Dampier land transfer plan gains council support

Staff reporterPilbara News
The Dampier palms.
Camera IconThe Dampier palms. Credit: Isha Singh

A long-awaited plan to transfer a host of Dampier community sites from Rio Tinto to City of Karratha ownership has been given in-principle support by the local council.

On Monday City councillors agreed to work towards transferring the ownership of land held by Rio under either freehold or lease to the local government, marking a major step towards a formal agreement between the organisations that has been planned for about 35 years.

Among the sites subject to talks are Hampton Harbour Boat and Sailing Club, the Dampier foreshore and public boat ramp, Hampton Oval and Windy Ridge Oval, Dampier Bowling Club, tennis and squash courts, Jurat Park, Hardy Reserve, Red Dog Entry Bay and the Dampier Lookout.

City Mayor Peter Long said he was glad the two organisations had made progress towards an agreement, which could especially assist the City in its plans to redevelop Dampier Palms and Hampton Oval and build a marina in the town.

“Transferring these assets will enable Council to upgrade community facilities, activate public spaces and open the door for future development in Dampier, which is a great outcome for the community,” he said.

Rio Tinto managing director of port, rail and core services Ivan Vella welcomed the City’s support.

“This is an important step toward progressing the transfer, which will significantly enhance community facilities and infrastructure in the region,” he said.

Any formal agreement will be subject to negotiations with the State Government.

Rio Tinto has also committed to allocating $2.5 million towards the City’s planned Dampier Palms and Hampton Oval redevelopment.

For more, see next Wednesday’s issue of The Pilbara News.

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