New re­gional arts precinct gets a name

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­ture: City of Kar­ratha

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the in­te­rior of the Red Earth Arts Precinct.

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