THE LANDS Minister for Western Australia, Brendon Grylls, has invited Newman residents to comment on "a visionary new plan" which aims to develop the town into a major regional hub of 15,000 people.
As part of the WA Government's Royalties for Region's 'Pilbara Cities' initiative, the draft Newman Revitalisation Plan was developed by LandCorp and the Shire of East Pilbara in order to guide the town's future growth.
Mr Grylls said "the plan sets a direction for the evolution of Newman into a dynamic, diverse, attractive and liveable town that people will be proud to call home... It includes strategies on how Newman will cater for a larger permanent population, how it will encourage more business and economic diversity, and the amenities needed in the future... In particular, it seeks to deliver greater housing diversity to help overcome affordability issues and encourage fly-in/fly out workers to settle in Newman."
The Revitilisation Plan includes a master plan on the redevelopment of the town centre which will include the creation of a unique town square, and a main street acting with a mix of retail, cultural, recreational and business activities.
Mr Grylls said the plan has the potential to significantly change the lives of residents and urged residents and business owners to provide feedback on the plan.
Some of the main points of the plan include increased density and a mix of housing types, a mixed business precinct, water spines and green streets, a civic and cultural precinct, new main street and town square and a new access road into the town centre.