Earthworks at the Sutherland Street shared footpath extension have begun. Works are the result of a council decision in June this year to endorse the contentious footpath location. It follows a March decision to delay development to further consult with the community and inform future council development decisions. The survey found 83 per cent of respondents wanted better connectivity within the precinct. Town of Port Hedland Mayor Peter Carter said the footpath was a welcome development. “I acknowledge the footpath extension has both supporters and detractors, however once constructed, the whole community can enjoy better connectivity between the West End and Sutherland Street,” he said. “The broader plan includes the construction of beach access to protect Port Hedland’s sensitive dune environment, a valuable coastal asset. “The contractors undertaking the works were selected using the Town’s preferred supplier panel, in line with the Town’s procurement and purchasing policies.” Rock bollards will be installed along the path to restrict vehicle access and protect the existing dune system. Community members are advised to be mindful of workers and signage in the area and not enter construction site. The footpath extension is due to open to the public in November 2021.