Organisation to build in heart of city
A disability services and employment not-for-profit group has announced construction of new premises in the centre of Karratha to help streamline operations, save money and provide employment for the people it helps.
Empowering People in Communities has bought the 2604sqm corner block on Balmoral Road and Karratha Terrace to build its new Pilbara base.
The build will include a drivethrough coffee shop, where EPIC clients will be employed to help gain workplace skills.
EPIC chief executive Stephanie Soter said she was “ecstatic” to be able to build in the CBD.
“It means we can secure our future, it means we don’t have to pay any more rent and it means we can grow EPIC across the Pilbara,” she said.
“I think what it does for us is give us an opportunity to look at new things and new projects and come in at a better cost price than we would be when we were paying rent.
“All the programs we run now we would run from one office instead of three.”
Ms Soter said she hoped construction of the new facility would be completed within the next 12-18 months.
LandCorp chief executive Frank Marra said the purchase was a vote of confidence in the Karratha City Centre revitalisation.
“We are seeing evidence that LandCorp’s redevelopment of the city centre is attracting new businesses, which adds further to the vibrancy of the place,” he said.
The sale of the land follows the recent completion of roadworks along Karratha Terrace at the intersection of Balmoral Road.
Mr Marra said LandCorp and the City of Karratha were delivering infrastructure to make Karratha an even better place to work, live and play.
LandCorp is now progressing with stage two of the Karratha City Centre revitalisation project, with delivery of a development site for the Karratha Health Campus, the Quarter, and extension of Karratha Terrace.
The EPIC crew and LandCorp representatives at EPIC’s new block of land.