Mag­i­cal views ahead

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

This is an artist’s im­pres­sion of the proposed Tank Hill look­out above Kar­ratha. The project cost is es­ti­mated at $400,000 and the City will now call on ten­der ap­pli­ca­tions, sub­ject to ap­provals and bud­get al­lo­ca­tion.

A $400,000 sus­pended view­ing plat­form will fi­nally give Kar­ratha’s most fre­quented look­out the fa­cil­i­ties re­quired to be­come a gen­uine at­trac­tion for lo­cals and vis­i­tors.

The tank hill look­out above the Kar­ratha Visi­tor Cen­tre has long been an ideal spot for vis­i­tors to get their first glimpse of Kar­ratha, but un­til now fa­cil­i­ties have been lim­ited to a few benches and a de­graded ac­cess track.

At last Mon­day’s coun­cil meet­ing, coun­cil­lors voted al­most unan­i­mously in favour of en­dors­ing the project scope and pro­ceed­ing to ten­der.

Un­der plans ap­proved by the coun­cil, an el­e­vated look­out jut­ting out from the hill, boul­ders for sig­nage, tele­scopes, carpark grad­ing and im­prove­ment of the ex­ist­ing shade struc­tures would be con­structed.

The build now hinges on gain­ing ap­proval from Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion in which the land is vested and the coun­cil agree­ing to adopt funds re­quired in the 2016-17 bud­get.

Should all things go to plan the look­out is ex­pected to take 24 weeks to erect.

Kar­ratha Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Jo Pritchard said pre­sent­ing a good first im­pres­sion at tank hill would en­cour­age vis­i­tors to stay in town longer.

“Now that tourism is play­ing a big­ger part it is im­por­tant to de­velop these trails,” she said.

Mrs Pritchard said the KCA had been in­vited to be in­volved in de­vel­op­ing sig­nage for the project.

Cr Garry Bai­ley voted against the mo­tion, not­ing the dis­par­ity in fund­ing be­tween this and the look­out at Mt Wel­come above Roe­bourne.

Re­cently, seven Abo­rig­i­nal war­rior stat­ues sim­i­lar to those above the Leisure­plex were erected at Mt Wel­come look­out.

The $400,000 mooted for the project has been in­cluded in the coun­cil’s draft 2016-17 bud­get.

The City of Kar­ratha failed to re­spond by time of print.

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