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New Government prompts marina re-think

Posted on: Wednesday, 10 May 2017 at 11:19:17 AM

A revamped plan for recreational boating facilities in Port Hedland is on the agenda following the new State Government’s recent statements on the future of the Spoilbank Marina.

While the Marina project will be reviewed the Town of Port Hedland has welcomed the new Minister for Regional Development the Hon Alanna MacTiernan’s commitment that the $112 of funding will remain in the Town.

Town of Port Hedland Mayor Camilo Blanco said the Council needed to adapt its plans to the changing economic and political situation, but was still committed to providing improved recreational boating facilities for residents.

“We have heard the message loud and clear from the Minister that we need to build infrastructure that we can afford to upkeep in the coming years without State Government assistance,” Cr Blanco said.

“The Town is committed to building better facilities for recreational boating and fishing and we are looking at a more modest development on the Spoilbank to deliver this,” he said.

“I welcome the Minister’s commitment to quarantine the $112 million in funding for Port Hedland as our community has a number of much needed infrastructure projects aside from fishing and boating facilities.”
Town officers will now review town facilities and projects in the planning pipeline to determine options for spending the $112 million committed to the Town.

The focus will be on projects that are needed in the community and that can be operated sustainably within the Council’s current resources.

“The Town is facing a significant budget challenge and the ongoing costs of the full scale marina are not within our means unless we see population growth.

“We have finished the concept planning for the project so when we can sustain it, we can re-activate the project.

“In the meantime, I am focused on using this money to deliver infrastructure and facilities that the community really needs right now and that are supported by strong sustainable business cases.” 

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