Karratha accommodation on the way

The tenders to build Karratha's first high rise accommodation could be available to contractors as early as next week.

The right to build the first high rise living development in the Pilbara region will soon be put up for grabs by the Western Australian Government.

It is believed the State Government will make the tender available to developers as early as next week.

The development, which will be on a newly released 1.3 hectare town centre site on Warambie Road in Karratha, is part of the Government’s Pilbara Cities blueprint which was launched last month.

The initiative is designed to provide a better choice of accommodation in the area and to make the Pilbara a more attractive living destination for mining workers and eliminate the need for a fly-in fly-out lifestyle.

“When the Pilbara was developed in the 1960s, the governments and the industry of the day tried to replicate Perth’s suburbs – three-bedroom, one bathroom, backyard, Hills hoist,” WA Premier Colin Barnett said at the initiative launch last month.

“While this is often considered the ideal model, we want to offer choice to people in these areas like high-rise apartments with air-conditioning, pools, green lawns and parks, similar to the development that has taken place in Darwin.”

The Government is said to be looking for a private investor to develop the high rise building in Karratha, which could be as high as ten stories, for commercial and residential use

The Pilbara Cities blueprint is also designed to focus on infrastructure including new schools and TAFEs; hospitals and medical centres; leisure and entertainment facilities; and shopping and retail precincts.

Other towns included in the plans are South Hedland, Newman, Dampier, Tom Price and Onslow town centres, as well as plans to create new marinas and improved waterfronts at Port Hedland, Dampier and possibly Onslow.

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