The Pilbara Cities initiative was announced by the State Government in 2009 to revitalise the region and to prepare for long term growth and sustainability. Formerly a function of the Department of Regional Development and Lands, the Pilbara Cities office was transferred to the Pilbara Development Commission in October 2012. The Commission is the lead agency responsible for the delivery of the Pilbara Cities initiative.
The Pilbara Cities vision is to build the population of Karratha and Port Hedland into cities of 50,000 people, and Newman to 15,000 people by 2035, with other Pilbara towns growing into more attractive, sustainable local communities. For the past seven years, the Commission, through the Pilbara Cities initiative, has been working hard to transform the region’s towns into attractive and vibrant places that offer high quality lifestyle options, modern services and facilities, and diverse opportunities. Investment has been directed toward industrial infrastructure, town development, hospitals, schools, roads, as well as important general amenities such as swimming pools and recreation centres.
Royalties for Regions is the State Government's multi-billion dollar program to help grow Western Australia's regional areas into thriving and sustainable communities. Royalties for Regions has invested $1.7 billion into thePilbara Cities initiative for the key focus areas of:
Through the commencement of over one hundred projects, there has been a collaboration with a range of government, industry and community partners to transform the region sustainably by improving: