Prime Minister makes flying visit to city
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, pictured here with City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long, visited Karratha on Monday. During his trip he attended a breakfast at Vita Cafe and visited the Karratha Arts and Community Precinct site, where the Federal Government has committed $10 million.
Industry funding for Karratha’s $56 million arts and community precinct has been all but finalised, with stakeholders joining Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday to launch the next phase of the project.
Rio Tinto has now pitched in $2 million on top of the $3.2 million inprinciple commitment from Woodside’s North West Shelf Project and funding from Lotterywest and the Federal Government.
The City of Karratha is now only waiting on approval of the $14 million funding application from Royalties for Regions, which is expected to be announced shortly.
On the visit, Mr Turnbull, alongside Northern Australia Minister Josh Frydenberg and Durack MHR Melissa Price, presented the City with the $10 million National Stronger Regions Fund cheque for the project announced late last year. City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the precinct would provide the community with access to unprecedented arts and cultural opportunities. “We have been working hard to raise the level of amenity in our city from basic mining town facilities to the standard communities expect in a major regional centre,” he said.
“As the capital of the North West, this facility fittingly provides the City of Karratha with the opportunity to build a home for arts and culture in the Pilbara region and increase the services currently provided in the area.
“It is an honour to have Prime Minister Turnbull here with us today to lock in the final, major piece of infrastructure for the City of Karratha.”
Woodside North West Shelf Project senior vice-president Niall Myles said the precinct would enhance Karratha’s “thriving” arts and culture scene.
Rio Tinto Port, rail and Core Services managing director Clayton Walker said the creation of an iconic and contemporary facility would be a game-changer for the region.
“We remain committed to transforming Karratha and ensuring it is a great place to live and work,” he said.
The arts and community precinct will boast the only theatre between Geraldton and Darwin, as well as a library, open-air amphitheatre and car parking.
Construction is due to start mid year with completion set for late 2017.
Northern Australia Minister Josh Frydenberg waits on the sidelines as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull soaks up the spotlight in Karratha on Monday.