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Historic day as Town hosts PM, Cabinet

Published on Tuesday, 21 February 2023 at 1:47:43 PM

The Town of Port Hedland is confident of forging a strong relationship with the Albanese Federal Government after a fruitful meeting with the Prime Minister in Port Hedland on Tuesday.

Mayor Carter said the Town was grateful for the opportunity to speak to the Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Madeleine King.

“We have always maintained that Port Hedland is an economic powerhouse for our nation, but we also face numerous challenges as we try to prosper as a community into the future,” Mayor Carter said.

“It was important for us to raise issues around housing affordability and accessibility and how we can partner with the Federal Government to help find solutions.

“We were also able to outline our vision for the future with investment in amenities to make Hedland a more attractive place to work and live.”

Mayor Carter said the Town was also hopeful of benefiting from government programs such as the Regional Precincts and Partnerships Program, Growing Regions Program and National Reconstruction Fund.

“Collaboration is a key to our plan to grow our residential population and invest in the services and projects that will help transform Hedland into a vibrant, resilient community,” he said.

“I am confident after meeting with the Mr Albanese and Ms King today that we can forge strong relationships that will be beneficial for Hedland in the coming years.”

Mayor Carter said the Town welcomed Tuesday's announcement from the Prime Minister and Premier Mark McGowan that $565 million would be invested into Pilbara ports including $96.5 million to upgrade Lumsden Point.

"Any investment in our ports is positive for our region, but it needs to be supported by investment into social infrastructure," he said.

"The State and nation need a thriving port to drive our economy, but the port also needs a thriving Hedland to succeed."

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