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Nov 13, 2020

Photo by Pilbara Ports Authority, 13 November 2020: Representatives from Department of Transport, DevelopmentWA, Garli, Main Roads WA, Pilbara Ports Authority, Kariyarra Aboriginal Corporation and Pilbara Development Commission flank Port Hedland Mayor Peter Carter, the Minister for Regional Development and Ports Alannah MacTiernan MLC and Member for Pilbara Kevin Michel MLA at the sod turning to mark Stage 1 works (construction of road access) for the Spoilbank Marina.

Work has commenced on the first stage of the State Government's $121.5 million Port Hedland Spoilbank Marina, marking a significant milestone in the delivery of the transformative project.

Almost $4 million worth of upgrades to key roads in the area are underway, which will ensure materials can be safely transported to and from the site during construction and create a gateway to the new marina once complete.

Wilson, Short and Anderson streets will be widened while Morgans Street will be widened and extended through the old hospital site to provide a direct link to the marina.

The contract for the Stage 1 road works has been awarded to Aboriginal-owned business Garli Pty Ltd, and is expected to create up to 35 jobs and inject up to $1 million to the Port Hedland economy.

Tenders for bulk earthworks, including excavation of the marina basin, closed last month, with works expected to get underway in early 2021.

The Spoilbank Marina will transform Port Hedland's waterfront into an attractive and popular destination for locals and visitors.

Features of the Spoilbank Marina development 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;
  • waterfront promenade to reflect the Yintha Kariyarra creation serpent story; and
  • public art and a cultural gathering space.

Read the full statement by the Ministers for Regional Development and Transport here.


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