The transformation of the Spoilbank area is well under way as work continues on the $121 million Spoilbank Marina project.

To date, 52 per cent of project spend has been awarded to Pilbara-based businesses and 36 per cent towards registered Aboriginal businesses.

In addition to being awarded the Stage 2a bulk earthworks package, MGN Civil was awarded the Stage 2c package, which includes the construction of breakwaters to protect the marina from rough ocean conditions, and the internal revetment walls of the marina basin.

The site has been levelled and rocks have been stockpiled in preparation for the construction of breakwaters. Quality granite rock from the site will also be re-used for the breakwaters.

Ports Minister Rita Saffioti said the project provided a great opportunity for local businesses and contractors to get involved, with local jobs created and more to come.

“The Spoilbank Marina will transform the Port Hedland waterfront into a popular destination for locals and visitors,” she said.

BHP has contributed $12.4 million to the project. BHP WA Iron Ore asset President Brandon Craig said the Spoilbank Marina was a critical part of the new west end vision.

“It will increase amenity and attract visitors, support existing businesses and attract new businesses to the area and give the local economy a major boost,” he said.