Lands Minister George Cash today announced the establishment of the Meenaar Advisory Board to oversee the development of the Meenaar Industrial Park.
Meenaar Park, a heavy industrial estate being developed by LandCorp 18 kilometres east of Northam, would be used for mineral processing and agricultural industries.
Mr Cash said the State Government was committed to the development of the Meenaar Industrial Park which would enhance the economic base of the region.
"The park will provide the region with exciting new industry and employment opportunities," he said.
"The newly established board of eight will advise the Government on all aspects relating to the planning, development and operation of the park.
"It will boost the profile of the region amongst the business community."
Administrative support for the board would be provided by the Wheatbelt Development Commission.
Board chairman Paul Tomlinson, a key member of the Avon Development Foundation, has been a driving force behind the development of the Meenaar Industrial Park since the concept was first mooted several years ago.
Board members include Neville Duckett (LandCorp); Dennis Smedley (Department of Resources Development); David Singe (Wheatbelt Development Commission); Dudley Kingsnorth (industry representative); Northam Mayor Cr Jan Smith; Northam Shire President Cr David Antonio and Grant Cook (community representative).
The appointment of the board members is for a two-year period effective immediately.
Mr Cash said the board's initial tasks would be to meet the Environmental Protection Authority criteria for the industrial park and to promote the park to prospective occupants.
Media contact: Mark Thompson 222 9595