Welcome to 2020. I hope you had a relaxing Christmas and start to the New Year, reflecting on 2019 and spending time with family and friends. Now it’s time to look ahead to 2020, which promises to be another exciting and productive 12 months for Council.
A few highlights and infrastructure projects include the Murujuga National Park Conzinc Bay access road, Kevin Richards Memorial Oval redevelopment, Dampier marina development, Wickham Aquatic Centre pool remediation, Andover Community Park in Roebourne, Johns Creek Jetty replacement in Point Samson and Bayly Avenue entry to Karratha Airport.
Works will commence on the four-star Hilton Garden Inn at The Quarter, which will fill a gap in the current accommodation market, generate local jobs and provide a stimulus for local business, and Council will consider proposals from key stakeholders regarding opportunities to potentially invest in property development to alleviate current and predicted future housing stress.
The Red Earth Arts Precinct will host two major conferences this year. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) 4th Meeting of Mining Regions and Cities in July will be a WA first, having been previously held in Chile, Darwin and Sweden. It’s a great opportunity to promote all that we have to offer to an estimated 400 representatives from global mining regions. We’ll also host a waste summit later in the year.
In addition to these one-off events, we’ll deliver our annual events calendar including community favourites, the Cossack Art Awards and Red Earth Arts Festival, now in its 11th year. Council will also focus on maintaining the high standard facilities and services we provide and continue to deliver more footpaths, better roads and increased lighting.
Here’s to a prosperous 2020 as we continue to progress towards our vision to become Australia’s most liveable regional city.