Time to upgrade facilities
We don’t often think about the people who do the many tasks around the City that keep our town the tidy place it is.
I am speaking about the gardeners, the road maintenance crews, the rangers, the garbos, the tip guys and the litter pickers.
Those who pick up lost animals and abandoned vehicles, fill the potholes, grade the roads, clean up the camping sites, mow the lawns … it is amazing how broad the work of our council is.
Well, most of these people are based at our depot in the Karratha Industrial Estate.
They have been working from old, often re-used transportables, sheds and lean-to buildings for more than 30 years — the main office is actually the old airport building that we removed from the aerodrome in 1983.
We have been working to make things safer, more pleasant and efficient for several years now, having built a new wash-down facility, new shade structures, upgraded fire compliance and a installed a new power supply.
It is now time to remove the old transportables, upgrade security, seal the internal roads, refurbish that old airport terminal building and construct a new, modern administration office.
This will provide offices, training rooms, storage areas and archive space. The full redevelopment is expected to cost about $5 million.
Based on a conceptual design by the project architects, the council has decided to progress the detailed design stage of this new building. If the final design is approved, the new building would be constructed in the 2017-18 financial year.