The Town of Port Hedland is to be rejuvenated with the help of $2.689million of WA Government funding from the Port Hedland Enhancement Scheme and the Pilbara Development Commission, Pilbara Minister Jon Ford said today.
In presenting the cheques to the council today, Mr Ford said the funding would assist with a range of projects to improve the amenity of Port Hedland.
The Port Hedland Enhancement Scheme is a joint partnership between the State Government and BHP Billiton Iron Ore, with the support of the Town of Port Hedland, to improve the amenity of the Port Hedland townsite. The Pilbara Development Commission is managing the delivery of the scheme on behalf of the joint partners.
Funding of $2.469million has been allocated from the scheme towards a number of projects that are already under way or in the pipeline including $1million towards progressing the development of the Spoilbank area, $300,000 for activity nodes on Sutherland Street, $150,000 for new lighting for Cemetery and Pretty Pool Parks, $130,000 towards the Port Hedland Skate Park and $100,000 for a new grandstand at the Turf Club.
“The Port Hedland Enhancement Scheme has already been the catalyst for some major changes in the Port Hedland townsite,” the Minister said.
“Projects such as the upgrade of Cemetery and Pretty Pool Parks and the ocean side of the Civic Centre, new footpaths and the development of the cultural precinct have been welcomed by the community and are constantly in use.
“The additional $2.469million from the scheme will be used to ensure further improvements to the town’s visual and physical amenity to benefit the community and attract new people to the town.”
Central Kimberley-Pilbara MLA Tom Stephens said he was pleased to see funding being committed to additional recreation facilities.
“Projects such as improvements to the Spoilbank area, the development of a skate park in Port Hedland and the installation of activity nodes along the Hedland foreshore will provide alternate recreation opportunities for all age groups in the community,” Mr Stephens said.
In addition, an amount of $220,000 has been allocated to the council for the initial works for the Port Hedland Turtle Interpretive Boardwalk, a $1million project being funded by the State Government.
The first stage of the project includes the extension of the foreshore footpath from the Civic Centre to Lukis Street in Port Hedland. A boardwalk with interpretive signage across the sand dunes will be constructed in early 2008 to complete the project.
“Every year between October and March, Flatback turtles nest along the Hedland foreshore, generating great interest from the local community and tourists,” Mr Ford said.
“In 2005, the State Government committed $1million towards the development of a Turtle Interpretive Facility in recognition of the importance of protecting the turtle habitat while supporting tourism opportunities for the town.
“The new facility will be a significant asset for the town and enhance the turtle experience for visitors.”
Port Hedland Mayor Cr Stan Martin said the council was pleased to receive the funding and acknowledged the support of the State Government and BHP Billiton to improve the amenity of the town.
“The new projects will definitely add to the value of the town and make it a better place to live and visit,” Cr Martin said.
”The Town of Port Hedland is extremely thankful for the commitment from the WA State Government and BHP Billiton to ensure that the town of Port Hedland continues to develop as a great place to work and live.”
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