Kal City Centre

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The Kal City Centre project will transform major precincts in the Kalgoorlie Central Business District into a vibrant, economically strong and diverse centre. It will replace outdated infrastructure with a new approach based on community consultation, best practice place making and urban design.

Stretching from Hannan Street at St Barbara’s Square to the back of the Endowment block area, the project will deliver children’s play areas including water play, artwork, night lighting and CCTV, modern paving and street furniture, gardens, alfresco dining and entertainment areas.

The Kal City Centre project will transform major precincts in the Kalgoorlie Central Business District into a vibrant, economically strong and diverse centre. It will replace outdated infrastructure with a new approach based on community consultation, best practice place making and urban design.

Stretching from Hannan Street at St Barbara’s Square to the back of the Endowment block area, the project will deliver children’s play areas including water play, artwork, night lighting and CCTV, modern paving and street furniture, gardens, alfresco dining and entertainment areas.

  • Kal City Centre Project Relaunch

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    The transformation of Kalgoorlie’s City Centre will be relaunched today with an event at St Barbara’s Square with the Minister for Regional Development Alannah MacTiernan attending with Cr Brownley, on behalf of the Mayor.

    The Minister and Cr Brownley will turn the soil to commemorate the $16million dollar Kal City Centre Project as it moves into the construction phase.

    The Kal City Centre Project will reinvigorate the CBD into a vibrant destination for residents and visitors. It will include a complete refurbishment of the St Barbara Square and Laneway to the rear entrance of the City Market arcade.

    The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is excited to be working with the State and Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission on this transformational project.

    The project will deliver a children’s water feature, new gardens, areas for alfresco dining and entertainment areas as well as a playground area with bespoke play items. Other features of the Kal City Centre Project include:

    • Public art including Aboriginal artwork and installations
    • A central stage for entertainment and community events, including a projector for outdoor movies and displays
    • Night lighting and CCTV to improve public safety and support the night economy
    • New paving, street furniture, shade canopy, gardens and seating areas

    City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mayor John Bowler said the project was a culmination of several years of consultation with the community and stakeholders.

    “It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to commence a project that was inspired by direct feedback from the people who work, play and do business in our city. Their ideas will be brought to life and bring a much needed re-invigoration to our city centre” said Mayor Bowler.

    “This project will re-position the Kal City Centre as a safe, welcoming, and thriving place which truly reflects Kalgoorlie’s people and way of life. It will be something that our residents will be proud to visit and will support our retail sector by providing them with a modern place to do business,”

    The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is working closely with the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission to ensure that Aboriginal Economic Development outcomes in the areas of business procurement, employment and skills/capability building are realised throughout the life of this project.

    “I would like to sincerely thank Minister MacTiernan for her passion in ensuring there is a strong focus on involving local Aboriginal businesses and creating employment opportunities for the Aboriginal community through this project,” said Mayor Bowler.

    The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has part funded the project with an $8million contribution, with matching funding from the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

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  • Ertech Pty Ltd Appointed as Preferred Tenderer for Kal City Centre Construction

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    The Kal City Centre Project has reached an important milestone with the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder endorsing Ertech Pty Ltd (Ertech) as the preferred tenderer to undertake construction works.

    At its’ Ordinary Council Meeting on 27 January, City Councillors unanimously endorsed Ertech as the preferred tenderer for the Project ahead of shortlisted firms Cooper & Oxley and MG Group.

    A multi-award winning business, Ertech has experience working across Australia with previous projects including the Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation, South Hedland Town Centre Redevelopment and the Koombana Bay Foreshore Construction.

    City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker said Ertech emerged as the highest ranked firm following an extensive evaluation process including a review by the City’s appointed architects, Aspect Studios Pty Ltd, and their consultant team.

    “We received three excellent submissions through the two-stage tendering process. Ertech stood out because of their genuine engagement to resource the project with as many local suppliers and contractors as possible,” said Mr Walker.

