Arts precinct partners view progress

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Red Earth Arts Precinct funding partners were taken on a tour of the new facility last month, which is under construction at the top of Karratha's main street, Sharpe Avenue.

Woodside's Asset Manager at the Karratha Gas Plant, Andrew Lobb, said the Woodside-operated North West Shelf Project participants would contribute $3.2 million towards the Red Earth Arts Precinct.

"This project will further enhance the City of Karratha's already thriving arts and culture scene, and we acknowledge the other government and industry funding partners who have made a contribution," Andrew said.

"I must say I was quite impressed when I first saw what was proposed but standing here today, as the Red Earth Arts Precinct begins to take shape, I am blown away by the sheer size and scale of it.

"I'm sure the hundreds of Woodside employees who call Karratha home will be amongst the first to make use of its amazing facilities."

The project is now twenty-five percent complete with visible works including the staircase, elevator shaft and the fly tower currently standing at two thirds of their expected height upon completion.

Installation of steel framing also commenced earlier this month.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the Red Earth Arts Precinct would not be possible without the facility funding partners and thanked them for their continued contribution to the community.

"Projects of this scale and technology are so important for our community to continue to grow and they simply would not be able to happen without the Government, their agencies and local industry standing with us to make them a reality," Cr Long said.

"Each has been an integral part of ensuring this project is a success and we cannot wait to see the facility completed and serving our community come next year," he said.

"The new precinct will greatly increase facilities for the arts in the city, featuring an indoor and outdoor theatre, rehearsal and performance spaces and a new home for Karratha library and Moonrise Cinema."

The Red Earth Arts Precinct is proudly supported by:

  • Australian Government – $10 million
  • Western Australian Government (Department of Regional Development through the Royalties for Regions program, administered by the Pilbara Development Commission) – $14 million
  • Woodside-operated North West Shelf (NWS) Project – $3.2 million
  • Lotterywest – $2 million
  • Rio Tinto – $2 million
  • City of Karratha – Up to $28 million 
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