Town of Port Hedland
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Community Development

The community development unit provides professional advice and assistance to government, non-government agencies and the community by planning, facilitating, developing, co-ordinating, and supporting community and cultural services in Port Hedland.

Community development is about enhancing the community’s ability to determine its own needs and priorities. This process encourages active participation in decision making and maximising potential for personal, social, cultural, social and economic development as well as environmental quality.

Community development implies the exercise of government powers and resources in partnership with all sectors of local communities in a manner that enables a sharing of responsibility and outcomes for all residents while promoting equal outcomes for those who may be disadvantaged.

The value base of community development is the four main principles of social justice and embrace:

  • Equity in the distribution of resources
  • Access to quality services
  • Participation in decision making
  • Equality of opportunity


"A united Australia, which respects this land of ours; Values the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage; And provides justice and equity for all."

The Town of Port Hedland has been active in promoting reconciliation in our community. The Town of Port Hedland is:

Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation National Award winner
“ For promoting respect for Aboriginal peoples and organising numerous reconciliation events in our region”
and winner of the ASSPA Community Award for promoting reconciliation.

Working in partnership with Australians for Reconciliation Port Hedland, key events we have organised include:

  • 2001: Listen to the Old People Oral History Book and School Kit, Sorry Day Event, Reconciliation Concert
  • 2000: “Bridge the Gap” Walk over Redbank Bridge,
  • Native Title Seminar with Sir Ronald Wilson,
  • Ceremony of Commitment with the Town of Port Hedland
  • 1999: Journey of Healing Event,
  • Reconciliation Banners with Primary Schools
  • 1998: Sorry Day Commemoration, Port Hedland Harbour
  • 1997: Pilbara Reconciliation Meeting

The key elements of reconciliation include:

  • Awareness
  • Acknowledgment & Conversation
  • Forums for Action
  • Agreement on Reparation (“Repair”)

On 10 July 2015, we released the first draft of our Reconciliation Action Plan for feedback.

Disability Access and Inclusion Plan

Download a copy of the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2013-2017 (implementation plan).

The Town of Port Hedland has adopted a Disability Access and Inclusion Plan to ensure that people with disabilities can access council facilities, functions and services. It is subject to annual review and may be amended and extended as priorities and needs change.

The plan includes:

  • Information on Council functions, facilities and services (both in-house and contracted);
  • A policy statement about Council’s commitment to addressing the issue of access for people with disabilities, their families and carers;
  • A description of the process used to consult with people with disabilities, their families, carers, disability organisations and relevant community groups;
  • The identification of objectives and strategies to overcome barriers that people with disabilities identified during the consultation process;
  • Dates and the identification of the officers responsible for the proposed strategies;
  • A method of review and evaluation of the plan; and
  • Information about how the plan is being communicated to staff and people with disabilities.

Accessible events checklist

Town Of Port Hedland Social Profile

What is the population of Port Hedland and how many people live in Port Hedland compared to South Hedland? How does the percentage of people in different age categories, income brackets, religious groups, employment and origin of the population compare to the Perth metropolitan area and the rest of the state?

The Town of Port Hedland Social Profile provides a statistical picture of residents at the time of the Australian Bureau of Statistics 1996 Census of Population and Housing. The census collects information in categories such as age, sex, birthplace, religion, weekly income, dwelling structure, household type, employment and occupation.

It takes two years for the Australian Bureau of Statistics to compile and publish their data. Obviously there is demographic movement between the time of data collection, data publication and the production of the document.

The data provides a useful tool to individuals and organization in their analysis or development of community services.