    “They spent time with businesses in the region to devise a Local Industry Engagement Plan and Aboriginal Engagement Strategy to ensure the economic benefits of the project continue long after the construction phase has ended.

    Ertech CEO James Giumelli said the company’s extensive experience in community infrastructure development, and their early foundation of strong collaboration, will deliver valued social and economic benefits to the community.

    “We are delighted to be entrusted by the City to revitalise the heart of the CBD, creating safe, functional and engaging spaces for people to come together,” said Mr Giumelli.

    The City will now enter into negotiations with Ertech before awarding the final construction contract for works to commence in the coming months.

    The $16 million project, co-funded by an $8 million investment by the State Government, is due for completion in early-2022.

  • Connecting Local Businesses with Contractors

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    The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is offering local tradespeople, contractors and businesses an opportunity to connect with potential lead contractors for the Kal City Centre Project at a series of networking events next week.

    CEO John Walker said the City would be hosting eight major contractors, split over the course of two days, for a mandatory site visit as part as the Expression of Interest (EOI) process for the project construction.

    “We want to make sure that local contractors and trades have the opportunity to be part of the Kal City Centre Project, to really ensure that the project fulfils its brief regarding the grass roots economic transformation of our City,” Mr Walker said.

    “The potential lead contractors will be scored on their local engagement strategy as part of the EOI criteria, so we want to encourage as many local contractors as possible, including local Aboriginal businesses, to come along and engage with them.

    “This event is not just limited to those in the construction industry – we want to connect these major companies with everyone from construction and demolition to skilled tradies to hospitality and accommodation providers, to ensure the benefits of this project are shared across our community.

    “If you’re considering coming along, you’d need to prepare a short pitch describing what your business does, and prepare a more formal business capability statement that you can give out to the potential lead contractors, so they know what you have to offer,” he said.

    “Kalgoorlie-Boulder has a great depth and variety of skills in its local businesses, trades and contractors, and we want to connect all of these people with the companies who may be on our Tender shortlist.”

    Networking Session One will be held on Tuesday, 22 September from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, and Session Two will be held on Thursday 24 September from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Both sessions will be at the Goldfields Arts Centre.

    Local contractors are encouraged to attend both nights and must register their interest by Monday, 21 September by emailing mailbag@ckb.wa.gov.au or calling 9021 9899.

  • Expressions of Interest Sought for Kal City Centre Construction

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    The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has opened an expressions of interest process to identify preferred tenderers for the construction of the Kal City Centre Project.

    The call for Expressions of Interest is part of a two stage tendering process to identify and shortlist suitable contractors, who will then be identified to tender for the project.

    City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker said it was important to identify contractors who could not only successfully carry out the works to the City’s specifications, but who would also be able to deliver local job creation.

    “This is a significant milestone for the Kal City Centre Project, which has the activation and economic transformation of our City at its core, and we want to ensure that the economic benefits of this project are place from the outset, with local sub-contractors and Aboriginal businesses having the opportunity to be involved in construction phase,” Mr Walker said.

    “We also want to know from the outset that prospective tenderers have the capacity to undertake a project of this size and complexity.

    “By calling for expressions of interest before inviting shortlisted companies to tender, we will get a clearer understanding who we want to be working with, and who is really committed to making the project a success while supporting the overall objectives of a true economic transformation in the heart of the City.”

    Interested contractors will also be required to attend a site inspection in mid-September. This will include a networking evening with local businesses who are interested in sub-contracting for the Project.

    Expressions of interest close at 2pm on Monday, 5 October 2020. Interested parties can download the EOI documentation from www.Tenderlink.com.ckb. Local sub-contractors interested in working on the Kal City Centre Project can register now at www.kalcitycentre.com.au/make-it-happen.

  • Aboriginal Engagement Specialist Sought for Kal City Centre Project

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    The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, in partnership with the Goldfields Esperance Development Commission, will be recruiting for an Aboriginal Engagement Specialist for the Kal City Centre Project.

    The new role will could suit either an individual or business, and will work with the Kal City Centre team to generate new Aboriginal business, procurement and employment opportunities for the project, and for other regional economic development initiatives.

