Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls
Multi-Million Dollar Neighbourhood Centre For Karratha
Victor P Taffa
The Western Australia State Government’s desire for the Pilbara to be developed has seen Karratha being transformed into a major regional city. This has continued with the appointment of a preferred proponent to build a multi-million dollar Neighbourhood Centre.
The Karratha Consortium comprised of FJM Equities Pty Ltd, Rapley Wilkinson and Raydale Holdings Pty Ltd has been appointed to deliver 10ha of medium density housing, commercial and retail space in the western suburb of Tambrey.
Regional Development and Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said the Tambrey Neighbourhood Centre was one of several significant Pilbara Cities projects that would transform Karratha into a modern city offering highly desirable amenity and lifestyle.
“In response to Karratha’s need for housing, the consortium aims to deliver a variety of accommodation in Stage 1 including small lot townhouses, low-rise apartments, short-stay apartments and potentially a backpackers hostel.” Mr. Grylls said.
“Additionally, consortium member Foundation Housing will focus on meeting the urgent need to deliver affordable housing for key service workers in Karratha.”
Stage 1 of the Tambrey Neighbourhood Centre is also expected to include a small supermarket; medical centre; speciality shops; food and beverage outlet; and offices which will connect to LandCorp’s adjacent Tambrey residential estate by a pedestrian bridge.
The Minister said the draft concept plan put forward by the proponents would be further refined through a public consultation process and assessment by the Shire of Roebourne.
FJM Equities Pty Ltd director Adrian Fini said the consortium was eager to accept the challenge put out to the private sector by the State Government to get involved in the development of the Pilbara.
“Our consortium members experience in the region means we have a real understanding of the broader issues facing the Pilbara and in our concept plan we placed great importance on developing meeting places for people to socialise, conduct business, shop, enjoy entertainment and participate in leisure activities.” Mr. Fini said.
North West MLA Vince Catania welcomed the announcement saying the development will bring about the changes needed in Karratha for some time.
“The Pilbara Cities project is about turning places like Karratha into modern affordable cities that will encourage people to want to live in the Pilbara and grow their families there.” Mr. Catania said.
“Projects like these are long overdue and it is through private development and Royalties for Regions that we are at last seeing changes and a new image for Karratha.”