The Pilbara has experienced a dramatic transformation over the past decade.
Back in 2009, the Pilbara Cities program set out to develop our region into more attractive and economically sustainable communities.
In the first 5 years after the inception of Pilbara Cities, Karratha’s population grew by 3% per annum to nearly 25,000 people. On top of this we had 13,000 FIFO beds – we were a busy place. As mining was booming, so was our infrastructure. We built new sporting facilities, new suburbs, a new industrial area and totally remodelled our city centre.
As expected, after the construction peak we lost some of our people – around two thousand – but we have continued to invest in our towns, with The Quarter HQ development, new roads, paths and pavilions. Our most recent achievement is the award-winning Red Earth Arts Precinct, which has been a hive of activity since opening.
So thanks to Pilbara Cities, we now boast world-class recreation, sporting, community and entertainment facilities.
The vision of Pilbara Cities was to prepare for long-term growth, and all evidence suggests our economy is on the move again with numerous and diverse projects underway or on the horizon: a sense of positivity is in the air.
More and more people are calling Karratha home and according to the results of our most recent annual community survey over 40 per cent have no plans to leave Karratha – a far cry from just 14 per cent back in 2011.
Council continues to pursue new opportunities for business growth, economic diversification and promoting Karratha as a great place to work, live, visit and play. I believe we are well-placed to achieve our vision to become Australia’s most liveable regional city.