The Western Australian Government and Town of Port Hedland  have given the green light for the $152million Spoilbank Marina Precinct development in north-west WA.


Part of the Pilbara Cities initiative to revitalise Port Hedland into a city of 50,000 people, the project will include a marina with up to 250 boat pens, four boat ramps and marine support services.

The surrounding precinct will incorporate a hotel, mixed-use development, caravan park and public recreation space. 


Premier Colin Barnett said the State Government would contribute $112million to the project (including $72m from Royalties for Regions). Town of Port Hedland will contribute $40m


The Spoilbank Marina will include a boat lifter and hardstand; land for boat repairs and service; refuelling jetty; restaurants; bars; event spaces; water play area; and an adjacent caravan park.

The former hospital site south of Sutherland Street and overlooking the marina will also form part of the revitalised broader precinct, with Finbar proposing to develop high-quality, short-term accommodation and commercial space on the site.


Finbar’s proposed two-stage development on the former hospital site will incorporate 367 short-stay serviced apartments over two, seven-storey towers on Sutherland Street; a two to four-storey building on the eastern elevation, and two-storey buildings on Morgans Street. 3,900sqm of commercial and retail space to be provided on ground floor of Sutherland Street.


Work will commence this year on detailed design and approvals, with completion of the precinct expected in 2016-17.