Plans for a controversial new nightclub in Karratha look to be dead and buried after the proposed site — the old bank building on Hedland Place — was put back up for lease. First raised by local Joanne Neil and her then husband, original plans sought to establish a new nightclub at the site, about 150m from St Paul’s Primary School, and drew the ire of many local residents. The plan was given approval by the City of Karratha in November 2019 subject to a operational environmental management plan and noise management plan. At the time 24 submissions were received by council with all bar one against the proposal. In August 2020, plans for the nightclub were scrapped in favour for a small bar called @mosphere, with the local council endorsing the new plans 9-1 subject to an operational environmental management plan being prepared. One of the conditions at the time included the building’s external facade needing to be upgraded to the satisfaction of the City. The venue was proposed to have a maximum capacity of 120 patrons and was expected to have a bar area with pool tables on the ground floor, and a bistro, cocktail bar and rooftop terrace on the first floor. Speaking to Pilbara News in August 2020, Ms Nell said she did not have an exact timeline for the project and was still exploring funding opportunities. Now, it seems plans are all but scrapped, as the property has been relisted for lease by North West Realty for $8800 per week. Despite the building being up for lease, City of Karratha mayor Peter Long said the approvals for the nightclub and small bar remain current. “In response to community feedback of the proposal, the council imposed conditions on both approvals to mitigate noise and manage operations to an acceptable standard,” he said. “The city is not privy to the commercial aspects of this proposal. These need to be obtained from the proponent.” Ms Nell was contacted for comment.