Federal funds boost precinct

Karratha is one step closer to having a new theatre, library and community precinct following the announcement of $10 million in funding from the National Stronger Regions Fund.

The proposed Karratha Arts and Community Precinct will create an iconic entry statement to Karratha on the corner of Dampier Road and Sharpe Avenue.

The striking building design will house a theatre, function spaces, rooftop cinema, outdoor amphitheatre and a new community library.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the Council was ecstatic to be successful in the highly competitive funding program, which aims to boost local jobs and enhance infrastructure.

“There is clearly a need for an indoor theatre, not just in Karratha but in the Pilbara as a whole. This facility will also give us a brand new, state of the art community library which will enhance learning opportunities and programs in the region,” Cr Long said.

“This was a very competitive funding round so to be successful is a great achievement and shows the Federal Government understands the need for these facilities in this region,” he said.

“This is a great vote of confidence in our vision for the City of Karratha and our focus will now move to locking in State Government and corporate funding to make this project a reality.”

Detailed design work is continuing on the project with construction slated to begin in mid-2016 pending the receipt of funding from other partners.

Plans and concept designs for the project can be viewed at www.karratha.wa.gov.au