Prime Min­is­ter makes fly­ing visit to city

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

North­ern Aus­tralia Min­is­ter Josh Fry­den­berg waits on the side­lines as Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turnbull soaks up the spot­light in Kar­ratha on Mon­day.

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