Historic agreement to benefit Dampier community

If completed, the agreement will enable the City to progress the $10.7m Dampier Palms and Hampton Oval redevelopment. Credit: City of Karratha

If completed, the agreement will enable the City to progress the $10.7m Dampier Palms and Hampton Oval redevelopment. Credit: City of Karratha

Council’s vision to develop the Dampier foreshore has advanced to the next stage after a multimillion-dollar agreement was endorsed on Monday.

The historic agreement with Rio Tinto involves the transfer of ownership of land owned under freehold or lease by Rio Tinto to the City of Karratha.

Endorsement by Council is a positive step in the process toward a formal transfer agreement, which remains subject to negotiations with the State Government.

The 10 sites subject to the agreement include popular community facilities, infrastructure, public spaces and tourist attractions: Hampton Harbour Boat and Sailing Club, the Dampier foreshore and public boat ramp, Hampton Oval and Windy Ridge Oval, Dampier Bowling Club, tennis and squash courts, Jurat Park, Hardy Reserve, Red Dog Entry Bay and the Dampier Lookout.

If completed, the transfer will enable the City to progress the $10.7m Dampier Palms and Hampton Oval redevelopment and the estimated $15m Dampier Marine project.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the agreement had been 35 years in the making.

“Negotiations have been ongoing for many years so it’s great to see it come to fruition,” Cr Long said.

“Transferring these assets will enable Council to upgrade community facilities, activate public spaces and open the door for future development in Dampier, which is a great outcome for the community.”

These works are anticipated to be included in the City’s 2020-21 budget.

Rio Tinto will also allocate $2.5m from the Community Infrastructure and Services Partnership reserve towards the Dampier Palms and Hampton Oval redevelopment.

Rio Tinto managing director Port, Rail and Core Services Ivan Vella said endorsement by the City was an important milestone.

“This is an important step toward progressing the transfer, which will significantly enhance community facilities and infrastructure in the region,” he said.

“Our partnership with the City of Karratha has gone from strength to strength in recent years, delivering real benefits to the local community with more than $50m contributed since 2012.

“The proposed transfer of land builds on our shared vision of creating vibrant, healthy communities in this amazing part of Australia.”