Port Hedland Local Planning Strategy and Scheme Review

The Client
Town of Port Hedland
Project Team
Cath Blake-Powell
Director, Principal - Engagement
Murray Casselton
Director - Planning
Mike Davis
Associate - Planning
The Project

element was engaged by the Town of Port Hedland to review Port City Growth Plan which was prepared at the height of the mining construction boom and which has an aspirational scenario to accommodate a population of 50,000 within Port Hedland by 2035. element was tasked to prepare a new Local Planning Strategy and Scheme based on more realistic population growth targets of between 20,000 and 27,000 people by 2040.

Our Role

element led a team of consultants to deliver the review. We designed and delivered all aspects of engagement, which commenced with identification of key stakeholders and design of engagement, to accommodate diverse community and stakeholder interests. Key stakeholders included State agencies, Port Hedland Airport, major mining companies, Aboriginal communities and cattle station owners.


Our comprehensive Community and Stakeholder Engagement Strategy accommodated for engagement with over 12 Aboriginal language groups. Delivery of successful engagement enabled the Town of Port Hedland to strengthen relationships with Aboriginal leaders, which led to a co-designed workshop, dual-naming agreements and business opportunity identification.

What We Delivered
  • Community and Stakeholder Engagement Strategy
  • Stakeholder database management
  • Communication and Engagement Plan
  • Online survey
  • Information display
  • Fact sheets
  • Place snapshots
  • Pop-up events
  • Co-design of workshops with Aboriginal leaders
  • Community and stakeholder workshops
  • Engagement evaluation and reporting

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