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.
Major works are underway to rebuild a deteriorated section of the Princes Highway at Heywood, with the upgrade aiming to significantly improve the safety of motorists traveling along the Highway.
Minister for Housing Martin Foley has visited St Kilda’s City Gate Apartments to announce a new redevelopment project that will see the construction of 50 new units.
Funding has been announced that will see two sections of the York Merredin Road east of Perth upgraded in order to improve safety and help address a crash rate more than three times the state average.
The contract for the significant M1 and M3 upgrade between Eight Mile Plains and Rochedale South has been announced, with early works on the congestion busting project already underway.
The Australian and Victorian governments will soon invest $50 million to make the Great Ocean Road safer and more reliable.