Place:Karratha, Western Australia, Australia


Located inWestern Australia, Australia

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Karratha is an Australian town adjoining the port of Dampier in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, which was developed from the 1960s to accommodate the processing and exportation workforce of the Hamersley Iron mining company and, in the 1980s, the petroleum and liquefied natural gas operations of the North West Shelf Venture. At the 2011 census, Karratha had a population of 16,475. The town's name comes from the cattle station from which land was reclaimed for the development. Karratha in the local Aboriginal language means 'good country' or 'soft earth'. The town is the seat of government of the City of Karratha.

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