News Date: 27 Jun 2012
Hon Brendon Grylls
Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
Hon Terry Waldron
Minister for Sport and Recreation; Racing and Gaming
Karratha residents will have access to the latest in entertainment, meeting and sports facilities with the completion of the Frank Butler Community Centre.
The $7.4million transformation of the Bulgarra sporting precinct provides a variety of areas for indoor and outdoor entertainment, social functions, sporting clubs, community group meetings and indoor sports such as dancing, martial arts and fitness training. The precinct has also received a lighting upgrade, tennis court upgrade, car park redevelopment and BMX track.
The funding was made up of $4.3million from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Pilbara Cities and Country Local Government Fund as well as contributions from the Department of Sport and Recreation’s Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund, the Pilbara Development Commission and the Shire of Roebourne.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the Royalties for Regions program provided a significant and much-needed funding boost for community projects in the Pilbara and had enabled a wider scope of projects to be eligible for funding.
“The Frank Butler Community Centre is one of six strategic community wellbeing projects helping to improve public amenity and lifestyle options for all local residents,” Mr Grylls said.
“This centre will not only provide better facilities for the local football and sporting clubs but will also benefit local businesses and community groups.”
Other Karratha community wellbeing projects include the Cattrall Park Redevelopment, Bulgarra Sporting Precinct upgrade, Pam Buchanan Family Centre, The Youth Shed and the Karratha Leisure Complex.
Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said sport and recreation and vibrant communities went hand in hand.
“Complexes such as this fit comfortably within the Government’s plans to ensure regional West Australians have quality sporting facilities around which communities revolve,” Mr Waldron said.
“It’s appropriate that this wonderful new facility should incorporate areas for sport and recreation - it’s the common thread that binds communities together, particularly in the bush.”
The official community opening celebration will be held by the Shire of Roebourne in the first week of July 2012.
Thirteen South Australian sporting clubs will share in $4 million worth of grants to upgrade and build female change rooms as part of the State Government’s Female Facilities Program.
Construction of the $160 million Warrego Highway Toowoomba to Oakey Duplication Stage 2 project between Charlton and Kingsthorpe will begin shortly, with civil construction company the Georgiou Group awarded the contract for the project.
Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey has revealed the $11.5 million project to build the new Burnett River Bridge on Monto-Mount Perry Road is on track with bridge deck units currently being installed.
The Andrews Labor Government will soon begin planning for the next stages of development at Ballarat Health Services, including the fit-out of a shell space in the revamped hospital with even more operating theatres.
Works to remove two notorious bottlenecks along the Chandler Highway will start within months, with Seymour Whyte Constructions announced today as the successful tenderer for the project.