Commissioner approves master plans
Two master plans aimed at transforming the sporting landscape of Port Hedland have now advanced to the crucial planning stage.
Town of Port Hedland commissioner Fred Riebeling backed proposals for the South Hedland sports complex and McGregor Street precinct at an ordinary meeting last Wednesday.
They will now move into the detailed design stage using $400,000 already set aside from the 2019-20 council budget for that particular phase. The planned upgrades to the South Hedland site include an extension of Wanangkura Stadium to include three indoor multipurpose courts and a new sports oval next to Kevin Scott Oval.
The changes to the McGregor Street site feature a two-storey judges’ box/broadcast tower, two rugby fields, and upgrades to the tennis and hockey courts.
The plans will be subject to funding from the State and Federal governments as well as industry and the council.
Mr Riebeling said the project had now taken a significant step forward.
“I want to get it to a stage where we get shovels in the ground before I go,” he said.
“I’m here for another four months, so I’m not sure if that’s possible.
“I want it to be at a stage where it’s hard to not continue with them.”
Mr Riebeling said the plans would be shown to the public as part of a special Sporting Convention at Wanangkurra Stadium on September 19.
“I’m hoping the meeting on the 19th will show what is the top priority in each of the master plans so we can get those parts progressing as quickly as possible,” he said.
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