City of Karratha

Budget delivering City vision

05 Jul 2021

The City of Karratha has handed down its 2021-22 Budget delivering a balanced approach to spending while meeting the growing needs of the community.  

The budget, which was adopted by Council on June 30, includes 117 projects with a value of more than $53 million.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said activity was in line with Council’s vision to become Australia’s most liveable regional City.

“The City has worked hard over the past decade to enhance the standard of services and facilities in our towns, but we know the community has growing expectations and we want to meet and exceed these,” Cr Long said.

“Through our Strategic Community Plan and Annual Community Survey processes, we have targeted our spending on services that are important to the community like enhancing our parks and public open spaces, delivering programs for youth and offering community grants and support measures.”

“Existing facilities like the Karratha Leisureplex and Airport will receive upgrades to ensure they continue to meet community needs, while the Kevin Richards Memorial Oval will undergo a full redevelopment.”

“We know that liveability factors such as housing, cost of living and access to health services are some of the biggest issues in our community.”

“While these are not traditionally local government responsibilities, we understand the critical need to address these issues and have allocated funding to progress a number of housing projects to create more supply and initiatives to attract and support medical services workers.”

Despite increasing costs to the City including annual utility and insurance costs, and falling revenue streams, the City will deliver projects from the budget with a rate increase less than CPI for the sixth consecutive year.

“With nearly two-thirds of operating income coming from sources other than rates we have been able to minimise the impact on ratepayers with a rate increase of just 0.9%, one of the lowest in the state.”

The 2021/22 City of Karratha budget was adopted by Council on Wednesday, June 30. The budget can be viewed at

2021-22 budget highlights:

  • Over $8 million towards land and housing development initiatives and projects
  • $8.3 million to completely redevelop Kevin Richards Memorial Oval
  • More than $5.2 million towards waste services and initiatives
  • $4.3 million towards a solar initiative at Karratha Leisureplex to significantly reduce consumption and save approximately $6 million in utility costs over the next 20 years
  • $3.9 million in maintaining and enhancing parks, ovals and open spaces
  • Over $3.5 million to improve connectivity by maintaining and upgrading roads, footpaths, kerbs and roundabouts
  • $2.8 million towards the $24 million Murujuga National Park Access Road project
  • $1.9 million to reconstruct Coolawanyah Road to improve road and traffic conditions
  • $1.5 million towards improving equipment at the Karratha Airport
  • $1 million towards completing the first completely grassed green golf course in the Pilbara
  • Over $1 million towards upgrades in Dampier as part of the Dampier Masterplan
  • Over $1 million in City grants to support economic and community initiatives
  • Over $1 million in street beautification and litter reduction works
  • $1 million towards hosting and facilitating annual Community events
  • $580k support for arts, culture and youth programs and initiatives
  • $160k towards attracting and supporting medical service workers