Taxi rank to move to curb behaviour

Camilo BlancoNorth West Telegraph

South Hedland Square has, for a long time, been central to a number of serious issues involving loitering and antisocial behaviour.

One of the areas in the Square that is central to the problem is the space around the entrance to Coles, where the taxi rank is located.

At an Ordinary Council Meeting in February the option of completely removing the rank was taken off the table.

Since then, the Town of Port Hedland has been in discussion with all stakeholders involved in the search for a solution.

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At last week’s council meeting a three-month trial relocation of the rank to Wise Terrace, South of McLarty Boulevard was approved, and will come into effect as soon as possible.

At the end of the trial, stakeholders will come together to decide if this is a feasible long-term solution.

Although this will not solve the entire issue, relocation of the taxi rank is an extremely positive step towards a resolution.

The Town of Port Hedland’s number one priority is to ensure the safety of all community members.

The fact that this area is constantly unsafe to those working and shopping is a very serious problem, and positive progress like this is exactly what we need to see.

For updates on the progress of the relocation, please keep an eye on the Town of Port Hedland Facebook page.

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