Droves of bad driv­ers

Pilbara News - - News - Michael McDon­ald, Kar­ratha

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.

Pic­ture: Michael Wil­son

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long.

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