Port Hedland 430-bed property once used as workers camp, detention centre hits the market

North West Telegraph

If you’ve always wanted to go up north with 429 of your closest friends, look no further.

The Pilbara has some unique properties but it’s not often you see a 430-bedroom property hit the market.

Hedland First National has listed an enormous Port Hedland property once used as a camp for single men and as a government detention centre.

The advertisement, published in the North West Telegraph, states the property is in an “elite location” in Cooke Point with a building layout which would “energise” potential buyers.

“This incomparable site offers mass accommodation or the ultimate development site,” the ad reads.

The property was originally owned by BHP and used to house its workers but has sat empty for years, to the frustration of locals.

“Previously used as an accommodation haven, it may be the right time to resurrect this site in the highly sought-after Cooke Point precinct, close to the ocean and a sporting complex,” the advertisement reads.

Agent Rick Hockey said locals desperately wanted to see the the massive 3.23ha Dempster Street block redeveloped with a possible retail use and homes.

“It’s not something that come up all the time and everybody would like to see it cleaned up and put to good use,” Mr Hockey said.

The site is zoned for urban development and contains 60 modular buildings — a mix of four and three bedroom units — and a huge communal eating area.

Ten double-storey brick buildings are also included in the sale, but whoever buys it will need to bring in the tradies, with the agent acknowledging extensive renovations will be needed.

Mr Hockey said the property was open for expressions of interest but expected it would eventually sell for a price in the millions of dollars.

“I’ve already had some nibbles,” he said.

  • 15 Dempster Street,
  • Port Hedland
  • Price Expressions of interest
  • Agent Hedland First National
  • Contact Rick Hockey, 0438 934 093

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