New regional arts precinct gets a name
Pilbara arts lovers will reap the benefits of Karratha’s new arts and community precinct, which now has an official name.
At a council meeting last Monday, councillors decided to name the facility the Red Earth Arts Precinct, or REAP for short.
REAP was not one of the four options on the short listed.
Those options were the Karratha Arts and Community Precinct, Archipelago Rise, the Karratha Performing Arts Centre and the Karratha Regional Entertainment Centre.
“I think Red Earth is definitely something which ties us all together,” Cr Evette Smeathers said.
Karratha Community Association president Jo Pritchard said the name was fitting because it was inclusive of all walks of life.
“It’s in line with the Red Earth Arts Festival as well so I think it promotes the area well,” she said. “By the time it’s finished it will be about seven years since we’ve had a theatre.”
Ms Pritchard said a lot of work had gone on in the background to ensure the facility met community expectations.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said with a name chosen the City could now start building a brand for the facility.
“This is a very exciting project for our City and the wider Pilbara region, and it puts us on the map as the only professional standard theatre between Geraldton and Darwin,” he said.
The Red Earth Arts Precinct is expected to open in early 2018.
It will include a rooftop cinema and terrace, 450-seat theatre, outdoor amphitheatre and library.
An artist’s impression of the interior of the Red Earth Arts Precinct.