Property dream more affordable
It was a dream which was too far out of reach during the boom, but new accommodation has given former Karratha resident Richard Green the chance to move back to the town he loves.
The 45-year-old bus driver left Karratha eight years ago because of the prohibitive costs of rent.
Now he is one of the first residents to move into the Quarter apartments, attracted back to Karratha by the affordable accommodation.
“Back then you couldn’t rent a decent place in town for less than $300 a week and I didn’t have a high paying job at a mine site,” he said.
“It’s a great spot to live — the apartment is neat, tidy and all new, and if you are a single person and you don’t have a big high-paid job, I think it’s perfect.”
LandCorp West Pilbara regional manager Travis McNaught said 21 tenants had moved into The Quarter by the end of September.
“There are typically two to three new inquiries each week so we’re expecting to be fully tenanted early in the new year,” he said.
While it was a return to home for Mr Green, for several of the inhabitants of the city centre, the move signalled a new beginning.
Domino’s Pizza manager Nabin Silwal had been living out of a caravan for the past seven years as he had been unable to find an affordable place near work.
“I love living in Karratha,” he said. “It’s quieter than a major city — it’s so laid back and the region is amazing. It looks like it has come out of a magazine.”
Alice Muller has taken the opportunity to move out of her family home in Millars Well.
“It makes me happy just thinking about it, my own bachelorette pad,” she said.
“I am looking forward to seeing The Quarter come alive when more local businesses start opening up.”
Back then you couldn’t rent a decent place for less than $300 a week ... Bus driver Phil Green