Coun­cil gives go-ahead to next stage of hub

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Peter Long ■ Peter Long is the City of Kar­ratha Mayor.

■ At the Jan­uary coun­cil meet­ing, sev­eral de­ci­sions were made which will have a big im­pact on the fu­ture of our towns.

The next stage of the Wick­ham Com­mu­nity Hub, the de­tailed de­sign and doc­u­men­ta­tion phase, was given the go ahead.

Ar­chi­tects Gres­ley Ab­bas will con­tinue to be en­gaged to en­sure the fi­nal prod­uct is the best pos­si­ble.

All be­ing well, we will be go­ing out for con­struc­tion ten­der for the hub in the se­cond half of the year.

The coun­cil also ac­cepted the City’s tourism ven­ture study and asked for the tourism ad­vi­sory group to con­sider the five pri­or­ity tourism ven­tures noted in the study and to rec­om­mend the next ac­tions the City should un­der­take.

The five tourism ven­tures, which gained the con­sul­tant’s rec­om­men­da­tion were an eco-re­sort on the Dampier Ar­chi­pel­ago, de­vel­op­ment of cul­tural tours by lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity mem­bers, a wa­ter sports hub, ex­pan­sion of the City’s events pro­gram to en­sure a reg­u­lar sched­ule of pop­u­lar events of in­ter­est to lo­cals and vis­i­tors, and a Min­ing Hall of Fame.

The lat­ter is a re­sources/ min­ing-themed ven­ture which would be both fun and ed­u­ca­tional, show­ing how our par­tic­u­lar prod­ucts are mined, trans­ported, pro­cessed and ex­ported.

The coun­cil also ap­proved the es­tab­lish­ment of an en­vi­ron­ment and sus­tain­abil­ity ad­vi­sory group, which would con­sist of coun­cil­lors and mem­bers of the pub­lic.

Its pur­pose would be to ad­vise the coun­cil on the pri­or­i­ties and scope of new en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tives re­lated to sus­tain­abil­ity, en­ergy and wa­ter sav­ings and nat­u­ral re­source man­age­ment.

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