City of Karratha

Council chooses local Aboriginal company for welcome addition to CBD

30 Jan 2019

Plans to transform the vacant lot on the corner of Welcome Road and Sharpe Avenue into a peaceful public space have progressed to the next stage.

Council nominated local Aboriginal company GBSC Yurra Pty Ltd as the preferred tenderer for the construction of landscaping and a pedestrian bridge for Welcome Park last week.

The $2.6m project is part Council’s ongoing work to activate and enhance the amenity of the city centre.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said City officers would continue negotiations with the local company regarding the scope of the significant project.

“Welcome Park will provide a landscaped link between the Red Earth Arts Precinct and the city centre,” Cr Long said.

“This development will be a welcoming entry statement for visitors and provide a place for our community to get together.”

Plans include public artworks by local artists and groups, interpretive signage and park furniture located among native plants.

The landscaping and pedestrian bridge works will complement the long-vehicle car park at the rear of the shopping centre, which was completed in December.

Community engagement will continue throughout the construction process via social media and displays and competitions at Karratha Library.

Construction of Welcome Park is anticipated to commence in March and expected to be completed by August.

Welcome Park is funded by the City of Karratha, State Government’s Royalties for Regions program administered by the Pilbara Development Commission and Australian Government's Building Better Regions Fund.