A CITY PLAN FOR KARRATHA
As a central component of the Government’s Pilbara Cities initiative to invest in our regional towns, the Karratha City of the North plan was developed by the State Government, LandCorp and the Shire of Roebourne.
The Karratha City of the North (KCN) Plan offers a roadmap for the transformation of Karratha from a resource town into a regional city of the north.
It proposes the economic, social and spatial strategies required to make Karratha a place of choice to work, visit, grow up, raise families and age gracefully.
This ambitious plan highlights the collaboration and provides an estimate of the investment required by Government and the private sector to achieve the shared Pilbara Cities vision for Karratha.
This is in anticipation that putting the KCN Plan into effect will generate new jobs and offer a lifestyle that will attract more people to live permanently in Karratha.
The KCN plan will radically transform Karratha from a mining town with an estimated population of 18,000 into a regional city of 50,000 people.
KARRATHA CITY CENTRE INFRASTRUCTURE WORKS
The Shire of Roebourne, in partnership with LandCorp and the State Government, is developing a revitalised and attractive city centre for Karratha.
As part of the State Government’s ‘Pilbara Cities’ initiative launched in 2010, major road works commenced in June 2012 which will transform Sharpe Avenue into a new main street supporting Karratha’s future as a city of more than 50, 000 people.
Funded by $65million from Royalties for Regions, the works will connect Sharpe Avenue to Dampier Road establishing a central main street with greater accessibility to services improving people’s ability to move in and out of the city centre.
The main street works are expected to open up opportunities for private sector investment and development through improved connectivity whilst providing safer pedestrian access and more family friendly spaces for residents and visitors to Karratha to gather.
Developed in accordance with the Karratha City of the North plan, the project is a direct result of extensive consultation between LandCorp, the Pilbara Cities Office and the Shire of Roebourne and incorporates input from local residents and business owners.
LandCorp is managing works on behalf of the Shire of Roebourne; Downer Australia has been awarded the contract for civil and landscape works.
KARRATHA CITY OF THE NORTH
City of the North Partnership
Karratha continues to progress to a major regional City of the North with the commencement of large-scale development opportunities in the city centre and the new coastal community, Mulataga, and a mixed use local centre to the east of the existing Karratha townsite.
The sites will be suitable for a variety of mixed uses including entertainment, office, retail and civic, and will also accommodate a hotel or other form of short-stay accommodation and residential apartments. The residential parcel represents the opportunity to deliver a 168.4ha high quality estate that can include cafes, tourism and shopping precincts and a variety of residential products and recreational facilities.
In November 2011, the State Government announced Mirvac (WA) Pty Ltd as the preferred proponent to develop the Karratha city centre.
The development of the Karratha city centre will see the relocation of the swimming pool to create a new focal point, a new 150 room hotel, new hospitality and entertainment venues and a landscaped public square as well as the establishment of Mulataga, the first coastal residential estate in Karratha, which will offer a wide range of lot sizes and housing options and a variety of waterfront community facilities for all residents.
Karratha City of the North Request for Proposal
The three Short-listed Proponents have now received the Request for Proposal document. The major Australian developers that were shortlisted for the partnering opportunity to develop the City Core in the Karratha city centre together with a premium coastal residential community of more than 2000 dwellings at Mulataga were Lend Lease Development Pty Ltd; Australand Holdings Ltd; and Mirvac (WA) Pty Ltd.