Com­mu­nity hub works set to start

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Parabur­doo’s $15.7 mil­lion com­mu­nity hub is set to rise from the ground af­ter a ten­der for parts of its con­struc­tion was awarded to Pin­dan Con­tract­ing.

Pin­dan will un­der­take re­fur­bish­ment of the ex­ist­ing hall, which will house the Karin­gal Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre, and build a new multi-pur­pose facility on the hub site.

A sod-turn­ing cer­e­mony was hosted to­day at the Peter Suther­land Oval, and con­struc­tion is ex­pected to be­gin late this month.

Shire of Ash­bur­ton pres­i­dent Kerry White said the Shire looked for­ward to see­ing the com­mu­nity hub com­pleted.

“The new com­mu­nity hub will pro­vide im­proved so­cial in­fra­struc­ture as well as cre­ate a va­ri­ety of spa­ces for the Parabur­doo com­mu­nity to use and en­joy,” she said.

“These spa­ces and fa­cil­i­ties are an ex­cit­ing ad­di­tion to Parabur­doo as they im­prove the cur­rent lifestyle as well as the town’s long-term sus­tain­abil­ity.”

Rio Tinto Parabur­doo re­gion gen­eral man­ager Gabrielle Iwanow said the hub would be­come a valu­able as­set for the com­mu­nity.

“We are ex­cited to see this ten­der be awarded and the con­struc­tion of the Parabur­doo com­mu­nity hub one step closer to com­mence­ment,” she said.

Pil­bara De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion chief ex­ec­u­tive Terry Hill said it was good to see the com­mu­nity hub project be­com­ing a re­al­ity.

“This project will be trans­for­ma­tional for Parabur­doo and will make the town an even bet­ter place to live and raise a fam­ily,” he said.

Pin­dan’s sub­mis­sion al­lows for the swim­ming pool to be open for a sub­stan­tial por­tion of the 2017 pool sea­son through the pro­vi­sion of tem­po­rary fa­cil­i­ties.

Once com­pleted, the Parabur­doo com­mu­nity hub will in­clude a multi-pur­pose sports court, Karin­gal Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre, gym, pool­side ameni­ties, oval ameni­ties, soft­ball di­a­mond, im­prove­ments to the lesser hall and con­ver­sion of clu­b­rooms for stor­age.

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