The Karratha Golf Course redevelopment has been supported and initiated by the KCC, on behalf of the KGC, on the back on the Pilbara Cities and Karratha City of the North documentation that highlights the current golf course as a potential resort-style golf course. The project additionally marks a potential change in management of the golf course with the KCC interested in managing the overall reserve site should the facilities be brought up to a high standard. The project includes the following elements;
Greening of greens establishment:
Designing of the new greens and preparation of construction documentation (reticulation, drainage, design of greens, surrounds and the consideration of the installation of a wetter soil injection system);
Earthworks to form the new 18 green areas;
Turfing of the 18 greens;
Upgrade of the reticulation and water systems to support the new greens;
Fencing of the perimeter to prevent vandalism; and
Project management of the green development project including grant funding.
Associated activities that require resolution between KCC and the Council:
Landscaping of surrounding areas;
Build and construct 20m by 12m machinery shed connected to services;
Purchase of required equipment to maintain the new greens; and
Transition of responsibility for the management of the overall golf course maintenance and associated Council equipment through the preparation of agreements and leases. Ongoing shared responsibility maintenance model to be agreed.
- Trial grass turf plots for use in planned future grass greens are progressing to assist in the selection of the grass for the greens.
- All detailed design for the course redevelopment and reticulation systems has been finalised.
- A grant of $800,000 has been successful through the State Governments Community and Recreation Facilities Fund towards initial golf course improvements.
- Outcomes from the Federal National Stronger Regions Fund Application for reticulation upgrade works is still to be notified.
- When all funding sources have been finalised Council will then consider the extent and stages of works to be completed in 2015-16.
The Karratha Golf Course Redevelopment report was adopted by Council in June 2014. Accordingly, the adopted master plan will now be prepared as a detailed construction design.
Further progress of staged works will be conditional on any funding allocations within the 2014-15 Karratha City Council budget and other future capital funding being sourced.
An MOU is in place with the KCC for use by the KGC to operate club events and use of the facility. The Karratha City Council receives all monies relating to the public use of the course and a percentage of the membership fees from KGC members to assist with funding the ongoing maintenance of the course. There is however assistance provided by the KGC for the ongoing maintenance of sand scrapes and plantings and to facilitate Golf Club events.