The Boodarie Strategic Industrial Area (SIA) upgrade in Port Hedland is complete, enhancing access and improving safety for the iron ore and gas sectors of Western Australia’s Pilbara region.
The $10.5 million upgrade to the entrance road of the Boodarie SIA will pave the way for the precinct to become a world-class heavy industrial estate.
The upgrade has created a primary access point for the SIA as well as improved safety for turning vehicles at the intersection of Boodarie Station Access Road by including acceleration and deceleration lanes for existing and future industries.
“This upgrade has been a critical project in the Pilbara region and means the access road in and out of the Boodarie SIA can now cater for the heavy industrial work that will occur on the land,” Pilbara Member Kevin Michel said.
Western Australia’s 13 SIAs are designed to support investment in the downstream processing of the state’s resources and other strategic industrial activities.
“Boodarie’s close proximity and connections to the Port Hedland port, the world’s largest bulk export port, make it a key strategic area with the potential to evolve into a world-class job-creating heavy industrial estate,” said Western Australian Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan.
“Future expansion of Boodarie SIA could also play a major role in the development of our hydrogen hub in the Pilbara.”
The Boodarie SIA comprises 4000 hectares of ‘Strategic Industry’ zoned land located 12 kilometres south of Port Hedland off the Great Northern Highway.
The upgrade was funded under the WA Government’s post-COVID-19 $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan, focused on building infrastructure, economic, health and social outcomes and delivering a pipeline of jobs.
Another example is the Kwinana SIA, 40 kilometres south of Perth, which benefits major mining operators such as BHP, Tianqi Lithium and Covalent Lithium.
Kwinana SIA has easy access to one of the state’s most significant port facilities, Fremantle Port, as well as a synergistic community of companies all working to streamline their operations.