While it is a vital piece of infrastructure, a Cable Landing Station is usually nothing more than an uninspiring big, grey box.
But all that has changed at Port Hedland with students from two local primary schools – Port Hedland Primary and St Cecilia Primary School – adding their artistic inspiration to Nextgen’s Cable Landing Station, part of the $200m North West Port Hedland to Darwin submarine cable project.
The Cable Landing Station, located at McGregor and Crawford Streets, is part of the 2000km long cable, which will deliver speeds of up to 100GB/s to customers in the LNG fields in Australia’s north-west, including the Browse and Bonaparte basins, providing essential support to offshore and also onshore resources projects and operations.
A major part of the project has been working with the local Port Hedland community to ensure the shared investment in the digital future of Port Hedland and the region is optimised, with the help of fabulous young artists.
Nextgen CEO David Yuile praised the collage of 26 works, all with the theme “What I like about Port Hedland”.
“The students have done a fantastic job with their interpretation of the theme and our Cable Landing Station will look amazing with these bright and dynamic artworks.
“I would like to thank the teachers and students from both schools for embracing this project and I hope Nextgen can do other things to involve the local community in the coming months,” Mr Yuile said.
Mr Yuile said the student artworks would also hang in Nextgen’s offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.
Visual Arts Specialist, Mukami Ireri, from Port Hedland Primary School said the students loved the challenge and the opportunity to be part of the project.
“Our students were very honoured and excited to have their artworks used in such an interesting and purposeful way.
“It was amazing to see their sense of pride and achievement as they worked very hard to complete their creations,” she said.
St Cecilia’s Catholic Primary School Assistant Principal Mandy Sheen said the school had run a competition to get a range of entries.
“We were delighted with the response and quite overwhelmed by the number of entries. The children were thrilled to create a piece of artwork that would be seen by the whole Port Hedland Community.
“The hardest part for us was to choose which 14 entries would be featured. They were all wonderful,” she said.
Port Hedland Mayor Kelly Howlett praised the creative initiative and said the artworks would add to the colour and vibrancy of the town.
“I love what our local primary school students have done and I would like to thank Nextgen and the two schools involved for the time and energy they have put into the project.
“The North West Cable project and the infrastructure it has brought to Port Hedland means businesses in the region will now have greater choice for their telecommunications needs and I look forward to continuing to grow the town’s partnership with Nextgen in the future,” Mayor Howlett said.
The North West Cable project will be launched and made commercially available by mid-2016.