Red Earth Arts project takes shape

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Peter Long Peter Long is the City of Kar­ratha mayor.

The re­cently named Red Earth Arts Precinct was the lo­ca­tion for a fund­ing part­ner event last week when a range of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from our gen­er­ous sup­port­ers came to tour the fa­cil­ity.

The Red Earth Arts Precinct is now in week 20 of an 80-week con­struc­tion pe­riod and the project is run­ning on time and on bud­get.

As of the end of De­cem­ber, 22, 500 man hours had been spent on the project, and 20 per cent of all con­tract val­ues awarded so far had gone to lo­cal busi­nesses.

We are al­ways look­ing to work with lo­cal con­trac­tors on this build when­ever pos­si­ble.

Look­ing over the site now, the con­crete works at ground level are 90 per cent com­plete and the above-ground con­crete struc­tures, the stair and lift wells and the mas­sive fly tower are highly vis­i­ble.

In-ground ser­vices such as power, wa­ter and drainage are at 85 per cent com­plete.

The steel fram­ing for the build­ing be­gan go­ing up on Fe­bru­ary 2.

You will soon no­tice the build­ing start to take shape and be­gin to mir­ror those plans from our draw­ings and video ren­der­ings.

The stage area (fly tower) is at the south or hills end of the site and is now two-thirds of the height.

Once com­plete, this high end of the build­ing will be 24m tall.

To put that in per­spec­tive, Pe­lago is 31m tall and The Quar­ter is 15m tall. This is a large, im­pres­sive struc­ture.

The City would like to thank the State Gov­ern­ment’s Roy­al­ties for Re­gions, the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, the Wood­side-op­er­ated North West Shelf Project, Rio Tinto, and Lot­tery­west for their sup­port of this amaz­ing de­vel­op­ment.

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