/kəˈraθə/ (say kuh'rahthuh)

a town in western WA, west of Roebourne; centre for mining projects carried out in the Pilbara region.
{? Australian Aboriginal}
The Karratha region lies in territory traditionally inhabited by the Jaburrara people. Karratha station was established in the late 1860s, one of the first in the north-west, and was linked by a stock route to Geraldton. A century later, in 1966, Hamersley Iron purchased the station as a farm and introduced Santa Gertrudis cattle. Karratha town site was resumed from the property in 1968 and a town established as a centre for iron-ore industry personnel, government employees and those working on the North West Shelf natural-gas project. It is the administrative centre of the Roebourne Shire and the centre for mining projects in the Pilbara region. It is also used as a base by tourists visiting the Pilbara. Burrup Peninsula, to the north, is an important rock-art site.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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