An artist's impression of the proposed Spoilbank Marina.

Tourism focus for Hedland marina

Port Hedland's council hopes the Pilbara town will become a genuine tourist destination, after the state government committed $112 million towards a $152 million marina development today.


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Broome has been lobbying state governments for more than 25 years for a safe boat harbour and a site was in fact included in the Port of Broome's Land Use Plan in 2003. The state government has once again ignored a "need" for a town that requires tourism development and it growth for its very survival in favour of locations that have a very stable and growing economy with record exports of resources. The Pilbara has a problem that the bulk of the employment is FIFO that contributes little to their community or development, but government does nothing about that and pours enormous amounts of funding into not only these types of projects but also accommodation and offices there is little or no demand for. Where is the equity here? Bit like the Marina in Augusta???

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