City of Karratha

Dampier celebrates major foreshore revitalisation

07 Dec 2019

A community celebration will be held in Dampier today to mark the official opening of a multimillion dollar foreshore redevelopment.

The $13.6m Dampier Palms and Hampton Oval redevelopment has transformed the Dampier foreshore, significantly enhancing the coastal recreation experience and amenity for residents and visitors.

The extensive upgrade includes multiple activity areas for families and youth, a half basketball court, amphitheatre, a boardwalk, expansion of The Palms to offer increased shade, barbecues, lighting and outdoor showers, new bathrooms and change rooms, a kiosk area, increased parking, and improved beach access.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the redevelopment was a game changer for Dampier and successfully capitalised on the natural scenery to deliver an outstanding recreational facility.

“Council is proud of our ongoing efforts to improve our foreshores so our towns offer attractive coastal experiences, as we strive to achieve our vision to become Australia’s most liveable regional city,” Cr Long said.

“This redevelopment complements our recent upgrades to Shark Cage Beach and will cater to the current and future needs of our community and visitors to our region.

“I would like to thank the generous support of our project partners Rio Tinto and Lotterywest and the community for helping shape this project, which I’m proud to officially open today.

“Local businesses have benefited from the project, with 15 Pilbara suppliers and contractors engaged, representing more than one third of all suppliers and sub-contractors employed by project developer Georgiou Group.”

Rio Tinto general manager Dampier Ports Tim McDougall said the foreshore redevelopment was a great example of what local and state government, industry, and the community can achieve together.

“This fantastic new facility will enhance the liveability of Dampier for generations to come by improving the amenities available, for families and residents to enjoy,” he said.

“I would like to acknowledge our partners, the City of Karratha, who we continue to work with on delivering our shared vision for the community with this latest project building on a long list of successes.”

Lotterywest CEO Susan Hunt PSM said the $1.46m grant went towards playground infrastructure, equipment and other additions to the parkland.

“Lotterywest is pleased to support the redevelopment of the Dampier foreshore to create an active and inclusive community space,” Ms Hunt said.

“This redevelopment offers benefits for the Dampier community which will greatly enhance accessibility for everyone.” 

The $13.6m project was made possible with $9.6m funding from the City of Karratha, $2.5m from Rio Tinto and $1.4m from the State Government through Lotterywest.

Further information regarding the project is available at: https://karratha.wa.gov.au/listing/dampier-palms-and-hampton-oval-redevelopment