Precinct a boon for arts in the region
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.
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.