The redevelopment of the Dampier foreshore is on track to be finished by the end of November, with the City of Karratha securing the final funding needed to complete the project.
The State Government, through Lotterywest, committed $1.4 million to the project last week, adding to the contributions from the City ($9.6 million) and Rio Tinto ($2.5 million).
The $13.6 million Dampier Palms and Hampton Oval redevelopment is set to revitalise Dampier and offer an enhanced coastal experience and improved beach amenity.
Member for the Pilbara Kevin Michel said the project would help put Dampier on the map again and he was proud the McGowan Government was supporting it.
“We have the opportunity here to breathe new life into Dampier, and transform the foreshore for locals and tourists to enjoy,” he said.
The key features of the project include a refurbished Hampton Oval Pavilion, formalised carparks, two activity zones with playgrounds, a 300m boardwalk, retaining walls, shade structures, outdoor shower areas, beach access via ramps and stairs and soft landscaping throughout.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said it was great to have the State Government and local industry join forces to enhance the liveability of Dampier.
“Projects like these are simply not possible without the ongoing and generous support of funding partners and we are thrilled to have both Rio Tinto and Lotterywest on board,” he said.
Rio Tinto Dampier Port and Marine general manager Tim McDougall said Rio had worked closely with the City to create a shared vision for the town which aimed to increase the vibrancy and liveability of the region for years to come.
“This partnership will enhance community facilities and infrastructure, which will benefit the whole region,” he said.
It is expected the Hampton Oval Pavilion will be completed by the end of August and the rest of the foreshore finished by the end of November.