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    Roadside Rest Stops


    The Pilbara Regional council and its members are proactively developing the Pilbara’s tourism capacity to benefit both residents and visitors.

    Given that the region’s road usage has increased exponentially in recent years due to new minerals and resources projects, improving the amenity for road users has been a priority.

    This project will improve the journey for the travelling public in the Pilbara, acknowledging that there are some hazards inherent in travelling the region with large distances between population centres, uncertain road and weather conditions, and some of the largest vehicular movements in the world.

    Applying the State Government’s Royalties for Regions funding, this project is upgrading the facilities it selected high-traffic locations.

    The design and construction of 12 of the rest stops was awarded to international design firm Urban Art Projects (UAP).

    The highly creative team developed a customised modular system of components to provide shade shelters, seating, toilet facilities, and interpretative signage. Importantly, the facilities will incorporate original Indigenous artwork within the structure.

    In a first for the region, this project is providing wi-fi access at selected rest stops, enabling the traveling public to connect to essential information services and stay in touch throughout their journey.

    PROPOSED OUTCOMES

    Travelling public informed of regional items of interest and reminded of safe travel initiatives.

    A shelter and, where possible, ablution facilities provided to travelling public.

    Indigenous culture incorporated and highlighted within innovative structural design.

    Where possible, wi-fi hotspots incorporated for traveller use.

    Upgrades and works completed in:

    Shire of Ashburton: 7 sites.

    Shire of East Pilbara: 3 sites.

    Town of Port Hedland: 4 sites: 4 sites.

    Shire of Roebourne: 4 sites.