Huge sporting boost backed

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
The McGregor Street Masterplan.
Camera IconThe McGregor Street Masterplan. Credit: Town of Port Hedland

Two major masterplans set to transform the sporting landscape of Port Hedland have been recommended for endorsement and advancement to the crucial planning stage.

Town of Port Hedland commissioner Fred Riebeling will tonight consider separate proposals for the South Hedland sports complex and McGregor Street precinct, which takes in sporting facilities surrounding the historic turf club.

The proposed changes to the South Hedland site would see an overhaul of facilities.

South Hedland Sports Precinct masterplan.
Camera IconSouth Hedland Sports Precinct masterplan.

The upgrades would include an extension of Wanangkura Stadium to include three indoor multipurpose courts, a new sports oval next to Kevin Scott Oval, improvements to the baseball facilities, a new dog park and a multi-use footpath to connect all the grounds.

The McGregor Street revamp would also see significant improvements including a double-storey judges box/broadcast tower, a function room and location for dance and martial arts classes to be held. Other proposed changes were a BMX track, running track and two rugby fields, two soccer fields and upgrades to the tennis and hockey courts.

The plan also allocates space for a 50-place childcare facility.

The Town has allocated $400,000 towards the detailed design stages of the separate plans in the 2019-20 budget.

Mr Riebeling said the documents were designed to cater to the increased demand from the community for greater access to sporting facilities.

“Hedland has to be ready, and these plans are designed to make sure that over the next 20 years the facilities match the desire,” he said.

Mr Riebeling said the expansion of the facilities would strengthen the sports clubs that are struggling because of lack of access.

“Cricket is a classic example, there are six clubs, and there’s the likelihood of a seventh club being available, but there’s nowhere to put them,” he said.

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