Town amenity high on Cab­i­net agenda

North West Telegraph - - News - Sophia Con­stan­tine

Lack of doc­tors, plans for a ma­rina, and dust man­age­ment were key con­cerns aired by mem­bers of the Hed­land com­mu­nity when Premier Mark McGowan and Cab­i­net min­is­ters held a town hall meet­ing at the Ibis Styles on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

When asked if progress had been made on the Port Hed­land Ma­rina and Wa­ter­front de­vel­op­ment project, Min­is­ter for Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Alan­nah MacTier­nan said the Gov­ern­ment was “ab­so­lutely com­mit­ted” to de­liver on its elec­tion prom­ise.

“It has been a process, work­ing to get a project that is go­ing to be fi­nan­cially vi­able,” she said.

‘We’ve had to be very con­scious that its not just about the cost of the bill, it’s the cost of main­tain­ing it. We are very close, we do ab­so­lutely recog­nise that it’s got to be part of a suite of things that we de­liver for this town.

“It’s cer­tainly been some­thing that has been the great dream of many peo­ple in this com­mu­nity to up­lift the amenity and al­low that marine ac­tiv­ity and en­ter­tain­ment to oc­cur.”

The Cab­i­net was also ques­tioned as to when the out­come of the Port Hed­land Dust Man­age­ment Task­force Re­port could be ex­pected. Premier Mark McGowan said the com­mu­nity could ex­pect to have an out­come in com­ing months.

“The dust re­port was put out, from mem­ory, about Au­gust last year for pub­lic com­ment,” he said.

He said the sub­mis­sions re­ceived in re­la­tion to the dust re­port were be­ing col­lated with plans to take the mat­ter to Gov­ern­ment in com­ing months and then re­lease the Gov­ern­ment’s re­sponse.

“The Gov­ern­ment has to bal­ance a lot of things — first and fore­most is the health and well­be­ing of the com­mu­nity and also mak­ing sure that we con­tinue to have a strong econ­omy both here and in Western Aus­tralia.”

Mr McGowan said the re­gional Cab­i­net meet­ings were im­por­tant to en­sure com­mu­ni­ties had the op­por­tu­nity to con­nect di­rectly with the min­is­ters about lo­cal is­sues.

“We wanted to come to the Pil­bara be­cause we be­lieve in hold­ing Cab­i­net meet­ings in re­gional com­mu­ni­ties be­cause they are so im­por­tant to the fu­ture of the State,” he said. “The Pil­bara is so im­por­tant to the State and de­serves this level of at­ten­tion.”

Pic­ture: Sophia Con­stan­tine.rk

Min­is­ters and Premier Ma McGowan at the Ibis Styles com­mu­nity event in Port Hed­land.

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