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Town of Port Hedland councillors embrace ambitious 51-apartment tourism development for South Hedland

Sam JonesNorth West Telegraph
Town of Port Hedland councillors have endorsed a 51-apartment tourist accommodation development for South Hedland.
Camera IconTown of Port Hedland councillors have endorsed a 51-apartment tourist accommodation development for South Hedland. Credit: Supplied

Port Hedland councillors have endorsed a new tourist accommodation development for South Hedland, which would see some 51 tourist apartments built on Throssell Road.

The development, located adjacent to the South Hedland McDonald’s, was recommended for approval by the Regional Joint Development Assessment Panel at a recent Ordinary Council Meeting.

The proposed development would see a double-storey building featuring 51 ensuite rooms constructed behind the South Hedland McDonald’s, between Throssell Road and McLarty Boulevard.

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Each ground-floor room would have its own courtyard, while each first-floor room would have a balcony.

In addition, there will be an outdoor pergola on the ground floor, as well as a lounge, reception area and guest laundry.

The development will also include 60 car-parking bays, two of which will be for electric vehicles, and five bays for visitors.

Town of Port Hedland Mayor Peter Carter said the development would provide additional short-stay accommodation in the area.

“We have a vision to make Hedland not just an attractive place to work and live but also one tourists want to visit,” he said.

“This sort of short-term, studio-apartment style tourist development provides another accommodation option for South Hedland.”

The development proposal comes shortly after JDAP approval was granted for a $51 million nine-storey apartment complex in South Hedland, just a few hundred metres from this new proposal.

The 1.3 hectare site on Colebatch Way would feature 55 one-bedroom and 53 two-bedroom units, with hospitality and retail outlets on the ground floor.

There will also be an open space with a playground and a rooftop communal area with a pool and bar.

It marks proponent Azzura Lifestyle Living’s first step in a three-step plan for ‘Azzura Square’ which will see two other large developments go up on surrounding sites.

The addition of this new tourist accommodation is expected to boost the local economy by attracting more visitors to the area. The project is now awaiting final approval from the Joint Development Assessment Panel, expected on April 24.

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