The Goldfields now has a heavy industrial site specifically designed for downstream processing of local resources and associated industry.
Lands Minister Doug Shave said the Mungari Heavy Industry Park, 26km south-west of Kalgoorlie, had been granted freehold title and was ‘ready for business’.
“Freehold title follows subdivision approval and the resolution of all native title issues in July 1998,” Mr Shave said.
Mungari has been established by LandCorp, the State Government’s land and property development agency, and the Department of Resources Development.
The site’s potential was identified in the early 1990s. Rigorous research, including environment, flora and fauna, ethnography, archaeology, social impact, and engineering studies, was undertaken before the Government approved the development.
Mungari will include two conservation sites - a large flora conservation site in the south-western corner, and an area around a Gnamma Hole, a site which has significance to Aboriginal groups.
“This key strategic industrial initiative will give chemical and resource based industry the confidence to establish on a permanent basis and to broaden the Goldfields’ economic base,” Mr Shave said.
The 735ha park is bounded by a kilometre-wide industry buffer zone. Lots range from one to 96ha and there is capacity for rail serviced sites.
“Access to key road, rail, air and sea links and to water and power is a drawcard for industry,” Mr Shave said.
“The Transcontinental railway runs along the north and Great Eastern Highway the south. Mungari is next to the water pipeline, and two major power lines and the Goldfields gas pipeline offer energy.”
As with all LandCorp projects, there is a landscaping strategy for the whole park and design guidelines for developers to ensure high standards are achieved.
The Mungari Advisory Board, a stakeholder organisation which has sought community and industry input throughout the planning stage, is keen to attract industry to the park.
The board includes representatives of the Kalgoorlie Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the community, industry, local government, the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission, the Department of Resource Development and LandCorp.
Media contacts: John Clune (Minister’s Office) 9213 6500
Michelle Downie (LandCorp) 9482-7442