Spoilbank Marina Waterfront Development

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Project Background

The Town of Port Hedland has been working over a number of years towards providing an enhanced waterfront precinct which engages with the natural beauty of the coast and provides visitors and residents with increased recreational, environmental, and commercial opportunities.

The prospect of a marina and waterfront recreation facilities has been a long-held vision for the Port Hedland community and it is often referred to as a game-changer for the region.

In 2012 Premier Colin Barnett announced the project and a State Government funding commitment of $112 million with $40 million from the Town of Port Hedland. A $152 million investment into our town is clearly significant and it is a project that we are committed to seeing come to fruition.

A number of studies have been undertaken to explore and test the location, scope and feasibility of a waterfront precinct. Two sites were under investigation – Spoilbank and Cooke Point. The final decision was made in May 2015 where Council endorsed Spoilbank West as its preferred location.

Analysis indicates a strong demand for boating facilities linked to the high levels of boat ownership within the region. Existing boat launching facilities are considered over utilised and present their own constraints in that the Richardson Street boat ramp is located too close to the main shipping channel. A marina would provide sheltered anchorage and safe ocean access for recreational and commercial craft and provide the opportunity for establishing marine based industries. Complementing the marina is a need for quality public spaces and facilities to enable the broader community and tourists to enjoy social and recreational experiences by the water.

September 2016 Ordinary Council Meeting, Council endorsed the Business Plan for the proposed major land transaction of the Spoilbank Marina Waterfront (on part Crown Reserve 3076: Lot 5550 on DP240246, Lot 5751 on DP91579 and Lot 370 on DP 35619).

The Town proposes to enter into a formal agreement with LandCorp and the State Government which will bind the parties with respect to the allocation of the Town’s expenditure of $40M and the associated parties’ respective obligations to deliver the first stage of the project.

The first stage would involve the construction of a marina with 50 boat pens (with capacity to expand to 100 boat pens at a later stage) as well as associated infrastructure including a 2 lane boat ramp, vehicle and trailer parking, breakwaters, revetments, a separate channel, refuelling jetty and tank farm.

The first stage of the project will also deliver a number of sites within the waterfront precinct which will be suitable for future development by the Town or private developers at a later date (as a subsequent stage of development for the waterfront precinct). The future facilities envisaged for these sites include:
  • boat repair and service facilities;
  • a caravan park;
  • a public square incorporating up to 3 serviced retail/commercial sites and the yacht club, RSL and TS Pilbara community facilities;
  • a cultural arts and community centre; and
  • event space/public open space which could also include a lagoon pool.
Download a copy of our Business Plan and view our news feed to find out how to provide your feedback and comments.

Fact File

  • Green light to kick start the much anticipated $152 million Spoilbank Marina in Port Hedland received on 26 October 2016. Click here to read the official announcement.
  • LandCorp will project manage the delivery of the Spoilbank Marina on behalf of the Town of Port Hedland.
  • The State Government's $112 million contribution is made up of $72 million from Royalties for Regions and $40 million from consolidated funds. A further $40 million will be contributed from the Town of Port Hedland.
  • The Spoilbank was originally a place to deposit sediment from dredging.
  • The Port Hedland Spoilbank Marina is expected to be completed by late 2020.

How can you get involved, know more or provide feedback?
  • View our Frequently Asked Questions on the 'FAQ' tool
  • Stay updated by browsing our 'News Feed' tool
  • Join in on the discussions in our 'Forum''Forum' tool


Project Background

The Town of Port Hedland has been working over a number of years towards providing an enhanced waterfront precinct which engages with the natural beauty of the coast and provides visitors and residents with increased recreational, environmental, and commercial opportunities.

The prospect of a marina and waterfront recreation facilities has been a long-held vision for the Port Hedland community and it is often referred to as a game-changer for the region.

In 2012 Premier Colin Barnett announced the project and a State Government funding commitment of $112 million with $40 million from the Town of Port Hedland. A $152 million investment into our town is clearly significant and it is a project that we are committed to seeing come to fruition.

