Hedland community priorities drive youth precinct expansion

Published on Wednesday, 7 September 2022 at 2:00:00 PM

Kevin Michel MLA has officially opened the second stage expansion and redevelopment of the JD Hardie Youth and Community Hub (JDHYCH) in South Hedland to deliver a premium sporting and recreational facility for the town. 

The $7.5 million investment towards the second stage development was primarily funded by the Town of Port Hedland, with $750,000 provided through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries’ Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund.

The project includes three new multi-use courts, the installation of a shade shelter, an amphitheatre, landscaping and an accessible change room.

Kevin Michel MLA welcomed the opening of the second stage development to support increased access, across all ages and abilities, to Port Hedland’s principal youth precinct.

“Sport and recreation is a big part of living in Hedland, and can make a great difference to the future direction of young people’s lives.

This substantial redevelopment not only addresses the recreation and social needs of local young people and children, but it will also serve as a primary welfare and community emergency centre.”

Initiated from community feedback and consultation, the new shaded outdoor courts also feature lighting, and are designed to provide both relief from the Pilbara climate and extend opportunities to pursue recreational activities.

With community programs offered at JDHYCH currently averaging 2,500 visits each month, the expansion will increase what activities and opportunities can be offered to children and young people. 

Mayor Peter Carter said this is another example of the Town’s commitment to deliver quality public infrastructure that serves community need. 

“The Town is committed to creating a thriving, resilient and inclusive future for our diverse community.

“A key part of this is investing in civic and recreational amenity and services that make Hedland a great place to live – we want more people to call Hedland home.

“Our investment in the JD Hardie Youth and Community Hub is an important step in achieving this.

“My thanks go to the teams that works with young people in our community and helped to bring this fantastic centre to completion.”

Pictured: Mayor Peter Carter and Kevin Michel MLA cut the ribbon at the official opening of the JD Hardie stage 2 works in South Hedland, Wednesday 7 September 2022.

For media information:

Town of Port Hedland, PR and Communications Team

Email: media@porthedland.wa.gov.au

Phone: 08 9158 9300


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