Council gives go-ahead to next stage of hub
■ 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.