Construction to start with a bang
■ 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.
An artist’s impression of Exmouth’s Ningaloo Centre.