Earthworks have begun on the flagship nine-storey, $51 million Azzura apartment complex in the heart of South Hedland, marking the first step in a project that Mayor Peter Carter said would “change the face of Hedland”. First endorsed at the December 14, 2022 council meeting, the development on Colebatch Way would include 55 one-bedroom and 53 two-bedroom units along with restaurants, a cafe and other shops on the ground floor. An adjacent communal open space with a playground was also part of the plans, as well as a rooftop communal open space with an outdoor pool and a bar. The project was approved by the Regional Joint Development Assessment Panel in February, which paved the way for work, with the first sod being turned on the project last week. It marks proponent Azzura Lifestyle Living’s first step in a three-step plan for Azzura Square with two other large developments to go on surrounding sites. Speaking at the sod-turning ceremony, Azzura Investments founder and chief executive Roberto Badalotti said the project would revolutionise a previously unused South Hedland space. “This development is set to redefine South Hedland’s town centre. It will feature an impressive 2000sqm of commercial space, further enhancing its impact on the surrounding area,” he said. Speaking on the project earlier in the year, Mr Carter said he was very excited about the project and “supported it 100 per cent”. “It is desperately needed and I am really looking forward to (it), because it will give the whole town a major, major lift,” he said. Mr Carter said the development would “change the face of Hedland forever”.