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Jun 10, 2020

The State Government has finalised the design of Port Hedland's Spoilbank Marina, with early works on the transformative, job-creating election commitment set to begin within months.

Following extensive consultation with the local community and Marapikurrinya Kariyarra Traditional Owners, the final design has been expanded to include construction of a public fishing jetty, water feature and shaded swimming beach node.

Features of the development, which will transform Hedland's waterfront, include:

  • A four-lane boat ramp;
  • 21 boat-pen marina with capacity to expand to 80 pens in the future;
  • Separate entrance channel to the main shipping channel;
  • Trailer parking for up to 200 vehicles;
  • Maintenance hardstand;
  • Publicly accessible breakwaters with pedestrian path;
  • Public recreation and event space and public amenities;
  • Public fishing jetty;
  • Water feature;
  • Shade structures at swimming beach;
  • Marapikurrinya Yintha Waterfront Promenade; and
  • Public art and a cultural gathering space.

A request for proposals to complete marine works wll be advertised late July with final tenders expected to be awarded in October.

Site mobilisation and early works will begin in October, with an estimated 221 direct jobs to be created during the two-year marina build.

The total construction budget is $121.5 million, and the State Government has set aside an additional $15 million towards operating the Marina. The Town of Port Hedland will contribute $37.5 million towards the project.

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan and Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel, who chaired the Spoilbank Marina Community Reference Group, will host a Community Open Day at the Port Hedland Yacht Club this Friday, June 12, 2020.

Community members are invited to visit the Yacht Club between 11.30am and 1pm to meet the project team and learn more about the Spoilbank Marina development.

Minister MacTiernan will also hold a Local Contractors' Forum in Hedland on Friday to discuss potential work opportunities on the job-creating project with potential local contractors and sub‑contractors.

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