The Karratha Arts & Community Precinct project in Durack has received $10,000,000 under Round Two of the Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund, boosting local jobs and improving community infrastructure.
Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said submissions to Round Two were very competitive with a very high standard of applications; in fact Durack received the most submissions for any electorate in Australia.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss and Assistant Minister Michael McCormack announced $293 million for projects that were successful under Round Two of the programme, with 111 projects across Australia selected for funding.
“This project will be a massive boost for not just Karratha but the Pilbara,” Ms Price said.
“It will provide iconic, contemporary, cultural and learning facilities and consists of a state of the art library, multifunctional theatre, modern outdoor amphitheatre and a war memorial.
“The library will include a professions research and education development zone, office space and personalised visitor centre services integrated into the layout.
“The theatre and associated spaces features a grand open foyer proving opportunities for showcasing local and aboriginal art and local history exhibitions, and a stunning roof top terrace space for cinema and outdoor events.”
Ms Price said funding was supporting investment in a diverse range of infrastructure nationwide, from tourism and transport infrastructure to tourism, cultural, sporting and healthcare facilities.
“The projects have been identified as priority infrastructure by local communities. The Fund encourages communities to form partnerships to deliver projects between notforprofit organisations, local, state and territory governments as well as the private sector,” Ms Price said.
The National Stronger Regions Fund is providing $1 billion over five years to promote economic growth and address disadvantage in Australia’s regions.
More information on the National Stronger Regions Fund, including a full list of successful Round Two projects and details on the application process, is available online at infrastructure.gov.au/nsrf.
The Karratha Arts & Community Precinct project was submitted by the City of Karratha