A number of studies have been undertaken to explore and test the location, scope and feasibility of a waterfront precinct. Two sites were under investigation – Spoilbank and Cooke Point. The final decision was made in May 2015 where Council endorsed Spoilbank West as its preferred location.

Analysis indicates a strong demand for boating facilities linked to the high levels of boat ownership within the region. Existing boat launching facilities are considered over utilised and present their own constraints in that the Richardson Street boat ramp is located too close to the main shipping channel. A marina would provide sheltered anchorage and safe ocean access for recreational and commercial craft and provide the opportunity for establishing marine based industries. Complementing the marina is a need for quality public spaces and facilities to enable the broader community and tourists to enjoy social and recreational experiences by the water.

September 2016 Ordinary Council Meeting, Council endorsed the Business Plan for the proposed major land transaction of the Spoilbank Marina Waterfront (on part Crown Reserve 3076: Lot 5550 on DP240246, Lot 5751 on DP91579 and Lot 370 on DP 35619).

The Town proposes to enter into a formal agreement with LandCorp and the State Government which will bind the parties with respect to the allocation of the Town’s expenditure of $40M and the associated parties’ respective obligations to deliver the first stage of the project.

The first stage would involve the construction of a marina with 50 boat pens (with capacity to expand to 100 boat pens at a later stage) as well as associated infrastructure including a 2 lane boat ramp, vehicle and trailer parking, breakwaters, revetments, a separate channel, refuelling jetty and tank farm.

The first stage of the project will also deliver a number of sites within the waterfront precinct which will be suitable for future development by the Town or private developers at a later date (as a subsequent stage of development for the waterfront precinct). The future facilities envisaged for these sites include:
  • boat repair and service facilities;
  • a caravan park;
  • a public square incorporating up to 3 serviced retail/commercial sites and the yacht club, RSL and TS Pilbara community facilities;
  • a cultural arts and community centre; and
  • event space/public open space which could also include a lagoon pool.
Download a copy of our Business Plan and view our news feed to find out how to provide your feedback and comments.

Fact File

  • Green light to kick start the much anticipated $152 million Spoilbank Marina in Port Hedland received on 26 October 2016. Click here to read the official announcement.
  • LandCorp will project manage the delivery of the Spoilbank Marina on behalf of the Town of Port Hedland.
  • The State Government's $112 million contribution is made up of $72 million from Royalties for Regions and $40 million from consolidated funds. A further $40 million will be contributed from the Town of Port Hedland.
  • The Spoilbank was originally a place to deposit sediment from dredging.
  • The Port Hedland Spoilbank Marina is expected to be completed by late 2020.

  • Spoilbank Marina Deadline Extension

    5 months ago

    Summary: The deadline for public comment and feedback regarding the Spoilbank Marina Development business plan has now been extended until 4pm Friday 25th November.

    The Town of Port Hedland and State Government have committed $152 million into the transformation of the Spoilbank waterfront into a marina development. The Town is currently seeking public comment and feedback on the Spoilbank Marina Development Business Plan which outlines the proposed transaction and land development of the precinct.

    The deadline for public comment and feedback regarding the Spoilbank Marina Development business plan has now been extended until 4pm Friday 25th November.

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    Summary: The deadline for public comment and feedback regarding the Spoilbank Marina Development business plan has now been extended until 4pm Friday 25th November.

    The Town of Port Hedland and State Government have committed $152 million into the transformation of the Spoilbank waterfront into a marina development. The Town is currently seeking public comment and feedback on the Spoilbank Marina Development Business Plan which outlines the proposed transaction and land development of the precinct.

    The deadline for public comment and feedback regarding the Spoilbank Marina Development business plan has now been extended until 4pm Friday 25th November.

    Copies of the business plan are available on our website and our facilities (Civic Centre and libraries).

    Be sure to share your comments with the Town of Port Hedland either via email (council@porthedland.wa.gov.au) or via our Your Say page before this date.

