Approval has been granted for a temporary marine simulator to be located in one of the properties acquired through the Port Hedland Voluntary Buy-Back Scheme, in the first step toward the establishment of the Pilbara Training College.

Hedland Maritime Initiative is partnered with others working to develop the proposed college as a cornerstone development within the Education and Training Sub-precinct of the Maritime Precinct.

The vision for the College is to provide an educational centre of excellence supporting continued education across all areas of the maritime, logistics and resources industries, as a ‘pit-to-port’ training solution.

HMI and Pilbara Ports Authority are collaborating with existing education providers to expand the training opportunities for the region and to establish a centre of excellence.

Short term student accommodation will also be provided.

HMI has issued offers to owners of more than 58 per cent of the eligible residential properties under the PHVBS.

As at 10 May 2022, of the estimated 425 eligible West End properties, 65 per cent have been or are being valued and 248 offer letters have been issued.

HMI Managing Director Karlene Bylund said 40 per cent have been sold or are in the process of selling to HMI. Of these, 138 properties have been acquired, six are progressing to settlement, and 26 are at contract stage.

Owners of less than one per cent have declined the offer.