Western Australia Minister for Lands Brendon Grylls
State Government Calls For Developers To Transform The Pilbara
Victor P Taffa
As a part of the State Government’s ‘Pilbara Cities’ initiative, major developers across Australia are being invited to participate in the revitalisation of South Hedland.
Western Australia Minister for Lands Brendon Grylls said the Government was seeking expressions of interest from across Australia from suitable developers for a 1.2 ha site in the middle of the town.
“It was the first in a series of land releases under the $23 Million revitalisation project, funded through the State Government’s Royalties for Region’s program.” Mr. Grylls said.
“This is a chance for major developers to gain a foothold in the Pilbara, express their individuality and stamp their own creative mark on the new South Hedland.”
The Minister said South Hedland did not have enough residential, retail, office and commercial space and the successful proponent would be asked to create a landmark development to provide a variety of modern options for local businesses, becoming a tangible focal point for the community.
The project was also expected to include up to 95 apartments, bringing a new style of living to South Hedland.
“A new generation is moving to the Pilbara and existing and future residents are demanding modern accommodation, and a mix of housing that is different to the traditional single residential home.” Mr. Grylls said.
“They want townhouse and apartment-style living appropriate for the climate and boasting a high-quality lifestyle.
“This is a timely opportunity for a major developer to take up the challenge and recreate the Pilbara.”
Port Hedland Mayor Kelly Howlett said the revitalisation would bring enormous benefits for South Hedland.
“It will create a better lifestyle and sense of community for residents and businesses, and council is extremely supportive of the plans for more affordable housing in the area.” Ms. Howlett said.
“It would be fantastic to see a major developer come on board to help Hedland become a destination of choice for its lifestyle, business, industry and tourism aspects.”
“I expect the new South Hedland town centre will become a blueprint for the revitalisation of other regional towns.”
Offers to develop the 1.2 ha site, located on the corner of Collier Drive, Colebatch Way and Murdoch Drive in the centre of South Hedland, close at 2 pm WST on March 16.
The State Government is investing hundreds of millions of dollars to bring the region into the modern era, updating infrastructure and stimulating the economy.
It has allocated $300 Million to the Pilbara Revitalisation Plan and was also seeking $471 Million in Infrastructure Australia funding for major items, such as airport upgrades, wastewater services, serviced land and some accommodation.
With funding from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program, $23 Million was being spent on the South Hedland town centre revitalisation.
The project includes land for up to 600 dwellings, new commercial and retail spaces, enhanced streetscapes and a new town square to make South Hedland a more attractive, vibrant place to live and work.
The town square concept which was revealed at the launch of Pilbara Cities in late November will include a retail and café strip, shade structures, a grassed amphitheatre-style multi-use event space, a water-play area and public artworks.