Time to up­grade fa­cil­i­ties

Pilbara News - - News - Peter Long Peter Long is mayor of the City of Kar­ratha.

We don’t of­ten think about the peo­ple who do the many tasks around the City that keep our town the tidy place it is.

I am speak­ing about the gar­den­ers, the road main­te­nance crews, the rangers, the gar­bos, the tip guys and the lit­ter pick­ers.

Those who pick up lost an­i­mals and aban­doned ve­hi­cles, fill the pot­holes, grade the roads, clean up the camp­ing sites, mow the lawns … it is amaz­ing how broad the work of our coun­cil is.

Well, most of th­ese peo­ple are based at our de­pot in the Kar­ratha In­dus­trial Es­tate.

They have been work­ing from old, of­ten re-used trans­porta­bles, sheds and lean-to build­ings for more than 30 years — the main of­fice is ac­tu­ally the old air­port build­ing that we re­moved from the aero­drome in 1983.

We have been work­ing to make things safer, more pleas­ant and ef­fi­cient for sev­eral years now, hav­ing built a new wash-down fa­cil­ity, new shade struc­tures, up­graded fire com­pli­ance and a in­stalled a new power sup­ply.

It is now time to re­move the old trans­porta­bles, up­grade se­cu­rity, seal the in­ter­nal roads, re­fur­bish that old air­port ter­mi­nal build­ing and con­struct a new, mod­ern ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fice.

This will pro­vide of­fices, train­ing rooms, stor­age ar­eas and ar­chive space. The full re­de­vel­op­ment is ex­pected to cost about $5 mil­lion.

Based on a con­cep­tual de­sign by the project ar­chi­tects, the coun­cil has de­cided to progress the de­tailed de­sign stage of this new build­ing. If the fi­nal de­sign is ap­proved, the new build­ing would be con­structed in the 2017-18 fi­nan­cial year.

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