Hope­fuls high­light their vi­sion for city

Pilbara News - - Elections -


The City of Kar­ratha lo­cal govern­ment elec­tion is be­ing hotly con­tested, with 13 can­di­dates vy­ing for four seats on the coun­cil in the Kar­ratha Ward and two peo­ple in the run­ning for the Wick­ham/Point Sam­son/ Roe­bourne/Cos­sack Ward.

This week, we asked City of Kar­ratha can­di­dates what key steps were needed to make the district a more live­able place and to en­cour­age more peo­ple to stay for longer, in line with the lo­cal govern­ment’s vi­sion of be­com­ing Aus­tralia’s most live­able re­gional city.

KAR­RATHA WARD Anouska An­gove

Mar­ket­ing the unique beauty of the Pil­bara is para­mount to our longevity. Pro­mot­ing Kar­ratha as not only a great place to live but to visit and ex­plore as a hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion must be a top pri­or­ity. In­vest­ments in hous­ing, in­fra­struc­ture and fa­cil­i­ties (ie sport­ing, camp­ing, fore­shores) and con­tin­u­ing to de­velop our city to of­fer what other cities of­fer, along with a re­duc­tion in FIFO, are key steps to re­tain and grow the pop­u­la­tion of Kar­ratha.

Geral­dine Burgess

En­cour­age our age­ing pop­u­la­tion to re­main in Kar­ratha by lob­by­ing gov­ern­ments for power, water and liv­ing sub­si­dies for re­tirees. Im­prove fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices to re­tirees, to strengthen the sup­port­ive fam­ily struc­ture in our com­mu­nity.

Ge­off Har­ris

The key steps: In­crease the pop­u­la­tion away from FIFO to res­i­den­tial. This will give us an op­por­tu­nity to at­tract and re­tain small busi­ness. Re­duce the cost of liv­ing in the north, for ex­am­ple, in­sur­ance, air­fares and food.

Pro­vide city-stan­dard fa­cil­i­ties and pro­grams. In­crease the ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able in town and en­sure the hos­pi­tal has the re­quired spe­cial­ists so we are not as re­liant on PATS. I am pas­sion­ate, proud and pos­i­tive of our com­mu­nity.

George Le­vis­sianos

I thought it al­ready was for the past 20 years.

Re­spect the cit­i­zens that got us here and made it home — the work­ers, the lo­cal busi­ness own­ers and the se­niors.

If peo­ple don’t want to leave Kar­ratha, you can pretty much guar­an­tee peo­ple will want to come here.

Pablo Miller

I think Kar­ratha is al­ready a live­able city with a vi­brant busi­ness com­mu­nity, fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tions, great sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties, op­por­tu­ni­ties for ca­reer growth and a strong sense of cul­ture and com­mu­nity.

While there is room for im­prove­ment in ar­eas such as ac­cess to cheaper flights, higher ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties and more spe­cialised health ser­vices, over­all Kar­ratha is a great place to live and raise a fam­ily.

Stu­art Otto

The work done by the City thus far is com­mend­able — Leisure­plex, check; mod­ern city cen­tre, check; new hos­pi­tal build, check; arts precinct, check; cy­cle paths, check; Yabu­rara walk trail up­grade, check.

I be­lieve any young fam­ily want­ing the life­style and amenity Kar­ratha has to of­fer should be pack­ing their bags to get here. Un­em­ploy­ment is at present one per cent. Kar­ratha needs now to pro­mote what a great place this is to live in and to raise a fam­ily.

Bart Par­sons

The city has al­ready taken mas­sive steps to­wards be­ing Aus­tralia’s most live­able re­gional city. REAP and the hos­pi­tal are valu­able ad­di­tions. Be­yond this, we need to di­ver­sify our econ­omy to bring long-term sta­bil­ity to ar­eas such as ser­vices, tourism, hos­pi­tal­ity and re­tail. Th­ese are all key driv­ers of an econ­omy that can sur­vive fluc­tu­a­tions.

Adding in­ter­na­tional flights and projects such as John Lally’s ma­rina project in Dampier to open up the archipelago can only strengthen ac­cess to our nat­u­ral as­sets.

Julie Pope

What drives peo­ple away?

Re­mote­ness, safety, lack of leisure ac­tiv­i­ties for teens (not sport-ori­en­tated), and a lack of op­por­tu­ni­ties af­ter school. We have lim­ited aged-care fa­cil­i­ties.

Many need to move on to re­ceive proper care. “Live­able” is sub­jec­tive. Progress is about bal­ance. For the city to progress, we have to find the bal­ance be­tween build­ings and car­ing for our com­mu­nity. In my opin­ion, we have mas­tered only one.

We can do bet­ter.

Tara Sta­ley

We ur­gently need to at­tract na­tional and in­ter­na­tional tourism to build a sus­tain­able econ­omy which is not de­ter­mined by the min­ing and re­sources sec­tor.

This multi­bil­lion-dol­lar in­dus­try would boost lo­cal rev­enue, with­out re­ly­ing on tax­pay­ers to fund fu­ture projects and ser­vices. Ex­ces­sive flight costs re­duce our abil­ity to com­pete in this mar­ket and in­hibits our abil­ity to ex­pand lo­cal ser­vices, ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties and fa­cil­i­ties for res­i­dents.

Evette Smeathers

To im­prove live­abil­ity, you need to keep in touch with what the com­mu­nity wants. Peo­ple want the ba­sics to be de­liv­ered well, and they must be . . . but peo­ple want more than that.

They want to be part of an ex­cit­ing and sus­tain­able com­mu­nity that pro­vides them op­por­tu­ni­ties — good ed­u­ca­tion in­clud­ing univer­sity, ex­cel­lent events and cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences, de­vel­op­ment of tal­ent in sport and the arts, and eco­nomic di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion to bring more jobs and ser­vices to our city.

Robin Van­den­berg

There are many fac­tors that will con­trib­ute to achieve this vi­sion or “qual­ity of life”, be­ing the gen­eral well­be­ing of in­di­vid­u­als and so­ci­eties. 1. Nat­u­ral and built en­vi­ron­ment. 2. Ed­u­ca­tion; 3. Health care’ 4. Safety; 5. Re­cre­ation; 6. In­fra­struc­ture; 7. Ac­cess to goods and ser­vices; 8. Lead­er­ship. A strate­gic com­mu­nity plan 2016–2026 has been de­vel­oped, which pro­vides a di­rec­tion to make the city an even greater place to live, work and raise a fam­ily.


In ad­di­tion to the cur­rent is­sues be­ing re­viewed such as health ser­vices, flight costs and com­mu­nity safety, an im­por­tant step for our ward is to stream­line the ap­provals process for land trans­fers and us­age. This will al­low smoother progress of fa­cil­ity up­grades and im­prove­ments, and al­low small busi­nesses an op­por­tu­nity to es­tab­lish them­selves. It is also im­per­a­tive to cre­ate a new im­age for the City of Kar­ratha, based on fam­ily, small busi­ness and tourism.

Fiona White-Har­tig

I be­lieve the key steps to en­sure the City of Kar­ratha be­comes a more live­able place and to en­cour­age peo­ple to live here longer, lies pre­dom­i­nantly with the cre­ation of em­ploy­ment.

This in­cludes eco­nomic di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion and sup­port of small to medium busi­ness en­ter­prises through­out all the towns.

I am also pas­sion­ate about cre­at­ing a pos­i­tive so­cial fab­ric within our towns that sup­port res­i­dents and their fam­i­lies, in­clud­ing vi­tal med­i­cal ser­vices, so­cial ser­vices and the high­est qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion.

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