Hec­tic year of achieve­ment

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Peter Long

■ 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.

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