Strategic Planning

Public Open Space Strategy


The Town of Port Hedland is fortunate to have a variety of open space and reserve areas that play a vital role in making this area a great place to work and play. That’s why development and protection of our parks and reserves, and improvements to the quality of them is important. 

The Public Open Space Strategy assesses existing Public Open Space in Port and South Hedland against framework standards to determine where opportunities for improvements lie in the future.  

The final version of the strategy can be found below:

Public Open Space Strategy

Spoilbank Marina


Following an announcement of the 2019 WA State Government to commit funding to the Spoilbank Marina Development Project in Port Hedland, the Town of Port Hedland and Pilbara Development Commission (PDC) have been given the responsibility to oversee the planning, detailed design and delivery of the Spoilbank Marina.

An expert consultant team has been formed to engage with key stakeholders and the community, undertake detailed design work and secure the necessary approvals. As this project transitions from concept to detailed designs, community and stakeholder involvement is critical to ensure the creation of a vibrant waterfront destination and deliver maximum economic and social benefits for the town, region and local community

Further information on the project can be found below:

Spoilbank Marina 

Coastal Hazard Risk Management Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP)


The Port Hedland CHRMAP report was developed in accordance with State Government’s State Coastal Planning Policy No. 2.6 following extensive community consultation and adopted by Council on 30 April 2019. 

The assessment identifies and considers coastal hazards and risks for the Port Hedland Townsite and recommends adaptation pathways with actions to assist in adapting to immediate coastal inundation and erosion risks, as well as undertaking appropriate planning to address increasing risk over time.

Further information on the project can be found below:

Coastal Vulnerability Study (2011)

Coastal Hazard Risk Management adaptation Plan (CHRMAP)

Community Profile (2018), Economic Profile (2018) and Population Forecasting (2041)


The Town of Port Hedland is working toward updating its local planning strategy, the Port City Growth Plan (2012). The first step in this process is updating population and economic data to reflect current day statistics and thinking. See below to view the Town's current Community Profile, Economic Profile and latest Population Forecasts.

Community Profile

Population Forecasts

Economic Profile

Transient Workforce Accommodation Strategy (2014)


Non-permanent residential workers have a significant impact on the housing supply issues experienced within the Town as well as the supply and demand for services and facilities.

This Strategy aims to ensure that appropriate accommodation for this section of the market is planned for and developed in future and at the same time leaving a legacy benefit to the Town.

Transient Workforce Accommodation Strategy (2014)

Guidance Note for potential developers of Transient Workforce Accommodation (2008)

Port City Growth Plan (2012)


The Port City Growth Plan provides a high level strategic blueprint to facilitate the growth of Port Hedland. It is being driven by the need to modernise and transform Pilbara towns to support long term economic activity in the region, improve the quality of life for existing residents and to attract and retain new residents.

The Growth Plan builds on many of the aspirational themes of previous Port Hedland plans which have sought to guide the future structure and form of growth. It incorporates all land within the municipality of Port Hedland, with primary focus on the settlement areas of South and Port Hedland.

Port City Growth Plan (2012)

Local Planning Strategy and Scheme Review


The Town of Port Hedland’s current local planning strategy, the Port City Growth Plan, was adopted by Council on 23 May 2012. As the Port City Growth Plan was prepared during the height of the resources sector construction boom and the resource sector has since shifted into operational phase, the population and economic growth aspirations listed in the document are no longer appropriate to underpin the provisions of a new local planning scheme.

 The current Town of Port Hedland Local Planning Scheme No. 5 (LPS5) was gazetted on 31 August 2001 and is substantially overdue for review. The Scheme Review process was commenced in 2013 but never eventuated for a variety of reasons including uncertainty over expansion of the Port of Port Hedland and the future of residential development in the West End. The announcement by the State Government in October 2018 that an Improvement Plan and Scheme will be prepared over the West End of Port Hedland with restrictions on residential development has provided the necessary certainty with respect to the future of the area to progress with the Scheme Review process, noting that any provisions in the Scheme for the West End will be superseded by corresponding Improvement Scheme provisions.

 The Town will be reviewing the current strategy and scheme over the next 18-24 months and is expected to commence July 2019

South Hedland Flood Study (2010)


The South Hedland Flood Study examines opportunities and constraints in regards to the drainage network in South Hedland and proposes a 5 year plan for upgrades and maintenance of drainage infrastructure.

South Hedland Flood Study (2010)