Wood­side holds key to cen­tre

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

WA oil and gas gi­ant Wood­side is be­ing lob­bied to take the “com­mon sense” ap­proach and build its new work­force ac­com­mo­da­tion in Tam­brey to help fa­cil­i­tate con­struc­tion of Kar­ratha’s sec­ond shop­ping precinct.

One of the ten­der ap­pli­ca­tions for Wood­side’s new work­force ac­com­mo­da­tion would have Wood­side oc­cupy the va­cant land at the cor­ner of Dampier High­way and Bath­gate Road.

This would then un­der­pin de­vel­op­ment of the Tam­brey Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre, a small re­tail and com­mer­cial precinct first mooted in 2010.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the City held a strong pref­er­ence for lo­cally based work­forces.

Other ten­der op­tions on the ta­ble for Wood­side are the re­de­vel­op­ment of Bay Vil­lage on the out­skirts of Nickol or ex­ten­sion of ex­ist­ing TWA camps out­side of town. A Wood­side spokes­woman said they were un­der­tak­ing com­mer­cial eval­u­a­tions on the pro­pos­als.

“Wood­side is work­ing closely with the City of Kar­ratha, State Government and com­mu­nity stake­hold­ers to se­lect the pre­ferred op­tion for long-term ac­com­mo­da­tion fa­cil­i­ties in Kar­ratha for its FIFO work­force,” she said.

“The de­vel­op­ment of a new FIFO ac­com­mo­da­tion fa­cil­ity in Kar­ratha is ex­pected to de­liver a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the lo­cal econ­omy through lo­cal em­ploy­ment and con­tract­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

WA Na­tion­als leader Bren­don Grylls has sig­nalled his pref­er­ence for the Tam­brey site, say­ing it would be a step in the right di­rec­tion.

“That project un­der­pin­ning the Tam­brey Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre— we’re hop­ing to get a small IGA su­per­mar­ket and some as­so­ci­ated shops—that will be good for that end of town,” he said.

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