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2020/21 Annual Report highlights Town's achievements

Published on Thursday, 10 February 2022 at 8:46:56 AM

The Town of Port Hedland has released its Annual Report for the 2020/21 financial year, reflecting on a number of achievements.

The year was defined by the delivery of significant infrastructure projects across Hedland; action on housing, childcare and worker shortage concerns; the introduction of a kerbside recycling service and consistent service delivery levels across directorates.

  • The Town’s COVID-19 assistance grants program granted nearly $700,000 to Hedland based community groups and small businesses.
  • Around 8,200 metres of kerb was installed throughout 26 streets, 3,750 tonnes of asphalt was laid over 26 streets and carparks and 6,750 metres of concrete path was installed in 17 locations.
  • In September 2020, Council endorsed the proposed schematic design for stage 1 of the Port Hedland Sports and Community Hub masterplan; the concept design for the new sports pavilion, stadium expansion concept layout and landscape masterplan for the South Hedland Integrated Sports Hub and stage one external concept design for the JD Hardie Youth and Community Hub.
  • In October 2020, the Civic Centre Gardens came alive with Puppet in the Pilbara – The Last Numbat, a giant interactive puppetry event presented by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre.
  • In November 2020, the sod was turned on the $187.5 million Spoilbank Marina project.
  • In January 2021, the Western Australian Planning Commission approved the Town’s Athol Street and Stables Street Structure Plans to encourage residential development.
  • In February 2021, the Local Planning Scheme No. 7 was gazetted, serving as the Town’s principal statutory planning document.
  • In February 2021, the sod was turned on stage two of the JD Hardie Youth and Community Hub refurbishment.
  • In March 2021, Council endorsed the Assessing Childcare Needs in Hedland Report, responding to a continued shortage of childcare placements in town.
  • In March 2021, a kerbside recycling service was introduced in partnership with Cleanaway.
  • In May 2021, construction started on the Finucane Island boat ramp sea groyne.
  • In May 2021, Strike Park officially opened in the West End to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Pilbara Aboriginal Worker’s Strike.
  • In June 2021, Council adopted the final version of the Town’s Coastal Foreshore Management Plan to protect our coastline for the future.
  • In June 2021, Council endorsed the Town applying to the Federal Government through the Department of Home Affairs to establish a Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) to ease worker shortages.

Mayor Peter Carter said the Town had achieved significant progress in the 2020/21 financial year.

“The Annual Report provides a glimpse of some of the Town’s achievements during the 12 months. It has been a privilege to lead the Council team as Mayor, and I’m very proud of all we have achieved, often in challenging circumstances.

“Investment in our town is strong and Council is committed to engaging with our community to realise a shared vision and sustainable future.

“The report shows the breadth of Council services – everything from roads and footpaths, youth programs and events, infrastructure projects, libraries, community grants, waste and recycling collection, parks and playgrounds, and so much more.”

Chief Executive Officer Carl Askew thanked the community and staff for their contribution, especially in a challenging year with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Council delivers valuable programs and services to the community, and I’m pleased to see that through the challenges that we have been able to continue to deliver these services with minimal disruption throughout 2020/2021,” said Mr Askew.

“We have a very dedicated and talented team of staff that deliver our services and projects for our community,” he said.

Click here to view the Town's 2020/21 Annual Report online

For media information:
Laura Hawes
Manager Corporate Affairs
(08) 9158 9365 |

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