Or­gan­i­sa­tion to build in heart of city

Pilbara News - - Front Page - ■ Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

The EPIC crew and Land­Corp rep­re­sen­ta­tives at EPIC’s new block of land.

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