Upgraded park a safe haven for kids

Caitlyn WattsPilbara News
Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel, Yirramargardu Community Association’s Val Walker, Ruth Ellis and Kathy Brooker and City of Karratha councillor Garry Bailey.
Camera IconPilbara MLA Kevin Michel, Yirramargardu Community Association’s Val Walker, Ruth Ellis and Kathy Brooker and City of Karratha councillor Garry Bailey. Credit: Caitlyn Watts/Pilbara News/Caitlyn Watts/Pilbara News

Redevelopment works costing nearly $2 million have begun on a Roebourne park that offers a safe haven for children and a meeting place for community groups.

Located in residential Roebourne, Andover park is known as a secure place for young people as several elders reside in surrounding properties.

Upgrades include a junior play space with equipment, shade structures, barbecues, outdoor furniture, power and lighting.

A dedicated youth space with a basketball court and cinema wall also formed part of the works, as well as a yarning circle, fencing and grassed space.

The master plan was created by the City of Karratha in consultation with local Roebourne group Yirramagardu Community Association. YCA chairwoman Ruth Ellis said the redevelopments were tailored to suit the needs of Roebourne.

“It’s really important because it’s one of the parks that are based around a lot of housing. By doing the upgrades it is only going to be used even more with the yarning circle,” she said.

Stage one construction works will be completed by Indigenous contractor Yurra and are set to be finished by late October.

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