New arts precinct a ‘game changer’
At a special council meeting this month, the recommended builder for the Karratha Arts and Community Precinct was approved.
This development includes our new theatre, library, and a range of associated facilities.
The winning tenderer was Doric, which also built The Quarter and our new Superclinic.
Like the Leisureplex, this new development will be a game changer for the region. We will finally have a replacement for the old Walkington Theatre, which closed after flood damage in 2011.
Although the same size as that well-loved 25-year-old institution, the new theatre will feature the very latest in audio-visual equipment and theatre design.
Similarly, the new library will be the same size as the old one, but will again feature the latest innovations in RFID book management, displays and content.
We will have two cinema spaces — the theatre itself and the rooftop terrace — and outside an amphitheatre, which will be elevated for viewing, partly shaded and grassed to allow patrons to sit for outdoor concerts and other events.
Inside, there will be art display areas, reading rooms, a local history space, a children’s area, rehearsal spaces, dressing rooms, a green room and administration offices.
It will feature a kiosk and fully fitted catering kitchen with serveries at the foyer and terrace levels. To ensure maximum use of the facility, half the seats in the theatre will be retractable at the touch of a button to allow use of the space for exhibitions and conferences.
Construction will begin this week and we expect the project to be completed in early 2018.