Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls
State Government’s Plan To Grow Karratha Into A City
Victor P Taffa
A bold plan to transform Karratha into a world-class City of the North, with a potential population of 50,000, was launched today by the State Government and the Shire of Roebourne.
Regional Development and Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said the launch of the plan was a major step in delivering the State Government’s Pilbara Cities’ vision for Karratha.
“I am particularly proud of the co-operation and commitment shown by all stakeholders in developing this new exciting future for Karratha, especially the involvement of the local community.” Mr. Grylls said.
“This watershed plan will establish Karratha as a highly desirable place to live, work and raise a family a future city with facilities on par with other major cities of Australia.”
The Minister said major issues currently facing the town, such as infrastructure constraints, land supply shortages and housing affordability are addressed in the comprehensive blueprint.
“The plan also contains a master scheme to transform the town centre with a new main street, public-square and entry statement as well as expanded retail, commercial and residential opportunities.” Mr. Grylls said.
Shire of Roebourne President Nicole Lockwood said the plan provided a clear pathway for Karratha to evolve from a resources town into a major Australian city.
“Karratha will be endowed with improved infrastructure and amenity, offer more affordable and diverse styles of housing and generate enough jobs to sustain a future population of 50,000.” Cr. Lockwood said.
“These measures have been a long time coming for the residents of Karratha and there is a genuine sense of excitement in the town as we move closer to realising the dream.”
Mr. Grylls commended the Shire of Roebourne for working in close partnership with the State Government’s land developer, LandCorp, to bring the project to this critical stage.
“Our challenge is to continue this partnership approach together with the private sector to lift these plans off the page and onto the ground in Karratha.” Mr. Grylls said.
The Minister said work was already under way on several initiatives in Karratha such as the new Service Workers Village.
“Additional residential land in Baynton West and Nickol West is expected to be released by the end of this year, and the preferred proponent has been selected to build a multi-million dollar neighbourhood centre with a small supermarket, medical centre, specialty shops and a variety of residential accommodation options in Tambrey.” Mr. Grylls said.
Mr. Grylls said the Karratha City of the North Plan will provide a common framework for all stakeholders to align their activity and investment in the town.
North-West MLA Vince Catania said the plan was visionary and would be a cornerstone of the Pilbara Cities project.