Pilbara Aboriginal Town-Based Reserves

The State Government will ensure that residents of town-based reserves in the Pilbara receive the same services and opportunities, and have the same payment responsibilities, as other residents of the town.

The $20 million Pilbara project is the first implementation of the State Government's new approach to town-based reserves.

The project is being undertaken in two stages:

  • Stage 1: consultation with residents and other stakeholders to develop a plan for each reserve.
  • Stage 2: implementation of each plan.

There are six occupied town-based reserves in the Pilbara, with a total population of about 320 residents.

Reserve Name Location Houses Population
Tjalka Boorda
(3 Mile)
Port Hedland  26
(10 occupied)
Parnpajinya Newman  13
(11 occupied)
Bindi Bindi Onslow  24 120
Cheeditha Roebourne  14 30
Irrungadji Nullagine  13
(12 occupied)
Goodabinya (Mirtunkarra) Marble Bar   9


Stage 1 - Community Engagement and Consultation

The Pilbara Development Commission is consulting with a range of local and regional stakeholders, including native title holders, local governments and State Government agencies, about the future of the Pilbara’s eight Aboriginal town-based reserves.

In February 2017, the Pilbara Development Commission appointed South Hedland-based Sing-Kenken Solutions to undertake formal engagement with the six occupied town-based reserve communities.

The consultants are visiting each town-based reserve and meeting with the communities to develop transition plans based on the aspirations of residents.

The transition plans will be informed by an infrastructure assessment, social impact analysis, and the identification of local area planning and statutory approvals.

Consideration will also be given to the required wrap-around support services for residents. 

Stage 2 will involve implementation of the plans and may take up to three years, depending on the extent of work to be carried out.

For more information, contact the Pilbara Development Commission on 1800 843 745.

The Pilbara Town-Based Reserves Project is being led by the Pilbara Development Commission in partnership with the Regional Services Reform Unit and is funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program.


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Last reviewed: 31 Oct 2017