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Pilbara cities



The Pilbara cities project is a part of the Western Australian (WA) Department of Regional Development and Lands' (RDL) Royalties for regions initiative. The Pilbara cities project aims to build the population of Karratha and Port Hedland into cities of 50,000 people, and Newman into a city of 15,000 people, by 2035. It also aims to develop other Pilbara towns into more attractive, sustainable local communities.

The project is overseen by the RDL's Pilbara Cities Office (PCO), established in April 2010 to address the issues associated with significant growth in the region. The PCO has committed more than $1 billion in Royalties for regions funds with relevant local and state government agencies across the key focus areas of:

Abstract adapted from Department of Regional Development and Lands


Pilbara Cities office
Ph: 1300 72 2255

Karratha office
Pilbara Development Commission
5 Sharpe Avenue
PO Box 888
Karratha WA 6714

Perth office
Pilbara Development Commission
Level 2, 140 William Street
Perth WA 6000
PO Box 1143
West Perth WA 6872

Related publications

Newman P, Bilsborough D, Reed P, Brinckerhoff P, Mouritz M (2010)

Pilbara cities: from projects to places – the 2 challenges, 4 themes and 10 practices of how to do it.

Karratha, WA: Department of Regional Development and Land


Last updated: 17 March 2016
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