Local species push for City Centre landscaping

Three prominent sites in Karratha’s City Centre will be spruced up in 2017 with greater attention to local plant species as part of landscaping plans endorsed by Council.

The projects include the main entry to the City Centre – the intersection of DeWitt and Dampier roads, Red Earth Arts Precinct and yet-to-be-named park at the corner of Sharpe Avenue and Welcome Road.

The inclusions of more local plant and tree species follows a request for review of the plans by Council’s recently formed Environment and Sustainability Advisory Group; a group that includes local community members that are helping the City on environmental and sustainability priorities.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the improved landscaping would help create a much more welcoming and comfortable CBD environment, as well as reflecting the local landscape.

“There are a number of significant infrastructure projects taking place in the CBD this year with the extension of both Karratha Terrace and Bayview Road as well as development around the new hospital,” Cr Long said.

“While these projects will be transformational for our City Centre, the complimentary landscaping to be undertaken alongside these improvements will help to further enhance our CBD.”

“It is fantastic that these projects will focus strongly on reflecting the local landscape character by incorporating tree and plant species endemic to the region. We have unique landscapes and tree species in our area that we should celebrate by showing them off in landscaped entries in and around our new City Centre.”

The works, which will include the relocation of mature Millstream Palms and Kurrajongs from other City reserves to the DeWitt Road entry, will be delivered in 2017 as part of the Karratha City Centre Infrastructure Works Program.