A community celebration was held in Wickham today to mark the official opening of the Wickham Community Hub.
Located in the heart of Wickham, the $16.35 million multipurpose facility boasts a suite of modern indoor and outdoor spaces, including a public library and courtyard, early learning centre accommodating 50 children with outdoor play areas, multi-use shared spaces to accommodate community groups, youth drop-in centre and skate park, offices, water playground and refurbished Wickham Squash Centre and Community Hall.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the hub would connect the community and cater to the current and future needs of residents of all ages.
“This contemporary, functional facility is a game changer for the Wickham community and provides a new home for enhanced community services and programs while activating the town centre,” Cr Long said.
“Delivering high standard amenities and services is a vital part of the City’s commitment to creating vibrant, sustainable communities and our ongoing efforts to become Australia’s most liveable regional city.
“Local businesses have also benefited from construction of the facility, with 33 local Pilbara suppliers and contractors engaged during the build, representing 57 per cent of all suppliers and sub-contractors employed by project builder CWD Builders Developers.”
Rio Tinto Managing Director Supply Chain and Services Ivan Vella said he was certain the hub would bring positive and lasting change that improves the liveability of Wickham.
“This exciting new precinct is a great example of what local government, industry and the community can achieve together,” he said.
“I would particularly like to acknowledge our partners the City of Karratha for their dedication and constant focus on improving the liveability of communities right across the City region. This latest project here in Wickham builds on a long list of successes.”
The $16.35 million project was made possible with $8 million funding from Rio Tinto, $6.85 million funding from the City of Karratha and $1.5 million funding from Lotterywest.
Further information about the project is available online at: https://karratha.wa.gov.au/wickham-community-hub