East Port Hedland Planning Framework

Revised: 23 June 2020

Athol Street and Stables Precincts 

The Town is in receipt of a structure plan for the Athol Street precinct and a scheme amendment and structure plan for the Stables precinct. The structure plans are prepared concurrently with Scheme Amendment No. 84 to the Town of Port Hedland Local Planning Scheme No. 5. Amendment No. 84 proposes to reclassify and rezone the subject site to ‘Urban Development’ zone. With the adoption of the Town of Port Hedland Coastal Hazard Risk Mapping and Adaption Plan (CHRMAP) in April 2019, there is sufficient planning guidance for decision making to consider the proposed structure plans and Amendment No. 84.

WHAT DID WE HEAR FROM THE SHAPING HEDLAND'S FUTURE CAMPAIGN?

Community members and stakeholders provided the Town with a number of invaluable insights. Topics included a broad and long term discussion for land use planning and future residential growth. Insights included:

  • The majority indicated the top two preferences for staged housing in Port Hedland are the Telstra site, followed closely by the former Recreation and Detention Centre site
  • The areas which are most suitable to develop are already well positioned alongside existing facilities, utility networks and roads
  • Consideration being made for:
    • the extent of infill required (preference for minimal fill);
    • the relative risk of inundation or flooding;
    • timing to start developments;
    • provision of appropriate housing types in the right location;
    • protection of environmental and social values;
    • affordability and cost
  • Not all of Athol St may be suitable for development of staged housing, in consideration of storm surge inundation and the need to conserve the natural environmental assets (eg. mangroves, turtle nesting areas)
  • The significance of Aboriginal heritage, and the priority to maintain access to and protect significant cultural assets

A NEW STRATEGY FOR THE TOWN

The Town's new Strategy takes the following approach to future housing within Port Hedland, where the following areas are identified:

  • For future housing in the short term (5 years):
    • Telstra Tower site
    • The former Recreation and Detention Centre site
    • Former Remediated Wastewater Treatment Plan site
  • For development investigation, as sites which require further detailed planning and investigation to determine suitability for housing in the medium to long term:
    • Athol Street Urban Development area (medium term 5-10 years)
    • The Stables Precinct (long term, 10+ years)
    • Pretty Pool Stage 3a (long term, 10+ years)
    • Portion of McGregor Street Sporting Precinct (long term, 10+ years)

COMMUNITY AND STAKEHOLDER PRIORITIES AND INSIGHTS OVER TIME

In 2016, there was significant engagement with stakeholders prior to a previous submission for an amendment for the Stables within the Town Planning Scheme, with no objection from community to the proposed changes.

Following approval of the 2019 Coastal Hazard Risk Mitigation and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP), the Town is now preparing to submit a scheme amendment application for the Stables to the West Australian Planning Commission for approval. This is owing to:

  • Town based community members and stakeholders continue to indicate relatively strong support for staged housing within 'suitable' portions of Athol Street and Stables development areas
  • Staged housing at Athol Street and Stables represents a safer option for residents in regards to storm surges and flooding from the ocean
  • Portions of the Athol Street precinct are described as the 'King's Park of Port Hedland', with high biodiversity and natural heritage value within the inlet
  • Community members recognise the value of Aboriginal cultural heritage in The Stables area, including middens and petroglyphs adjacent to Styles Street

FURTHER INVESTIGATION - ATHOL STREET AND THE STABLES PRECINCT

While there may be support for a staged development across suitable portions of Athol Street and the Stables Precinct, further investigation is required to understand the constraints or opportunities within these two broadly defined areas.

Investigation of Athol Street and The Stables Precinct is now being planned, which is intended to better understand relevant social, economic and environmental factors, such as coastal erosion and inundation, environmental conservation and social and cultural values. A Local Planning Strategy will establish strategic direction for growth and development within the Town of Port Hedland. It is likely to remain relevant for the next 10 to 20 years.

WHAT ELSE NEEDS TO BE CONSIDERED TO INVESTIGATE THE SUITABILITY FOR FUTURE HOUSING WITHIN THESE AREAS?

The Town, state government agencies and future developers have the task of understanding values and the inherent and potential of the land to strike the right balance in time to plan for future needs.

It is acknowledged that any future staged housing development in one or both of these areas needs further discussion by the Town with technical experts, key stakeholders and community groups.

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE?

For more information, please contact the Town's planning team on 08 9158 9300.