Oval upgrade closer

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Kevin Richards Memorial Oval in Millars Well.
Camera IconKevin Richards Memorial Oval in Millars Well.

The long-awaited overhaul of one of Karratha’s much-loved sporting grounds is a step closer.

Kevin Richards Memorial Oval, also known as Millars Well Oval, is the fortress of Karratha Kats Football Club and was earmarked for an upgrade last year when the City accepted the Kevin Richards Memorial Oval site concept plan and endorsed the start of the technical and design process. The key features of the development include new change rooms, Karratha Kats Football and Sporting Club clubrooms expansion, carpark formalisations and three multi-purpose hard courts.

Further upgrades include pavilion refurbishment, sports lighting replacement, repositioning the Karratha Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service running track and the provision of space and services for a Rotary Club Men’s Shed.

The City of Karratha passed a motion to accept the tender by Peter Hunt Architect for the detailed design.

Design consultant Peter Hunt Architect will progress the feasibility of the concept plan endorsed by the council in October and develop a proposal for the staged delivery of improvements under the master plan.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the council was pleased the major project was one step closer to construction.

“This redevelopment will significantly enhance the sport, recreation and leisure offering in Karratha and it’s great to see it moving ahead,” he said. “Plans have been developed in close consultation with a number of community and sporting groups who will continue to provide feedback as it progresses.”

The City has allocated $1.6 million for the project in the draft 2020-2021 budget, with $900,000 secured through Lotterywest and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

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