Path plan consultation before nod

Danielle RaffaeleNorth West Telegraph
Concept art of a boardwalk which was endorsed by council in 2013
Camera IconConcept art of a boardwalk which was endorsed by council in 2013

A vocal Kingsmill Street resident has welcomed the local government’s plan to consult with ratepayers over a proposed footpath that would be built through backyards in the West End but says an open public forum is essential to capture more feedback.

Ratepayer and former councillor Bill Dziombak said the consultations were a “fantastic” start but he would push for a united forum.

The Town of Port Hedland announced they would seek input for the proposed Sutherland Street Share Path Extension which aims to provide pedestrian and cyclist connection for the Hedland community, connecting the West End to the Spoilbank Marina development.

In a meeting last month, councillors decided to defer any action until consultations had taken place. As a result, a number of in-person focus groups are expected this week.

Mr Dziombak said he was booked for a session on Monday.

“I will be asking specifically for a public open forum where people can go, not to throw stones, not to scream and shout but to have what we have always asked for,” he said.

Town of Port Hedland Mayor Peter Carter said he encouraged local residents to participate in the consultation to ensure views were voiced.

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