Port Hedland Pioneer Cemetery set for beautification program

Published on Monday, 11 October 2021 at 4:50:29 PM

The longevity of the Port Hedland Pioneer Cemetery site is secured, with stage 1 works on the site starting Monday 18 October. The beautification will encourage visitors and locals to stroll through the site, reflecting on its history and cultural significance. 
Stage 1 works will be undertaken by Yurra, with a projected cost of $110,000. The current dilapidated fence will be replaced with a new 1.2-metre-high fence, providing the site with a securer boundary. Following the completion of stage 1, landscaping works will be undertaken at the site.
CEO Carl Askew said the Town was delivering on long-held community sentiment to secure the Cemetery's longevity.
"The Port Hedland Pioneer Cemetery is of considerable significance to our community, providing a historical record of the development of Port Hedland between 1912 and 1974. This includes traditional owner and pastoral identities, Asian connections to the pearling industry and a general reflection of Hedland's pioneering spirit.
"The beautification works intend to create a respectful, serene and comfortable environment which provides a peaceful place to pay respects. 
"The Town is committed to improving the Cemetery's current state to increase visitors' comfort, create a more amenable place for quiet contemplation and memorialise those buried at the site.
"The design responds to the community's needs, requires minimal maintenance by the Town, reflects diverse religions and cultures and makes the most of the site's proximity to Cemetery Beach and the park.
"While works are ongoing, I urge all residents to please obey signage and workers in the area, be mindful of heavy machinery and do not walk onto restricted areas."

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

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