A 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, which is located over 1,500 kilometres north of Perth and approximately 850 kilometres south of Broome.
Mr Grylls said the plan will establish Karratha as a desirable place to live, with facilities to match other major cities of Australia. He added that major issues currently facing the town, such as infrastructure constraints, land supply shortages and housing affordability are addressed in the plan.
"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," he said.
Shire of Roebourne president Nicole Lockwood said the plan would allow Karratha to evolve "from a resources town into a major Australian city," with improved infrastructure and amenity and more affordable and diverse housing options.