New theatre a step closer
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.
Artist’s representation of the inside of the Arts and Community Precinct.