A project that Emerge Associates’ commenced working on 11 years ago, the Port Hedland Marina has been approved and is due to start construction this year.

The ‘Spoilbank’, as it is currently known, is a manmade sand spit created from excess dredge spoil taken from the construction of the Port Hedland harbour facility in the late 60s and early 70s, which was undertaken to provide access for ever larger iron ore ships.

Emerge’s Landscape Architects and Environmental Consultants have led much of the design input, working closely with Development WA and the consultant team to get to this point. The Marina has a few interesting local design challenges to factor into the planning, including a 10m tidal range, considering the impact of cyclones and working on compacted dredge spoil.

The $121 million project will transform the Port Hedland waterfront and will include a public fishing jetty, extensive landscaped parkland, event spaces and shaded swimming beach area, along with a four-lane boat ramp, boat pens and associated carparking.  The upgrade will be a welcome asset for the local community by improving amenity of the Port Hedland foreshore as well as providing another boating facility along the 960km stretch of coast between Exmouth and Broome.

Particular mention is extended to our very own Paul Broderick, Liam Lacey and Aisha Chalmers for their efforts and persistence in getting to this important milestone.