GBSC Yurra to transform Welcome Park

Shannon BeattiePilbara News
GBSC Yurra project manager Tim Clune, Yurra director Michael Woodley, GBSC Yurra managing director Peter Fleay and Yurra managing director Liam Wilson.
Camera IconGBSC Yurra project manager Tim Clune, Yurra director Michael Woodley, GBSC Yurra managing director Peter Fleay and Yurra managing director Liam Wilson. Credit: Pilbara News, Shannon Beattie

The company behind Roebourne’s Victoria Hotel project has been chosen by the City of Karratha as the preferred tenderer for Welcome Park.

Local Aboriginal company GBSC Yurra has been given the task of transforming the vacant lot on the corner of Welcome Road and Sharpe Avenue into a peaceful public space.

The $2.6 million project will include the construction of a pedestrian bridge and landscaping works. GBSC Yurra managing director Peter Fleay said the contract covered its broad range of expertise but really focused on Yurra’s strength in landscape and reticulation.

“We want to try and use this as a flow on from the Victoria Hotel project in Roebourne,” he said.

“We’ll demonstrate the same sort of commitment and management expertise and use as much aboriginal labour as possible.”

Mayor Peter Long said negotiations are still ongoing for the scope of the significant project.

“Welcome Park will provide a landscaped link between the Red Earth Arts Precinct and the city centre,” he said.

“This development will be a welcoming entry statement for visitors and provide a place for our community to get together.”

The landscaping and pedestrian bridge works will complement the long-vehicle carpark at the rear of the shopping centre, which was completed in December.

Other plans include public artworks, interpretive signage and park furniture.

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