Horizon Power has awarded a huge contract to redevelop its Kununurra Depot to a local builder, with the $4.5 million project expected to future-proof the building for up to 20 years.
The contract has been awarded to award-winning master builder, CWD Builders – Developers, which has 40 years of experience delivering construction projects in the Kimberley and the Pilbara.
The project, which is expected to cost a total of $4.5 million, is designed to improve functionality, safety and enhance customer experience.
CWD Builders – Developers has a proven track record in regional sustainability and has worked closely with Kununurra’s business community to deliver large projects for 18 years.
The project is being delivered as part of Horizon Power’s $75 million Renew the Regions program, which supports the State Government’s WA Recovery Plan.
The depot is one of the first buildings visitors see when they drive into the remote East Kimberley town. Built in 1985, it is well overdue for a refurbishment and will be redesigned to provide a welcoming space for customers with better parking facilities.
The Renew the Regions program is delivering 18 projects across regional Western Australia, aimed at improving access to renewable energy and providing customers with greater choice when it comes to managing their electricity costs.
General Manager Operations, Tiri Sanderson, said Horizon Power was committed to partnering with regional businesses that invest locally and promote regional economic activity.
“It’s very important that our lead contractors are aligned with Horizon Power’s commitment to seek local content and participation wherever possible,” Ms Sanderson said.
“Around 90 per cent of this project’s budget will be spent in Kununurra, delivering on our promise to generate regional work opportunities and stimulate local economies.”
The depot redevelopment will include landscape artwork on the corner of Victoria Highway and Messmate Way, co-designed by Miriwoong Traditional Owners and artists, in collaboration with Waringarri Aboriginal Arts.
It will incorporate culturally significant concepts important to the people of Kununurra and provide a welcoming entrance to the town.
The redevelopment is scheduled to be complete by mid-2022.