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Kelly Howlett - Town of Port Hedland - Mayor’s Address – Developments in the Pilbara and Plans for the Future


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Kelly Howlett delivered the presentation at the 2014 Mining the Pilbara Conference. …

Kelly Howlett delivered the presentation at the 2014 Mining the Pilbara Conference.

The 2014 Mining the Pilbara Conference explored current projects and regulatory updates in the Pilbara region.

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  • 1. Mining the Pilbara Presentation ‘Developments in the Pilbara and Plans for the Future’ 10 July 2014 Kelly Howlett Mayor Town of Port Hedland, Western Australia
  • 2. Port Hedland - Today Population 20,000 Residential growth: 5.5% p.a. (WA 2.8% p.a., Australian 1.6% p.a.) Approximately 5,000 FIFO  10,000 Median personal income $1,400pw (more than double WA median) Owner-occupied dwellings: 26.6% (WA: 67.4%) Rented dwellings: 67.6% (WA: 29.2%) Median population age: 31 (WA: 36) Median weekly rental: $2,000+ Mining/Port Operations account for 80% of the Town’s economy
  • 3. Port Hedland – Growth of the Town Council Growth: Building approvals – $143 million in the past 6 months, since January this year Compared to ... ($10 million in 2005) Staff – 100 in 2005 compared to 200+ 2014 (doubled in a decade) Budget – $123 million compared to $30 million in 2005 Rateable income – $23.7 million Rateable Properties – 6,981 ... (5,200 in 2005) Airport Passenger Numbers – 450,000 p.a. ... (110,000 in 2005).
  • 4. Pilbara’s Port City Growth Plan Vision • A sustainable population of 50,000 by 2035 • Development of 15,000-17,000 new dwellings in Port Hedland • Development of 125,000m2 of additional retail/commercial floor space • A cultural/entertainment hub in the West End • Approximately 4,300Ha of Industrial Land • Facilitating Social, Community, Cultural and Economic Diversity • Creating an attractive liveable City
  • 5. Achieving the Port Hedland Vision
  • 6. Sustained and Diversified Economic Growth • Increased Small and Medium Enterprises • Funding of Small Business Incubators • Development of Kingsford Smith Business Park • Facilitate Development of a Local Construction Industry/Workforce • Investigation of Agricultural and Aquaculture Opportunities (Food Bowl) • Expansion of Tourism and Marketing Opportunities • Establishment of a University, Vocational, Training and Research Facilities • Establishment of a Defence Presence in Port Hedland • Facilitate Development of a Marina
  • 7. Project status update 1: Port Hedland Waterfront and Marina The waterfront will be a place which is vibrant, day and night, and allows formal and informal experiences with public, community, commercial/office and retail uses, as well as short stay facilities. Mr Todd Wood Senior Development Manager LandCorp Telephone: (08) 9482 7893 Facsimile: (08) 9481 0861 Mobile: 0417 788 666 Email: Web:
  • 8. Project status update 2: Kingsford Smith Business Park • The Kingsford Smith Business Park is the latest light industrial, bulky goods, showroom and commercial land release within Port Hedland. • It will provide a range of lot types and sizes and thereby encourage a diverse mix of light and service industrial, warehousing and bulky goods commercial business opportunities. Mr David Westbury Town of Port Hedland Manager Economic Development & Strategy Telephone: (08) 9158 9309 Facsimile: (08) 9158 9399 Email: Web:
  • 9. Strengthening Local Communities and Culture Improving Quality of Life for Residents • Facilitate a Sustainable Permanent Population with normalised Demographics • Reduce Cost of Living • Improve and Expand Social & Community Infrastructure • Funding of Improved and Expanded Health Care (Hospitals, Medical Centres, Specialist Services, Allied Health) • Improve Child Care – Facilities, Access and Affordability • Improved Access to Education (Tertiary, Vocational and Research Facilities) • Mobility - Reduce Cost of Air Travel • Greater Choice of Commercial and Retail Services • Affordable Housing
  • 10. Strengthening Local Communities and Culture Indigenous Matters • Encourage Indigenous Art and Cultural Awareness • Increased Indigenous Participation in Growth and Prosperity • Increased Indigenous Workforce Participation and Elevation • Address Remote Community and Infrastructure Issues • Increased Child Protection • Addressing Parenting Education • Funding of Temporary Town Accommodation for Remote Aboriginal Communities/Visitors
  • 11. Building and Infrastructure Capacity • Funding of Pilbara Fabrication & Services Common User Facility • Funding of Port Hedland International Airport Redevelopment • Funding of Transport Infrastructure/Local Road Network • Funding of the WA Regional Freight Network Plan • Funding of Utilities Infrastructure (Water, Sewer, Electricity, NWIS) • Facilitate Renewable Energy Infrastructure Projects such as Solar Power and Waste Recovery • Investment in Research Facility for Renewable Energy in Town • Delivery of National Broadband Network
  • 12. Project status update 3: Renewable Energy • New Energy Proposal Waste to Energy Plant – Investment Opportunity • Solar Farm Proposal • 20 hectares • Council is negotiating the development of the first 3.5 hectares to facilitate the provision of power to the Port Hedland International Airport. • Project status: pending grant funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency ($14M) for a hybrid battery . New Energy Solar Farm Mr Jason Pugh Mr Nigel Allfrey General Manager Managing Director New Energy Corporation Pty Ltd BeauSol Telephone: (08) 9226 0722 Telephone: 02 8006 0408 Facsimile: (08) 9481 8023 Mobile: 0448 777 733 Mobile: 0411 308 080 Email: Email: Web: Web:
  • 13. Project status update 4: Port Hedland International Airport Redevelopment • Freight Logistics • Airside Operations • Apron Extension • Terminal • Ground Transport • Investment Opportunity via Long Term Lease
  • 14. Summary Port Hedland is growing – and growing fast! Town of Port Hedland is a proud project partner with industry Port Hedland has a bright future LOTS IS PLANNED – TEAM WORK IS ESSENTIAL Website for updates: Together “community & industry” can create history