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Why is the project being rolled out?

The Pretty Pool pedestrian path, bridge and boardwalk development is set to connect the Pretty Pool and Cooke Point localities in Port Hedland. The concept design features an aluminium footbridge running over Pretty Pool creek, connecting Matheson Drive with footpaths adjacent to Cooke Point residences. 

In May 2020, Council acknowledged the eight submissions received as part of the public exhibition of the concept design. There was overwhelming support for option 1, which requires shorter bridge and boardwalk lengths, provides views out to Pretty Pool beach, avoids mangrove and samphire flat vegetation and reduces the footprint within the Aboriginal Registered site. 

Known for unique natural beauty, the area is habitat for Flatback Turtles, mangroves and samphire flat vegetation communities. The idea is to integrate sustainable built form with nature, providing a practical connectivity link for locals and tourists alike. The design seeks to minimise disruption to the natural ecosystem, situated on land with the least susceptibility to coastline movement.

Extensive community consultation in recent years uncovered a desire to build a more connected town, providing more opportunities for pedestrians and cyclists to explore our region. Providing better connectivity is part of the Town's long term, strategic commitment to improving Hedland's built environment.

Key Benefits

  • Improves connection between Pretty Pool and Cooke point for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Delivers on the Town's strategic commitment to build a more connected township
  • Minimises impact on surrounding flora and fauna
  • Maximises effectiveness of existing pathway network
  • Two path sections will connect the aluminium bridge with the existing pathway network: 510m of concrete path extending from Taylor St down towards the creek edge | 66m of concrete path connecting the existing path network located at the Matheson Drive and Langley Gardens intersection

Construction Timeline

  • Detailed design stage projected to be completed in the first half of 2021.
  • Groundworks to commence in the second half of 2021.

Project Partners

The Town of Port Hedland will fund $1 million towards the project, with government / industry contribution projected to be $4 million.