Hub to be a hive
With a countdown and a burst of confetti, Dampier’s new community hub was opened at the weekend.
Scores of people checked out the new facility and the markets set up out the front.
The $18 million Dampier Community Hub was funded through Royalties for Regions ($6.5 million), Rio Tinto ($9.4 million) Lotterywest ($1 million) and the City of Karratha ($1.1 million).
City of Karratha deputy mayor and long-term Dampier resident John Lally said the hub and other projects such as the marina upgrade and foreshore redevelopment would breathe new life into the town.
“This is the first major infrastructure built here in 30 years,” he said.
“Besides the building, we’re getting medical services back here again, high-end child care, community groups, art groups, playgroups, all these groups which make the community tick. “It’s just magic.” Rio Tinto Dampier port operations general manager Jessica Farrell said it was fitting the facility opened 50 years after the start of the Dampier ore operations.
“It’s a fantastic facility for families and also the general community,” she said
“A 70-child childcare centre is pretty significant.”
Pilbara MLA Brendon Grylls said the transformation of Dampier would boost community and tourism opportunities. “Dampier is a really important gateway for the Pilbara,” he said.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said 27 local businesses had been involved in the project, representing 70 per cent of all sub-contractors employed by project builder Pindan Contracting.
City of Karratha deputy mayor John Lally, Rio Tinto Dampier port operations general manager Jessica Farrell and Pilbara MLA Brendon Grylls open the Dampier hub.