Great out­doors a hit in Kar­ratha sur­vey

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

The nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, leisure and recre­ation ac­tiv­i­ties and a strong sense of com­mu­nity are the best things about life in the City of Kar­ratha, ac­cord­ing to the re­sults of the lo­cal government’s 2017 An­nual Com­mu­nity Sur­vey.

The city achieved its equal best per­for­mance score in this year’s sur­vey of the six years it has been run­ning, re­ceiv­ing a 70 per cent sat­is­fac­tion rat­ing from re­spon­dents — up 2 per cent on last year.

The Pil­bara out­doors was far and away peo­ple’s favourite part of lo­cal life, gain­ing 74.6 per cent of re­spon­dent votes, while leisure, recre­ation and en­ter­tain­ment, and a sense of com­mu­nity ranked sec­ond and third, and hous­ing came in fourth.

Cost of liv­ing re­mained the main con­cern with only 43.9 per cent of votes.

Less than half of re­spon­dents were sat­is­fied with safety and security, mak­ing it the sec­on­dranked com­mu­nity con­cern in the City area up from third last year, and lack of re­tail of­fer­ings also ranked lowly.

The city was voted an av­er­age or bet­ter place to live by 85.4 per cent of peo­ple, though there was also a jump in those who rated it as poor.

More than a third said they had no plans to leave. Some 1572 res­i­dents took part in this year’s sur­vey.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion in some towns in­clud­ing Wick­ham jumped sig­nif­i­cantly but num­bers re­mained low in Roe­bourne and Point Sam­son.

Jemma Parkin, a City of Kar­ratha res­i­dent of al­most 20 years who was among the sur­vey’s re­spon­dents, said her fam­ily loved ex­plor­ing the Pil­bara out­doors and using recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties, such as the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex.

“There’s no hus­tle and bus­tle, it’s su­per friendly and the neigh­bours are great,” she said.

“It’s got a nice laid­back life­style.”

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha chil­dren Taj, 9, Jobe, 3, Tayla, 10, and Jada Parkin, 4, and their grand­par­ents Rob Markey and Peta McHardy make the most of Kar­ratha's nat­u­ral sur­rounds with a swim at Shark Cage Beach.

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