Festivals part of a busy year
Culture, traffic routes and Jajiwara native title were top of our minds.
The Karratha Bikers Association kicked off its annual toy run from Point Samson to Dampier.
The bikers collected five boxes of toys and more than $2000 of food vouchers for the Salvos.
A Pilbara couple became the heroes the nation needed when they turned a termite mound into a poo emoji.
The Dampier Community Hub was opened by Pilbara MLA Brendon Grylls, following hot on the heels of the Karratha Quarter development.
Whale sharks’ threat assessment level was upped to endangered, with the IUCN pointing the finger at by-catch and countries where the gentle giants are not protected.
Roebourne’s Holy Trinity Anglican Church had a visit from the National Trust of Australia, which came onboard to assist in raising funds and putting a plan together to restore the landmark.
August is festival month and as usual, the FeNaClNG and Nameless festivals brought plenty of vibrancy to town.
The humpback whale swim trial started in Exmouth and received almost universally positive feedback from the get-go.
Pilbara MLA Brendon Grylls regained his old job as WA Nationals leader and took on a hotly debated $5/tonne tax on the big two Pilbara miners.
Roebourne celebrated its 150th anniversary with a cultural concert and various local activities throughout the week.
Rio Tinto also celebrated an anniversary, marking 50 years of iron ore shipments with gala balls, and a touring snapshot into the company’s history.
Yara’s technical ammonium nitrates plant on the Burrup Peninsula was opened by WA Premier Colin Barnett.
The Karratha Kats travelled north to Hedland and upset the home side and premiership favourites for the second time in three years. They beat the South Hedland Swans by 34 points.
North West Central MLA Vince Catania caused a stir by announcing a bold plan to reduce regional airfares by introducing a Government-regulated monopoly over all regional air routes.
Bureau of Meteorology data revealed the Pilbara’s dry season was one of the wettest in history, with pastoralists buoyed by constant winter rains. But East Pilbara barely received a drop.
The City of Karratha announced the much-maligned crossing in front of the Leisureplex would get a pelican crossing further away from the roundabout.
Yara and the City of Karratha revealed they were in talks with a Norwegian eco-agriculture firm about starting up intensive agriculture on Karratha’s doorstep.
Details of a report revealing a toxic culture inside the Department of Aboriginal Affairs were highlighted at the Yule River event by Greens Member for Mining and Pastoral Robin Chapple.
Tragedy struck in October as we lost yet another soul to the sea.
Norman Bale disappeared from Back Beach at the start of the month, and while his dinghy was found near Cleaverville, his body was never recovered.
Onslow beefed up its solar credentials with an announcement the town would become home to Australia’s largest solar energy grid, enough to power more than half the town’s energy needs.
Whim Creek Hotel went big in October, hosting 3000 people for the first Whim Creek Rodeo.
Calls for politicians to take up the fight to resources companies to prioritise residential employment were made after a local family revealed they may have to leave town because they were overlooked in favour of fly-in, flyout workers.
After it was revealed one of Woodside’s options for its new TWA camp was in Tambrey, where it would underpin a long-mooted second shopping precinct, local and State Government representatives indicated they were lobbying to ensure the oil and gas major moved to town.
Sal Salis on the Ningaloo Coast was rated the fourth best place in the world to stay, according to Lonely Planet. Having stayed there, we would not argue.
Port Hedland Airport chief executive Mitchell Cameron expressed concerns an international flight from Karratha would undermine Hedland’s Bali service. Despite this the City of Karratha went ahead to call tenders for a Singapore flight.
After nearly 20 years, the Kuruma Marthudhunera people were given native title over Jajiwara. Leaders used the moment to criticise the Government for making them jump through too many hoops to achieve what was rightfully theirs.
The world premiere of Red Dog: True Blue in Karratha was confirmed for December 3 and City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long revealed talks were advancing for a museum in honour of the Pilbara’s loveable mutt.
Another crash at the Dampier Highway-De Witt Road intersection stirred Karratha residents.
Since lights were installed in 2015, 10 accidents had occurred.
Red Dog: True Blue made its world premiere in Karratha, with a huge audience watching the prequel to the movie which made the dog a household name.
Qantas came under fire for trying to charge more than $12,000 for a Paraburdoo family to fly to Launceston.
Roebourne Art Group called for an indigenous art quota for Pilbara developments.
Performers at Exmouth Whale Shark Fest
Chrissie and Sophie McDowell, wife and daughter of local legend Ross McDowell who died in a helicopter accident last year. An undies run team was named Rossy Rotor Rooters in honour of Sophie's father.
Juluwarlu Aboriginal Corporation chairwoman Lorraine Coppin, Michaela Woodley, 2, Tazeren-Denna Lockyer, 5, and JAC archive manager Noelene Harrison.
Terry Redman watches dancing at Yule River.
Phoenix, star of Red Dog: True Blue.