Western Australia

New blueprint for Newman launched

A "visionary" blueprint to revitalise Newman, double its population and transform the town into a major sub-regional service centre has been launched by the State Government and the Shire of East Pilbara.

Regional Development and Lands Minister Brendon Grylls presented the Newman Revitalisation Plan to the local community, as the first step towards ensuring Newman's long-term economic future and improving the lives of its residents.

"This groundbreaking plan is the product of the long-term vision of both the shire and the State Government, the leadership of LandCorp and significant community participation, and I am proud to present it today," Mr Grylls said.

"Funded through the State Government's Royalties for Region's Pilbara Cities initiative, this $20million project will position Newman to grow from a population of 6,000 permanent and 2,000 fly-in/fly-out residents into a significant town for up to 15,000 people," Mr Grylls said.

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 blueprint includes the establishment of a main street to become a focal point for the town; opportunities for retail, cafes and restaurants; a greater diversity of housing choice; and a mixed business precinct.

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