City of Karratha

Not-for-profit space included in hub build

25 Aug 2017

Not-for-profit office space will be included in the construction of the Wickham Community Hub.

At its August Council Meeting, Council resolved to include the space in the build and negotiate suitable tenancy after a positive response to a call for expressions of interest in these offices.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the not-for-profit office space would allow a broader range of services to become available in Wickham and provided further, permanent operational facilities for existing and new not-for-profit business.

“The types of services proposed in response to Council’s call for Expressions of Interest are either currently not available in Wickham or operating out of home-based offices.”

“By creating this new office space we can allow a broader range of services to become available in Wickham and home-based causes will be able to move into a more public arena, with the offices providing a more sustainable operating model in terms of long-term community development.”

“Negotiations for suitable tenancy will focus on providing the best outcome for the local community with rents injected back into the ongoing operational costs of running the Wickham Community Hub.”

The City of Karratha is continuing to work with Rio Tinto on a lease agreement for the Wickham Community Hub site, with construction of the $16 million facility set to commence upon execution.

Funding secured for the project includes $8 million from Rio Tinto and $1.5 million from Lotterywest.