Pilbara Ports is leading the delivery of the Spoilbank Marina project to create a vibrant new amenity for the Hedland community.

The project is expected to create more than 200 jobs during construction and will provide a boost to the local economy as the State recovers from COVID-19.

Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan turned the first sod on November 13, marking the first major milestone in the delivery of the project.

The contract for Stage One, which included roadworks and the relocation of underground powerlines and light poles, has been awarded to Aboriginal-owned business Garli Pty Ltd.

Roadworks are being carried out by Main Roads WA.

Stage One involves almost $4 million in upgrades to key roads.

Tenders for the first part of Stage Two, bulk earthworks, are being evaluated. The successful tenderer will be announced by the end of the year.