be headed our way. If you are heading south for cooler pastures please prepare your property beforehand and have a safe trip!