The revitalisation of the Karratha CBD is a critical part of the council’s ongoing efforts to achieve the City’s vision of becoming Australia’s most liveable regional city.

It was a pleasure to attend the turning of the first sod at the new offices for Empowering People in Communities last week.

EPIC is a not-for-profit organisation providing disability, career, parenting and community services throughout the Pilbara. They are based in Karratha, Roebourne, Newman and South Hedland.

The new building will be EPIC’s main headquarters or “epicentre” and an activity hub for local people with disabilities to access and participate in social and recreational activities in the Pilbara.

The development, on the south-east corner of the Balmoral Road and Karratha Terrace intersection, will activate another part of the city centre and feature ample parking and landscaping throughout.

The City granted development approval for the new building back in January and it is great to see it moving ahead, with construction of the facility now in progress.

Providing important services like EPIC in Karratha makes our city a more attractive place to live for individuals and families who require readily available access to their variety of programs.

I look forward to seeing the building progress over coming months and transforming yet another vacant lot in our CBD.

The new development will complement other recent additions to our city centre, such as the Red Earth Arts Precinct and Karratha Health Campus.

Construction of Welcome Park is in progress to provide a landscaped link to the arts precinct, and construction will soon start on the 100-room, four-star Hilton Garden Inn, which will further enhance the amenity and vibrancy of our CBD.