Innovation and collaboration have been identified as the catalysts for unlocking the potential of agriculture in Northern Australia at a conference in Darwin this week. Twelve forums were conducted as part of the second Developing Northern Australia Conference, with the Food and Agribusiness forum facilitated by the Pilbara Development Commission’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Terry Hill.
Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls (PHHG) has established a national heavy vehicle driver institute in Karratha that will cater for both male and female drivers. With a shortage of drivers PHHG saw an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the male dominated industry, and to support and encourage more women into heavy vehicle driving careers.
DAMPIER COMMUNITY HUB
A new multipurpose facility in the heart of Dampier - strengthen the town’s community facility offering and reinvigorate the town centre.
|Project Cost:||$18 million|
|Pilbara Cities Investment:||$6.6 million|
|Construction Commenced:||February 2015|
Funding for the Dampier Community Hub was approved in July 2014 to replace ageing infrastructure that no longer meets the needs of the community.
Identified by the City of Karratha as one of its top two priority projects for the district, the new facility will include a 70-place childcare centre, community library and multipurpose rooms and office space. In addition, the existing community hall will undergo a major refurbishment and upgrade.
Construction commenced in February 2015, with the project expected to be completed by March 2017.
KARRATHA HEALTH CAMPUS
A new modern and contemporary health facility - offering comprehensive health care services to the people of Karratha and surrounds.
|Project Cost:||$207.15 million|
|Pilbara Cities Investment:||$206.5 million|
|Project Completion :||Operational early 2018 |
The new Karratha Health Campus (KHC) will be a modern and contemporary health facility with a strong focus on innovation. It will be the largest expenditure on health infrastructure in Western Australia Country Health to date.
Planning and design work for the Hospital site is underway, with Landcorp to commence work on preparing the site in 2015.
The KHC will offer comprehensive health care services to the people of Karratha and surrounds and will replace the current Nickol Bay Hospital and Warambie buildings.
The funds allocated since the announcement in May 2012 allows for the development of a ‘one stop shop’ for health care, bringing together in the one place all public health services.
The design of the KHC will facilitate the delivery of seamless health care for the West Pilbara community by better integration and collocation of services and improved information technology.
The health campus will be built within the city centre precinct on the site where the current Warambie Population Health Service is.
This a major opportunity to support the growth of Karratha as a vibrant regional centre, providing substantial benefits in terms of increased activity and support for local businesses.
EAST PILBARA ARTS CENTRE
A new facility that will become the centerpiece of Newman signifying the revitalisation of the inland town.
|Project Cost:||$8.5 million|
|Pilbara Cities Investment:||$3.5 million|
Demonstrating the importance of creative pursuits and culture, the East Pilbara Arts Centre is a purpose-built facility that will become the centrepiece of Newman signifying the revitalisation of the inland town.
The needs and ideas of the local Martu people were fundamental to the design of the new Centre which will enhance the capacity of the existing 250 self-employed artists. Flexibility was key, with the design creating intimate working spaces, as well as large open areas suitable for community events and exhibits.
The residential housing component of the project was completed in May 2015, with the new Centre opened in July 2015.