  • Community Conversations

    by kandrews, 6 months ago
    Community conversations marina 15nov

    The Spoilbank Marina is the project that will transform Port Hedland into a vibrant place that people call home. We're currently advertising Spoilbank Marina Waterfront Precinct business plan for public comment - if you haven't had a chance to have your say, come along to our Community Conversations workshop on Tuesday 15 November, 6pm-7pm in Council Chambers where our Elected Members and Executive Team will be available to answer any questions you have, and discuss the project in detail. RSVP your attendance to nhalik@porthedland.wa.gov.au by Thursday 10 November.


    The Spoilbank Marina is the project that will transform Port Hedland into a vibrant place that people call home. We're currently advertising Spoilbank Marina Waterfront Precinct business plan for public comment - if you haven't had a chance to have your say, come along to our Community Conversations workshop on Tuesday 15 November, 6pm-7pm in Council Chambers where our Elected Members and Executive Team will be available to answer any questions you have, and discuss the project in detail. RSVP your attendance to nhalik@porthedland.wa.gov.au by Thursday 10 November.


  • State Government Funding

    by kandrews, 6 months ago

    Tuesday 25 October 2016, announcement by the Premier confirming State Government funding of $112 million which will enable construction of the Spoilbank Waterfront Precinct.

    Premier Colin Barnett travelled to Port Hedland along with Regional Development Minister Terry Redman and Housing Minister Brendon Grylls to announce the State Government’s total commitment to the landmark project which includes $72 million from Royalties for Regions.

    Acting Mayor Blanco paid tribute to the State Government for its willingness to fund such a significant piece of infrastructure for the people of Port Hedland.

    Tuesday 25 October 2016, announcement by the Premier confirming State Government funding of $112 million which will enable construction of the Spoilbank Waterfront Precinct.

    Premier Colin Barnett travelled to Port Hedland along with Regional Development Minister Terry Redman and Housing Minister Brendon Grylls to announce the State Government’s total commitment to the landmark project which includes $72 million from Royalties for Regions.

    Acting Mayor Blanco paid tribute to the State Government for its willingness to fund such a significant piece of infrastructure for the people of Port Hedland.

  • Draft Business Plan open for public comment

    by kandrews, 7 months ago

    At the September Ordinary Council Meeting, Council endorsed the Business Plan for the proposed major land transaction of the Spoilbank Marina Waterfront (on part Crown Reserve 3076: Lot 5550 on DP240246, Lot 5751 on DP91579 and Lot 370 on DP 35619).

    Members of the community have the opportunity to consider the full extent of the proposal and to make submissions to the Council over a six (6) week period.

    Copies of the Business Plan for the proposed major trading undertaking are available on the Town’s website, and hard copies can be obtained from the following Town facilities:

    • Civic Centre, McGregor Street, Port Hedland
    • South Hedland Library, Leake Street, South Hedland
    • Port Hedland Library, Dempster Street, Port Hedland

    The public are invited to provide feedback in writing with the subject heading RE: Proposed Spoilbank Waterfront Marina Stage One, PO Box 41, Port Hedland WA 6721 OR via email to community@porthedland.wa.gov.au. Submissions close 4pm WST Monday 14 November 2016.

    Submissions will be assessed and provided to the Council for consideration. The Council must then determine if:

    • the Town should proceed to enter into the proposed agreement;
    • the Town should proceed to enter into the proposed agreement with minor amendments; or
    • the Town should not proceed to enter into the proposed agreement.



    At the September Ordinary Council Meeting, Council endorsed the Business Plan for the proposed major land transaction of the Spoilbank Marina Waterfront (on part Crown Reserve 3076: Lot 5550 on DP240246, Lot 5751 on DP91579 and Lot 370 on DP 35619).

    Members of the community have the opportunity to consider the full extent of the proposal and to make submissions to the Council over a six (6) week period.

    Copies of the Business Plan for the proposed major trading undertaking are available on the Town’s website, and hard copies can be obtained from the following Town facilities:

    • Civic Centre, McGregor Street, Port Hedland
    • South Hedland Library, Leake Street, South Hedland
    • Port Hedland Library, Dempster Street, Port Hedland

    The public are invited to provide feedback in writing with the subject heading RE: Proposed Spoilbank Waterfront Marina Stage One, PO Box 41, Port Hedland WA 6721 OR via email to community@porthedland.wa.gov.au. Submissions close 4pm WST Monday 14 November 2016.

