Town will not construct controversial coastal pathway

Sam JonesNorth West Telegraph
Kingsmill Street resident Bill Dziombak.
Camera IconKingsmill Street resident Bill Dziombak. Credit: Sam Jones/Sam Jones

The Town of Port Hedland have decided to delay a controversial coastal pathway linking the West End and the Spoilbank Marina until after the upcoming council election.

The project would have seen a shared pedestrian and cycle path link Sutherland Street and the West End precinct, running parallel to Kingsmill street, on crown land as part of the Spoilbank Marina development.

Town of Port Hedland commissioner Fred Riebeling said the issue had become far too divisive.

“As a Commissioner, I do not believe it is my role to become involved in local political issues,” he said.

“I have always maintained that this development is in the best interests of progressing Hedland, allowing a population of over 15,000 to enjoy the ocean views, connecting the West End District with the Spoilbank Marina.

“This project is now at a point where members of the public are resorting to angry, ill-informed and self-interested positions, wasting a large amount of the Town’s time.”

Kingsmill Street resident and former Town councillor Bill Dziombak, pictured, who spoke to the North West Telegraph recently and vented his frustration over the project, has praised the decision.

“I absolutely agree with the decision to delay the pathway until a new council with fresh ideas has a chance to listen to the community,” he said.

“It’s the best outcome for the community, everyone was against this stab in the dark.

“It’s logic being put in place, it’s a beautiful decision.”

Commissioner Riebeling said despite the delay in construction, Town officers will immediately progress with the compliance issues that were discovered during this process, and address the encroachment and illegal building in the area.

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