Marapikurrinya Park Seawall project reaches completion

Published on Friday, 18 March 2022 at 9:17:25 AM

The construction of the seawall at Marapikurrinya Park in Port Hedland's West End has reached project completion. 

The $4,389,534.50 project was made possible by a $3 million contribution from BHP and a further $227,000 from the WA Department of Transport through their Coastal Adaptation Grant program.

Key benefits of the seawall include mitigating damage caused by cyclonic weather events, rising sea levels and erosion; strengthening beach integrity and pathway access; protecting unique flora and fauna; protecting residential properties and businesses and securing operations at the port.

Mayor Peter Carter welcomed the progress made on the project to date.

"I'd like to thank BHP and the Department of Transport for their contributions to the project. Overall, the Port Hedland seawalls project represents a nearly $18 million investment to protect our community from rising sea levels and cyclonic weather events.

"The port is the world's largest bulk exporting port. Therefore, it's crucial for the adjacent coastline to be strengthened to secure the port's significant national interest.

"We're delivering on the Town's Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan by responding to coastal hazards and risks".

BHP General Manager of Port Operations Cindy Dunham said the contribution to the Marapikurrinya Park seawall project is part of an overall $45 million commitment BHP has made to revitalise the West End of Port Hedland, in support of the State Government's creation of the Hedland Maritime Precinct.

"We are excited as community members about the new seawall and footpath along the waterfront, which will protect key community assets and link the Popular Marapikurrinya Park and Bert Madigan Park, enhancing tourism and local business opportunities.

"BHP is working collaboratively with the community, the Town of Port Hedland, government and industry to ensure the sustainable future of the port as well as to create a revitalised west end for all of Port Hedland to enjoy," Ms Dunham said. 

For more information on the seawalls project visit https://www.porthedland.wa.gov.au/port-hedland-sea-walls.aspx

For media information:
Laura Hawes
Manager Corporate Affairs
(08) 9158 9365 | lhawes@porthedland.wa.gov.au

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