West-end pavilion a boon for sports clubs
The western side of Karratha has its first sports pavilion.
The long-awaited Tambrey Pavilion in Nickol was officially opened to the public at a community day on Friday, November 11.
The new $2.2 million facility on Tambrey Oval marks a major addition to sports infrastructure in western Karratha and has been in development since mid-2014.
Pilbara MLA Brendon Grylls and local children officially opened the building with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Speaking at the event, City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the pavilion provided a much-needed boost to sports clubs and players in western Karratha.
“This has been a missing part of our infrastructure puzzle for a long time, getting a pavilion at this end of town,” he said.
“It’s also been important because now we actually have another venue for different sporting clubs to use.”
City of Karratha chief executive Chris Adams said Tambrey Oval had been in need of an infrastructure upgrade for some time, with its last project a small toilet block built in 1996.
“Twenty years on, we’ve gone from having a toilet block to fantastic facilities like this — it’s a big step up,” he said.
The pavilion will serve as the main clubroom of local sports groups Nickol Junior Soccer Club and Raiders Boxing Club.
Both groups were involved in the opening day, with the Raiders setting up a boxing ring inside the clubroom for children and the soccer club holding shoot-outs and putting on a sausage sizzle.
PDC chief Terry Hill, Karratha Mayor Peter Long, Pilbara MLA Brendon Grylls and Department of Sport and Recreation’s Brendan Cullinan join young soccer enthusiasts at the Tambrey Pavilion opening.