The Dampier Community Hub is another step closer to reality following the approval of schematic designs for the project this week.
The plans were presented to the Shire’s project team by visiting architects Gresley Abas, who have now been given approval to move to the next stage of the project where detailed design elements such fittings, fixtures and functionality will be developed.
Shire of Roebourne President Peter Long said the plans presented a unique building that appropriately responded to environmental and community desires.
“There hasn’t been any significant development in Dampier for nearly two decades so this is a really exciting project for the local community and the Shire,” Cr Long said.
“We’ve been working closely with community groups and residents to ensure we get this right and deliver a truly iconic building that meets the needs and desires of the community.”
The project is part of the Shire’s partnership with Rio Tinto, which is set to deliver significant community infrastructure improvements in Wickham, Dampier and Karratha, as well as a range of new and improved cultural events and community services and programs.
Rio Tinto General Manager Port Operations Nick Serle said the project was important to the Dampier community and contributed to the long term sustainability of services and facilities in the town.
”It’s exciting to see the vision becoming a reality following ongoing engagement with the community,” Mr Serle said.
“Rio Tinto is pleased to work together with the Shire of Roebourne to deliver improved infrastructure, services and events to the region.”
Construction of Dampier Community Hub is anticipated to start towards the end of this year and be complete in 2015.