Crit­i­cism prompts cam­pus re­design

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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