Curtain rises on Karratha Red Earth Arts Precinct

Media Release


19 May 2018

Joint release with:

Peter Long

Mayor of City of Karratha

Melissa Price

Assistant Minister for the Environment
Federal Member for Durack

  • Karratha Red Earth Arts Precinct has opened to acclaim
  • The precinct includes a 450-seat theatre, library, amphitheatre and outdoor cinema
  • The Coalition Government invested $10 million in the project

The new Karratha Red Earth Arts Precinct will offer state-of-the-art facilities for Karratha's residents and the wider Pilbara region, providing a new focus for the cultural life of the regional Western Australian town.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the Coalition Government invested $10 million in the project as part of its commitment to regional Australia.

“This new precinct will offer the only theatre service between Geraldton and Darwin and is expected to attract around 6,250 visitors each year. Projects like this provide the community and social infrastructure our regions need to be sustainable and strong into the future,” Dr McVeigh said.

“Australia's future economic growth depends on regional Australia. Supporting projects like the Karratha Red Earth Arts Precinct are a way of recognising that not all growth in this country can happen in our capital cities.”

Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said the Coalition Government was proud to support the new precinct that would replace the Walkington Theatre after it closed in 2011.

“The new precinct will offer visitors a 450-seat theatre, an outdoor amphitheatre, an outdoor terrace and cinema, and a modern public library, all in one central location,” Ms Price said.

“This great investment in the local economy created over 110 jobs during construction and 11 ongoing jobs, which means more families are spending more and investing more to create more jobs and confidence in the local community.”

Mayor of City of Karratha Peter Long said the Red Earth Arts Precinct building, which reflects the Karratha Hills that overlook it, exceeded expectations, providing systems and equipment equal to those of a large metropolitan area.

“The Red Earth Arts Precinct is a destination in itself, a place to share our creativity and showcase the City to a wider audience,” Cr Long said.

This project was jointly funded with the Australian Government investing $10 million, the Western Australian Government $14 million, the City of Karratha $24.8 million, Woodside Energy Limited $3.2 million, Rio Tinto Limited $2 million, and Lottery West $2 million.