Planning and governance of Perth’s most important industrial region will be streamlined to deliver greater economic output, cost savings and more employment opportunities.
State Cabinet has approved the creation of a Western Trade Coast (WTC) Industries Committee to replace five separate committees currently involved in the planning and development of the WTC region.
The WTC region, comprising the Kwinana Industrial Area, Rockingham Industry Zone, Latitude 32 Industry Zone and Australian Marine Complex, currently produces $15.5billion annually and employs 11,600 people.
Premier and State Development Minister Colin Barnett said the decision would ensure the efforts of Government were better co-ordinated to maximise the region’s economic and employment potential.
“The State Government’s long-term aim is to increase the WTC’s output to $28.3billion per annum and generate 22,000 jobs,” Mr Barnett said.
“But to achieve this we need strong co-ordination between the State Government agencies, local governments and industry bodies driving this growth.
“Four project areas within the WTC region currently have their own governance frameworks and this disjointed approach is not maximising the area’s potential.
“By aligning these efforts alone we can produce an estimated additional $2billion per annum and an additional 1,600 jobs.”
Planning Minister John Day said a number of significant infrastructure projects were planned for the WTC but existing policy and frameworks for controlling development and growth were inadequate to drive a co-ordinated approach.
“Through the WTC Industries Committee’s formation we can create stronger focus on the region and the conditions required to attract investment, deliver more jobs and greater wealth to West Australians,” Mr Day said.
Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said there was good support from all stakeholders consulted prior to the Government’s decision and this enthusiasm would drive the new committee’s delivery of an extensive work program.
Mr Barnett announced the committee would be chaired by South Metropolitan Region MLC Hon Phil Edman, who also currently chairs the Rockingham Kwinana Planning and Development Taskforce. Chris Oughton, the director of the Kwinana Industries Council, will be deputy chair. Both appointments are for two years.
“Other committee members will comprise senior representatives of LandCorp, Fremantle Ports and the departments of Planning, State Development, Commerce, Environment and Conservation and Transport as well as the cities of Rockingham and Cockburn, Town of Kwinana, and two industry representatives,” Mr Barnett said.
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Western Trade Coast at a glance
Kwinana Industrial Area
· Total 2,400 hectares for major resource processing industries
· Fabrication and construction facilities
· High technology chemical and bio-technology plants
· Large resource processing industries
· Alumina, nickel and oil refineries; coal and gas-fired power stations
· Deep Water Port with direct shipping access to South East Asia.
Australian Marine Complex
· World-class Centre of Excellence servicing the marine, defence and resource industries
· Manufacturing, fabrication, assembly, technology, repair and maintenance services
· Home to the most technically advanced floating dock and transfer system in the world
· Four wharves can accommodate vessels up to 300 metres in length
· Home to ASC West, a purpose-built submarine repair facility servicing the Collins Class submarine fleet.
Latitude 32 Industry Zone
· Will provide 1,100ha of industrial land across 14 precincts
· Accommodating light, general and transport industry uses
· Transport node with links to Kwinana Port and major freight routes
· Flinders Precinct now development and lots for sale
· Home to national steel products distributor Southern Steel.
Rockingham Industry Zone
· Seven precincts covering 1,150ha
· Largest remaining undeveloped special and heavy industry area in metropolitan region
· Warehousing, transport and logistics, medium to large fabricators and marine-related industries
· Access to existing infrastructure and Cockburn Sound deep water port.