Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls
Visionary Plan For Newman
Victor P Taffa
A visionary blueprint to revitalise Newman, double its population and transform the town into a major sub-regional service centre was today launched by the State Government and the Shire of East Pilbara.
Regional Development and Lands Minister Brendon Grylls presented the Newman Revitalisation Plan to the local community, as the first step towards ensuring Newman’s long-term economic future and improving the lives of its residents.
“This groundbreaking plan is the product of the long-term vision of both the shire and the State Government, the leadership of LandCorp and significant community participation, and I am proud to present it today.” Mr. Grylls said.
“Funded through the State Government’s Royalties for Region’s Pilbara Cities initiative, this $20 Million project will position Newman to grow from a population of 6,000 permanent and 2,000 fly-in/fly-out residents into a significant town for up to 15,000 people.
“Having lived for decades with basic services, the people of Newman will soon be able to enjoy a town centre full of character and a town site geared to accommodate more residents, retailers and businesses.”
Shire of East Pilbara President Lynne Craigie said existing residents would have a wide and interesting choice of leisure activities, new people would be attracted to the area and a range of businesses would emerge to bolster the local economy.
“The establishment of a main street will become a much needed focal point for the town.” Cr. Craigie said.
“Additional retail opportunities, cafes and restaurants with alfresco dining will make Newman an even more exciting place to be.”
The Minister said the State Government’s land developer, LandCorp, would continue to work closely with the shire and the private sector to realise this vision for the town.
“Existing residential lots will be redeveloped to provide a wider choice of houses, including small and large single home sites, townhouses and low-rise apartments.” Mr. Grylls said.
“A mixed business precinct will provide opportunities for major format retailers and it is also planned to release strategic industrial land to encourage heavy industry.”