Woodside holds key to centre
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.