Cul­tural cash coup

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

Two cul­tural devel­op­ments in the City of Kar­ratha look set to go ahead, with the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment an­nounc­ing it will pour mil­lions of dol­lars into projects in Kar­ratha and Roe­bourne.

The $56 mil­lion Kar­ratha Arts and Com­mu­nity Precinct re­ceived $10 mil­lion un­der the lat­est round of the Na­tional Stronger Re­gions Fund, an­nounced on Mon­day.

Con­struc­tion is ex­pected to be­gin in mid-2016, pend­ing fund­ing from other part­ners.

Yind­jibarndi Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion re­ceived $2 mil­lion un­der the same fund to­wards the $6 mil­lion restora­tion of the Vic­to­ria Ho­tel in Roe­bourne as a com­mu­nity hub.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the coun­cil was ec­static to se­cure funds from the NSRF.

“There is clearly a need for an in­door the­atre, not just in Kar­ratha but in the Pil­bara as a whole,” he said. “This was a very com­pet­i­tive fund­ing round, so to be suc­cess­ful is a great achieve­ment and shows the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment un­der­stands the need for th­ese fa­cil­i­ties in this re­gion.

“This is a great vote of con­fi­dence in our vi­sion for the City of Kar­ratha and our fo­cus will now move to lock­ing in State Gov­ern­ment and cor­po­rate fund­ing to make this project a re­al­ity.”

The City is still hop­ing to se­cure $14 mil­lion in fund­ing from Roy­al­ties for Re­gions, $1 mil­lion from Lot­tery­west and $9 mil­lion from in­dus­try for the arts precinct.

Fed­eral MP Melissa Price said both projects would be a “mas­sive” boost for the Pil­bara.

“(The Arts and Com­mu­nity Precinct) will pro­vide iconic, con­tem­po­rary, cul­tural and learn­ing fa­cil­i­ties and con­sists of a state-of-theart li­brary, multi-func­tional the­atre, mod­ern out­door am­phithe­atre and a war me­mo­rial,” she said.

“The li­brary will in­clude a pro­fes­sions re­search and ed­u­ca­tion de­vel­op­ment zone, of­fice space and per­son­alised vis­i­tor cen­tre ser­vices in­te­grated into the lay­out.

“The the­atre and as­so­ci­ated spa­ces fea­ture a grand open foyer prov­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for show­cas­ing lo­cal and Abo­rig­i­nal art and lo­cal history ex­hi­bi­tions, and a stun­ning rooftop ter­race space for cin­ema and out­door events.”

Last year, YAC chief ex­ec­u­tive Michael Wood­ley said the cor­po­ra­tion would look to re­open the his­toric Vic­to­ria Ho­tel, which closed in 2005, as an ac­com­mo­da­tion, cafe and of­fice space.

Mr Wood­ley en­vis­aged the for­mer pub as a “vi­brant meet­ing place for the com­mu­nity”.

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