New arts precinct a ‘game changer’

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

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.

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