Big year ahead

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Peter Long

I hope you have had a good rest over the Christ­mas pe­riod be­cause 2016 is shap­ing up to be just as big as 2015.

We have a long list of projects — some on­go­ing, some just be­gin­ning de­sign and oth­ers about to go to ten­der — for con­struc­tion later in the year.

For me, the high­light of 2016 will be the con­struc­tion of our new Theatre, Li­brary and Arts Precinct in Sharpe Av­enue.

The open­ing of the Dampier Com­mu­nity Hub and the GP Su­per­clinic around April/May will also be mar­vel­lous.

The ac­tual struc­tural work on the new hos­pi­tal is planned to start in the se­cond quar­ter and we are now de­sign­ing the new Tam­brey Pav­il­ion, which will be­gin con­struc­tion later in the year.

The air­port fore­court and carpark up­grades will be ten­dered within the next few months.

Th­ese will in­volve planter boxes and sun shades with new traf­fic ar­range­ments in the carpark to make the ex­ter­nal part of our air­port more at­trac­tive and user friendly.

We are start­ing de­sign of the air­port apron ex­pan­sion and light­ing upgrade as well.

Fund­ing be­ing con­firmed, we in­tend to com­plete the de­tail de­sign and ten­der con­struc­tion of the Wick­ham Com­mu­nity Hub this year too.

We will be­gin con­struc­tion of the Point Samson Fore­shore pub­lic deck­ing and look­out struc­ture soon and will also ten­der the Kar­ratha fore­shore works at Searip­ple carpark and the Dampier fore­shore Stage 1 works.

We will ten­der the Kar­ratha Back Beach ramp and jetty upgrade later this year.

We will be­gin de­sign of the class 3 cell at 7 Mile Waste Fa­cil­ity this year.

The Quar­ter de­vel­op­ment should be opened in July and Kar­ratha city cen­tre works will con­tinue all year.

Kar­ratha doesn’t slow down.

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