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BHP’s Hedland housing plans revealed

CHRIS THOMSON

BHP-Billiton has lodged plans for a markedly downsized worker village than the 6000-person one it had knocked back by the Town of Port Hedland in 2012.

The pictured ‘Quattro South Hedland’ project has 55 three-bedroom town houses, 12 one-bedroom apartments, eight two-bedroom apartments, two 67sqm shops and 157 car parks.

The project also includes 10 boat parking bays to cater for the recreational aspirations of BHP workers.

Located on a 2.5-hectare block between Murdoch Drive, Daylesford Close and Collier Drive, the BHP compound would be a short stroll to the South Hedland hospital, a swimming centre, medical centre and shopping centre.

BHP Quattro South Hedland housingThe Town of Port Hedland has recommended approval of the $69 million project, ahead of a Pilbara development assessment panel meeting on January 29 that will seal the project’s fate.

A condition of the town’s approval is that BHP include $250,000 of public art in the project.

BHP’s plans to house 6000 workers at Hedland airport were scrapped in 2012 after the council knocked the Big Australian back.

If approved next week and eventually built, Quattro South Hedland could join Port Hedland’s first skyscraper – approved last week by the development assessment panel – in alleviating the town’s recent property downturn.

BHP had planned to start construction by the end of January. But that aint gonna happen.

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