Town amenity high on Cabinet agenda
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.”
Ministers and Premier Ma McGowan at the Ibis Styles community event in Port Hedland.