Droves of bad drivers
The irresponsible practices of motorists in the pre-dawn and dusk hours on Karratha roads beggars belief.
There is nil police presence on the roads during these hours.
Vehicles travel without lights on, making them difficult to see. Having a vehicle’s lights on at all times is not required by law but is a proven addition to safe travel during the daylight hours.
Additionally, vehicles with only one headlight, excessive speed on the Dampier Highway from Madigan to Dewitt roads. Changing in traffic lanes while travelling through-traffic light-controlled intersections.
Motorcycles weaving through traffic at excessive speed.
Travelling to the rear of a vehicle in the adjacent lane remaining in that motorist's blind spot is a very dangerous practice and illegal. And of course the self-indulged right-hand-lane driver who believes they are the only vehicle on the road.
These are only a few of the things that can have an impact on the safety of all motorists by careless and irresponsible drivers.
It is time for additional police to patrol our busy early morning and late-evening high volume roads and correct bad practices that are occurring daily.
Over the last decade, your council has been working towards its vision to make Karratha Australia’s most liveable regional city.
There are several pillars to this vision.
The first was to upgrade our infrastructure so we had facilities equivalent to what people get and expect in State capitals — a modern hospital, parks, sports facilities, footpaths and childcare centres.
We needed a main street where people wanted to be, with nice buildings, gardens and trees, shops, bars, coffee houses and entertainment offerings including a theatre, cinema, gallery and museum. The second was social.
We needed more events, so we started the Red Earth Arts Festival and gave generous support to a range of other public entertainment options including markets, sporting carnivals, races and music.
We provide generous support to our community associations and our many clubs and societies.
The third pillar is to diversify our employment market by promoting new industries.
We were very excited when the $16 billion Norwegian downstream processing company Yara, which is nearly five times the size of Woodside, built two major plants in an investment of nearly $2 billion and housed all of its staff here in Karratha.
We are thrilled to see Australia’s only mercury extraction plant being constructed, and the solar hydrogen, Sahara Forest, EcoMag and Plankton proposals getting closer to fruition.
We are re-branding our city, promoting tourism, internal and international airfares and working with Aboriginal corporations to improve lifestyle outcomes for indigenous people.
Now we want all the employers across our city to get on board with this vision, to employ here, keep senior staff here and make Karratha their main office — to do as much as possible to make this a place where people are happy to live their entire lives.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long.