Vol­un­teers bring vi­brancy to re­gion

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Peter Long Peter Long is the Mayor of the City of Kar­ratha.

I once knew a cou­ple who left Kar­ratha be­cause there was just too much go­ing on here — sport­ing events, theatre, movies, fish­ing, camp­ing, din­ners and par­ties.

They were out do­ing things most evenings and ev­ery week­end were in­volved in run­ning clubs, had many friends and they were left ex­hausted. So, they headed back to Perth to chill out in front of the tele­vi­sion.

This is an as­pect of Kar­ratha that many out­side do not un­der­stand: we are a re­mote com­mu­nity, rel­a­tively small in area and pop­u­la­tion, and usu­ally a long way from our fam­i­lies.

Friends are im­por­tant here and it is quick to get around and easy to catch up.

We de­pend on each other, do things to­gether and make friend­ships that last well af­ter many leave the Pil­bara.

Look­ing at the City of Kar­ratha web­site, you can see that even in this hol­i­day sea­son — when many leave town for cooler cli­mates — there is a heck of a lot hap­pen­ing for our chil­dren.

Th­ese at­trac­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude Con­fetti Bowls, Pizza Pocket pro­duc­tions, drive-in cinema, break­danc­ing, can­dle mak­ing, movies, rap and hip-hop work­shops, Laser Tag — it is amaz­ing what we of­fer.

We have pro­grams on at the Youth Shed in Kar­ratha, at the Yaan­d­ina Youth Cen­tre, the PCYC in Roe­bourne and at The Base in Wick­ham.

I hope you had a great Aus­tralia Day — it was ter­rific once again to see so many en­joy­ing them­selves at the Leisure­plex where we had our an­nual awards and wel­comed more than 140 new cit­i­zens into our na­tion.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to all our award win­ners.

We are for­tu­nate to have so many peo­ple who vol­un­teer their time to make our towns so very busy and such great places to live.

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