    City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker said the Kal City Centre project was about creating opportunities for adding to the vibrancy and economic diversity of our City, and making it an appealing place for both residents and visitors.

    “We have a significant project taking place in the heart of our City, and within that is our commitment to fostering ‘Kurturtu’, or ‘Kalgoorlie’s Heart’. This will unite community and commerce through new experiences, attractions and special places for ‘Kal life’ to unfold,” Mr Walker said.

    “This is a broad role that we hope will have long term positive outcomes for the Goldfields, not just for the duration of the Kal City Centre Project, but also in leading ongoing Aboriginal economic development initiatives which will advance local Aboriginal employment and procurement opportunities.

    “We want someone really motivated who will champion strong local content strategies and support Aboriginal people and Aboriginal-owned businesses in not just winning tenders, but also through things like promoting service and supply chain opportunities and capacity building in local Aboriginal businesses by identifying things like suitable employment opportunities and training pathways.”

  • Kal City Centre Design Unveiled

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    The Kalgoorlie City Centre Project is one step closer to construction following Council endorsement of the schematic designs and cost estimates for the development at last night’s Ordinary Council Meeting.

    Expanding on the community endorsed themes of a Handbuilt City, (re)Discovery and Catalyse, the schematic designs are the final creative and spatial templates underpinning the $16million project.

    The City expects the project to go to tender in August 2020 for the transformation of three key spaces within the Kalgoorlie City Centre, with construction planned to be underway by January 2021.

    City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker said the project would act as a catalyst for a significant economic transformation of the central precinct of Hannan Street, focusing on St Barbara’s Square, the laneway between the Endowment Block and the link through to the Coles and Kmart precinct through the Market Arcade.

    “We have been working towards this for a number of years, and we are thrilled to have a design that responds to the unique natural, cultural, historical and economic qualities of Kalgoorlie-Boulder,” Mr Walker said.

    “The designs include kids play areas, including water play, public art, alfresco dining spaces, and great new facilities for everyday life and special events, including a parents’ room and fully accessible showers and change facilities.

    “With the final design now complete we can begin to look at the practical implementation of the Project. In the lead up to, and during the construction phase, we will be engaging with and supporting local businesses, as well as making sure the community is informed about the construction works be taking place.

    “The Kal City Centre Project is about more than making the Kalgoorlie CBD look a bit nicer. It’s about uniting community and commerce, and building on Kalgoorlie’s people and potential to ensure the public realm pulses with the energy of a strong region.”

  • Kal City Centre Detailed Design Awarded to Aspect Studios Pty Ltd.

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    The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has awarded the detailed design contract for the transformation of Kalgoorlie’s City Centre to Aspect Studios Pty Ltd.

    The appointment of the design firm brings the $16 million project one step closer to fruition by converting precinct concepts into detailed designs, which in turn will lead to the preparation of construction documentation.

    City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker said the City was excited to be partnering with one of Australia’s foremost design companies for this stage of the project.

    “We’ve been on a long journey to reach this point, through extensive public consultation and State Government negotiations, to a nation-wide hunt for the best company to design the space,” he said.

    “Aspect Studios is an internationally awarded design firm with a reputation for delivering excellence in landscape architecture and sustainable urban design.

    “Their projects include the likes of Perth’s Yagan Square and Sydney’s Barangaroo South, and their carefully selected team of creative and technical professionals will bring the community’s ideas for our City Centre to life.”

    Aspect Studios’ Perth Studio Director Tom Griffiths said the project would create a new civic heart and community space on one of Australia’s most iconic streets.

    “The project is a wonderful opportunity to create an inclusive civic space and focal point for the community to meet, gather and experience a rich array of events and activities throughout the year,” he said.

    “Through our design process we will seek to develop a project the reflects the City’s unique character, look at what makes a great public space and build on the ideas developed by the community through the consultation process.

    “We will work closely with stakeholders to develop an innovative and sustainable project that will activate the public realm and facilitate future investment in the city centre.”

