City of Karratha

Budget balances strong response to pandemic and project delivery

02 Jul 2020

A multimillion dollar response to the COVID-19 pandemic and commitment to deliver more than 100 community and infrastructure projects is the focus of the City of Karratha’s 2020/21 budget.

Adopted by Council on Tuesday, the budget reflects Council’s extensive efforts to provide ongoing support and economic stimulus during the pandemic and throughout the recovery phase.

The City introduced $3 million COVID-19 support packages for ratepayers, small businesses and community groups in March, which were boosted by a second tranche of targeted initiatives valued at $1.33 million this week.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said despite revenue streams decreasing due to the pandemic and operating expenditure increasing, the City had worked hard to deliver a budget that will fund more than 100 projects while freezing rates for ratepayers.

“Due to the City’s responsible economic management and strong financial position, we were able to draw on our reserves in order to freeze rates and fees this financial year,” Cr Long said.

“Reserves are savings set aside for a rainy day and the first half of 2020 gave us a severe tropical cyclone followed by a global public health crisis so we are pleased to put these funds to good use as we look ahead.

“The pandemic impacted many projects included in the 2019/20 budget, which we have carried over to this financial year.

“We have a big year ahead with 107 projects valued at more than $40 million, which we are keen to get underway.

“This is in addition to our annual programs, including expanding lighting networks, maintaining a growing number of sport and recreational facilities, delivering youth, community and waste services, and providing arts and cultural experiences and events.

Cr Long said Council remained committed to attracting high profile conferences to the Red Earth Arts Precinct, such as the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development Meeting of Mining Regions and Cities in June 2021, to stimulate the local economy and showcase the City’s tourism industry and investment opportunities.

“Council looks forward to a prosperous year ahead as we progress our vision to become Australia’s most liveable regional city,” Cr Long said.

2020/21 budget highlights:

  • $7.6m to reconstruct Bayly Avenue
  • $2.6m to redevelop the Wickham Aquatic Centre
  • $2m to continue road resealing and re-sheeting programs
  • $1.6m for stage one of the Kevin Richards Memorial Oval redevelopment
  • $1.6m for stage one of the Andover Park redevelopment
  • $1.5m to upgrade the Karratha Airport baggage handling system
  • $1.33m in COVID-19 tranche two community and business support initiatives
  • $1.3m conservation works to Roebourne Heritage Precinct
  • $1m in community and business grants
  • $956,000 to replace Johns Creek Jetty
  • $810,000 to expand our footpath network
  • $595,000 to implement year three of the Karratha is Calling place branding campaign
  • $452,000 to design the Point Samson fishing jetty

The 2020/21 City of Karratha budget was adopted by Council on Tuesday 30 June. The budget can be viewed at http://karratha.wa.gov.au/budget.