The Newman Neighbourhood Centre is located in Newman – the largest of the towns in the Shire of East Pilbara region (SoEP) – 1,200km north of Perth and 450km south of Port Hedland. The SoEP is the largest local government area in the Southern Hemisphere – bigger than Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory combined.
Newman has a population of 7,238 people of whom 14.3% are Aboriginal; 18.2% are under 14 years of age; 1.3% over 65 years old and a younger than average demographic with a median age of 33 years (ABS 2016). A culturally diverse community, Newman is home to over 50 different cultural groups.
A modern mining town, Newman was established in 1966 by the Mt Newman Mining Co Pty Ltd (a subsidiary of BHP), to support the development of iron ore deposits at nearby Mount Whaleback – today one of the largest open cut mines in the world.
The town has developed around the presence of the valuable mineral resources, bringing families from all over the country and overseas, with over half of employment connected to the mining industry (2016 Census, Australian Bureau of Statistics).
The NNC works collaboratively with other organisations, agencies and individuals for coordinated service provision to enhance life for residents and families in the community, including local government, businesses, health and emergency services and more.