The community have played a key role in developing the vision for Pretty Pool.
In November 2004, a Port Hedland Enquiry by Design workshop was held to review Port Hedland's housing requirements, including the type of development most needed.
Between March and August 2005, we continued this consultation process by holding workshops with local residents and key stakeholders to look at how land at Pretty Pool could best provide better lifestyle options to residents.
A follow-up registration of interest in November 2005 resulted in more than 120 submissions received outlining demand for a varied number of housing types.
We have worked with the Town of Port Hedland and the Kariyarra traditional owners on Pretty Pool’slandscape and public open space design features.
Surveys of the area's fauna and flora have been undertaken in consultation with the Kariyarra, as well as studies of the area's archaeological and ethnographic significance.
We have consulted community groups and environmental experts to ensure the vision for Pretty Pool reflects the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the area. Nearby turtle nesting sites will be protected.
These initiatives will reduce potential impacts to the turtle nesting from artificial lighting, uncontrolled four-wheel drive access to the beach and other recreational activities.
Continuing a recent professional partnership, local artist Fred Beel will join Perth-based artist Jon Tarry to create a series of sculptures within the rustic open spaces of the Pretty Pool estate.
Gaining inspiration from some of the area’s most recognised attractions, including the mangrove flats, Dampier salt stock piles and turtle nesting at Pretty Pool beach, Mr Beel and Mr Tarry will create two major pieces and several ‘conversation’ pieces.
The pair will use local contractors and recycled materials. They hope their creations will be a lasting expression of local identity and natural heritage and that the community will enjoy their work.
Mr Beel and Mr Tarry were selected for the public art community contribution at Pretty Pool based on a range of criteria, including their familiarity with the region, after DevelopmentWA conducted an expression of interest process.
Sustainability in Action
To ensure Pretty Pool is designed with the sensitive mangrove, coastal and native fauna environments in mind, we are working closely with the Town of Port Hedland and the local community.
A leading turtle expert has been working with the project team to ensure 'turtle friendly' design is used in the development's street lighting, housing design guidelines and protection of the foreshore.
Initiatives will reduce the potential negative effects on turtle nesting from artificial lighting, uncontrolled four-wheel drive access to the beach and other recreational activities.
Key sustainability features include:
- Signage to identify turtle nesting sites and dune revegetation
- Bollards to restrict vehicle access to the beach
- Controlled beach access for pedestrians
- Viewing platform highlights surrounding natural habitats
- Low maintenance endemic plant species for public open spaces
To create a natural buffer between the estate and Pretty Pool's mangrove areas, large areas of public open space have been designed.
We are helping reduce contaminants and excess nutrients reaching the mangroves and nearby waterways through water sensitive design for drainage.
DevelopmentWA is also working with the Kariyarra Traditional Owners to ensure the development reflects the environmental and cultural heritage of the area. Surveys of the area's fauna and flora have been undertaken in consultation with the Kariyarra, as well as studies of the area's archaeological and ethnographic significance.