The Wickham Community Hub is a step closer to becoming a reality with Council selecting a preferred builder for the project.
The City is now just waiting for a lease agreement with Rio Tinto to be executed before construction of the $16 million facility can commence.
Funding secured for the project includes $8 million from Rio Tinto and $1.5 million from Lotterywest.
The City is still awaiting funding decisions on Royalties for Regions and the Commonwealth Building Better Regions fund however the outcome of those decisions will not impact the delivery of the project.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said Council was committed to progressing the long-awaited hub project.
“This project has been under discussion in the Wickham community for many years and I am pleased that we have a preferred contractor nominated for the construction of this fantastic new facility,” Cr Long said.
“We are working closely with Rio Tinto to finalise land tenure arrangements and are hopeful to have these resolved in the coming weeks to enable construction to commence on site.”
The City has also appointed a builder for the construction of a new water playground, to be co-located adjacent to the pool in the Wickham Recreation Precinct.
“We know the Wickham community has been calling for a water playground facility in town and I am delighted that by the time that summers comes around later this year we will have a fantastic new water facility for the community to enjoy,” Cr Long added.
It is anticipated that site works for water playground will commence in August.