28/06/2010 - 09:14

$20m plan to revitalise Newman

28/06/2010 - 09:14

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The state government has launched a $20 million plan to double the population of the Pilbara town of Newman to 15,000.

$20m plan to revitalise Newman

The state government has launched a $20 million plan to double the population of the Pilbara town of Newman to 15,000.

Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the Newman Revitalisation Plan was the first step towards ensuring Newman's long-term economic future and improving the lives of its residents.

The plan is being funded by the Royalties for Region's Pilbara Cities initiative.

The state government hopes the town's population will grow from 6,000 permanent residents and 2,000 fly-in/fly-out residents to 15,000.

"Having lived for decades with basic services, the people of Newman will soon be able to enjoy a town centre full of character and a townsite geared to accommodate more residents, retailers and businesses," said Mr Grylls.

Shire of East Pilbara president Lynne Craigie said existing residents would have a wide and interesting choice of leisure activities, new people would be attracted to the area and a range of businesses would emerge to bolster the local economy.

"The establishment of a main street will become a much needed focal point for the town,"
Cr Craigie said.

"Additional retail opportunities, cafes and restaurants with alfresco dining will make Newman an even more exciting place to be."

Mr Grylls said LandCorp would continue to work closely with the shire and the private sector to realise this vision for the town.

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