Briefing paper

Pilbara cities: from projects to places

20 Jul 2010

This paper sets out to examine the prospect of transitioning the regional mining towns of the Pilbara (particularly Karratha and Port Hedland) into desirable, liveable and affordable cities. These mining towns bear all the hallmarks of being built around projects only, and need to transition into places for settlement in their own right. To do this we will discuss the ‘two, four and ten’ of creating cities in the Pilbara: the two challenges to this transition — remoteness and resilience; the four themes for enabling the transition of project towns to good cities — economics, infrastructure, planning and ‘placemaking’, and governance; and the ten practical solutions to allow this transition to occur for the towns of the Pilbara.

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