Quality hotel a priority
I read with great interest a recent article by Tom Zaunmayr regarding the proposed hotel development.
This is exactly what Karratha needs. Yes we would like a Bunnings, a Hungry Jack’s, a bowling alley, but we need a quality hotel.
We want visitors and potential investors to feel they are not staying in a two-star motel in a sleepy little town that they can’t wait to get out of.
Karratha may call itself a city, but let us not kid ourselves. For one thing, the population is in the main not what one would call city-dwellers.
Watch people walking in any city and you’ll see what I mean. No urgency, no atmosphere, no rush.
Just pop into the same old bars and eateries. It’s a fishing and camping hub.
I’m not suggesting we run amok, but it’s boring here in the actual city. Let the markets be a permanent fixture, encourage more pop-up food and drink outlets.
I know there is an element out there that will abuse such freedoms, but we can deal with it.
There are too few bars and restaurants, and no public transport worthy of a city.
Build a hotel, open up some international flights, allow more wine bars and music venues and maybe, just maybe some visitors will see the potential here and invest in a water slide or wave park or whatever.