Hectic year of achievement
■ This has been a pretty amazing year for the City of Karratha.
We completed and opened our new airport terminal in style, with now deputy prime minister Warren Truss there to cut the ribbon.
The City began construction of the Dampier Community Hub, totally refurbished and reopened the Dampier Hall in six months flat and will open the project next year.
The community consultation and schematic design for the Wickham Hub was also finished, and The Quarter and superclinic developments on Sharpe Avenue are 80 per cent complete.
We won awards for our litter management, new transfer station and tip shop at 7-Mile and, with Rio Tinto, won the corporate social responsibility excellence category at the AIMWA Business Pinnacle Awards.
We built the mural, skate park and the new war memorial at Roebourne, put solar lighting along Millars Well and Bulgarra footpaths and turned the first sod for our first solar power station.
The new Roebourne Districts SES was finished, as was a great Wickham entrance statement, asphalted many roads and tendered the first stage of the Point Samson foreshore upgrade.
We started the recycled water irrigation network project, which will keep our parks and ovals sustainably green forever.
The detailed design for the arts and community precinct has been completed, with many hours spent lobbying politicians and senior public servants around the country to succeed in winning a $10 million grant from the Commonwealth Government.
We upgraded the Back Beach Boat Ramp, built a new Coolawanyah Road, completed the Yaburara and Cossack Heritage Trails and signed a waste-to-energy agreement that will see all our putrescible waste converted to renewable energy.
I could make this list three or four times longer — and include our great events, sporting successes and other achievements — but I think you will agree, we have a fantastically dynamic team of people in this town. I am very proud to be a part of it. Finally, to those who are off on their holidays the week before Christmas.
I wish you all the best for the holy season.
Have a safe and relaxing holiday and come back refreshed and ready for another dynamic year in our amazing city.