Construction will begin on an access track connecting Hedland export cattle yards to Boodarie Station Access Road to bolster truck safety after “furious” discussions between the Town of Port Hedland and cattle yard lessee Melreef to amend development conditions. Councillors at last week’s meeting endorsed the construction of an alternative access track to give heavy vehicles safe access to and from Great Northern Highway. It comes after Main Roads WA raised concerns that trucks were accessing the property directly from the highway and using unsafe manoeuvres to park in the road reserve. Melreef managing director Paul Brown objected to the development in a June 10 letter. His letter said maintenance and repair costs would have a “significant and detrimental financial impact” on the company. It concluded legal action would be taken if the Town failed to fix the issues raised. In public statement time, Mr Brown said though he had planned to raise his initial concerns, both parties had since come to an agreement after intense discussions and praised the council. “I had planned an objection but thanks to engagement and furious (new) agreements we have reached a collaborative (plan),” he said. He said he wanted the council to ignore the legal objection and looked forward to doing business with them in the future. The amendment granted approval for the development on adjoining State land Lot 702. The changes will allow Melreef to arrange its own preferred access to the property. Town of Port Hedland Mayor Peter Carter said he was happy to come to a mutual agreement with the lessee.