BHP contributes $12.4 million to Spoilbank Marina project
Construction works progressing well on $121.4 million Spoilbank Marina development
McGowan Government election commitment underway, supporting local jobs
The McGowan Government has welcomed a $12.4 million contribution from BHP towards the Port Hedland Spoilbank Marina project.
Works currently underway on the Spoilbank Marina project include earthworks to level out the site, construction of the breakwater and establishing access roads.
To date, 52 per cent of project spend has been awarded to Pilbara-based businesses and 36 per cent towards registered Aboriginal businesses.
Tender applications for Package 3 works for the construction of marine structures are currently being assessed, with the preferred tender expected to be announced in October.
An expression of interest has also been issued to local Kariyarra artists and creatives to attend a workshop to develop public art concept designs for the marina.
When complete, the new marina will include a four-lane boat ramp, 21-boat pen marina with the capacity to expand to 80 pens, trailer parking for up to 200 vehicles and public amenities.
For more information on the Spoilbank Marina, visit http://www.pilbaraports.com.au/spoilbankmarina
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"The Spoilbank Marina project is progressing well and I congratulate BHP for getting on board with this brilliant opportunity.
"My Government is committed to helping Port Hedland become a better place to live, work and raise a family - and the Spoilbank Marina will offer entirely new and exciting opportunities for local people and local businesses."
Comments attributed to Ports Minister Rita Saffioti:
"It's fantastic to see construction works well underway at the Spoilbank Marina - which will transform the Port Hedland waterfront into a popular destination for locals and visitors.
"This is a great opportunity for local businesses and contractors to get involved in this transformational project, with local jobs created, and more to come.
"I welcome the $12.4 million funding contribution from BHP, which will help us revitalise Port Hedland's West End."
Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel:
"It's great to see the transformation of the Spoilbank Marina site, with bulk earthworks underway, and work starting on constructing the breakwater.
"MGN Civil is undertaking this part of the project and has committed to sourcing 80 per cent of goods and services from within the region, as well as hiring 75 per cent of plant requirements from Aboriginal businesses.
"It's fantastic to see BHP come on board as a project partner, with BHP playing a large role in the Port Hedland community."
Comments attributed to BHP Western Australia Iron Ore, Asset President, Brandon Craig:
"We are committed to play our part in transforming the West End into a vibrant maritime precinct for the people of Port Hedland to use.
"Spoilbank Marina is a critical part of this vision. It will increase amenity and attract visitors, support existing businesses and attract new businesses to the area, and give the local economy a major boost."
Minister's office: 6552 5500