Construction Begins On Stage One Of The Quarter In Karratha CBD

Construction Begins On Stage One Of The Quarter In Karratha CBD

Western Australia Minister for Regional Development and Lands Terry Redman

Work Begins On Karratha’s New Retail Precinct

Victor P Taffa

  • First stage of construction under way at The Quarter
  • Precinct brings retail and commercial opportunities to Karratha

Karratha’s transformation continues, with construction starting on stage one of The Quarter – the city centre’s new commercial, retail and entertainment precinct.







Part of the State Government’s Pilbara Cities’ initiative and made possible with $66.7 Million from the Royalties for Regions program, The Quarter will bring retail, commercial and residential opportunities to Karratha, plus construction jobs.

Regional Development and Lands Minister Terry Redman said stage one of The Quarter, on the site of the former aquatic centre, included a four-storey retail and commercial building, a decked car park, new public square and 46 apartments for service workers.

“In recent years, the Government has addressed residential and industrial demand in Karratha but it’s time to create more opportunities for existing and new small businesses.” Mr. Redman said.

Western Australian construction company Doric has been engaged to design and build the stage 1 works, while Mirvac is the development manager for the stage one development.

“Doric has committed to using local earthmoving, concrete and fencing contractors in the first stages of the development, with the construction phase providing up to 150 jobs locally.” the Minister said.

The second stage of The Quarter is envisaged to include a four-star hotel and a second commercial building.

Meanwhile, work on the new $207 Million Karratha Health Campus is progressing.

“The State Government remains committed to its vision for Pilbara Cities and building the City of Karratha into a sustainable and enjoyable place of residence for 50,000 people.” Mr. Redman said.

Fact File

  •  The Pilbara Cities initiative, funded by Royalties for Regions, aims to build the population of Karratha and Port Hedland into cities of 50,000 people, and Newman to 15,000 people by 2035, with other Pilbara towns growing into more attractive, sustainable local communities
  • The Pilbara region provides 95% of Australia’s iron ore exports and 70% of its liquefied natural gas, with volumes forecast to increase
  • Karratha’s only other service worker accommodation facility – Warambie Estate – is full and has a waiting list of 76 people
  • The Quarter project is expected to be completed in April 2016