Jon Ford

Jon Ford

Minister for Employment Protection; Regional Development; Fisheries; the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne

    Port Hedland enhancement scheme park upgrades project

    20/05/2007 9:12 AM

    Three main Port Hedland foreshore parks which have been redeveloped were officially opened today.

    Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne Minister Jon Ford cut the ribbon in Cemetery Beach Park today to officially mark the completion of the $2.8million upgrade program.

    The extensive upgrades at Cemetery Beach and Pretty Pool Parks and the Civic Centre ocean-side parkland include contemporary playgrounds with shade sails, soft-fall matting, new shaded seating, barbecues and landscaping.

    Mr Ford said he was delighted to be in Port Hedland to celebrate the opening of the parks with the community.

    “The playground facilities are fantastic and the viewing platform at Cemetery Beach will be a new attraction for tourists,” he said.

    “It is wonderful to see parks of such high quality in Port Hedland.”

    A Liberty Swing for people in wheelchairs has also been installed at Cemetery Beach Park to ensure all members of the community benefit from the upgrade.

    To complete the project, the ocean side of the Civic Centre has been developed as a premier outdoor performing arts space for the town.

    Central Kimberley-Pilbara MLA Tom Stephens said the new parks on Hedland’s foreshore were a great new attraction to local people and visitors alike.

    “I am so pleased to see this key pre-election commitment that I made to local Hedland people delivered upon during this term of government,” Mr Stephens said.

    BHP Billiton Iron Ore and the Town of Port Hedland partnered with the State Government to improve the amenity of the Port Hedland townsite.

    BHP Billiton’s regional manager of External Affairs, Richard O’Connell, said BHP Billiton Iron Ore was pleased to be involved in a project that had such a positive impact on recreation in the town.

    “Port Hedland now has some of the best recreation parks in the North-West,” Mr O’Connell said.

    “It is obvious the community agrees, as a lot more people are using the parks at all times of the day.”

    A range of activities were on offer at Cemetery Beach Park as part of the celebrations, including the inaugural Port Hedland Junior Triathlon, a fishing clinic, three-on-three basketball with former Wildcats star Ricky Grace and a junior footy handball competition.

    The Pilbara Development Commission thanked all the organisations who helped to make the day a fantastic success.

    The celebrations in the park finished off a weekend of fun and festivities in Port Hedland, which commenced on Friday with the ‘Welcome to Hedland’ night, the first round of racing on Saturday and a free family concert with Aussie music icon Paul Kelly.

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