Western Australia Minister for Regional Development and Lands Brendon Grylls
Newman Gets New Main Street
Victor P Taffa
- Newman Town Centre Revitalisation Stage 2 completed
- $19.9 Million funding from Royalties for Regions for Stage 3 announced
Newman residents have a new main street Iron Ore Parade the first since the town was established 44 years ago.
The new street was made possible by the State Government’s Pilbara Cities’ initiative and the Shire of East Pilbara’s Newman Town Centre Revitalisation Plan.
As part of Stage 2 of the Newman Town Centre Revitalisation Plan, the tree-lined Iron Ore Parade connects Kalgan and Newman drives with the town centre, which provides a central focal point, and opens up new land for development.
Officially opening the new road today with shire president Lynne Craigie, Regional Development and Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said the Pilbara Cities initiative was transforming poorly planned Pilbara towns into modern communities with high amenity.
“This new main street represents another step in Newman’s evolution from its conception as a mining camp into a major regional centre.” Mr. Grylls said.
“By establishing better road connectivity in the town, as well as improved lighting, landscaping, bench seats, modern shade sails and a re-aligned shopping centre car park, there is greater appeal to choose permanent residency in the town.”
“Residents will also benefit from the shire’s redevelopment of Boomerang Oval, including the new sports and community facility.”
With Stage 2 funded by $20 Million from the State Government Royalties for Regions program, the Minister also announced further funding of $19.9 Million over three years for Stage 3.
“This will include additional improvements to dilapidated and outdated utilities such as water, power, sewerage, drainage and telephone services, as well as a central retail precinct and new town square.” Mr. Grylls said.
Heralding a number of development opportunities in Newman in the near future, the Minister called for offers to purchase and develop a 7,611 sqm significant site on the new main street.
Located at the corner of Newman Drive and Iron Ore Parade, the proposed development would include a mix of commercial, retail and residential opportunities.
“The Government is looking for private sector interest to transform this high-profile site into a landmark development along Iron Ore Parade, featuring multiple storeys with ground floor retail, restaurant and cafe uses and a mix of commercial and residential space above.” Mr. Grylls said.
Mr. Grylls also said 26 residential lots would soon be released in Stage 3B of the East Newman estate.
- State Government’s Royalties for Regions program transforming communities across regional WA with more than 2,500 projects funded under the scheme