Funds flow in for family fun event
A night of children’s rides and family fun at the Karratha Quarter has received funding as part of a city centre activation grant.
At their January meeting, City of Karratha councillors voted to endorse a United Party Hire application for $10,5000 of the LandCorp $150,000 City Centre Activation Fund, aimed at promoting community use of the Karratha CBD.
The Slides and Rides event, planned for Saturday, April 22, will see the Quarter area fenced off and filled with a variety of children’s rides and activities.
It is expected to cater to up to 400 children and family members.
United Party Hire Karratha coowner Gary Fitzgerald, who runs the business with wife Trish, said the format was a throwback to the popular children’s activity nights they used to hold in town until about 15 years ago.
“When we first came here we had an amusement centre, and we used to have every few months a family night,” he said.
“We used to call it a lock-in . . . it used to go for three hours and it was well-supervised.”
Mr Fitzgerald said the LandCorp funding would go towards logistics including lighting and fencing, while United Party Hire would cover the other half of the $21,000 event cost.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said it was a promising event for attracting families to the CBD.
“The family fun night presents a strong potential for activation of the city centre with an anticipated 300-400 audience of young families and children expected to attend the event,” he said.
Tickets to Slides and Rides will soon be available online. Mr Fitzgerald said he hoped to run the event regularly if it was a success.
Applications for remaining City Centre Activation Fund money are open until March 31.
A grant of $30,000 went towards the Red Dog: True Blue film premiere in December.