Image: Karratha CBD (courtesy of the Shire of Roebourne and photography by Margaret Bertling)
Mission to the Pilbara
Registrations are filling up fast for the Australian Property Institute of WA Division’s upcoming ‘Mission to the Pilbara’ event from 30 May to 2 June.
There are still limited places for the action-packed event, which features a walking tour of the Karratha CBD, tours to Dampier and Cape Lambert, plus cultural and networking activities. Presenters include Landcorp, Shire of Roebourne, Rio Tinto and Finbar.
Participants will learn about the development of a new city, regional infrastructure for multiple industries, towns, work force and communities, risk management as well as current and future planning.
The program is highly collaborative, with private and government organisation contributions.The event offers unparalleled opportunities for building key knowledge in this ground-breaking region.
- Tour group size is capped at 50
- Limited accommodation is being held by API WA
- Limited flights can be booked through API WA Division’s group booking – tick the box on the registration form to take up this option
Contact the office on (08) 9381 7288 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The Pilbara region is located in the north of Western Australia, adjacent to the Kimberley region. Extending 507,896 square kilometres, it comprises a vast coastal plain bordered by the Indian Ocean to the west, unique inland ranges and the Great Sandy Desert stretching to the Northern Territory in the east.
Rich in mineral resources, the Pilbara is Western Australia’s principle mining region. With two of Australia’s largest national parks, Karlamilyi and Karijini, tourism is also an economic driver. Other key industries include agriculture, aquaculture and fishing. The Pilbara has a population of roughly 49,000, and 31 Aboriginal cultural or language groups.
Karratha, an Aboriginal word meaning ‘good country’, was established in 1968 in response to the continued development of the Hamersley Iron Ore operations and the commencement of the nearby Dampier Salt project.
The development of the North West Shelf gas fields with associated on-shore LNG processing and export facilities enabled the town to evolve into the administrative centre of the West Pilbara.
Karratha is located 1,557 kilometres north of Perth on Nickol Bay. The weather is warm and pleasant all year round, encouraging an outdoor lifestyle, which is complimented by beautiful beaches and stunning natural surrounds.
Today the town has developed into the largest and most economically diverse community in the Pilbara and is home to an estimated 19,000 people including a substantial number of fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers. Karratha has the largest and most diverse shopping centre in the Pilbara, with all the facilities concentrated in the town centre.
The major centre (Centro Karratha) has a total retail floor space of 23,600m2. Karratha is also blessed with modern entertainment, educational and community facilities, the busiest airport outside of the metropolitan area, and is the regional hub for most government agencies.