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Have Your Say on Wednesday 20 May

13 May 2015

The Town of Port Hedland is hosting a community conversations forum on Wednesday 20 May to discuss long term lease options of Port Hedland International Airport.

Members of the community are invited to attend the informal session at Council Chambers at 6.30pm.

A modern and well-serviced airport is as essential for attracting new industries and tourism as it is for servicing our local community and
making Port Hedland a great place to live.

This proposed new arrangement does NOT mean the sale of the airport. Instead, the airport would be run by commercial
operators while the Town of Port Hedland retains ownership of it and continues to influence strategic decisions.

What this proposal does mean is great financial benefit for ratepayers. Instead of the Council borrowing funds to upgrade
the airport, these would be sourced by the private operator.

Lease revenue would also provide opportunities for other valuable community projects to be funded.

Long term lease arrangements have proven to be successful for a number of local government owned airports on the east coast,
bringing ongoing benefits to their local communities.

We believe this is the best option for the future of our town and our airport.

However, this decision has not been made and will not be made in a hurry, nor without community input.

This proposal is open to public comment until 8 June 2015.

To find out more or to have your say, visit the Town of Port Hedland’s website, phone us on 08 9158 9300 and attend the community forum on 20 May.