Western Australia Minister for Lands Brendon Grylls
Plans For The Future Of Newman Now On Show For Public Comment
Victor P Taffa
Western Australia Minister for Lands Brendon Grylls urged Newman residents to have their say on a visionary new plan to grow the town into a major regional hub of 15,000 people.
As a part of the Liberal-National Government’s Royalties for Region’s ‘Pilbara Cities’ initiative, the draft Newman Revitalisation Plan was developed by LandCorp and the Shire of East Pilbara to guide the town’s future growth.
Mr. Grylls said the plan represented an important first step in the revitalisation process, which would ultimately deliver a vibrant town with significant economic potential.
“To demonstrate its commitment to achieving this vision, the State Government has allocated $20 Million through the Royalties for Regions to fund major improvements to the town.” Mr. Grylls said.
“The plan sets a direction for the evolution of Newman into a dynamic, diverse, attractive and liveable town that people will be proud to call home.”
“It includes strategies on how Newman will cater for a larger permanent population, how it will encourage more business and economic diversity, and the amenities needed in the future.”
“In particular, it seeks to deliver greater housing diversity to help overcome affordability issues and encourage fly-in/fly out workers to settle in Newman.” Mr. Grylls said.
“It also includes a master plan on the redevelopment of the town centre to include the creation of a unique town square, and a main street acting as a focal point blending retail, culture and recreational activities with business opportunities.”
The Minister said the people of Newman had overwhelmingly called for change and were keen for the town to receive a long-overdue facelift.
“Both the State Government and shire have responded with a well-conceived and feasible plan that has the potential to significantly change the lives of residents for the better.” Mr. Grylls said.
“I therefore urge everyone who owns a home or business in Newman and even those who are interested in where the town is headed – to look at the plan in its current phase and give us your feedback.”