    Mr Walker said the City was working closely with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development to ensure their $8 million investment in the project-leveraged opportunities for Aboriginal economic development.

    “We will develop a specific Aboriginal Procurement and Employment Plan that builds on the extensive work already undertaken by the City to build capability and drive new economic opportunities for local people,” he said.

    “This project embodies the need for genuine collaboration and a clear cultural positioning for the City Centre, built on authentic stakeholder engagement.”

    The detailed design work comprises of seven stages, and is estimated to take nine months.

    The project construction tender is anticipated to be released in late 2020, with construction due to commence in early 2021.

  • City Calls for Tenders for Detailed Design

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    The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is calling for tenders for the next stage of the Kal City Centre project. Requests for tenders have now been advertised for the detailed design of the CBD transformation, which will incorporate Hannan Street, St Barbara’s Square and St Barbara’s Laneway, and the potential development of Cassidy Common.

    City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker said the City was looking for a firm with recognized experience and a diverse skill set, with an expectation that they will take on board the community input and themes from the Place Plan.

    “It’s really important that they carry on with the hard work that has already been done, and capture the community input and feedback into the plan so far,” he said.

    “The tenderer will need to encompass architectural elements, varied engineering disciplines, communications, landscaping, heritage and disability access into their pitch, as these are all elements that we believe are going to be crucial to creating a vibrant social, retail and economically viable City Centre.

    “There has been extensive engagement carried out for this project, and last year when we presented the Place Plan it was really well received. We appreciate that this project has been rolling out over a number of years, but with so many complex and critical elements in play we needed to make sure we were getting it right from the get go.

    “Part of creating a viable City Centre is looking at how we can increase local capacity building and Aboriginal employment and economic development, this is also in line with the State’s Aboriginal Procurement Policy.”

    Requests for Tenders for the Detailed Design Stage of the Kal City Centre Project close at 2pm on Thursday 19 September.

  • Kal City Centre set to inspire

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    The Kal City Centre Place Plan will be launched on Wednesday 1 August 5:30pm at the Market Arcade, Hannan Street Kalgoorlie. All members of the community are encouraged to have their say.

    The draft Place Plan considers the City Centre’s current performance and future potential with a focus on investment, experience and image. It has been developed in direct response to ideas raised through extensive community engagement undertaken throughout April 2018, and examined the following questions.

    • How will it be used, by who and when?
    • What key destinations, facilities and amenities are required?
    • How is it positioned to attract visitors and investment?
    • How could it be programmed and managed to ensure the ultimate experience delivers on the plan?
    • How the precinct could be improved in the short term, whilst planning for long term project delivery?
    • What people and partnerships are required for successful ongoing place management and long term viability?

    City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker said, “The findings from community consultation enables the City to focus on several key areas to reinvigorate opportunities for retail, hospitality, youth, tourism, arts and collaboration with community. The designs will provide a visual point of discussion for how we proceed and inspire rediscovery.”

    “Transforming the Kal City Centre into a much-loved location and visitor destination, requires an approach that unites physical planning and design, with longer term destination development drivers. Stage 1 of the community consultation for the project is complete. The community’s response and enthusiasm around this project has been inspiring.”

    The launch of the Place Plan will connect the Market Arcade’s functionality by presenting an experience that will enable participants to visualise the City Centre’s functionality. Stalls of mulled wine and warm apple cider, chargrilled corn and soup along with the sale of fresh produce will be available.

  • Thanks for your ideas, Kal!

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    Over the past two months, more than 1000 locals, business owners, visitors and investors told us how they’d like to see our city centre transform.

    We’re busy preparing a new vision and plan for the city centre’s future, which you’ll be invited to provide feedback on in July to make sure we’re heading down the right track. Once we’ve heard from you, we’ll adapt our proposals and develop detailed plans and visuals to illustrate how we can all bring life back to our main streets and public spaces.

    Thanks again for all your energy, passion and enthusiasm for bringing new life to our city centre.

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