27/05/2011 - 09:14

Grylls announces 7 new Pilbara projects

27/05/2011 - 09:14

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Regional Development and Lands Minister Brendon Grylls has announced $20 million in royalties for regions-funded infrastructure projects for the Pilbara.

Regional Development and Lands Minister Brendon Grylls has announced $20 million in royalties for regions-funded infrastructure projects for the Pilbara.

Mr Grylls announced seven priority projects selected from an expressions of interest process overseen by the Department of Regional Development and Lands' Pilbara Cities Office.

The seven successful projects are:

1. Main Street Jetty Extension
$6million to the Port Hedland Port Authority to build port facilities that benefit the port and provide much-needed community and tourism development opportunities. The total project cost is estimated to be $24.5million.

2. Karratha Service Workers Accommodation Enhancements
$2.4 million to improving the visual aesthetics and environmental performance of the 100 service workers accommodation units being built in Karratha.

3. Port Hedland Waterfront Revitalisation
$3.1 million towards the demolition and site remediation of the old Port Hedland Hospital. This project will allow the redevelopment of the site as part of the Port Hedland Marina Project.

4. West Australian Country Health Service Accommodation (WACHS)
$943,000 to convert a disused Port Hedland aged care facility into an accommodation facility for health and aged care staff.

5. Regional Health Administrative Accommodation
$2.2 million to refurbish and significantly update an existing Government building in South Hedland to accommodate WACHS administration staff. These staff members are currently based in the old Port Hedland Hospital which is set for demolition.

6. Dampier Highway Streetscaping
$2million to the Shire of Roebourne to work with Main Roads Western Australia to install landscaping and public art on median strips and roundabouts on the Dampier Highway.

7. Hedland Senior High School
An additional $3.3 million in Royalties for Regions funding has been allocated towards the redevelopment of the school. Previous planning works identified that insufficient funds were available to complete the total desired project works. These funds, coupled with other Government and industry contributions, will ensure the project can be delivered in its entirety.

Mr Grylls said the selection of the projects had been done in consultation with the local community and the Pilbara development commission.

"These Royalties for Regions-funded projects will improve the standard of living for Pilbara residents by providing much-needed infrastructure, facilitating land preparation and improving amenities," he said.

STANDING BY BUSINESS. TRUSTED BY BUSINESS.

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