City of Karratha

Wickham Community Hub

The City of Karratha seeks to deliver a contemporary community hub in Wickham that connects the community and provides a facility that meets existing demand for community space while catering to future requirements.

Big thanks to project funding partners Rio Tinto and Lotterwest.

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Project Overview
Wickham Water Playground
Latest News
Funding partners

Project Overview

The Wickham Community Hub will provide a modern and efficient community facility that addresses the climatic conditions of Wickham and meets the identified functional needs of the community integrated within the Wickham Recreational Precinct. 

This project comprises a flexible multi use facility that complements the existing infrastructure and responds to the social networking and developmental needs of the families and young people at Wickham.

The Wickham Community Hub will provide the following facilities;

  • Community Library and associated external courtyard,
  • Early Learning Centre accomodating 50 children with associated outdoor play areas,
  • Multi-purpose room 1 and associated external space shared with the Library and accommodating a range of community groups including playgroup and arts and crafts.
  • Youth Drop in Centre including internal areas, office and a kiosk,
  • Covered external Youth Centre including a skate park, activity spaces, video projection and ability to accommodate events and performances by/for young people.
  • Multi-purpose room 2 and medium hall accommodating community groups including fitness classes and the flexibility to combine with the internal youth space to create spaces for large community events and functions,
  • Three offices able to be leased to community organisations or critical service delivery operators. (May be constructed subject to level of interest to lease offices)
  • New parking bays with service access and vehicle turnaround,
  • Significant landscaping at the new building and linking with the recreational precinct,
  • External toilets and changing facilities at the Squash Centre building,
  • Refurbishment of the existing Community Hall to accommodate new users including Peak 1 Boxing Club, Muay Thai, Marshall Arts and Kinder Gym.

Water Playground

Our water playground is now complete:

Thanks to Rio Tinto and Lotterywest for helping us bring this one to life!

Here's some background information on this element of our Wickham Community Hub project:
The Wickham Water Playground will provide an exciting and stimulating addition to the Pool facility. It has been designed to reflect the regions diverse sealife and iconic coastline, combining elements of land and sea to create an interactive water play space. Features of the water playground include;

  • Concrete steps leading to a water slide for toddlers with a series of interactive weirs to one side,
  • Four interactive cascading mushroom features at different heights,
  • A giant interactive starfish sprouting water from its five arms,
  • A showering Palm tree,
  • Two fibreglass sea turtles surrounded by randomly sequenced ground sprays,
  • Ground geysers throughout the play area,
  • Three giant coloured shower rings,
  • A showering boat feature complete with three dualing water cannons and streams of water from its gunnel rails and mast,
  • A giant dumper bucket,
  • An old jetty structure constructed from galvanised steel and shot creted, carved and coloured to resemble sea ravaged timber posts. The top of the jetty will comprise galvanised steel planks to provide shade. 
  • A low perimeter seating wall on the north side.

Latest news

We expect this project to be complete and open to the public in May 2019.

View our latest media release about this project:

Wickham Community Hub gets underway

Builders selected for Wickham Community Hub and Wickham Water Playground

Planning progresses as hub scope settled

Wickham Community Hub one step closer



Construction time-lapse as at June 30, 2018:


Wickham Community Hub fly-through:

Funding Partners

Rio Tinto has committed $8m towards the capital cost and an additional $0.5m per annum contribution to operating the WCH. Lotterywest is also contributing $1.5m towards the capital cost and fit out of the building. The project budget is $16m with the rest of the funding coming from the City of Karratha.

More Information
For more information about this project please contact the City on 08 9186 8555 or