Trade protection: State Government

Kwinana Industrial Council director Chris Oughton.
Kwinana Industrial Council director Chris Oughton.

THE State Government has released plans to create a protection area around an industrial areas for public comment.

Premier and State Development Minister Colin Barnett said the Planning and Development Legislation Amendment (Western Trade Coast Protection Area) Bill 2015 would resolve ongoing uncertainties for landowners and industry.

The Western Trade Coast includes Latitude 32 in Wattleup, Henderson’s Australian Marine Complex, the Kwinana Industrial Area and Rockingham Industry Zone.

“This Bill is intended to provide certainty for land use planning around the Western Trade Coast industrial area, which is a vital driver for the State’s economy employing thousands of people,” Mr Barnett said.

“It will also protect the Western Trade Coast from encroaching residential development and help to provide some separation between industrial activities and new sensitive land uses.”

Planning Minister John Day said the proposed regulations would prevent new sensitive land uses like residential housing, short-stay accommodation, hospitals, schools and child care centres within the Protection Area.

“However, this proposal would still allow non-sensitive land uses like business and commercial activities, and would affect only new developments rather than existing approved land uses,” he said.

City of Cockburn planning and development director Daniel Arndt said the City would take a formal position once it considered a report at its meeting this month.

The City has also requested a briefing by the Department of State Development for interested residents and councillors and called for detailed maps which defined the protection area.

Mr Arndt said current plans “make it impossible to discern the exact boundaries of the protection area”.