LOCAL government heads in Perth’s south-east are hoping to turn the State Government’s gaze from the north to attract investment and infrastructure closer to home.
The chief executives from the cities of Gosnells, Canning and Armadale and the Town of Victoria Park have been meeting quarterly and are preparing a prospectus to promote the region.
City of Canning also plans to conduct an overseas trade mission to parts of Asia to promote the relocation of international food businesses to Canning Vale or Welshpool.
Canning chief executive Arthur Kyron described the group as the South East Corridor CEO Alliance.
“When will the government, State and Federal, realise there is a south eastern part of Perth?” he asked.
The corridor contributes $21 billion each year to the WA economy, houses 17 per cent of the Greater Perth population and had more than $1.2 billion in building approvals in 2015-16.
“We believe that a regionally and globally competitive south-east corridor can be achieved by planning, advocating, delivering and acting together in key areas that contribute directly to the State Government growth targets,” Mr Kyron said.
“We are a powerhouse in WA”.
The group hopes to achieve a whole of government approach to infrastructure and transport planning to provide better outcomes for the region.
There are 23,901 business in the south-east corridor and 128,906 dwellings with a population in 2016 of 346,184 people.