The multimillion-dollar upgrade of a key sporting precinct in Karratha is closer after the council agreed to invite tenders for the project The $13.9 million upgrade of the Kevin Richards Memorial Oval, also known as Millars Well Oval and the Kattery, includes a new playground, three multipurpose courts, and a new pavilion. Other features include a men’s shed, new clubrooms, and an upgrade to the existing lighting. The upgrade is part of plans to get all the City’s sporting precincts up to district level. At May’s council meeting, City of Karratha councillors approved a motion to invite tenders for the construction of a new club and change room facility. The club and change room upgrade, estimated at $6,694,227, includes a two-story clubroom constructed with grandstand seating, changerooms and storage facilities on the ground floor. The first floor would include kitchen and service spaces, a bar, function and office space. Mayor Peter Long said it was important to get the motion across the line so the City could begin moving the project forward. He said the new facility would accommodate the growth of the Kats Sporting Club which now included the women’s football team, a cricket team and netball clubs. “Because it’s a broader sweep of the community, it’s men and women, we can actually put in public money and make that happen,” he said. Mr Long said the City was focused on getting Dampier, Wickham, Bulgarra and Millars Well all up to district level. Karratha Kats president Shane Harris said the club was excited about the new facility. “It’s been a while coming, but it’s all positive and we’re looking forward to a new facility,” he said. “Obviously it hasn’t had anything done at Kevin Richards Oval for quite some time and our facility is looking outdated so we’re quite pleased that it’s going ahead.” Mr Harris said the new facility would bring all Karratha Kats sporting teams under one roof. “Having the one venue which is bigger than dual facilities and the new netball courts eventually going there, it should be good,” he said.