South Hedland Place Plan

Click here to access the South Hedland Place Plan

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. Therefore, getting it right 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.

bringing wise terrace to life

Overwhelmingly, you’ve told us to close Wise Terrace to cars, transforming the space into a natural, cultural and activated town centre feel for you and your family to enjoy.

We’ll achieve this by doing these things:

  • Working with the community to co-design and trial new low-cost interventions.
  • Finalising permanent design with community support and reconstructing Wise Terrace for people.
  • Celebrating and continuing the community led activation of South Hedland. 

Where is this happening? 

Local Government Act 1995 Temporary Closure of Wise Terrace to Vehicles

Pursuant to Section 3.50 of the Local Government Act 1995, notice is hereby given that the Town of Port Hedland (Town) will be temporarily closing a portion of Wise Terrace and
Rason Link, South Hedland, to vehicles between July 2022 and September 2022.

An electronic copy of the map identifying land affected by the proposed road closures can be accessed via the Town of Port Hedland website at

Submissions are invited on the proposal, and can be lodged in writing to the Town of Port Hedland up to and including Friday 27 May 2022. If you wish to make a submission, please quote ‘Temporary Closure of Portion Wise Terrace and Rason Link’ in the subject heading and mark your submission:

Attention: Town Planning and Development Services.

Submissions on the proposal may be lodged in writing addressed to Development Services, Town of Port Hedland, PO Box 41, Port Hedland WA 6721 or via email:

Submissions should be lodged with the Town on or before close of business on Friday 27 May 2022.

Carl Askew
Chief Executive Officer

activate south hedland (#ASH) town team

Activate South Hedland (ASH) are South Hedland’s newly formed Town Team, who aim to activate South Hedland with inclusive events through meaningful connections.

Their debut event Chalk+Bake is being held on Saturday 30 April 2022.

To see how you can get involved, please email:

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 in line with public health advice.