A major study aimed at better utilisation of existing land in the Kwinana industrial area is being commissioned by the State Government.
Acting State Development Minister Gordon Hill said the Kwinana Industries Co-ordinating Committee had recommended the study to the Government.
"The Kwinana area has developed since the 1950s and 1960s without any real land use or structure plan, although fortunately the development has resulted in the creation of an industrial area which is better than many of the world's heavy industrial areas," Mr Hill said.
"This resulted in significant areas which were either vacant or under-utilised.
"It is estimated that the Kwinana industrial area (excluding the IP 14 East Rockingham Park) is about 1,200 hectares and of this about 250 hectares is vacant land, most of which is privately owned."
As a result, a private consultant company has been commissioned to undertake the `Towards Optimising Kwinana Study'. They would work in tandem with a second consultancy which would look at the areas requiring industrial interface.
"The study is to be very detailed and will involve the co-operation of all Government departments. The study also now has an added urgency with the announcement by Compact Steel that it would locate in the Rockingham IP 14, a project of such a size that it would use up much of the land.
"The scope and urgency of the study means that the most efficient and cost-effective method to complete it is through a private consultant," Mr Hill said.
Two consecutive studies were planned - a land use and a structure plan.
The main purpose of the land use study would be to identify the current use of all land in the study area; to identify all vacant land and under-utilised land and specify ownership; and to advise how that land could be better used with particular emphasis on downstream processing.
Preparation of the land use plan would be followed by a detailed structure plan.
"The intention is that the structure plan would ascertain the extent to which the area can accommodate heavy processing and chemical industries within the criteria for air emissions and risk or hazard as set down by the EPA," Mr Hill said.
"While plans are already well-advanced for the regionalisation of heavy industry in Western Australia, with sites being identified in Kalgoorlie and Northam and under investigation in Geraldton, the Pilbara and the South-West, this study will help ensure that the remaining land in the Kwinana industrial area is efficiently used."