Criticism prompts campus redesign
The Karratha Health Campus has gone back to the drawing board following public criticism of the campus’ design and consultation by the City of Karratha and Pilbara politicians.
In December, City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long revealed extensive frustrations with WA Country Health Services regarding a perceived lack of consultation and problematic designs.
Health Minister Kim Hames said a meeting between the project team, Brookfield Multiplex and the City last week had been productive.
“Significant modifications have been made to the concept design to address issues raised by council and I understand the meeting was generally very positive,” he said.
“The council is now considering the revised plans and I look forward to feedback prior to finalisation of the design in February.
“I am firmly committed to consultation and co-operation and urge all stakeholders on the project to work together in delivering a health campus that will best serve the needs of this important region.”
Issues with the design held by the City included a layout which would have seen a “moat” of car parks around the buildings.
Mr Long said pedestrian links and visual connectivity to Balmoral and Warambie roads were not up to standards and the battered edges on the site would create a significant visual impact. There were also issues with the helipad location requiring excess fill.
Mr Long told the Pilbara News at the time of going public with these concerns that WACHS had not listened to the City’s arguments from the get-go.
“Every step of the way, every piece of reasoning we brought up they just stonewalled us and said no we don’t want to do that,” he said. “It has been very frustrating for us.”
Pilbara MLA Brendon Grylls and Labor member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Stephen Dawson both agreed with the City’s views, and urged Dr Hames and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman to intervene.