Port Hedland was established as a trading Port for the pastoral industry.
Mining started under state agreement acts under an agreement that within 30 years, by 1996 it would be a thriving, and vibrant town with a population of 60,000 residents.
This growth plan was underpinned by downstream procession and the introduction of other industries.
Residential houses reached 5,200 and the town exported 10 million tonnes (mtpa) of iron ore per annum.
The 1960's growth plan had fallen behind for several reasons. Top level mining managment had relocated to Perth.
Government offices were moved to Karratha. Fringe benefits tax was introduced, which made it economically unviable for industry to house their management and spokespeople and top level government representatives.
The Port exports grew to 78 mtpa (iron ore and other minerals.)
Government and Industry now see the virtues of working to recreate the 1966 vision, and expand the Pilbara population to 1 million.
Port Hedland expects a population of 100,000 residents by 2030, this would require 30,000 houses. Our Port currently exports 170 mtpa and we have 4,200 houses.There is $3 million to be invested in industry infrastructiore to deliver 350 mtpa of product, with over a billion dollars to be invested in government projects and private infrastructure. At this point the town expects to have 6,000 homes by 2010.