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The 2021 population forecast for Town of Port Hedland is 14,664, and is forecast to grow to 27,085 by 2041.
The Town of Port Hedland is located in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, approximately 1,700 northeast of Perth. The Town is bounded by the Indian Ocean to the north, the Shire of East Pilbara to the east, the Shires of East Pilbara and Ashburton to the south and the City of Karratha and Shire of Ashburton to the west. The LGA was originally named the Pilbara Road District, changed name to the Port Hedland Road District in 1904, became a Shire in 1961 and a Town of Port Hedland in 1989. Port Hedland is known by the Indigenous Kariyarra and Nyamal people as Marapikurrinya, which is said to mean "place of good water". Swedish-born mariner Peter Hedland was the first European to note the harbour's existence and the possibility of using it as a port.
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