Launched in November 2009, Pilbara Cities is the State Government’s bold vision to revitalise the towns of South Hedland, Newman, Tom Price and Dampier and to transform Karratha and Port Hedland into major Cities of the North with populations of more than 50,000.
With a State Government commitment of $300million from the Royalties for Regions program, this radical transformation will create liveable communities with modern services that will attract and retain families and workers for generations to come.
Towns are being revitalised, not just with facelifts, but with ambitious investment in housing, community facilities, hospitals, medical and health centres, education and training facilities, waterfronts and town centres.
The Pilbara Cities vision is enormous and the bar has been set high. A key focus for us is to facilitate a cooperative, united effort from all parts of Government to make this vision a reality.
We are helping to facilitate concurrent planning and approvals processes across several Government agencies to save time.
These include the Department of Regional Development and Lands, Department of Planning, Department of Housing, Department of Health, Department of State Development, Department of Indigenous Affairs, Department of Education, Water Corporation, Horizon, WA Planning Commission, Tourism WA and the Pilbara Development Commission.
In just eight months we are seeing tangible results on the ground with residential, commercial and retail land releases in South Hedland and Karratha; the commencement of works on service workers accommodation in Karratha; the start of work to build a multi-million dollar neighbourhood centre with a small supermarket, medical centre, specialty shops and a variety of residential accommodation options in Karratha; and the finalisation of the Newman and Karratha Town Centre Revitalisation Plans.