Hub plan advances
The Wickham Community Hub is one step closer to construction after the City of Karratha voted to move the designs on to the next stage.
The schematic design has been completed and been given the green light by councillors.
A detailed design will now be drawn up, which will allow the plans to move into their final stages while discussions with potential funding partners continue.
Wickham Community Association spokesman Liam Kelly said he hoped construction would begin this year.
“We hope we should be able to actually start building, going forward, and start putting something down on the ground,” he said.
“The actual drawings, the plans and everything, have all been approved by the Shire, so it’s just a case of now getting the rest of the funds to actually do it with.”
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the approved designs would meet the needs of present and future Wickham residents.
“Once completed, this new Wickham Community Hub will provide residents with a recreation space specific to the needs of the local community and we are really looking forward to bringing this to life,” he said.
The hub will feature a new library, youth space, early learning centre, water play area, skate space, landscaping and a flexible multipurpose facility for community classes, events and groups.
Mr Kelly said the aim of the hub was to centralise many of the community’s facilities.
“(The Wickham Community hub will) mainly try to get everything grouped together, so you haven’t got stuff spread from pillar to post — it’s just easier to have everything all under the one annex.”