• Paraburdoo welcomes new community complex

    The Shire of Ashburton, in partnership with Rio Tinto and the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program, administered through the Pilbara Development Commission, were proud to officially open the new Paraburdoo Sports, Fitness and Community Complex on Friday 21 June.

    Celebrating with local stakeholders, the Hon Mick Murray MLA, formally opened the new facility, which has been a much welcomed addition to the town.

    Designed to meet the growing needs of Paraburdoo, the complex aims to enrich the sporting, recreational and social endeavours of all residents and now provides a range of modern and dynamic venues for clubs and groups to utilise.

    Shire President Kerry White said the complex is testament to the commitment of Council, local Councillors, our partners and the community who have worked hard to create this iconic new facility for Paraburdoo.

    “Already the new complex has started to make a positive difference to the community and enables greater opportunities for social events, sport and recreation,” said Cr White. “It will be a hub for friends, families, colleagues, and even neighbouring Pilbara towns, to come together through sport or recreation and to enjoy a lifestyle that is synonymous with our region.”

    “I would like to acknowledge local member Vince Catania’s role in helping secure the Royalties for Regions funding which made construction of the facility possible.”

    Kent Franey, general manager of Rio Tinto’s Paraburdoo Operations, spoke at the opening of the facility, “Rio Tinto is proud to have committed $8.5 million to the development and operation of this vibrant new facility, which is a great example of what government, industry and community can achieve together.”

    “I would like to acknowledge our partners, the Shire of Ashburton, for their collaboration and dedication to a shared vision, bringing positive change that improves the liveability of regional towns like Paraburdoo.”

    The Paraburdoo Sports, Fitness and Community Complex includes new multipurpose sports court as well as the refurbishment of the existing courts, repurposing of the current sports pavilion into the Karingal Neighbourhood Centre, a purpose built gym, pool side amenities, oval amenities, installation of a permanent softball diamond, improvements to the lesser hall and conversion of club rooms for storage.

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