Tambrey shopping centre set to boost employment, liveability

Alicia PereraPilbara News
An artist’s impression of the Tambrey Village Shopping Centre.
Camera IconAn artist’s impression of the Tambrey Village Shopping Centre. Credit: LandCorp

A long-awaited $17 million shopping centre on the western side of Karratha could create 150 local jobs, drive down costs faced by local retail businesses and boost the liveability of nearby suburbs, according to its proponents.

LandCorp has announced it has sold two foundation lots earmarked for the proposed Tambrey Village Shopping Centre to WA developer Cooksey Property Group last week, marking the start of works to develop a shopping precinct to service the suburbs of Nickol, Millars Well, Baynton and Baynton West.

The purchase will also kickstart the overarching Tambrey Neighbourhood Centre project, a 10ha residential and commercial precinct, including the shopping centre, that was first mooted in 2010.

The centre itself is set to include an IGA supermarket, a pharmacy, a medical centre, a service station, and fast food and retail businesses.

Once complete, it is expected to create about 150 full-time, part-time and casual jobs, with all managers and staff to be either locals or new permanent residents.

Cooksey director Doug Cooksey said the new roles would include “significant opportunities” for young jobseekers.

LandCorp Pilbara regional manager Brad Pawklenko said the centre could revitalise the western side of town by giving residents access to a second shopping option nearby.

“I think it’s a really big project in terms of further normalising Karratha,” he said.

“It’s another step towards making it a more sustainable and liveable city. There are a lot of people that live in the west end of Karratha, and this will boost (the suburbs’) liveability in terms of having a high-level commercial precinct on that side of town.

“They’ll have a higher-level shopping experience.”

Karratha and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Kylah Morrison welcomed the creation of more retail space to help bring down costs for businesses, as well as the prospect of 150 new local jobs.

She said a some local businesses had already shown interest in moving into the centre. “It’s a new offering down from the centre of town, and there are around 11,000 people in the catchment who are currently not serviced,” she said.

“When you consider other towns and cities, normally you would have some kind of shopping in the area that size rather than people having to drive all the way to the CBD like in Karratha, so it’s great to see a new offering.”

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said it was encouraging to see the shopping centre concept move ahead and confidence returning to Karratha’s commercial real estate market.

“The development is part of the proposed Tambrey Neighbourhood Centre precinct, which would offer nearby residents more choice and convenience, create local jobs and stimulate the local economy,” he said.

Mr Pawlenko said while LandCorp was focused on the shopping centre at this stage, further planning would also explore future stages of the neighbourhood centre project, including the possibility of using the land for residential and commercial purposes.

Development of the centre will begin once a subdivision and new roundabout to Dampier Highway have been completed by local contractor Norwest Contracting — a process expected to take about six months.

It is expected to open in mid to late 2020.

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails