Western Australia Minister for Lands Brendon Grylls
Community Urged To Comment On Future Of Newman
Victor P Taffa
Western Australia Minister for Lands Brendon Grylls today encouraged all Newman residents to have their say on the proposed plans for the revitalisation of Newman, by participating in a major interactive workshop on Tuesday, February 9.
Mr. Grylls said local people should register their interest for the ‘Dialogue Café’, which would be hosted by the Shire of East Pilbara and LandCorp.
“This is a golden opportunity for the people of Newman to get together and provide input on the latest proposals for the town site and town centre’s redevelopment.” Mr. Grylls said.
“Detailed planning is well under way and it is important the community takes the opportunity to see the plans up close and provide feedback on some of the more detailed design aspects, and in particular what facilities and amenities they think would benefit Newman.”
“Your feedback will then help drive a detailed blueprint for the revitalisation of Newman, which is a part of the State Government’s ‘Pilbara Cities’ vision.”
Draft plans for Newman town site and town centre designs were initially developed based on feedback from stakeholder workshops held in December 2009 that explored opportunities and challenges for the town’s social and economic development.
Newman Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Barbara O’Driscoll said Newman’s revitalisation will create many opportunities for development, boost local businesses, improve social infrastructure and amenities, and stimulate a new economy for the town.
“The revitalisation will help provide a better lifestyle and much-improved infrastructure for the growing number of families settling in Newman.” Ms. O’Driscoll said.
LandCorp would facilitate the ‘Dialogue Café’ on Tuesday February 9 from 6 pm-9.15 pm.
Anyone could be part of the event by providing their details to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 1300 730 498. Registrations close on Wednesday, February 3. Dinner would be provided.
Following the workshops, a detailed blueprint for Newman would be developed and made available for further public comment.
Newman was a key part of the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Pilbara Revitalisation Plan program with $20 Million of funding being injected to help change the face of the town.
Draft plans for town site and town centre designs have been developed based on feedback received at workshops held in Newman in December 2009.
The purpose of the December workshops was to seek input from stakeholders on the conceptual planning of Newman’s town site and town centre, to cater for the town’s future growth and to develop a town centre that is functional, vibrant and inviting for all members of the community.
Key features of the workshops held in December included:
- Discussion of opportunities and challenges for the social, economic and spatial development of Newman.
- Exploring stakeholder views on possible growth scenarios in relation to spatial planning of the Newman town site.
- Discussion on conceptual plans for the town centre development.
- Assessment of the conceptual plans for the town site and town centre to ensure they will meet the needs of Newman.
- Draft town site and town centre spatial plans have been prepared based on the analysis of feedback received from stakeholders.
These plans will be presented and reviewed at a series of interactive community and stakeholder workshops on Tuesday, February 9 and Wednesday, February 10.
The workshops include the Dialogue Café and series of interactive focus groups for invited stakeholders to be held Newman.
The aim of the workshops, hosted by LandCorp, is to showcase draft designs and plans for Newman and seek input from locals to finalise designs and address community, economic and infrastructure development issues.
Outcomes and feedback from all of the workshops will be used to prepare a detailed Revitalisation Blueprint for Newman.