Kar­ratha’s new build­ing opened

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

Re­tail busi­nesses on the ground floor of The Quar­ter are ex­pected to be­gin open­ing by the end of next month as the fences came down last Thurs­day to re­veal a new pub­lic space filled with art and green­ery.

About 70 per cent of com­mer­cial space is ei­ther in ne­go­ti­a­tions or al­ready leased out and more than 50 ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est have been made for the 46 ser­vice work­ers apartments next door.

LandCorp chief ex­ec­u­tive Frank Marra said given the state of the economy and the fact the build­ing had just opened, these were im­pres­sive fig­ures.

“Po­ten­tial (apart­ment) ap­pli­cants ... they are only now just start­ing to go through and con­vert that ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est into an ap­pli­ca­tion,” he said.

“Those ap­pli­ca­tions are as­sessed to make sure that the ten­ants that will go in there are ac­tu­ally ser­vice work­ers for the City of Kar­ratha.

“On the ground floor we have a food and bev­er­age out­let, we have a bank that’s com­mit­ted, we have a beauty sa­lon, so there’s quite a range of fa­cil­i­ties.

Re­gional Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Terry Red­man said The Quar­ter would pro­vide more op­por­tu­ni­ties for ex­ist­ing and new busi­nesses to es­tab­lish a pres­ence in the city cen­tre.

“It’s not hard to stand here and com­pare it to a sig­nif­i­cant ac­ti­vated cen­tre in Perth and say there is re­ally a Pil­bara Cities vi­sion,” he said.

“There is a need for new spa­ces for small busi­nesses in Kar­ratha and af­ford­able hous­ing for those who work in them and The Quar­ter is now help­ing to pro­vide those op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“Govern­ment (will) op­er­ate on one of the floors here and I’m told that even one of the big min­ing com­pa­nies in town is show­ing sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­est in an­other floor.”

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said talks with po­ten­tial ho­tel de­vel­op­ers for stage two of the site, cur­rently oc­cu­pied by the pub­lic green, were promis­ing.

Mr Marra said LandCorp had re­ceived some “very se­ri­ous” ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for the ho­tel site.

Doric chief ex­ec­u­tive Vince Mul­hol­land said al­most half of the work­force in­volved in build­ing The Quar­ter had been lo­cal.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

LandCorp chief ex­ec­u­tive Frank Marra and Re­gional Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Terry Red­man.

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