Treatment Plant Relocation Makes For Better Planning

Treatment Plant Relocation Makes For Better Planning

Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls

Western Australia Minister for Water Bill Marmion

Port Hedland Wastewater Treatment Plant Relocation Announced

Victor P Taffa

Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls and Water Minister Bill Marmion today unveiled a $106 Million Project to relocate the Port Hedland Wastewater Treatment Plant, clearing the way for the development of 2,500 new residential dwellings.

Speaking in Port Hedland, Mr Grylls said the freeing-up of the 75ha East Port Hedland site for residential development was among the most significant announcements yet in the State Government’s Pilbara Cities’ vision.

Mr. Grylls said that this major relocation project, which would be funded through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program and the Water Corporation’s capital works program, was particularly significant because the development potential in this area of Port Hedland had been constrained by the treatment plant’s location.


“It is clearly directed at addressing future housing affordability and availability and will go a long way to assisting in projected growth for the Town and Region.” the Minister said.

“A recent assessment confirmed that housing demand significantly exceeds supply and there was a need to increase supply both in the near future and in the longer term.”

“There is no doubt that the relocation of the Port Hedland Wastewater Treatment Plant will, within a relatively short timeframe, open up a major new housing estate.”

“This project should have a lasting impact on the cost of housing in the area and the new development is consistent with the State Government’s Pilbara Cities framework.”

Water Minister Bill Marmion said various options had been considered for the relocation of the plant, with the final decision being that the facility would be combined with the South Hedland Wastewater Treatment Plant, which would undergo a substantial upgrade.

“The estimated cost of combining the two plants would be $106 Million and the Water Corporation committed to transferring flows from the Port Hedland site to the South Hedland facility by June 2014.” Mr. Marmion said.

“The Port Hedland land will not be available until after the completion of rehabilitation work, but providing potential developers with this mid-2014 timeframe means development applications within the plant’s buffer zone can be approved in the near future, easing a major constraint to developers.”

“The corporation’s overall plan for wastewater removal and treatment is to upgrade the South Hedland facilities to cater for growth through to the mid-2030s.”

“The relocation of the Port Hedland plant provides a practical example of how the corporation has been able to work within the Pilbara Cities framework to open up a sizeable portion of land for housing development right on Port Hedland’s doorstep.”

Mr. Grylls said the Government would now undertake planning and due diligence works to establish how best the site could be utilised.

“We are committed to ensuring the site is developed in a way that not only improves housing supply, but works to improve and contribute to the Port Hedland community.” Mr. Grylls said.

A full business case for the development of the land is expected to be available in the next few months.


WA Minister for Water Bill Marmion

WA Minister for Water Bill Marmion