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Why is the project being rolled out?

The Port Hedland Sports & Community Hub (PHSCH) is one of the three sites that are part of the Town's Hedland Recreation Hubs initiative, representing the biggest investment in the Town's public infrastructure in decades. Hedland's population is anticipated to practically double from 15,000 now to almost 30,000 by 2041, therefore improved sporting and recreational amenity is required to meet demand. 

PHSCH will significantly revitalise Port Hedland's regional level sporting and recreation precinct and cater for a number of existing and new sport and recreation clubs, as well as the wider community. 

PHSCH combines four development stages: the first comprises the completion of all design works associated with the Community Centre and all supporting Civil Works for succeeding stages, as well as commencement of construction on the Community Centre. This building will cater for dance, martial arts and serve as the Town's emergency welfare centre (important during cyclones). Click here to view the Hedland Recreation Hubs website for more information.

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State-of-the-art community centre to be hub of activity for Hedland

22 May 2023

A state-of-the-art multi-purpose facility which will be a hub of activity for the Hedland community was officially opened on Saturday.

Minister for Sport and Recreation, Honourable David A Templeman MLA, officially opened the Milpaku Kuma ‘Coming Together’ / Port Hedland Community Centre to the public on Saturday morning.

The official opening coincided with the first race meeting of the Port Hedland Turf Club season.

The $19.5 million facility was funded thanks to a $10 million contribution from the Western Australian Government and $9.5 million commitment from the Town of Port Hedland.

Mayor Peter Carter said the Town was committed to providing quality amenities to increase liveability and attract new residents to Hedland.

“First-class amenities that benefit the community are a key part of our vision to increase the residential population in Hedland,” Mayor Carter said.

“This community centre will bring people together – with community and sporting groups being able to utilise it. It will also play that vital role as a public shelter in emergencies such as cyclones.”

The two-storey multi-function centre features a large function space on the first floor which can be divided into two rooms through an operable wall. There are four community spaces on the ground floor which can be opened into two large rooms as they are also divided by operable walls.

There are two commercial-grade kitchens, shaded and undercover viewing and gathering areas, changerooms and an integrated judges’ box/broadcast tower at the finish line with TAB room and stewards room.

Construction on the community centre started last year. 

Project reaches major milestone - December 2022

Construction of Port Hedland’s new sports and community hub has hit the halfway mark with iconic artwork panels installed in December.

The $19.5 million first stage involves developing a community hub to provide a central base for key community groups within a flexible and multi-functional building. The current project, the first stage of a longer-term redevelopment of the precinct, involves the community centre development encompassing two large function spaces, a large community space, two commercial-grade kitchens as well as refurbishment of horse stables and civil works to develop carparking.

The community centre is also designed to be Port Hedland’s primary evacuation and relief centre during cyclones and other emergency situations.

The project includes a public artwork developed by artists Pavel Perina and George Domahidy. The duo has collaborated on numerous public artworks, including sculptures in Perth and Geraldton, and the public art installation at the Red Earth Arts precinct in Karratha.

The artwork designed for the Port Hedland Sports and Community Hub draws on Port Hedland’s iconic port and landscape, which is represented through multiple layers of concrete patterning. The artwork will also include programmable LED lights to create dynamic colour changing lighting shows. The concrete artwork panels were installed in December as the project marked 50 per cent completion.


Above: construction site for the Port Hedland Community Centre, April 2022. 

Key Benefits

  • Delivering world class sporting and recreation amenity to Port Hedland
  • Providing additional hirable space for community groups
  • Serving as a key community welfare centre to shelter residents from cyclones
  • Toilets including UAT / parents room
  • Male and female change rooms
  • Shaded / undercover viewing and gathering areas
  • Two large functions spaces able to be divided into four rooms by an operable wall
  • One large community space able to be divided into two rooms by an operable wall
  • Two commercial grade kitchens
  • Integrated judges box / broadcast tower at the finish-line with TAB Room & Stewards Room
  • A new space to deliver an expanded Port Hedland Libraries service

Construction Timeline

  • Construction is set to occur from 2021 - 2025

Project Partners

The Town will be partnering with the Australian and WA Governments, and industry, to deliver this important development at a projected cost of $38 million. We are open to funding collaborations across project packages.

mcgregor street sports precinct masterplan stages 2 - 4

Click here to access the stages 2 - 4 precinct masterplan