THE West Australian Government this week announced that it will allocate $65 million of Royalties for Regions funding to complete the first two stages of the Karratha City Centre Infrastructure Works.
With plans to transform Karratha into a city of up to 50,000 people, Regional Development and Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said the funding reinforced the government's Pilbara Cities vision to revitalise key towns in the Pilbara.
"The Karratha City Centre Infrastructure Works project will help deliver significant town centre upgrades to support its development as a city of more than 50,000 people," Mr Grylls said.
According to the government, the $65 million will go towards:
- The creation of a new main street along Sharpe Avenue;
- The realignment and upgrade of other town centre roads, including tree-lined streetscapes with shaded walkways and landscaped public spaces; and
- The relocation of the existing Karratha Seniors' Village to its new location in the Warambie Estate.
Mr Grylls said the project was important for developing Karratha into a world-class city and the premier city of the North in Western Australia, providing improved public amenity and creating a number of commercial development lots.