Prime Minister kicks off Karratha Arts and Community Precinct project

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has today launched the next phase of the Karratha Arts and Community Precinct with City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long.

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP presented the City of Karratha with a cheque for the Australian Government’s $10 million contribution to the project following a successful National Stronger Regions Fund application.

Leaders from key corporate partners Rio Tinto and the Woodside-operated North West Shelf Project were also present to support the project as well as Lotterywest, which has also committed a significant contribution to make the project a reality.

Cr Long said the Karratha Arts and Community Precinct would be transformational for the region, providing the community with access to unprecedented arts and cultural opportunities.

“We have been working hard to raise the level of amenity in our city from basic mining town facilities to the standard communities expect in a major regional centre,” Cr Long said.

“Our partnerships across all levels of government and with the private sector have enabled us to build fantastic facilities like the Karratha Leisureplex that have helped attract people to live in this region, and this project will further enhance the standard of living here. I’m proud to once again be here with the Australian Government, Lotterywest, Rio Tinto and the North West Shelf Project to announce another much needed piece of infrastructure,” Cr Long said.

“As the capital of the North West, this facility fittingly provides the City of Karratha with the opportunity to build a home for arts and culture in the Pilbara region and increase the services currently provided in the area,” he said.

The state-of-the-art precinct will offer the only theatre between Geraldton and Darwin and has been designed to meet community needs locally and in the wider region for the next 40 years.

“It is an honour to have Prime Minister Turnbull here with us today to lock in the final, major piece of infrastructure for the City of Karratha.”

Woodside’s Senior Vice President of the North West Shelf Project, Niall Myles, said the North West Shelf Project participants have, in-principle, committed $3.2 million towards the Karratha Arts and Community Precinct.

“Since 2008, the North West Shelf Project has contributed more than $50 million towards social investment programs and infrastructure projects in the Pilbara region,” Mr Myles said.

“We are proud to be here today to announce a significant in-principle contribution to this fantastic new facility, which will further enhance the City of Karratha’s already thriving arts and culture scene.”

Rio Tinto managing director Port, Rail and Core Services, Clayton Walker said Rio Tinto is extremely proud to commit $2 million towards the creation of an iconic and contemporary arts and community facility that will be a real game-changer for the region.

“Since 2012, Rio Tinto has invested more than $55m in local infrastructure and community development activities. We remain committed to transforming Karratha and ensuring it is a great place to live and work,” Mr Walker said.

The Karratha Arts and Community Precinct project has currently secured $15.5 million in funding with a $14 million application to the WA Government’s Royalties for Regions program still under consideration.

Construction of the project is likely to commence in the second half of 2016, following a tender process. 

Notes to the editor:

The six participants in the North West Shelf Project are:

  • BHP Billiton Petroleum (North West
  • Shelf) Pty Ltd
  • BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd
  • Chevron Australia Pty Ltd
  • Japan Australia LNG (MIMI) Pty Ltd
  • Shell Australia Pty Ltd
  • Woodside Energy (Ltd) Operator