New theatre a step closer

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The Kar­ratha Arts and Com­mu­nity Precinct will soon be­come a re­al­ity with the en­dorse­ment of the coun­cil to pro­ceed to the ten­der stage of the project.

The City of Kar­ratha is seek­ing ten­ders for the sup­ply and in­stal­la­tion of spe­cial­ist sys­tems for the theatre com­po­nent of the fa­cil­ity.

It will be call­ing for con­struc­tion con­trac­tors in May.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said it was pleas­ing to see the project en­ter the first stages of the con­struc­tion process.

“There is clearly a need for an in­door theatre, to re­place the hole that was left by the Walk­ing­ton when it closed down,” Mr Long said.

“This fa­cil­ity will also give us a new rooftop cinema, state-of-theart com­mu­nity li­brary, func­tion spa­ces and out­door am­phithe­atre,” he said.

“We have now fi­nalised the de­tailed de­sign and I’m thrilled to an- nounce the first round of ten­ders for the project.”

The pro­posed scope in­cludes a 450-pa­tron theatre, re­tractable seat­ing, li­brary, roof ter­race with kiosk, a ter­race and 84 car park­ing bays.

Com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion has bought up the need for more car park­ing, as well as fa­cil­ity nam­ing and build­ing colour.

Coun­cil­lors Fiona White-Har­tig and Garry Bai­ley voted against the mo­tion, which was car­ried nine votes to two.

Mrs White-Har­tig ques­tioned the need for a large-scale devel­op­ment, in­stead ar­gu­ing for a smaller en­ter­tain­ment fa­cil­ity which could be ex­panded as the pop­u­la­tion grew to meet de­mand.

The project has se­cured $15.2 mil­lion in fund­ing so far in­clud­ing $10 mil­lion from the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment’s Na­tional Stronger Re­gions Fund Round 2.

There is $19 mil­lion in grant announcements still out­stand­ing.

Con­struc­tion of the new precinct is ex­pected to start in Septem­ber.

Pic­ture: City of Kar­ratha

Artist’s rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the inside of the Arts and Com­mu­nity Precinct.

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