Dampier Foreshore redevelopment complete

Shannon BeattiePilbara News
Member for Pilbara Kevin Michel, City of Karratha mayor Peter Long and Rio Tinto general manager Dampier Ports Tim McDougall.
Camera IconMember for Pilbara Kevin Michel, City of Karratha mayor Peter Long and Rio Tinto general manager Dampier Ports Tim McDougall. Credit: Shannon Beattie

Dampier has been given an early Christmas present after the multi-million-dollar redevelopment of the town’s foreshore officially opened to the public on Saturday.

The $13.6 million Dampier Palms and Hampton Oval project has transformed the foreshore, with an amphitheatre, a boardwalk and a children’s playground just some of the highlights.

Other upgrades include a half basketball court, expansion of The Palms to offer increased shade, barbecues, lighting, outdoor showers, new bathrooms and change rooms, a kiosk area, increased parking, and improved beach access.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the redevelopment was a game-changer for Dampier and had capitalised on the natural scenery to deliver an outstanding recreational facility.

“This redevelopment complements our recent upgrades to Shark Cage Beach and will cater to the current and future needs of our community and visitors to our region,” he said. “Local businesses have benefited from the project, with 15 Pilbara suppliers and contractors engaged, representing more than one third of all suppliers and sub-contractors employed by project developer the Georgiou Group.”

Rio Tinto general manager Dampier Ports Tim McDougall said the foreshore redevelopment was a great example of what local and State Government, industry, and the community could achieve together.

“I would like to acknowledge our partners, the City of Karratha, who we continue to work with on delivering our shared vision for the community with this latest project building on a long list of successes,” he said.

Lotterywest chief executive Susan Hunt said their support went towards playground infrastructure, equipment and other additions to the parkland.

The project was made possible with $9.6 million funding from the City of Karratha, $2.5 million from Rio Tinto, and $1.4 million from the State Government through Lotterywest.

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