Con­struc­tion to start with a bang

Pilbara News - - News - Bran­wen Smith

■ Work to build the Nin­ga­loo Cen­tre in Ex­mouth will lit­er­ally be­gin with a bang, and the whole com­mu­nity is in­vited to come along to en­joy the mo­ment on Novem­ber 4 at 6pm.

Shire of Ex­mouth ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer com­mu­nity en­gage­ment Roge Kempe said the Shire wanted to mark the long-awaited turn­ing of the sod cer­e­mony with some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent.

“We’re lit­er­ally go­ing to start with a bang, with a se­ries of ex­plo­sions to loosen up the ground,” he said.

Af­ter the bang, the same shovel used to turn the first sod for the Harold E. Holt Base con­struc­tion north of Ex­mouth, on Oc­to­ber 20, 1963, will be used to turn the first sod for the Nin­ga­loo Cen­tre.

The cer­e­mony will be at­tended by gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives, builders and fu­ture per­ma­nent users of the Nin­ga­loo Cen­tre such as the Du­rack In­sti­tute, Ex­mouth Toy Li­brary, Ex­mouth Vis­i­tor Cen­tre and the Univer­sity of WA. But Mr Kempe said most im­por­tantly the whole Ex­mouth com­mu­nity was in­vited for a drink, some nib­bles and to wit­ness the cer­e­mony.

“The Nin­ga­loo Cen­tre is go­ing to be a com­mu­nity build­ing and there will be some­thing for ev­ery­one; whether you want to go to the li­brary, take your kids to the in­door play­ground, learn about the his­tory of Ex­mouth through the free ex­hi­bi­tions, visit an art ex­hi­bi­tion or show, study or just have a cup of cof­fee,” he said.

The cer­e­mony will take place on the Nin­ga­loo Cen­tre site at the firies’ run­ning track, op­po­site the Nimitz Street exit on Mu­rat Road, be­tween 6 and 7pm.

Pic­ture: Shire of Ex­mouth

An artist’s im­pres­sion of Ex­mouth’s Nin­ga­loo Cen­tre.

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