THE State Government has committed to help find a new location for the Hanson concrete batching plant that will have to move from East Perth by 2024.
Changes made to the City of Vincent’s Local Planning Scheme No. 2, which came into effect this month, saw the rezoning of land the Hanson and Holcim batching plants are on, forcing a relocation for both.
A Hanson spokeswoman said the June 30, 2024 deadline was “tight” and the company would seek assistance from the State Government on a new location.
“Hanson has investigated alternate locations, however, no suitable sites are available that can compete with the current location of East Perth in servicing the Perth CBD and surrounding suburbs,” the spokeswoman said.
“Our preference is to work with the State Government to ensure the best location is identified, to enable the efficient delivery of concrete to the inner city.”
She said a relocation could take up to eight years.
A spokesman for Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said land zoned for industrial purposes would be the most suitable location for the batching plants.
“The State Government will consider any request for assistance with site selection for a new batching plant and has asked the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage to facilitate with the establishment of a government working group,” the spokesman said.
He said an extension on the deadline was unlikely unless the Local Planning Scheme was amended by the City of Vincent.
A Holcim spokeswoman said the company was in the process of reviewing the now gazetted scheme “ to fully understand the impacts on our existing concrete batching plant in East Perth”.