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Project Overview

The JD Hardie Youth and Community Hub (JDHYCH) is Port Hedland’s principal youth precinct. So popular has the provision of an air-conditioned indoor activity space for youth (and children) that the centre is now in desperate need of expansion and associated improvements.

Shaded outdoor courts will provide accommodation for ongoing recreational pursuits in the harsh climate. The proposed redevelopment program will not only address the recreation and social needs of local youth and children, it will also serve as a primary welfare and community emergency centre.

Other key objectives addressed by the Masterplan are to formalise foot traffic flow through the undeveloped land in the precinct; help to alleviate Port Hedland’s significant shortages in childcare provision; and provide a new home for the South Hedland Library noting the existing library building is at the end of its useful life.

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The entire precinct will be improved, integrated and presented with contemporary facilities and landscaping.

These facilities will include:

  • Refurbishment of the existing centre, including a roof replacement, upgrading
    of the air-conditioning and internal modifications
  • Shaded outdoor multi-use courts
  • Childcare centre
  • Outdoor elements including a new primary entry point
  • Youth engagement facilities including a BMX pump track, skate grinding and obstacles and shaded seating areas
  • Shaded Amphitheatre

The JDHYCH currently offers three outdoor hard courts, multi-marked for basketball and netball. They accommodate the highly successful SLAM basketball program and a variety of other competitions and tournaments throughout the year. Whilst the courts are lit allowing for evening use, they are uncovered, rendering them uncomfortable - if not unusable during the day, particularly in the hot summer months. An upgrade to the court surface and the installation of a shade shelter will greatly enhance their usability throughout the year and move the facility to a more contemporary standard. This importance and priority of this element has already been recognised by the state government offering support through the CSRFF program administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. 

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Above: drone pictures of stage 2 works progressing

Key Benefits

  • The new facility will include:
  • A story pathway
  • Amphitheatre
  • 5 new shade structures and an entry statement
  • New shaded multi-user courts
  • New car park and bus stop

Construction Timeline

Construction will kick off in February 2021.

Construction of the project is scheduled to be completed in July 2021.

Project Costs

The budget for the project is $7,546,233.

The project has received $750,000 from the WA State Government through a Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Fund grant.

Project Partners

The Town of Port Hedland is driving this project, and has received funding from the WA State Government through a Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Fund grant. The State Government, through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, is a major supporter of community sport and recreation facilities in Western Australia. Sport and recreation builds stronger, healthier, happier and safer communities.