Precinct a boon for arts in the re­gion

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Kar­ratha’s new arts and cul­tural precinct con­struc­tion is about to hit a new mile­stone with steel­frame work set to be­gin this month.

The Red Earth Arts Precinct is 25 per cent com­plete and due to be opened to the pub­lic next year.

Once roof­ing is com­plete, the fly tower, the large con­crete struc­ture vis­i­ble on site, will be about the same height as the Pe­lago build­ings.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the precinct would be a boon for arts in the re­gion.

“Projects of this scale and tech­nol­ogy are so im­por­tant for our com­mu­nity to con­tinue to grow and they sim­ply would not hap­pen with­out the Gov­ern­ment, their agen­cies and lo­cal in­dus­try stand­ing with us to make them a re­al­ity,” he said.

“We’ve ex­pended 22,000 man hours al­ready with­out any lost time through in­juries, which we are very proud about.

“It will be a very dom­i­nant build­ing. We love the de­sign, we think it is ter­rific.”

Pil­bara De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion chief ex­ec­u­tive Terry Hill said the precinct was a key part of the Pil­bara Cities vi­sion.

Mr Hill said de­vel­op­ments like the Red Earth Arts Precinct would not be pos­si­ble with­out in­dus­try sup­port.

Wood­side Kar­ratha Gas Plant man­ager An­drew Lobb said he was impressed with the scale of the build­ing.

“I must say I was quite impressed when I first saw what was pro­posed but stand­ing here to­day, as the Red Earth Arts Precinct be­gins to take shape, I am blown away by the sheer size and scale of it,” he said.

“I’m sure hun­dreds of Wood­side em­ploy­ees who call Kar­ratha home will be among the first to make use of its amaz­ing fa­cil­i­ties.”

Rio Tinto Dampier Ports gen­eral man­ager Jess Far­rell said Rio Tinto was proud to be con­tribut­ing to the project.

“This fa­cil­ity... will fur­ther en­hance live­abil­ity for res­i­dents in the re­gion and is an in­te­gral com­po­nent in bring­ing qual­ity en­ter­tain­ment to the re­gion,” she said.

Pil­bara MLA and WA Na­tion­als leader Bren­don Grylls said new and re­turn­ing visi­tors to town had been pleas­antly sur­prised by Kar­ratha’s trans­for­ma­tion.

Mr Grylls said Roy­al­ties for Re­gions con­tin­ued to lever­age fur­ther fund­ing for projects such as the arts precinct.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long, Pil­bara MLA Bren­don Grylls, Wood­side Kar­ratha Gas Plant as­set man­ager An­drew Lobb, Pil­bara De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Terry Hill and Rio Tinto com­mu­nity en­gage­ment man­ager Kate Wil­son.

The Red Earth Arts Precinct con­struc­tion site is 25 per cent com­plete.

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