    Submissions will be assessed and provided to the Council for consideration. The Council must then determine if:

    • the Town should proceed to enter into the proposed agreement;
    • the Town should proceed to enter into the proposed agreement with minor amendments; or
    • the Town should not proceed to enter into the proposed agreement.



  • What happens next?

    by kandrews, 9 months ago

    The Town is now in the advanced stages of negotiations with the State Government with $112 million funding already allocated in the forward estimates. Working with Landcorp, it will finalise an updated Cabinet submission to State Government over the coming months that will enable the proposed project to proceed to the next step of detailed planning later this year.

    The Town is now in the advanced stages of negotiations with the State Government with $112 million funding already allocated in the forward estimates. Working with Landcorp, it will finalise an updated Cabinet submission to State Government over the coming months that will enable the proposed project to proceed to the next step of detailed planning later this year.

  • Survey Results

    by kandrews, 9 months ago

    A comprehensive survey by an independent research consultancy has found overwhelming community support for the proposed Spoilbank Waterfront Precinct to move ahead.

    More than 75 per cent of local residents consider the project to be important in making the Town of Port Hedland a more liveable place and 80 per cent would use the new facilities proposed. This unprecedented level of support for the project indicates the extent to which local people view the development as a genuine game changer for quality of life in the town.

    The survey shows:

    · Prompted awareness of the Spoilbank development is high amongst all sections of the community at 87.4%.

    · The community perceive that the proposed marina and waterfront development is important in making the Town of Port Hedland a more liveable place, with respondents rating it:

    • very important or extremely important - 75.2%

    • moderately important, very important or extremely important - 91.2%

    · Over 80% say they would definitely or probably use the following facilities:

    • Cafes and restaurants
    • Playgrounds (people with children up to the age of 14 years)
    • Space for community events
    • Local markets
    • Picnic and BBQ facilities
    • Specialist retail outlets
    • Running, walking and cycling tracks and facilities
    • Boat ramp (boat owners)

    A comprehensive survey by an independent research consultancy has found overwhelming community support for the proposed Spoilbank Waterfront Precinct to move ahead.

    More than 75 per cent of local residents consider the project to be important in making the Town of Port Hedland a more liveable place and 80 per cent would use the new facilities proposed. This unprecedented level of support for the project indicates the extent to which local people view the development as a genuine game changer for quality of life in the town.

    The survey shows:

    · Prompted awareness of the Spoilbank development is high amongst all sections of the community at 87.4%.

    · The community perceive that the proposed marina and waterfront development is important in making the Town of Port Hedland a more liveable place, with respondents rating it:

    • very important or extremely important - 75.2%

    • moderately important, very important or extremely important - 91.2%

    · Over 80% say they would definitely or probably use the following facilities:

    • Cafes and restaurants
    • Playgrounds (people with children up to the age of 14 years)
    • Space for community events
    • Local markets
    • Picnic and BBQ facilities
    • Specialist retail outlets
    • Running, walking and cycling tracks and facilities
    • Boat ramp (boat owners)
  • Surveys

    by kandrews, 11 months ago

    Thank you to those community members who participated in the surveys for the Spoilbank marina development.

    The surveys were conducted across three weeks at various locations including the boat ramps at Finucane Island and Richardson Street, Port Hedland Boulevard Shopping Centre, South Hedland Town Square, Welcome to Hedland Expo and online.

    We received a total of 499 visitors to our page and 280 survey responses. The results are currently being collated.

    Thank you to those community members who participated in the surveys for the Spoilbank marina development.

    The surveys were conducted across three weeks at various locations including the boat ramps at Finucane Island and Richardson Street, Port Hedland Boulevard Shopping Centre, South Hedland Town Square, Welcome to Hedland Expo and online.

    We received a total of 499 visitors to our page and 280 survey responses. The results are currently being collated.