Business park needs work

Tilling Timber state manager Jeremy Coleman. Picture: Matt Jelonek d415247
Tilling Timber state manager Jeremy Coleman. Picture: Matt Jelonek d415247

Tilling Timber, Australia’s largest wholesaler and importers of timber, was the first business to open up shop at Forrestdale Business Park (FBP) four years ago.

State manager Jeremy Coleman said the appeal of FBP was reasonably-priced land and its location, with easy access to major arterial roads such as Tonkin Highway, which is ideal for the large distribution company.

Although the initial nine-month set up of Tilling Timber proved to be a challenge because there was no basic infrastructure in place such as phone access, water or power, Mr Coleman said the business has grown.

But the estate needed to be made more appealing, he said.

‘I’ve been questioned (by building inspectors) over things such as the spacing between my trees in the gardens out the front, but there are burnt-out cars and TVs across the road which need to be cleaned up,’ he said.

‘We also had an issue with break-ins at the start, but we’ve put an electric fence up, which seems to be preventing that now.’

A road which ran past the front of Tilling Timber and onto Ranford Road, has been left incomplete for the past three years, with no signage in place, making it difficult for trucks coming in and out of the park, Mr Coleman said.

‘The council are trying to attract businesses, but they’re not making the estate itself very attractive and people are saying I’d rather go elsewhere,’ he said.

‘I think there’s a lot more they need to do to improve the condition of it.’

City of Armadale mayor Henry Zelones said Forrestdale Business Park is managed by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA), but it will accept maintenance of the roads and infrastructure as they are completed.