City scores for big investment

Vote of confidence... Aveling’s new multimillion-dollar training centre in Jandakot.
Vote of confidence... Aveling’s new multimillion-dollar training centre in Jandakot.

The state-of-the-art centre has been funded by training provider Aveling, tripling the company’s capacity to deliver classroom training programs to customers in the mining, resources, construction and light and heavy industries.

Mark King, Aveling’s strategy and business development manager, said that after considering locations for quite a while, Cockburn was found to have been the perfect fit.

‘As a training organisation, we have over 50,000 course participants who attend our facilities for a range of inductions, safety and leadership training,’ he said.

‘Our new facility is over 2000 square meters on 1.2 hectares of land with parking for 250 vehicles. That space is not easy to find in Perth anymore.’

Mr King said Cockburn’s proximity to Perth, Roe Highway and the Kwinana Freeway, and the growth of the City made it an ideal location.

‘From a business point of view, it is moving very quickly.

‘With the increasing residential developments, Cockburn is one of the faster moving suburbs in terms of growth and amenities.’

Melville and Cockburn Chamber of Commerce president Tony Romano said Cockburn’s undeveloped land was ideal for businesses looking for space, with infrastructure offering organisations and government departments the opportunity to bring services closer to the community.

‘It is very apparent that organisations are looking at Cockburn as being a prime location in the southern corridor of the Metro area.

‘This facility is just one more example of attraction that Cockburn has to the business community.’

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said the City had been identified in Colin Barnett’s Directions 2031 and Beyond planning strategy as a second centre providing a mix of retail, office, community, entertainment, residential and employment activities.

‘The City’s urban in-fill program compliments the opportunities for property owners at all levels to capitalise on their investments,’ he said.

‘Our mission is to make the City of Cockburn the most attractive place to live, work, visit and invest in.’

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