Karratha leisure complex coming to life

The $63.7million Karratha Leisure Complex has reached an important milestone with the selection of five Australian artists to create public art installations at the facility.

Jason Hirst and Tim Macfarlane Reid have been selected as the lead artists for the commission, with Leanne Bray,  Steve Monk and Karratha artist, Catherine Cresswell also contributing works.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Community Services and the Status of Women, Julie Collins, inspected the construction site today during her three-day visit to the Pilbara.

“With construction progressing we can now see the footprint of the complex and picture how it will look once completed,” Ms Collins said.

“When tilt panels start to go up next month, the walls will take shape and create the space in which this state-of-the-art facility will exist.

“Hosting over 12 sport, cafe and crèche facilities, meeting and club rooms, the Karratha Leisure Complex will deliver vital community infrastructure for this growing resource region.

“As an emergency evacuation and welfare centre, it will also be an important point of safety and security during severe weather events,’ Ms Collins said.

Regional Australia and Arts Minister, Simon Crean said the combination of artworks would celebrate the identity and culture of the Pilbara region.

“These works will add to the experience of over 300,000 visitors expected to use the complex each year,” Mr Crean said.

“The application pool of 29 artists shows the high level of interest among the artistic community to contribute to this major project as it comes to life in the Pilbara.

“The Karratha Leisure Complex will not only create new social and sporting opportunities in the Pilbara, it will also raise the profile of visual arts in regional Australia.

“The Australian Government has invested $15 million in the Karratha Leisure Centre under the first round of the almost $1 billion Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF).

“This first round is investing $150 million in 35 projects and because we have prioritised projects that leverage funding from other partners, we have generated an overall investment of almost $418 million in regions around Australia,” he said.

The Regional Development Australia Fund is supporting investment-ready projects that distribute the proceeds of the resources boom to the regions of Australia.

Projects are currently being considered for funding under the $200 million second round.

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