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Draft South Hedland Place Plan

The draft South Hedland Place Plan (Place Plan) was initiated by Council on Wednesday, 24 November 2021. We'd like to receive your comments on the draft Plan, which can be submitted by email to or in writing addressed to the Town Planning and Development team, Town of Port Hedland, PO Box 41, Port Hedland WA 6721.

The purpose of the South Hedland Place Plan is to develop a community-driven, place-led approach to activate and deliver positive outcomes for the South Hedland town centre.

The draft Plan's proposed actions include the inception of a South Hedland Town Team, bringing Wise Terrace to life, focussing on security and safety, promoting local creatives and hospitality, delivering cultural wayfinding and public art, and improving pedestrian connectivity and greenery. 

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WHat is placemaking?

Placemaking is both an ethos and a practical application to improving places. It focuses on collaboration, communication, connections and mutual responsibilities for creating places that people love and feel connected to. 

‘Place’ is an important organising principle that can cut across disciplines, silos and business as usual processes and provides for improved outcomes. It can provide a ‘silo-breaker’ within and between government agencies. Creating great places and a strong community is everyone’s responsibility, both within government and within the community. Getting it right therefore should begin with an investment in a place and a people-first approach.

Placemaking and place activation is best accomplished by working with the community. A community-led approach, which thinks holistically to put place first through organised actions that are determined and acted on by all users of the place, including residents, businesses and government administration are more resilient, effective and accepted by the community than those that take a top-down approach. As a community-led planning process, community and stakeholders have a greater say in what happens within their local area. They are empowered to be co-contributors to the way a place looks, feels and is managed.

WHAT IS a place plan?

Unlike conventional master plans, a place plan doesn’t necessarily include a spatial resolution or land use plan. Its main point of difference from a conventional master planning process is the inclusion of community needs and aspirations to inform any future design.

The Place Plan, therefore, defines a community-led vision and builds a road map to achieving that vision through a list of actions, activation guidance and place management tools. It typically consists of an Action List, Delivery Matrix, and Place Management Strategy. The Action List forms a framework to organise the aspirations and ideas of residents, government stakeholders and businesses.

WHAT consultation has already taken place?

As part of the Phase 1 community engagement, the Town of Port Hedland and Town Team Movement held interactive engagement sessions with the community in April 2021. This also included three online surveys, asking residents to provide their feedback on living, working and owning a business in South Hedland. During Phase 2, engagement activities included a Sundowner and Community workshop in early July. In early September we completed our Block Party which enabled community members and stakeholders to come together, celebrate and get a sneak peek into the recommendations of the future Place Plan. Insights gathered in all phases of engagement will inform the preparation of the final Place Plan. 

covid safety

Please note, in order that a COVID safe environment is maintained, physical distancing will be observed for in-person activities, hand sanitiser will be supplied and participants asked to check into the WASafe App on arrival. Please do not attend a session if you are unwell. Events may be cancelled should the health situation change.