Volunteers bring vibrancy to region
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.