Karratha: From Mining Town To Liveable City

 The 10th Making Cities Liveable Conference will be held at Hotel Grand Chancellor in Brisbane on Monday 10th – Tuesday 11th July 2017.

Mr Mark Casserly, Director Community Services for City of Karratha joins us this year to present “From mining town to liveable city”.

The Pilbara region in Western Australia is a place of extremes in terms of scale, climate, history, resources and beauty. With just 2.6% of the state’s population the region delivers 11.62 % of Western Australia’s Gross State Product. The per worker contribution to the economy in the Pilbara is nearly three times that of the balance of the state and nearly four times that of the nation.

Mark Casserly

Welcome to the City of Karratha, the regional capital of the Pilbara and powerhouse of the nation; a place with a ‘can do’ and ‘fair go’ attitude.

Once a series of mining towns, Karratha is now a vibrant and modern cosmopolitan city. Karratha is underpinned by a strong and diversifying economy and offers an unparalleled lifestyle in a community with a rich tapestry of character, culture and heritage.

Riding the crest of the mining boom in the mid 2000’s and weathering the global financial crisis of 2008, the state government’s Pilbara Cities Initiative injected $1.7billion into the region. Karratha has been a proud recipient of this transformative initiative and has emerged with a vision to become Australia’s most liveable regional city.

The story of Karratha’s growth and development is exciting and compelling, clearly fuelled by world-wide demand for raw resources. The rapid fire injection of essential infrastructure, community facilities and social services to a booming economy and the consequential impact of a fall in resource prices in recent years have certainly been experienced. The relentless pace of exponential growth has softened. There is a sense of normalcy emerging in community life.

Now is the time to complete the city’s transition from adolescence to maturity. It is a time for consolidation, for deepening connections and growing resilience. This presentation will share the journey to date and the plans and initiatives proposed for the future.

The 10th Making Cities Liveable Conference is a platform for government, academic and industry professionals to discuss public health, sustainability, natural resource management, transport, climate change, urban design, biosecurity and more.

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