Hub to be a hive

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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