Construction begins on Tambrey shopping centre

Alicia PereraPilbara News
An artist’s impression of the Tambrey Village Shopping Centre.
Camera IconAn artist’s impression of the Tambrey Village Shopping Centre. Credit: LandCorp

Karratha’s first major retail project in decades — a $17 million shopping precinct in Nickol expected to better activate the western side of Karratha — has begun construction

On Monday, two building companies began concurrent construction works on the Tambrey Village shopping centre, located on the corner of Dampier Highway and Bathgate Road, in a move to progress development as quickly as possible.

A service station and fast food outlet, to be built by Bella Build and Design, is expected to be completed by April, while the main shopping centre under construction by Thomas Building is due to open before Christmas next year.

Developer Cooksey Property Group said the precinct had been 95 per cent leased, with two lots still vacant, and once operational will include an IGA supermarket, liquor outlet, pharmacy, medical centre, dentist, newsagent, service station, Hungry Jacks, bar and restaurant, kebab shop and children’s play centre.

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Cooksey director Doug Cooksey said his team was excited to have taken the next step on a project that would “significantly contribute” to making the western part of Karratha more vibrant and liveable.

“Tambrey Village Shopping Centre will have a great mix of local and national tenants, providing a broad choice for customers and will provide access to a new level of shopping convenience for residents in the area,” he said.

“We recognise that many people who live in the west of Karratha work long hours and have no nearby shopping facilities.”

“Tambrey Village ... will be a central hub for these homes and many stores will be trading extended hours to cater for the needs of local residents.”

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the City had been working hard to attract business investment and was pleased to see the centre, a project which would “deliver ongoing economic benefits and boost the goods and services on offer in our community”, come to fruition.

The centre is expected to create more than 150 new jobs in Karratha, especially for young people and part-time workers, an aspect that has been welcomed by Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel.

“The Tambrey Village shopping centre is a huge opportunity to create local jobs, both in the construction of the shopping centre and employing locals to work at the centre, when it is operational,” he said.

“This investment demonstrates strong business confidence in the future of the City of Karratha and the Pilbara.”

Formal planning for the Tambrey Village stopping centre began in February after Cooksey bought two foundation lots earmarked for the project.

A subdivision and construction of a new roundabout on Dampier Highway in preparation were completed in recent months.

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